November 30, 2017
On November 29, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in Manila for the Project for Enhancement of Industrial Competitiveness through Industrial Human Resource Development and Supply & Value Chains Development, technical cooperation for development planning.
The project will improve the industrial human resource educational curricula at vocational training schools and other such institutions, review the investment system, and implement pilot projects for strengthening the way foreign and domestic companies are paired. Through this process, the project will formulate a practical manual to assist government agencies in developing human resource training curricula for automobile industry development in the Philippines and in creating and strengthening supply value chains. The project will also assist in the development of the manufacturing industry, including the automotive industry.
The manufacturing industry lags in the Philippines compared to other ASEAN countries, and the Government of the Philippines has worked out industrial policies that use the advantages of the current ASEAN unified economic region to enhance the competitiveness of domestic industries. However, vocational training schools and the like have not been able to supply enough human resources with the expertise and skills needed by companies, and domestic supporting industries, which are needed by foreign companies, face development challenges. Therefore, it is necessary to train human resources with the expertise and skills needed by industry, and transfer technology so that domestic companies can participate in the supply value chains of foreign companies while providing an attractive investment environment. Other measures needed are domestic company development and improvements in competitiveness.
Since 2016, JICA has been carrying out the Project for Elaboration of Industrial Promotion Plans using Value Chain Analysis (2016–2018) to formulate a plan to advance the automotive industry, an area of manufacturing that the Government of the Philippines focuses on in its industrial policies. While advancing the project, it has become clear that there is a need to study effective support measures toward human resource training and strengthening the supply value chain in the automotive industry.
Building on this, the present project will analyze the issues involved in the existing human resource training curricula and the creation of new supply value chains, and study measures for improvement. On the basis of that, the project will move forward, bringing the lessons and knowledge gleaned together in a manual. The project is expected to strengthen international competitiveness in manufacturing in the Philippines, including automotive manufacturing.
|Country||Republic of the Philippines|
|Project title||Project for Enhancement of Industrial Competitiveness through Industrial Human Resource Development and Supply & Value Chains|
|Planned implementation period||Four years beginning in 2018|
|Executing agency||Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines|
|Target region, facilities||Calabarzon Region|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Studying issues and needs of foreign companies, implementing a pilot project for industrial human resource training and strengthening the supply value chain, creating a manual for government agencies, creating an action plan|