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.
|December 12, 2018||P133-million JICA-assisted irrigation rehab project in Visayas to boost agri in PH|
|December 12, 2018||Japanese volunteer helps Tiwi farmers find niche in high-value crops|
|December 12, 2018||Photo Gallery|
|December 3, 2018||Philippines opens JICA-assisted new Bohol Panglao International Airport|
|November 28, 2018||19 Filipinos under JICA scholarship return to share new knowledge with Philippine government|
|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|
|June 26, 2018||Signing of Grant Agreement with Philippines: Support for the improvement of a flood forecasting and warning system|
|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|