Philippines in figures

2012 (thousands)


< 18 y.o (%)


Youth literacy rate
(15-24 y-o) (%), 2008-2012, Male


Youth literacy rate
(15-24 y-o) (%), 2008-2012, Female


Secondary school participation
Net attendance ratio (%), 2008-2012, Male


Secondary school participation
Net attendance ratio (%), 2008-2012, Female


% of population below international poverty line
1.25 $ per day, 2007-2011


source unicef

Passerelles numériques Philippines

Program launching


Students - 1st class (2009)


Students - 2015-2016


Training Location


Training Programs

Two three-year trainings – IT technician:

  • System and Network Administration (SNA)
  • Software Development (SD)

These curricula include:

  • 3 semesters of academic training at the University of San Carlos
  • 3 semesters of work/study training: five days working in a company + one day studying at the University

Context and results

In the Philippines, while the economy was experiencing a strong growth rate (+7%), the country saw both an increase in unemployment and a rise in the poverty rate. 70% of the population live with less than PHP100 per day (less than $3). The revenue gap between the richest and the poorest is one of the largest in the world. In the central Visayas region where PN operates, natural calamities (earthquakes, typhoons, etc.) occur frequently and contribute dramatically to retaining the poorest of the poor in a constantly precarious economic state. For the young people (40% of the population is under 18), the hope and desire to continue their studies is very strong, as is the desire to impart that enthusiasm to those most in need.


The Philippines is a newly industrialized country with an agricultural base, light industry, and service-sector economy.

35% of the population is under 14 years-old and only 30% manage to study at the University, enabling them to get a qualified job.

In 2009 a survey of the IT market and of the NGOs needs conducted by PN has pointed out that the growth of the IT industry in Cebu generated

demand in all IT specialty areas: software programming, networks, and web design.

The students follow a three-year training at the University San Carlos.

This training has been designed by Passerelles numériques to best answer the local IT industry expectations in terms of skills and attitudes, to ensure the best chance for the disadvantaged youths to find qualified employment.
In June 2009, PN Philippines selected a first batch of 24 students, from different areas in the Visayas.

In 2010 and 2011, two classes of 45 students each have been enrolled.

Since May 2012, 90 students are welcomed each year in Passerelles numériques’ program in Cebu.

Since 2009, 192 students have been graduated.
  • Two months after their graduation, they have all found a qualified job and they earn 2-5 times the local average revenue*. They give a part of their salary to their family, enabling younger brothers and sisters to go to school and study.

*Classes of 2012-2013 figures
Passerelles numériques graduation Philippines 2012


Ms. Welnee Asoy, 17 years-old, graduated in March 2014

“That day, I was at home. I got a phone call. It was THE announcement: I have been admitted at PN Philippines! For the surprise I suddenly shouted, so loud that i alarmed my family! I knew that about 1.500 high-school students applied for the scholarship and I really didn’t imagine about being part of the 45 lucky ones. At the beginning, I hesitated a little bit before accepting the scholarship. I knew that PN rules are firm and I was not sure to be docile enough to respect all of them. My former teachers encouraged me to accept. It was a good decision, a once-in-a-life opportunity. I din’t expect that, but today IT is becoming a true passion! I appreciate a lot the staff: they trust us and they believe we could become whatever we want . It is very supporting!”