Philippines in figures

2010 (thousands)

93 261

< 18 y.o (%)


Youth literacy rate
(15-24 y-o) (%), 2005-2010, Male


Youth literacy rate
(15-24 y-o) (%), 2005-2010, Female


Secondary school participation
Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010, Male


Secondary school participation
Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010, Female


% of population below international poverty line
1.25 $ per day, 2000-2009


source unicef

Passerelles numériques Philippines

Program launching


Students - 1st batch (2009)


Students - 2013/2014




Training Programs

Two 3 years trainings – IT technician:

  • System and Network Administrator (SNA),
  • Software Developer.

These curricula include:

  • 3 semesters of academic training at the University of San Carlos,
  • 3 semesters of internship : 5 days within the company, 1 day at the University.

Context and results

In the Philippines the gap between the incomes of the rich and the poor is one of the most significant in the world. In major cities, modern shopping malls are just a few meters away from slums, where millions of families struggle to survive in miserable conditions.


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 3-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 batches of 45 students each have been enrolled.

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

Since 2009, 106 students have been graduated.
  • Two months after their graduation, they have all found a qualified job and they earn 3 to 5 times the average revenue of their families.

Passerelles numériques graduation Philippines 2012


Ms. Welnee Asoy, 17 years old, will be graduated in 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!”