Local economic development and youth employment in the Philippines: The case of Concepcion

The municipality of Concepcion in the Province of Iloilo is a rural community of around 40,000 people with livelihood activities anchored in agriculture and fisheries.

Concepcion was one of the eight localities throughout the Philippines chosen to pilot the Promoting Youth Employment in the Philippines (PYEP) pilot programme. Aside from introducing the entrepreneurship components into two public high schools in the municipality, a demonstration project focusing on youth employability and employment generation in tourism development was undertaken and has produced lasting results.