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The Philippines is a nation of over 7,000 islands and hundreds of dialects, and a land buffeted by natural disasters and typhoons every year. It is also the 12th most populated country in the world, and the continuing growth in population led the President to introduce birth control in 2013, a major step in a largely Roman Catholic country. The population is urbanizing rapidly, with about half living in urban areas. However, living conditions in urban slums could be worse than those in rural areas.

About a third of the labor force works in agriculture, a sector in which work is poorly paid, is seasonal, and is badly affected by natural disasters. With about 10% of Filipinos working abroad, the Philippines is the largest exporter of labor. These overseas workers contribute considerably to the country’s economy. Although they are considered “temporary” overseas workers, they stay away as long as they can because their families depend greatly on their remittances. Parental absence means lack of parental supervision, which can lead to truancy, which in turn leads to a poor education and then to poverty, and so the cycle repeats itself.

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