Philippines Index August 2004

Item
2004
2001
Daily salary, shopgirls at Golden Crust Bakery, Cebu City. Pesos (US dollars) 60 ($1.07) 50 (.97)
Daily salary, maids at McSherry Pension House, Cebu City. Pesos (US dollars) 107 ($1.91) 100 ($1.94)
Daily salary, staff at Fe's sidewalk restaurant, Cebu City. Pesos (US dollars) 40 ($.71) 30 ($.58)
Annual salary, staff at Fe's sidewalk restaurant, Cebu City. Pesos (US Dollars) 13888 ($248) 10506 ($204)
Cost, small hamburger meal, Jollibee fastfood restaurant, Cebu City. Pesos (US dollars) 45 ($.80) 35 ($.67)
Cost, one pair Lee denim jeans at Gaisano Department Store, Cebu City. Pesos (US dollars) 949 ($17)  900 ($17)
Number of days' shopgirl salary at Golden Crust Bakery to purchase pair of jeans. 16 18
Exchange rate, Philippine Peso vs. US Dollar, August 24 55.73 / 1 51.50 / 1
Inflation rate, Philippines consumer price index 4.3%
Jan-July
6%
Depreciation (loss of international purchasing power) of Philippine Peso between 2001 and 2004, relative to US Dollar 7.5% ------
Wages of factory workers in China compared to Philippines, listed by Manila newspaper as explanation for exodus of manufacturing plants from Philippines to China. ------ 1:4
Est. # jobs lost by Philippines to China since 1995 due to plant closures/downsizing. 85,000  
Population of Philippines 86 million 82 million
Estimated number of Filipinos working abroad as OCW's (Overseas Contract Workers) 8 million 7 million
Estimated annual remittances to Philippines by OCW's (US Dollars) 7.8 billion 7 billion
GNI (Gross National Income) per capita, Pesos (US Dollars) 57,680 ($1030) ($1020)
External debt, Republic of the Philippines, Pesos (US Dollars) 3.4 trillion
($63 billion)
2.6 trillion
($50 billion)
External debt, Republic of the Philippines, per capita, Pesos (US Dollars) 39,534 ($705) 31,707 ($566)
External debt servicing as a percentage of Philippines national budget 32.2% 24%
Number of  years fulltime work for shopgirl at Golden Crust Bakery, Cebu City, to pay off her share of the national debt. 2.2 1.9
10 leading causes of morbidity (illness) in the Philippines (highest morbidity at top)

Diarrhea
Bronchitis
Pneumonia
Influenza
Hypertension
Tuberculosis
Heart disease
Malaria
Chicken Pox
Measles

 
10 leading causes of mortality (death) in the Philippines (highest mortality at top) 

Heart disease
Vascular dz.
Pneumonia
Cancer
Accidents
Tuberculosis
COPD
Diabetes
Respiratory
Kidney dz.

 
Percentage of Philippines national budget devoted to health care 2.2%  
Average catch using hook-and-line per Filipino fisherman for 3-hour shift, 1940's 28 kilograms  
Average catch using hook-and-line per Filipino fisherman for 3-hour shift, 2004 1.8 kilograms  
Estimated amount held in Swiss bank accounts, stolen from Philippines and deposited by Ferdinand Marcos (deceased), never recovered by Philippines government, now owned by members of the Marcos family (US Dollars) 13 billion  
Amount recovered by Philippine government following 17 years of legal battle
(US Dollars)
683 million  
Amount paid, to date, to 10,000 martial law victims who won a class action suit against Marcos in 1992. Victims were variously abducted, jailed without charges, killed or abducted without a trace (US Dollars) 0  
Number of Filipinos killed in election-related violence during May 2004 national elections 120  
Number of people observed meticulously sifting through Jollibee restaurant garbage deposited on sidewalk on Colon Street at closing time 15 12
Average daily expenditure, Chris Pforr in the Philippines, 2004 (US dollars) $28.57  
Number of days salary for shopgirl at Golden Crust Bakery to live one day like Chris 26.7  

 

Websites viewed by Chris Pforr on regular basis
Hotmail http://hotmail.com
Yahoo Mail http://mail.yahoo.com/
New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/
Buzzflash http://www.buzzflash.com/
Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/
Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/
BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/
Yahoo Groups: Living in Cebu http://groups.yahoo.com/
Google http://www.google.com
The Straight Dope http://straightdope.com/
Cebu Sun Star http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/index.html
WhiteHouse.org http://www.whitehouse.org/