Local economic development and youth employment

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

Cotabato City regards itself as the "heart of central Mindanao". The city has fostered local economic development through dialogue with local communities and with the business sector. This has enabled it to restructure the local bureaucracy towards development task and introduce new tax-raising measures that work for the betterment of the fast-growing populace.

This study outlines the situation in which Cotabato City has had to come to terms with its youth unemployment problems, the initiatives undertaken to improve city governance and service delivery and the manner in which the ILO has engaged local stakeholders to address the various issues and deliver pilot programmes to underpin the efforts of the local government unit.