There has been a steady rise in gainful employment in the Philippines in recent years. From 2007 to 2016, the average labor-force participation rate is currently around 64%. The LFPR in July 2018 was 60.1 percent. The population is relatively young on average. The labor-force participation rate (LFPR) as of July 2019 was estimated at 62.1 percent given the population 15 years old and over of 73.1 million.

The country has enjoyed robust economic growth in the last few years. A high level of willingness to spend among consumers is a significant contributory factor here. Although only around 4% of the population have credit cards, online shopping is becoming increasingly popular among the younger generations. Since the availability of mobile broadband connections and smartphones is far higher than that of landlines, mobile devices are now the most important means of communication.

The country’s prospects for economic growth are considered to be good. The economic development of the country is underpinned by overseas Filipino workers (OFW), with remittances of over $ 20 billion a year sent home by around 10 million employees. Filipinos commonly work as nannies and housemaids, in construction, as sailors and in other areas of the service industry.

Problems to be taken seriously in the Philippines are the continuing higher rates of part-time employment and underemployment. The 15-34 age group is particularly hard hit by unemployment as of writing. It accounts for about 80% of the unemployed. According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, however, youth unemployment would be even more acute if so, many young people were not employed abroad.

Furthermore, only around 25% of employees’ nationwide work in the formal sector with a regular income at a legally regulated hourly rate. Approximately 99% of firms class themselves as small and medium-sized enterprises. As a consequence, a quarter of employees at most receive the statutory minimum wage. The wages of informal workers differ accordingly and are lower.

16% in industry. The trend is upward for the services sector, but downward in the agricultural sector.

Personnel with good English language skills, IT expertise and university degrees are currently in demand for the field of business process outsourcing. Particular emphasis is placed on the call center business, which is driven by demand from overseas and has a direct impact on the development of the property market and the retail trade.

According to the “Global Workforce Study” by Towers Watson, 72% of Philippine companies see it as a challenge to recruit and retain qualified personnel. As well as bonus and commission payments, some firms offer their employees internal and external advanced training courses, which are seen as valuable incentives.

Germany and the Philippines have maintained diplomatic relations for 62 years. Among the EU member states, the Federal Republic is one of the country’s biggest foreign investors. Products “Made in Germany” enjoy an excellent reputation. There has been cooperation at development policy level since 1961. The spotlight here is on sustainable economic growth, environment and resource management, health care and poverty reduction. The Philippines is a developing country according to the DAC list of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The education system in the Philippines is modelled on that of the USA. There are three distinct sectors:

  • Basic education
  • Vocational education
  • Higher education

Public and private stakeholders are active in all of these areas.

The central institutions in the Philippine education system are the Department of Education, the Technical Education and Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission of Higher Education.

When it comes to vocational education, the general aim is to secure the livelihoods of the Philippines population by improving employability and providing further education and retraining programs as well as vocational training. Courses vary greatly in terms of their duration and focus. Education and training are classed as an area of integrated education in the Philippines.

Qualifications are TESDA-certified but they are seen alongside individual qualifications from educational establishments that are not uniformly regulated across the country.

Relations with Germany in the sphere of cultural cooperation have been based on a bilateral agreement since 1983. Cooperation on vocational education was taken to a new level in an agreement between the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and TESDA in 2014.

There is a whole host of German providers who have, among other things, established partnerships with Philippine educational institutions. These include Sequa gGmbH, which is joining forces with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other German organizations to implement the initiative “K to 12 PLUS Pilot Project on Dual Vocational Education and Training”. The scheme aims to support dual structures in the field of vocational education in the Philippines.

This the starting point for this project. 


GES and in cooperation with GPCCI, facilitates an in-house training for people who are interested in learning and developing new skills in housekeeping and hospitality industry.


GES Professional Housekeeping Cleaning Course is about teaching the trainees about the modern hygienic techniques in cleaning. As well as the proper and more efficient way in cleaning certain areas of the home and the different materials they will encounter during commencement of the service.


GES Professional Industrial Cleaning Course is about teaching the trainees about the modern hygienic techniques in cleaning. As well as the proper and more efficient way in cleaning certain areas of the commercial and the different materials they will encounter during commencement of the service.