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.
|January 6, 2021||JICA announces second disbursement of Post Disaster Standby Loan Phase 2 to aid typhoon recovery in Philippines|
|January 6, 2021||JICA: Credit risk database project with BSP offers bright spot for SME financing amid COVID-19|
|January 4, 2021||JICA Philippine Office Holidays 2021|
|December 23, 2020||PCG steps up maritime security efforts via construction of new JICA-assisted PCG flagship vessels|
|December 23, 2020||JICA, DAR turn over PHP 105-M infra projects for Mindanao to cushion COVID-19 impact to farmers|
|September 15, 2020||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to immediate recovery from disasters, together with strengthening preparedness for natural and health-related emergencies|
|July 1, 2020||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to COVID-19 crisis response in the Philippines through providing budget support|
|June 16, 2020||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreements with the Philippines: Contributing to the alleviation of traffic congestion in regional major metropolitan centers—Metro Cebu and Metro Davao—with Japanese technology|
|March 17, 2020||Tackling the issues of marine plastic waste: Collaborating with developing countries to implement various initiatives|
|February 19, 2020||JICA President Kitaoka held talks with the ICM of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority Ebrahim|