The Philippines is one of the Member Organisations taking part in our new Nutrition Programme

About the Philippines

There are over 7,500 islands in the Philippines, of which 2,000 are inhabited. Most people in the Philippines speak English, Filipino and perhaps one of the other 180 local languages or dialects.

Apart from its rich biodiversity, the Philippines is well-known for the warm hospitality of its people.

Due to Spanish influence, the majority of the Filipinos are Roman Catholics making it the largest Christian nation in Asia. There are fiestas or festivals happening almost every day around the country to celebrate the patron saint of each town and city.

About girls in the Philippines

There are more girls enrolled in school than boys, and a higher percentage of women go on to complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Girls also have equal access to health care. However, there are fewer women that work compared to men, and those who do work often earn less.

Philippines photo nutrition project

Did you know... Philippine flag is the only national flag in the world that can be inverted depending on whether the country is at peace (blue field on top) or at war (red field on top)


What do girls eat in the Philippines?

Rice is life in the Philippines with the staple meal including a rice and meat (or fish) combination complemented with a small serving of either fruits or vegetables.

Each region has its own unique cuisine that suits the country’s varied geography.

Nutrition in the Philippines

The Philippines is experiencing a range of malnutrition challenges including eating too little, eating too much, and not eating enough vitamins and minerals.

Almost one-thirds of girls in primary school do not get enough iodine – a nutrient often added to salt and is also naturally found in animal products. Iodine is needed for neurological development.

There is also a high prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia amongst girls. 4.2 million women (16%) of reproductive age are classified as anaemic.

A growing number of girls and adolescents are also overweight or obese due to the wide availability of unhealthy foods, particularly in urban areas. Girls are exposed to unhealthy food adverts on social media and television.

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