Support for the JobStart Philippines Program Rollout

Reporting Organization:Asian Development Bank
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 10,000,000
Timeframe: February 23, 2017 - March 31, 2022
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Asian Development Bank

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Philippines (the) - $ 10,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (5 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Education (65 %)

Law, Governance & Public Policy (30 %)

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This project aims to establish a nationwide JobStart Program in the Philippines. At least 24,000 youth (60% young women) are provided access to gender-sensitive, employment-related life skills training (including reproductive health) and on-the-job experience, thereby increasing their chances of finding decent long-term employment. In the Philippines one in four young people are not employed or enrolled in education, or training, with even higher rates amongst young women and those coming from low-income families. The JobStart Program (JSP) works with the private sector to assist youth to become job-ready. Providing youth with decent jobs is vital to reducing gender inequalities and poverty. By helping youth become productive members of society through the JSP, combined with other national programs to lower the country’s fertility rate, the Philippines has the opportunity to reap the benefits of its young population. JSP aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG 8) and the Government of the Philippines’ (GoP) goal to reduce poverty. This project is expected to transition to a fully funded GoP program by 2020 and build on the successful GAC-supported pilot of the JSP Program (2014-2016) also administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males
Total Direct Population: 2,493
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcome for this project is decreased youth unemployment in the Philippines.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) 35 local government units implemented JobStart Program (JSP); (2) 2,493 youth (of which 61% were female) accessed JSP services, such as gender-sensitive, employment-related life skills training, and on-the-job experience; (3) 13 training/capacity building activities were conducted for JSP unit staff; (4) 201 trained JSP unit staff delivered services at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Central Office and the Regional Offices/Field Offices; (5) 12 training/capacity building activities were conducted for Public Employment Service Office (PESO) staff; (6) 28 trained PESO staff delivered LST (Life Skills Training); (7) 28 trained PESO staff provided career guidance and coaching; (8) 50% JobStart placement rate (measurement ongoing); (9) 288 (of which 176 were women) trainees completed JobStart full cycle; (10) 1,770 (of which 1,080 were women) who received LST graduated; and (11) 98% youth who received LST graduated. Overall, the reporting year saw a JSP with expanded reach and services delivered. Target outcomes in graduation and women participation rates have improved, along with capacity development for JSP partners at various levels of government.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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