Philippines: General Information

General Information

Country studies
It is the online versions of books previously published (1988-98) in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army. Information about history, society, environment, economy, government, politics, and national security can be found.

Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, DC
This is the official website of the Embassy of the Philippines in the United States of America. It provides general information and facts of the Philippines, including traveling, economy, constitutions, visa issues and daily news from Philippines.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection: Philippines Maps
This is the website of The University of Texas at Austin. It contains various maps of Philippines such as country maps, city maps, thematic maps, regional maps, detailed maps, and historical maps

Philippine flag and anthem by the World Statesmen
This site shows flag, anthem and genealogy of rulers of Philippines.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
This is the official information website of the government of Philippines. It contains information on the statistical profile, history, society, ethnicities, economy, government, politics, diplomacy, and military of the Philippines.

The world Fact Book about Philippines-CIA 
This site provides facts about geography, people, government, economy, communications and statistic information.


Government Institutions

Department of Agrarian Reform
Department of Agrarian Reform is the lead implementing agency of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). It undertakes land tenure improvement and development of program beneficiaries. DAR conducts land survey in resettlement areas. It undertakes land acquisition and distribution and land management studies. The DAR also orchestrates the delivery of support services to farmer-beneficiaries and promotes the development of viable agrarian reform communities.

Department of Agriculture
With emphasis on agribusiness, the agriculture department will undertake two goals under the new economic blueprint of the Arroyo Administration. GOAL 1: "Develop at least two million hectares of new land for agribusiness in order to contribute 2 million jobs targeted in 2010" Idle or marginal agricultural lands; Offshore and inland bodies of water for aquaculture New and existing agricultural areas which will be developed for intercropping with high value crops and raising of livestock, poultry and fish GOAL 2: "Reduce costs of wage goods through productivity enhancement, more efficient logistics, and improved retailing linkages. Comprehensive website provides information regarding agricultural business in the Philippines.

Department of Budget and Management
Site dealing with Budget management and funds appropriations and allowances.

Department of Education
The DepEd Vision We are people organization committed to a culture of excellence in public service. Believing that the most important resource of our country is its people, we make the task of educating the Filipino child our singular mission. We assist the Filipino child to discover his/her full potential in a child-centered and value-driven teaching-learning environment and thereby, enable him/her to create his/her own destiny in global community. We prepare him/her to become a responsible citizen and an enlightened leader who loves his/her country and is proud to be a Filipino. Site dealing with all information regarding education in the Philippines.

Department of Energy
Site dealing with energy resources, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, electric power, downstream oil and natural gas, and the environment. Site includes prices and statistics.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The Department is mandated to be the primary agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources. To accomplish this mandate, the Department shall be guided by the following objectives: 1.) Assure the availability and sustainability of the country's natural resources through judicious use and systematic restoration or replacement, whenever possible; 2.) Increase the productivity of natural resources in order to meet the demands for forest, mineral, and land resources of a growing population; 3.) Enhance the contribution of natural resources for achieving national economic and social development; 4.) Promote equitable access to natural resources by the different sectors of the population; 5.) Conserve specific terrestrial and marine areas representative of the Philippine natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations.

Department of Finance
Site contains information regarding internal revenue, customs, treasury, comissions, national tax research, export and import, government insurance policy, and cooperative development. Pages load very slowly.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Site contains information regarding visas, passports, foreign embassies, consulates, and posts, as well as information regarding travel advisories, and foreign service officer applications.

Department of Health
Site contains information regarding health aspects including: advisories, policies and laws, programs, knowledge of products, reforms, and events.

Department of Justice
The mandate of the DOJ is to uphold the rule of law. Its mission is to establish and maintain a just and orderly society through an effective, speedy and compassionate administration of justice. Site deals with all aspects of the Philippino justice system.

Department of Labor and Employment
The DOLE is mandated to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare, and maintain industrial peace. Site provides information regarding employment opportunities.

Department of National Defense
Site dealing with army, navy, and airforce information. Also contains links to foreign defense sites with the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, India, China, Canada, New Zeland, and the US and Asia pacific.

Department of Public Works and Highways
The Department of Public Works and Highways functions as the engineering and construction arm of the Government tasked to continuously develop its technology for the purpose of ensuring the safety of all infrastructure facilities and securing for all public works and highways the highest efficiency and quality in construction. DPWH is currently responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, especially the national highways, flood control and water resources development system, and other public works in accordance with national development objectives.

