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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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Towards an action plan for jobs in the Philippines: Recommendations and best practices

This chapter outlines the key recommendations emerging from a review of local job creation policies in the Philippines. These include measures that should be considered by the national government as well as the cities of Taguig, Cebu, and Davao to better connect people to jobs, stimulate more responsive skills development training at the local level, and ensure that economic development efforts are better coordinated with employment programmes.

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