Jobs for the 21st Century: Philippines Assessment

By Heather Elmer, Caroline Fawcett, Ronald Israel, David James-Wilson, Erlinda C. Pefianco, Francisco Roman, Lynn Salinger, Adrienne R. Smith, and Teresa M. Soriano

This report, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Asia and Near East Bureau, presents an assessment of the opportunities and challenges to engage unemployed, out-of school youth (ages 15–24) of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in workforce and civil society. Nearly a quarter of all school-age children (ages 6 to 24) in ARMM are out of school and unemployed. Among the 15 to 24 year age group, this affects an estimated 157,000 youth, both male and female. In addition, many more youth in ARMM are underemployed or working in traditional occupations without the benefit of value-added training. The assessment seeks to understand key aspects of the youth workforce in the ARMM, such as the main characteristics of the out-of school youth, their economic opportunities, and the local education and training institutions that provide skills training and education to such youth. In addition, the report identifies key investment options to be considered by planners of effective programs for out-of-school youth. The assessment was carried out over a three-month period by a team of international and local education and workforce specialists.

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