The Education Sector

An Expert's View about Education in the Philippines

Posted on: 29 Feb 2012

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 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. Market overview 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. Key opportunities 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. Latest export opportunities – Education & Training Latest export opportunities – The Philippines 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. Contacts 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. Email: Tel: +63 2 858-2264 ξ Criz Reyes, British Embassy Manila Email: Tel: +63 2 858-2265 Contact your local international trade team Major Events TBC UKTI Events Latest events – Education & Training Latest events – The Philippines Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 29 February 2012