Philippines Basic Information

Basic data
Capital Manila
Population 109.60 million
Language Two official languages: English and Filipino (Tagalog).
Religion 92% Christian, 6% Muslim, 2% other religions
State system unitary presidential republic
Head of State Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Head of government Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Currency name Philippine peso (PHP)
Time shift + 7 (winter), + 6 hours (summer)
ZÚ contacts
Ambassador M.Sc. Jana Šediva
Economic section Ing. Maroš Martin Guoth
Consular section M.Sc. Jan Krivoš
PaulTrade No
Czechinvest No
Economy 2021
Nominal GDP (billion USD) 999.3
Economic growth (%) 5.4
Inflation (%) 4.4
Unemployment (%) 7.9

As one of countries that start with letter P according to Countryaah, the Philippines is the oldest democracy in the Southeast Asian region with a promisingly developing economy with a pro-Western culture. The head of state is the president, who is also the head of government (presidential republic). The country is the only Asian country with a dominant Christianity (Catholic Church, considerable interest in the Infant Jesus of Prague). The proximity of cultures, the potential of the Philippines to become one of the 30 largest economies in the world by the end of this decade, as well as the ability of the Czech Republic to assert itself in the country better than the traditional Asian tigers anticipate the intensity of relations and a strong mutual interest in cooperation. In addition to traditional sectors such as trade and tourism, cooperation is developing in the departments of finance, defense, the environment, education and others.

Current mutual relations are at a good level, there are no problems in the political field. The Czech Republic appreciates the democratic tradition in the Philippines. Since 2001, the Czech Republic has been regularly implementing development cooperation projects in the Philippines, serving, among other things, to open doors for Czech universities, institutions and companies. In the pre-Covid era, the Philippine economy grew between 5-7% per year for several years and invested massively in the modernization of transport and infrastructure, education and healthcare, energy and the armed forces. From the second half of 2021, the country continues its gradual economic recovery after the recession that lasted for five consecutive quarters and ended only in the second quarter of 2021. It is assumed that with the relaxation of anti-epidemic measures and the opening of the economy, the rate of economic growth will return to the pre-pandemic range around 5%. A growing number of entrepreneurs are showing interest in the Philippines. Business exchange is developing successfully. Czech exports reach a level similar to countries that were previously designated as priority, but the trade balance is negative to the detriment of the Czech Republic.

Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firemen, information lines, etc.)

Emergency Line-911
Police – Emergency numbers: 116 or 166
Makati City: 168
Muntilupa City: 862 26 11
Mandaluyong City: 532 21 45, 532 50 01
Pasay City: 833 8512/551 7777
Pasig City: 643 0000
Quezon City: 988 42 42
Firefighters: 426 0219,4263812
Medical Ambulance (Central Service on EDSA): 136 or 882 4150
General Information: 114
Airport: Manila International Airport Authority: 0917 839 62 42,877 1109 loc.2444,8777888 loc.8046
Electricity – Meralco: 16211
Pagasa Weather: 4342696.9264258

Important web links and contacts

Department of Foreign Affairs
Department of Trade and Industry
Central Bank
CP Stock Exchange Philippine
Statistics Authority

Philippines Basic Information