Department of Science and Technology
Mandate: To provide central direction, leadership, and coordination of all science and technology activities in the country; and, formulate S&T policies, programs, and projects in support of national development priorities. In addition,Guided by the principles of competence, competitiveness, and conscience, the DOST shall pursue six priority flagship programs under the Arroyo Administration, namely: Establishment of a Packaging R&D Center; Expansion of Regional Metrology Centers; Comprehensive Program to Enhance Technology Enterprises; Integrated Program on Cleaner Production Technologies S&T Intervention Program for the Poor, Vulnerable and Disabled; and Comprehensive S&T Program for Mindanao

Department of Social Welfare and Development
VISION A society where poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals, families and communities are empowered for an improved quality of life. MISSION To provide social protection and promote the rights and welfare of the poor, vulnerable and the disadvantaged individuals, families and communities that will contribute to poverty alleviation and empowerment through social welfare development policies, programs, projects and services implemented with or through local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), other government organizations (GOs) and other members of civil society. MANDATE To provide assistance to local government units, non-government organizations, other national government agencies, people’s organizations, and other members of civil society in effectively implementing programs, projects and services that will alleviate poverty and empower disadvantaged individuals, families and communities for an improved quality of life.

Department of Tourism

Department of Trade and Industry
DTI wears several hats - it is a coordinating agency for all government activities related to trade, industry, and investments; a promotional machinery for further trade and investments; and a regulatory body to ensure that fair competition prevails. Given the priorities of Philippine economic development, its key result areas are to: Attract and direct investments to areas leading to balanced agro-industrial developments; Reinforce the country's competitive advantage in the world markets; and Ensure that the benefits of economic progress reach the countryside and become every Filipino's gain.

National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Mission Statement: Formulate policies for the development of culture and the arts To coordinate & implement the overall policies and program of attached agencies on the development of culture and arts as stated under Executive Order No. 80 Administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts Encourage artistic creation within a climate of artistic freedom Develop and promote the Filipino national culture and arts; and Preserve Filipino cultural heritage. Site provides extensive information in the local arts and crafts.

Office of the President
Site offers information about the office of the president, as well as members of the cabinet and current news regarding the presidency.



Cebuano Writing System by Omniglot
This site contains scripts in the Cebuano writing system.

Filipino and Philiipne Literature Program (University of Hawai'i-Manoa)
This is the website of Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures that gives information about studying Philippines Language and Literature at University of Hawai’i-Manoa.

Tagalog, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Northern Illinois University)
This site provides Tagalog language courses and studying materials.

Tagalog Writing System by Omniglot
This site contains scripts in the Tagalog writing system.


History, Culture and Religion

A Philippine Leaf
This website provides an overview and studies of old scripts and inscriptions of the Philippines.

Noel’s Pilipino Folkdance Glossary
This website provides online glossary information about dances in the Philippines, and online audio files employed in each dance.

Philippines Culture and History
This website contains articles related to the Philippines culture and history.

Reisenett Historical Maps of Asia
This websites contains historical maps of East, South, and Southeast Asia.


Political and Social Issues

Chan Robles Virtual Law Library
This site provides online information of legal issues and law documents of the Philippines and other countries in the world.

Conciliation Resources, Accord Philippines-Mindanao Project 
This is an online publication of Accord that contains individual articles by known authors about the peace and reconciliation in the Philippines-Mindanao, and some other countries in the world.

IBON Foundation Inc.
This website provides information on the socio-economic issues of the Philippines. It contains online publications, press releases, book reviews and important statements.

International Crisis Group, the Philippines
This site provides online analytical reports and briefings on the Philippines and the world, focusing on situations of conflict.

Human Rights Watch
This website contains news, reports, and publications related to human rights in Philippines.



Asian Journal
This is online news collections from North America, distributing information about the Philippines and events around the world.

Chinese Commercial News
This is an online Chinese language newspaper from the Philippines.

Malaya Business Insight
This is a local daily newspaper reporting about the social news from Manila (in English).

Philippine Daily Inquirer
This is an official news website of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which is one of the Philippines’ most widely circulated broadsheets.

This is a weekly newspaper, published information regarding the Filipino-Americans and the Philippines news.

Philippines Times
This website provides both local and international news in English.

Sun Star Network Online
This is a daily online news network of the Philippines (in English).

