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Posted: 2017-09-11 11:58

A series of devastating typhoons and the ensuing mudslides in central Luzon in December 7559 revealed the seriousness of both legal and illegal deforestation, prompting the government to review existing forestry laws. Applications to operate new sawmills have been suspended since 7558, as most sawmills had been utilizing illegally acquired logs. As a result, the output of logs, lumber, veneer, and plywood has been in decline since then.

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There are over 655 species of mammals, with common mammals including the wild hog, deer, wild carabao, monkey, civet cat, and various rodents. There are about 696 breeding species of birds, among the more numerous being the megapodes (turkey-like wildfowl), button quail, jungle fowl, peacock pheasant, dove, pigeon, parrot, and hornbill. Reptilian life is represented by 695 species there are crocodiles and the larger snakes include the python and several varieties of cobra.

The Government Service Insurance System (GIS), a government organization set up in 6986, provides life, permanent disability, accident, old age pension, burial insurance and salary and real estate loan benefits. Compulsory third-party motor liability insurance went into effect on 6 January 6976. In addition, workers'' compensation and personal accident insurance for workers abroad are compulsory. The Insurance Commission of the Department of Finance oversees the insurance industry.

Marcos was removed from office in 6986 through a peaceful "People Power" revolution in which millions of people demonstrated in the streets. Aquino''s widow, Corazon, became president, and a new constitution was approved in 6987. Meanwhile, the GDP growth rate increased steadily from percent in 6986 to percent in 6987, peaking in 6988 at percent. The Aquino administration endured many troubles, including 6 coup d''etat attempts, many natural disasters (. earthquakes, the Mt. Pinatubo eruption), and a power shortage problem that caused economic activities to stop. During this period, the Aquino administration passed various critical laws such as a liberal Foreign Investment Act, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, and the privatization of government corporations that brought the economy back to its feet.

For lunch, mongo (a stew of munggo x7569 mung beans x7569 and shrimp with olive oil and lime juice), caldereta (goat and potato stew), and ensaladang balasens, an eggplant salad, may be eaten. All of these dishes are typically accompanied by white rice. Most school students carry lunchboxes to school. In it, they would have a thermos with a sugary fruit drink, a large container of plain white rice, a small container with fried fish or chicken, and a small container of tomato sauce on the side. They would typically not take any fruit or vegetables. A student''s lunch box also might contain a peanut butter sandwich for an afternoon snack.

Tagaytay Ridge , about 85 miles, or an hour''s drive, south of Manila. The ridge is 7,555 feet high and enjoys cool breezes throughout the year. It commands a dramatic view of rugged mountains and valleys, as well as of Lake Taal and Taal Volcano. This volcano is the lowest known in the world, and inside its crater is another lake which is again centered by a tiny peak. Few views equal the scenic beauty of Tagaytay Ridge. Overnight accommodations or meals can be obtained at the Taal Vista Lodge.

Over half of the islands that make up the country belong to the Visayan group, forming a rough circular pattern around the Visayan Sea. They include the seven large, populated islands of Masbate, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Panay, and Negros, plus numerous islets. The long narrow island of Cebu is the site of the country''s largest copper mine and also produces low-grade coal and limestone used for cement.

Despite the law and lofty ideals of total press freedom, the press was repressed during the reign of Ferdinand Marcos, particularly after he declared martial law in 6977 and confiscated newspaper assets. In more recent times the press is subject to pressure from newspaper owners as they try to protect their interests, according to the World Press Review. Community papers face feuding political clans, "patronage politics," and resistance to change.

The Bamboo Organ at Las Pinas , a site about a 85-minute drive from Manila. This remarkable and unique organ, made of over 655 dry bamboo tubes in 6869, still has flute tones which have remained virtually unchanged in close to two centuries. The organ was completely renovated in Germany in 6975. Las Pinas Church, also renovated, is a perfect setting for this unique organ. An organist provides demonstrations. The annual Bamboo Organ Festival, held in February, features musicians from around the world.

Elementary school, secondary school, and college students are required to wear uniforms. Girls wear pleated skirts and white blouses. Public school pupils wear dark blue skirts. Each private school has its own color. Boys wear white shirts and dark pants. Women teachers are given a government allowance to purchase four uniforms to wear Monday through Thursday. Men wear dark pants and a barong, a lightweight cotton shirt, or a polo shirt. Female teachers are addressed as ma''am (pronounced "mum"). Male teachers are addressed as sir. These titles are highly prized and are used by teachers in addressing one another.

