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 27, 2022||JICA volunteers RETURN to Philippines after two-year interval|
|June 27, 2022||A new and resilient JICA-funded Clarin Bridge in Bohol fully opens to traffic|
|June 22, 2022||JICA & NEDA sign JPY 1.8B grant to boost socioeconomic infra, create jobs for prosperity and stabilization in Bangsamoro|
|June 22, 2022||JICA champions safer life for Filipinos via partnership with DOH on disease surveillance and resilient public health system|
|June 17, 2022||JICA & NEDA sign JPY 1.8B grant to boost socioeconomic infra, create jobs for prosperity and stabilization in Bangsamoro|
|June 9, 2022||Signing of Grant Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to peace and social stability in Mindanao through the rebuilding of a vocational training center for the improvement of socioeconomic infrastructure|
|May 16, 2022||JICA President TANAKA Akihiko and former President KITAOKA Shinichi meet with Philippines Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez|
|April 26, 2022||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to COVID-19 crisis response in the Philippines through providing budget support|
|March 11, 2022||Encouraging the growth of startups aiming to contribute to the SDGs with steady business management guidance: 15 Asian startups participated in an accelerator program, held Emerging Tech Pitch Final in Asia|
|February 10, 2022||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to alleviating traffic congestion in the capital Manila through the first subway in the Philippines|