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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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The OECD is engaging with ASEAN economies to help them prepare evidence-based approaches to job creation, employment and productivity. This includes applying an OECD gap assessment in three case study areas, including 1) Taguig City; 2) Cebu City; and 3) Davao City. In these areas, in-depth work based on quantitative analysis, as well as document reviews and interviews with key stakeholders was undertaken to analyse local employment and economic development activities.

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