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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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Overview of the case study areas in the Philippines

To better understand the role of the local level in contributing to job creation and productivity, this review examined employment and economic development programme activities in Taguig City, Cebu City, and Davao City. This chapter provides a labour market and economic overview of each city as well as the results from an OECD analysis which looks at place-based skills mismatches at the local level in the Philippines.

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