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Vocational Education, Employment, and Economic Development in the Philippines (2019_2_40_009)


The Philippines aimed to become a higher-middle-income county by 2016 and to eradicate poverty in 2040. However, the country must tackle the need to diminish disparities between the National Capital Region and other areas with regard to employment opportunities and toward raising decent income, as well as toward developing human capital for further contributing to inclusive/sustainable growth. In this research project, we will analyze the changes in regional labor markets/opportunities and the relationship with economic development since the 2000s, based on data on the regional labor market/industrial structures and technical and vocational education and training (TVET). We will then attempt to understand bottlenecks toward improving employment opportunities and policy implications especially for regional areas, where higher education is less accessible compared with the National Capital Region (metro Manila area).


April 2019 - March 2021

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Kashiwabara Chie
[ Co-researcher ] Suzuki Yurika
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