Describing a country at a crossroads, this work examines the Philippines, poised to emulate the example of the neighbouring South Asian tiger economies despite being burdened with a mountian of debt, a legacy from the corrupt and inefficient government of President Marcos. But there will be many Filipinos who will not share in any increased prosperity that might result, in particular the indigenous inhabitants of the region, whose life-style is dependent on the rapidly disappearing forests. This book explains how they are making efforts to secure land rights and more control over the resources they need. Also featured are the many fishing communities of the islands, whose livelihoods are being destroyed by international factory fleets, and who are also struggling to survive.
Possibly the most valuable contribution made by Oxfam's flourishing Country Profiles series is to remind us of the diversities too often obscured by generalisation ... These Country Profiles would add flesh and blood to the austerities of development studies at A-level and beyond. Michael Storm, TES.
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