MANILA, Philippines — Education is the first step to stand a chance in finding decent work in the Philippines. Unfortunately, in a country where the magnitude of the poor population is pegged at 23 million people (NSCB, 2009), most young FIlipinos do not even get close to applying for college, since many drop out from school or opt to work for a living.
A lot of young Filipinos also enter a labour market that does not have enough jobs for them. But getting a degree is still not equivalent to landing into a job. Even those with college diplomas cannot be assured of employment due to lack of opportunities and the mismatch between employees skills and those required by industry and the business sector.
Year 2011, a window of opportunity opened when a pilot project of UN Agencies, namely ILO, IOM, UNICEF, and UNFOA, supported by the Spanish…
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