The government of the Philippines is a Unitary (centralized) form of Government, as opposed to a Federal system.

There are three seperate branches, including Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.

The Executive Branch includes the President and Vice President, each elected for a six year term. Unlike the US, they are voted on seperately, and often times the President and Vice President are elected from different parties. Once elected, the President selects his, or her, own cabinet. The role of the President includes Head of State, Head of Government, and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces.

The Legislative Branch consists of a Bicarmal Congress. The members of the Senate (Upper House) are elected for six year terms, and the members of the House of Representatives (Lower House) are elected for three year terms. Voters through out the country can vote for each Senatorial Seat, while Congressmen are elected from both legislative districts and through sectoral representation.

The Supreme Court, consisting of a Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices, is the top level of the Judicial System.

The location of the Philippines is such that there are 2 annual monsoon seasons. In other words, we get a lot of storms. If you live in, or are travelling to, the Philippines, it is good to know what to expect.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is the official governmental agency in charge of keeping track of the weather. Click here for the PAGASA Weather Branch Homepage. Below you will find their most recent satellite image:

Most recent satellite image from PAGASA

Most recent satellite image from PAGASA

The Weather Channel has a nice interactive page, with a scalable map and most recent satellite images slide show. Click here to view their page on

Another good source of weather information is the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) Naval Oceanogpraphy Portal. Their site can give you a good idea of what is headed our way, as well as updates on current storms. Here is a link to their most recent satellite image for the Western/South Pacific Ocean.

Disclaimer: Expat2Phils is not in any way connected to the Government of the Philippines, nor are we lawyers. What we offer are personal experiences, not legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer!


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