Sunday Punch
This is a weekly newspaper from Pangasina, the Philippines (in English).

The Daily Tribune
This is an online daily newspaper from Manila (in English).

The Manila Times
This is an internet edition of The Manila Times, updated daily from Manila.

The Philippine Star
This website provides current news on the Philippines.


Research Institutions

Asia Foundation for the Philippines
This is a website of the Asia Foundation, specifically for the Philippines. It contains information of the Asia Foundation’s projects related to economic reform, anti-trafficking, transparent accountable governance (TAG), legal and judicial reform, conflict management, Islam, peace and education.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
This website provides online reports and programs that Philippines and other members of APEC work to promote trade and investment liberalization, business facility, and economy and technical cooperation.

Asia Society, Philippine
This is a publication of the Asia Society of contemporary articles about the Philippines.

Asia Research Center, Murdoch University, Australia
This website contains free download publications and working papers about Asia, and information about seminars and workshops of Asian studies.

Asia Research Institute-ARI (National University of Singapore)
This site provides a wide range of research topic about Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines
This website contains reports and development projects of the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines.

Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN)
This websites contains information about Philippine government activities with other ASEAN countries and regions.

Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
This website contains information about publications, courses and scholarship for the Philippine studies.

Center for Philippine Studies ScholarSpace, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Scholarspace is a centralized repository of information, or digital library, for the Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It “stores and maintains scholarly information in digital format. This repository will provide a home for the increasing amount of digital scholarly output that is being created by the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) community. It captures, indexes, stores, makes searchable, disseminates, and preserves digital materials and provides these services for as long as they are needed.”

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Northern Illinois University)
This website contains photograph collection and research papers about Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Southeast Asia 
CSIS is an organization that provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. This website provides information regarding programs of CSIS in Southeast Asia, interviews, publications, events, and news.

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and EAST Asia (ERIA)
ERIA is an international organization that supports the ASEAN Secretariat by making policy recommendations at regional governmental meetings. This website contains the information about the latest news, activities, research and publications.

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-ISEAS, Singapore
This site contains research articles and working papers about the Philippines and other Southeast Asia countries. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

International Institute of Asian Studies-IIAS, Netherlands
This site contains free newsletter about the Philippines and other countries in Asia.

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
This is a rural development organization aiming at people-centered development through capacity building in the Philippines and some other regions around the globe. Its website provides online annual reports, newsletters and other free publications.

International Monetary Fund in the Philippines
This provides online working papers and reports of the IMF in the Philippines.

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
This website provides online annual reports, publications about rice, technical bulletins, discussion papers, notes on researches of rice in the Philippines and other 14 countries in Asia and Africa.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
It is an independent economic development and planning agency in the Philippines. Its website contains weekly economically reports, quarterly national income account reports, and publication and e-documents resources for the Philippine economy.

National Statistical Coordination Board
It is a policy making and coordinating agency on statistical matters in the Philippines. It provides online socio-economic and demographic reports, press releases, databases, charts and statistics on key indicators of the Philippines.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
This is a research institute that assists the government of the Philippines with policy making and development plans. This website provides online research papers, publications about Philippine economy and seminar information.

Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong
This is a website of Center University of Hong Kong. It contains information about seminars and courses of study about East and Southeast Studies. It provides free-download publications and working papers related to the Philippines and countries in Asia and other related topic for Southeast Asian studies.

The World Bank, Philippines
This is the World Bank website, specifically for projects in Philippines. It contains data and statistic, publications, reports and updated news about the World Bank projects in the Philippines.

United Nations in the Philippines
This website contains information and publications of UN programs in the Philippines.

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Philippines Library Guide
Provides resources on reference materials, newspapers, archives, journals, dissertations, digital archives, U.S. government documents, and more.

USAID in Philippines
This website provides information regarding programs of USAID in Philippines. The programs focus on strengthening the foundation for peace and development in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao, governing justly and democratically, improving health system and education quality, improving economic growth, and giving humanitarian assistance.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
This site provides online research articles about the socio-political issues of the Philippines and other countries in the world. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.


Travel Information

Department of Tourism, the Philippines
This is a government website that provides information about tourism and cultural attractions in the Philippines.

Lonely Planet, Philippines
The information of tourist attractions and traveling guides in Philippines can be found in this site.



National Bureau of Asian Research
The National Bureau of Asian Research is committed to advanced independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia.