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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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Preface

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regional economies in the world, having experienced impressive growth over the last 15 years. The establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 marked an important milestone on its path towards becoming a highly competitive region that is integrated in the global economy. However, the region faces several obstacles, such as high levels of income inequality and weak governance structures, which place pressure on maintaining this momentum and achieving higher levels of development and inclusiveness.

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