AECID Filipinas

Improvement of Vocational Training through the creation of
Escuela Taller in Intramuros area (Manila)

Project Information

CAD/CRS Code: 11330

Sector of Operation:
– Education, Employment
Training, Heritage

Managing Agency:
– National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
until 2014
– Escuela Taller de Filipinas
Foundation Inc., since 2014

Participating Government
– Technical Education and Skills
Development Authority (TESDA)
– Department of Social Welfare
and Development (DSWD)
– Intramuros Administration

– February 2008 – August 2017

AECID Total Budget:
Phase 1-6 until 2013: 2,420,000€
Phase 7, 2014: 150,000€
Phase 8, 2015: 100,000€
Phase 9, 2016: 70,000€

Total: 2,740,000€


The V Hispano-Philippine Joint Commission on Cooperation of 2005 recognized the importance of supporting occupational training through the creation of a Workshop School following the model initiated by the AECID in the 90s in Latin America. The Workshop School of Intramuros, in Manila, was inaugurated by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs in March 2009, and since then it has benefited a large number of young people from low-income families in the informal BASECO settlement.

The project contributes to the preservation of the historical and artistic heritage of the Philippines as a factor in the economic, social and cultural development of the most disadvantaged population. In addition, it aims to improve the employability of young people, men and women, economically disadvantaged and at risk of social exclusion, in jobs related to the rehabilitation of cultural heritage.

The project unit was incorporated in 2014 as a Workshop School Foundation of the Philippines Inc. It offers certificates recognized by the Authority for Technical Education and skills development (TESDA) in crafts such as masonry, painting and finishing, plumbing, electricity, carpentry and wood sculpture.

During the different phases of project execution, restoration and rehabilitation activities have been carried out in the perimeter of the walled area of ​​Intramuros, such as the Revellín de Recoletos ( current headquarters of the Workshop School), the lodge of the so-called Blue House or the Warehouse Real, in the Fort of Santiago de Intramuros. Elsewhere in the city of Manila there have also been intervention, such as the Malate church, the F. Tiongson educational building, the Malabon Central School, the DSWD headquarters in BASECO and others. On the island of Bohol, a satellite action was opened in 2014 to rehabilitate the heritage affected by the passage of Typhoon Haiyan and the 2013 Bohol earthquake.

With the conversion in 2014 of the Workshop School in Fundación Escuela de Intramuros (ETFFI), a process of transferring the project to the Philippine authorities was initiated, which allows receiving funds from the national budget through Philippine public entities (NCCA, Intramuros Administration and others), look for new resources and even sell services. The board of the ETFFI also seeks synergies and complementarities with the private sector and thus contribute to the financing of the ETFFI. In 2016, your budgetary dependency on Spanish funds will be less than 20%.

So far, around 70% of the graduates (almost 200) have been able to join the labor market in sectors related to the ETFFI, with a progressive participation of women.

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Areas of Intervention

Intramuros Manila, Philippines

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