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News Alumna Reports on a Country at a Crossroads

Tacloban Philippines
Tacloban, Philippines, photo by Coleen José.

"Once dubbed the 'sick man of Asia,' the Philippines has won a large share of information technology outsourcing business and become the region's fastest-growing economy. Although GDP rose by a record 7.2 percent last year, the country also suffers the worst unemployment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at 7 percent. The youth unemployment rate is far higher at 17.6 percent, and most young Filipinos say they can't access education that would prepare them for increasing employment opportunities in the technology world."

Coleen José '12 reports on Filipino youth outsourcing as part of's "Generation TBD" series.