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A local health worker administers a vaccine at a local health center at the financial district of Makati, east of Manila, Philippines, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The World Health Organization and the British government are working with the Philippine Department of Health, UNICEF and a host of other partners to help deliver a month-long campaign to immunize children against Measles, Rubella, commonly known as German measles, and Polio which aims to immunize 13 million children nationwide. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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A local health worker administers a vaccine at a local health centre at the financial district of Makati, Manila

Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on August 28, 2014 near where informal settlers' homes were recently demolished.  The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia, authorities said on August 28. Officials said in April that amongst their new targets is the lowering of the country's poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 18.0 to 20.0 percent by 2016.

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Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on Thursday, near where informal settlers’ homes were recently demolished

Filipino zoo owner Manny Tangco kisses his Japanese koi carp inside the Malabon Zoo, north of Manila, Philippines. The zoo is one of the largest in the Philippines, borne out of a backyard hobby and passion for animals.

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Zoo owner Manny Tangco kisses his Japanese koi carp at the Malabon Zoo, north of Manila, Philippines. The zoo is one of the largest in the country, created from a hobby and passion for animals.

Flood in Bataan province brought by Typhoon Halong.

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Children swim in floodwater caused by Typhoon Halong in the town of Hermosa, Bataan province, Philippines, on Tuesday

Protesters clash with riot police during President Aquino III's state of the nation address...epa04333631 Filipino anti-riot policemen use water cannon to disperse protestors attempting to reach the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 28 July 2014, during the state of the nation address (SONA) by Philippine president Benigno Aquino III. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Philippine capital , police said, during    President Benigno Aquino's annual state of the nation address.Police blocked off a main road leading to the House of Representatives compound in the Manila suburban city of Quezon, forcing the demonstrators to gather about three kilometres away. They brought an effigy of Aquino as a thief, accusing him of reneging on a vow to fight corruption by implementing an economic stimulus programme that allows for the discretionary distribution of state funds. The more than 3-billion-dollar programme was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but Aquino's government appealed that decision.  EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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Riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines during the annual state of the nation address by president Benigno Aquino III. 

TOPSHOTS A homeless family lives under a...TOPSHOTS A homeless family lives under a statue in Manila on July 24, 2014.  The Philippines' roaring economy cooled in the first quarter of the year as the impacts of Super Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters hit harder than expected, official data showed.  AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A homeless family live under statues in Manila. The Philippines’ economy cooled in the first quarter of the year as the impacts of Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters hit hard, official data showed. 

A Filipino boy plays inside a large metal tube that will be used to repair an old bridge in suburban Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines.

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A Filipino boy plays inside a large metal tube that will be used to repair an old bridge in suburban Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines.

Typhoon Rammasun aftermath recovery.

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A Filipino boy carries a fish washed up by floods at a lake in Muntinlupa city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday. It follows the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, which killed 60 people and left nearly 2m in the capital and eastern provinces without power.

Typhoon Rammasun aftermath recovery...epa04319082 Filipino typhoon victim children play inside a gymnasium converted into a temporary evacuation center in the city of Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines, 17 July 2014. The strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, killed 38 people and left nearly 2 million in the capital and eastern provinces without power for a second day, disaster management officials said on 16 July.  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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Filipino children displaced by Typhoon Rammasun play inside a gymnasium converted into an evacuation centre in the city of Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines. The strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, killed 38 people and left nearly 2m in the capital and eastern provinces without power for a second day, disaster management officials said. 

U.S. Marines prepare to maneuver their AAVs (Amphibious Assault Vehicles) following the joint U.S.-Philippines naval exercise, dubbed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Naval Education and Training Center at San Antonio township, Zambales province in northwestern Philippines. More than 100 Filipino and U.S. Marines in assault amphibious vehicles conducted a mock assault on imaginary enemies in military drills Monday on a beach in northwestern Philippines fronting the South China Sea, where Manila is locked in a territorial dispute with China.

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US marines prepare to manoeuvre their AAVs (Amphibious Assault Vehicles) following the joint US-Philippines naval exercise, dubbed Co-operation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), on Monday, at the Naval Education and Training Center at San Antonio township, Zambales province, in northwestern Philippines