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tnalak-getty2Tnalak-gettyKORONADAL, PHILIPPINES – JULY 18: Filipino natives wait for their turn to perform at the 2009 T�nalak Festival, showcasing South Cotabato Province tribal cultures on July 18, 2009 in the southern city of Koronadal, Philippines. T�nalak is an indigenous term for colorful cloth woven by women of the T�boli tribe that has brought recognition to the province in the national and international scene. US-trained Filipino security forces were placed on heightened alert over fears the country’s homegrown Islamists could try to emulate the Jakarta hotel bombings. Early this month, twelve people died and more than 100 others were wounded in separate attacks carried out by local militants in the region. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 19: Filipino Muslim kids, among the tens of thousands people displaced in the ongoing fighting between Philippine security forces and Muslim separatist rebels, study inside their tent night of June 19, 2009 in the restive Maguindanao province, 960km south of Manila. Fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's 11-900-strong rebel group and Philippine military troops began August 2008 when the rebels launched series of attacks across several villages due to aborted signing of a deal that would give them their homeland. Around 300 people died but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent humanitarian non-governmental organization engage in providing assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide, recently reported the Philippines was the most neglected displacement situation last year. The council said the world's largest new displacement last year happened when 600,000 people fled fighting between Philippine troops and Moro rebels in Mindanao. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 19: Filipino Muslim kids, among the tens of thousands people displaced in the ongoing fighting between Philippine security forces and Muslim separatist rebels, study inside their tent night of June 19, 2009 in the restive Maguindanao province, 960km south of Manila. Fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's 11-900-strong rebel group and Philippine military troops began August 2008 when the rebels launched series of attacks across several villages due to aborted signing of a deal that would give them their homeland. Around 300 people died but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent humanitarian non-governmental organization engage in providing assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide, recently reported the Philippines was the most neglected displacement situation last year. The council said the world's largest new displacement last year happened when 600,000 people fled fighting between Philippine troops and Moro rebels in Mindanao. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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  	 MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 29: Filipino Muslims bury their dead following this morning's roadside bombing which ripped through a marketplace in Datu Saudi Ampatuan on June 29, 2009 in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines. Three Filipinos were killed and around 14 injured in the blast, which the Military is blaming on the Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), however, MILF deny any involvement. Maguindanao province, 960km south of Manila, has seen ongoing fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Muslim rebels and Philippine military troops since August 2008 when the rebels launched a series of attacks across several villages, killing almost 300 people but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 29: Filipino Muslims bury their dead following this morning's roadside bombing which ripped through a marketplace in Datu Saudi Ampatuan on June 29, 2009 in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines. Three Filipinos were killed and around 14 injured in the blast, which the Military is blaming on the Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), however, MILF deny any involvement. Maguindanao province, 960km south of Manila, has seen ongoing fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Muslim rebels and Philippine military troops since August 2008 when the rebels launched a series of attacks across several villages, killing almost 300 people but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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UN Food Distribution Reaches Displaced Filipino CommunitiesDATU BLAH SINSUAT, PHILIPPINES – JUNE 30: Filipino Muslim children evacuees look as volunteers unload sacks of rice to for them on June 30, 2009 in the coastal township of Datu Blah Sinsuat in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, 960km south of Manila. UN officers from the World Food Programme distributes food and relief to people displaced in the ongoing fighting between Philippine troops and Muslim separatist rebels. The province has seen ongoing fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Muslim rebels and Philippine military troops since August 2008 when the rebels launched a series of attacks across several villages, killing almost 300 people but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. The World Food Programme (WFP) has supplied over 11,200MT of emergency food aid to Displaced people (IDPs) in the 127 official camps since August 2009, but some of it is being sold to illegal traders. Others do not live in official camps and so have to rely on subsistence of handouts. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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  	 Rising Oil Prices & Over-Fishing Threaten The Philippines Tuna Industry

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - JULY 04: A fish porter is seen carrying fresh tuna in the tuna producing area of General Santos City on July 4, 2009 in the Philippines. The Philippines is a globally important tuna producing area, ranked 7th in the world and with an annual value of PHP6 billion, a large portion of the PHP50 billion made annually by the country's fishing industry as a whole. However, the effects of rising oil prices, the global financial crisis, global warming and over-fishing are all contributing to daily catch volumes reducing. Filipino officials are pushing for policies to emulate those brought in by the European Union to stop such over-fishing, reducing quotas allowed. The tuna fishing industry supports around 75,000 jobs locally, and exports to countries including the USA, Japan and Europe. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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