The Philippine government is prioritising Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects for education, particularly the construction of school buildings.
The Education Sector in the Philippines
The Philippine education sector receives the highest budget allocation from the Philippine
government every year, as this sector is a priority of the current administration.
The Philippine government is prioritising Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects for
education, particularly the construction of school buildings. The government’s target is to build
30,000 classrooms annually for the next five years.
One important opportunity in this sector is e-learning or the introduction of ICT tools to deliver
education effectively. There is significant demand for computer hardware & software due to
government’s thrust to provide computer laboratories in both private and public schools.
The Philippines is known to be one of the top suppliers of labour in international markets.
Therefore, there is high demand for training in the areas of technical, vocational, as well as
professional levels. Skills that are in-demand include nursing, care-giving, physical therapy,
cosmetology & wellness skills, construction, welding, IT skills, among others. Coupled with
skills training, there is a need for international qualification and accreditation services among the
thousands of workers who want to work abroad.
The fast expansion of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the country
necessitates the provision of training courses & learning aids to train the large number of
workers who man the BPO operations. The proliferation of call centres, medical & legal
transcription outfits, computer-aided design (CAD) facilities, accounting and other back-office
operations, opens opportunities for businesses providing English language training, IT courses,
and other relevant training modules.
A number of UK colleges and universities have shown interest to find local partners and/or offer
distant learning modules to cater to Filipino students.
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Getting into the market
ξ Doing business in the Philippines is highly relational. Although it is generally modelled on
the US business culture, a formal introduction by a trusted third party is almost always the
best way to enter the market.
ξ Appointments are required and should be made at least two weeks in advance.
ξ English is the language of business.
ξ The Philippine government encourages inbound foreign investment and a wide range of
incentives are readily available.
More about doing business in the Philippines gives an overview of the Philippines’ economy,
business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues.
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Emma Leister, British Embassy Manila.
Tel: +63 2 858-2264
ξ Criz Reyes, British Embassy Manila
Tel: +63 2 858-2265
Contact your local international trade team
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