The Philippines is an archipelago located at the heart of Southeast Asia. A cultural melting pot, the Philippines has vast influences from Asia and Western countries. In recent years, the country is considered Asia's economic bright spot, with its GDP growing at the range of 6%-7%, as well as high investment grade ratings from international credit rating agencies.
Historically a trading hub, the Philippines was one of the earliest global trade and maritime routes in the Pacific through the Galleon Trade in the 15th century.
One of the Philippines' greatest asset is its people known for their warm hospitality and cheerful attitude, making them among the happiest people on earth (Gallup Positive Experience Index, 2015) As a nation of vastly young population, the Philippines is entering a demographic sweet spot with working age Filipinos expected to rise to 67% by 2045 (Philippine Statistics Authority).
One of its major strategic development partners is the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) whose work in the country spans more than six decades. JICA in the Philippines supports inclusive and dynamic development anchored on key pillars: achieving sustainable economic growth, overcoming vulnerability, and peace and development in Mindanao.
|June 18, 2018||Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Young Leaders)|
|June 18, 2018||JICA vows continuing support to PH disaster resiliency efforts; turns over rehabilitated Marabut municipal hall in Samar|
|June 18, 2018||JICA, IRRI train agri specialists from Africa on quality rice seed breeding to boost food security|
|May 29, 2018||Mechanics for Poster Making Contest for High School Students in Northern Luzon|
|May 18, 2018||JICA, PH sign 2-billion yen ODA to support Marawi rehab|
|May 16, 2018||Signing of Grant Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to stability and the reconstruction of the lives of vicitims in conflict-afflicted Marawi City in Mindanao through roads and other social infrastructure|
|March 16, 2018||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to a mitigation of traffic congestion in Metro Manila through the construction of the first subway in the Philippines|
|March 1, 2018||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to a mitigation in the traffic congestion in the northern part of Metro Manila through construction of an arterial bypass|
|December 21, 2017||Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project with the Philippines: Developing evidence-based drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation programs|
|November 30, 2017||Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation for Development Planning with the Philippines: Supporting the training of human resources in the automotive industry and strengthening the supply value chain|