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Employment and Skills Strategies in the Philippines

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Skills represent a key driver of development and growth in the Philippines. Educational attainment of the Filipino population has steadily increased in recent decades, but while the country is regionally successful within Southeast Asia, it has yet to reach the standards of more developed countries. This OECD report looks at the implementation of employment and skills development programmes in a sample of cities in the Philippines: Taguig City, Cebu City, and Davao City. Local governments in the Philippines have an active role in the management of employment and skills programmes through Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs). These offices are responsible for the implementation of a number of nationally regulated policies and programmes. All three cities are making a number of investments to better link people to jobs, develop a skilled workforce and attract new investment.

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Foreword

This OECD Review on Local Job Creation has been produced by the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This project was undertaken in co-operation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippines. The OECD Reviews on Local Job Creation are coordinated by Jonathan Barr, Policy Analyst, under the supervision of Sylvain Giguère, Head of the LEED Division.

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