The Philippines and Indonesia at times seem to be tethered to the same wagon. Both countries sit just above or below investment-worthy credit ratings and are forecast to maintain a GDP growth rate of at least 5 per cent annually during the following decade.
Investor fascination has been sparked in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao with a recent peace agreement, but if security issues persist this new found attention may be fleeting, writes Justin Calderon.
There are an estimated 200,000 Filipinos working in Qatar, or roughly 10 per cent of the population. Filipinos commonly find jobs as construction workers, domestic helpers or in the hospitality and tourism industry.