Local economic development and youth employment

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

Dumaguete City is is noted for its excellence in education, a consequence of the presence of four well-known universities, the first of which was established in 1901.

Despite an aggressive programme of attracting new investments into the city, especially in the area of business process outsourcing, the city continues to suffer from lack of employment opportunities for its educated youth many of whom seek well-paying jobs in Cebu and Manila rather than remain in Dumaguete. Many of those that remain behind end up out-of-school and not working or employed in jobs that are well below their actual skill level.