Education and Workforce

Education

As the center of education for Western Visayas, Iloilo is home to more than 30 universities and colleges. These higher education institutions offer diverse programs from agriculture to information technology, research and development, extention programs and continuing education. Technical vocational skills and education programs are also offered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Accredited institutions.

highlights

  • About 109,000 students are currently enrolled in colleges and universities.
  • Iloilo anually produce an average of 25,000 graduates of bachelor degrees.
  • Technical vocational education produces over 10,000 graduates per year.
  • The literacy rate in Iloilo is one of the highest in the country at 94.5%.

Below are some of the three oldest universities in Iloilo. University of the Philippines in the Visayas was formed in the 1940s; the University of San Agustin was founded in 1904; while the Central Philippine University was established in 1905.

Top Degrees By Field

Province

  • Bachelor in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education
  • BS in Information Technology
  • BS in Business Administration
  • BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • BS in Criminology
  • BS in Industrial Technology
  • BS in Marine Engineering
  • BS in Marine Transportation
  • BS in Agriculture

Top Degrees By Field

City

  • BS in Business Administration
  • BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Bachelor in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education
  • BS in Information Technology
  • BS in Marine Engineering
  • BS in Marine Transportation
  • BS in Accountancy
  • BS in Tourism
  • BS in Criminology

Schools with Centers of Excellence in Various Fields

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES IN THE VISAYAS

  • Center of Excellence in Fisheries

CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY

  • Center of Excellence in Agriculture
  • Center of Excellence in Business Administration

WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Center of Excellence in Teacher Education

Source: Commission on Higher Education Region VI, 2015 Provincial Data

Workforce

Businesses are attracted to Iloilo because of its abundant supply of skilled workers and professionals for all kinds of jobs. Its workforce is young, motivated, and highly trainable.

  • Iloilo has more than 700,000 individuals within working age with potential for employment.
  • Graduates are English-proficient, highly-trainable and immersed in Western-oriented culture, and can readily supply the talent requirement of service-oriented industries and overseas employment.
  • Labor participation is at 64.8% as of 2013 and Iloilo employment rate is at 94%, among the highest in the country. 

age distribution of persons within working age – Province

age distribution of persons within working age – City

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority, 2016 Provincial Data