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.
|October 10, 2019||JICA sends 15 young Filipinos to study disaster management in Japan|
|October 10, 2019||JICA, DOH team up in fighting rabies in PH|
|October 4, 2019||JICA stresses seismic resilience in PH infra|
|October 2, 2019||Japanese company invests in new factory for low-protein rice technology in Tarlac|
|October 1, 2019||Travel to Japan for free: Japan’s ANA joins JICA in contest for video blogging on development issues that matter to Filipino youth|
|June 19, 2019||Signing of Dollar-Denominated Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Stimulating the regional economy and contributing to the consolidation of peace in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao through road network development|
|April 22, 2019||JICA President Kitaoka Visits Philippines, Meets with President Rodrigo Duterte and Members of Bangsamoro Transition Authority|
|November 8, 2018||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to the alleviation of serious traffic congestion in Metro Manila through rehabilitation of MRT Line 3|
|October 23, 2018||JICA Supports Peace Process Aimed at Establishing a Bangsamoro Government|
|October 9, 2018||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to improve safety and efficiency of air transportation in province of Bohol through constructing a new airport|