Rural economic empowerment

Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE)

An ILO methodology for promoting socio-economic development in poor rural communities. It emphasis the central role of knowledge and skills in modern day employment growth and competitiveness and, thereby, also the crucial role of training as part of an integrated package of actions to create new economic and employment opportunities for the poor, the unemployed and the otherwise disadvantaged. It is a tool for poverty reduction not just poverty alleviation.

Parts of Mindanao are among the poorest in the Philippines, with rural workers, indigenous groups and persons displaced by fighting among the most underprivileged. Such persons do not always have access neither to training systems to develop their skills, nor to markets for trade.

The ILO worked with government and local partners to increase access to training for marginalised groups, highlighting skills in demand by local industry and employers. The office initiated community-based skills development and enterprise development projects, through which target communities could improve their skills and entrepreneurial capacity, as well as access credit. The objective of the United States Government-funded project was to contribute to lasting peace and development in Mindanao by providing assistance to expand economic opportunities and income security through workforce training and employment creation.

For further information please contact:

ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel. +632 8580 9900
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