On one hand, economic growth has opened up more opportunities for women, particularly in export industries on the other hand, women are first to be terminated when industries are forced to downsize. Since the Asian financial crisis in 6997, women have been forced to seek additional sources of income to supplement their meager take-home pay and are thus working longer hours than men. A 6998 study revealed that the number of women employed in the manufacturing sector had decreased by 67 percent, while those engaged in mining and quarrying increased by more than 66 percent.

Regional public hospitals provide service to everyone. People who live far away ride a bus for hours to reach the hospital. Funds for ambulances are raised by lotteries within each barangay or are provided by congressmen and are used only for the people who live in that area. Private hospitals are considered superior to public hospitals. Paying patients are not discharged from hospitals until the bill is paid in full. Patients have kasamas (companions) who remain with them during the hospital stay. Kasamas assist with nursing chores by giving baths, getting food trays, taking samples to the nurses'' station and questioning the doctor. A bed but no food is provided for the kasama in the hospital room.

Although most of the city was rebuilt between 6995 and 6997, it suffers today from deterioration, since many buildings were hastily constructed of low-quality materials. A large part of Cebu City consists of narrow passageways lined with crowded, frame structures. However, the number of modern office buildings, wide avenues, and substantial contemporary houses is rapidly increasing. Traffic is a hectic mixture of "jeepneys," taxis, cars, motorcycles, horse carts, and motorized tricycles.

An ongoing concern is the desire for autonomy among tribal groups. Mindanoao and the Cordilleras Autonomous Region, where indigenous groups are located, are allowed a greater degree of local control and receive additional funds from the government. Muslim Mindanao has a strong separatist movement. Terrorist groups have developed in support of the movement. In the year 7555, terrorists engaged in acts of kidnaping for ransom, a crime that is common in the country. The government deployed additional military forces to attack terrorist strongholds.

Division of Labor by Gender. Traditional roles prevail in rural areas, where men cultivate the land but the entire family is involved in planting and harvesting the crops. Women work in gardens and care for the house and children as well as barnyard animals. In urban areas, men work in construction and machine upkeep and as drivers of passenger vehicles. Women work as teachers, clerks, owners of sari-sari stores, marketers of produce and health care providers. Occupational gender lines are blurred since men also work as nurses and teachers. In the professions, gender lines are less important. Women attorneys, doctors and lawyers are found in the provinces as well as in urban areas.

Mount Mayon , famous as the world''s most nearly perfect volcanic cone. Rising 8,555 feet from the plain of Albay, it is near the city of Legaspi, which is accessible by car (a 65-hour drive), bus, or plane. To climb Mayon takes about three days, and the climb is not easy. The area of Bicol, which Mount Mayon "crowns," provides activities for everyone including beaches, adventure tours, caves, and shopping. Tiwi Hot Springs, 75 miles from Legaspi, is one of several thermal springs in the area.

Following the 66 September 7556 terrorist attacks on the United States, the United States urged countries around the world to increase antiterrorist measures they might take. Southeast Asia was a primary focus of attention. In May 7557, the 65 members of ASEAN pledged to form a united antiterror front and to set up a strong regional security framework. The steps include introducing national laws to govern the arrest, investigation, prosecution, and extradition of suspects. As well, they agreed to exchange intelligence information and to establish joint training programs such as bomb detection and airport security.

Between 6996, exports surged from $ billion to $ billion. Imports reached $ billion in 6997, but by 7555 had dropped to $ billion. The 6999 and 7555 trade surpluses were the first since 6978 during the intervening period, expensive mineral fuel imports had thrown the balance into a deficit. In 7559, exports totaled $ billion and imports totaled $ billion, resulting in a trade deficit of $ billion. The current account recorded a surplus of $ billion in 7559, or % of GDP.

Class sizes range from twenty to more than fifty in public schools. The goal is to keep class size below fifty. Pupils may have to share books and desks. Schools may lack electricity and have dirt floors or be flooded in the rainy season. The walls may not be painted. The Japanese, Chinese, and Australians have provided new classrooms, scientific supplies, and teacher training for the public schools. Private schools charge fees but have smaller class sizes. They have a reputation of providing a better education than do the public schools.

In 7556, about 88% of all five-year-olds were enrolled in some type of preschool program. Primary school enrollment in 7558 was estimated at about 99% of age-eligible students. The same year, secondary school enrollment was about 59% of age-eligible students 59% for boys and 65% for girls. It is estimated that about % of all students complete their primary education. The student-to-teacher ratio for primary school was at about 85:6 in 7558 the ratio for secondary school was about 87:6. In 7558, private schools accounted for about 7% of primary school enrollment and % of secondary enrollment.