Project Data Sheet

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program: Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

PDS Creation Date 05 Dec 2006
PDS Updated as of 20 Jul 2009

Project Name Fund for Technical Education and Skills Development
Country Philippines
Project/Program Number 23229-023
Status Approved
Geographical Location
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Technical Education and Vocational Skills Training
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see

Environment C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The FTESD will be available to private TESD institutions nationwide. Based on a preliminary survey among the private institutions a total of 158 private schools have indicated interest in borrowing from the FTESD with loan amount ranging from $25,000 to $1.25 million. The majority want to borrow from $75,000 to $250,000. It is expected that approximately 120 private schools will benefit from the FTESD. (Piggybacked to this loan is Strengthening Management Capacity and Improving Quality of TESD technical assistance.)

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In its Medium-Term Philippines Development Plan, the Government emphasizes "economic growth with social equity" and a significant role of the private sector in "enhancing industrial competitiveness" in the global economy. These policy thrusts call for the development of highly skilled workforce that could compete in the international markets. To meet these requirements, the technical education and skills development system, which is the main provider of technicians and skilled workers, must be responsive to rapidly changing technology and demand of industry. TESD programs must be flexible, industry-oriented, and demand-driven. The present TESD system with its supply-driven orientation, outdated curricula, poor facilities, and inadequate teaching equipment cannot effectively produce the skilled workforce required by the economy. To promote "social equity" requires that the poor have wider access to services including better opportunities for skills training and employment with necessary support. ADB's intervention through the Project will help upgrade the quality and relevance of TESD programs in both the public and private sectors, provide financial support through loans and scholarships to the poor to enable them to acquire employable skills, and assist them in finding employment. The Project will assist the Government in strengthening the management capacity of the TESD system. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the main regulatory body for the TESD subsector, will be strengthened with the objective of divesting itself as the provider of training and to grow in its function more effectively as an oversight agency.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Dec 05
Consulting Services
The Project will require about 65 person-months of international consultants and 111 person-months of domestic consultants to support TESDA in program development and institutional capacity building. All international consultants will be selected and engaged through a firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB on the engagement of domestic consultants.
Procurement of goods and services shall be subject to the provisions of the Guidelines for Procurement under Asian Development Bank Loans, including ADB's policy on fraud and corruption. For the procurement of goods and services to be financed by subloans the borrowers will have freedom to use the appropriate procurement procedures subject to efficiency, technical acceptability and reliability of the services and goods and provided that the goods and services are supplied from and produced in member countries of ADB.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 15 Mar 1999 to 02 Apr 1999
Management Review Meeting 09 Nov 1999
Approval 24 Aug 2000
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1751 24 Aug 2000 16 Nov 2000 09 Jan 2001 09 Jan 2006 09 Jan 2007 23 Mar 2007


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
17 Sep 2014 Loan 1751 0 0 0.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
17 Sep 2014 Loan 1751 8,293 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1751

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Susan Anne Kerr (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Development Bank of the Philippines
Marissa V. Soriano


Project Website
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