By Charissa M. Luci-Atienza
In an effort to boost the manufacturing industry and employability of Filipinos in Japanese companies, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan’s Saitama Prefecture moved to expand human resource development training in universities in Cebu.
The universities that have benefited from the training in Cebu are University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) and University of San Carlos and now Cebu Technological Institute (CTI).
The JICA said the training is part of its on-going technical cooperation for grassroots projects (TCGP) introducing monozukuri or Japanese manufacturing philosophy.
“JICA recognizes the importance of industry-academe-government linkages to develop human resources and support industrialization efforts. Through this development cooperation between Saitama Prefecture and Japanese universities (Toyo University and Shibaura Institute of Technology) and Cebu, we hope that more Filipinos will have better access to quality jobs and opportunities,” JICA Section Chief Flerida Chan said in a statement.
Following the development cooperation, USJR has set up a Monozukuri Institute to institutionalize monozukuri principles and facilitate hiring of students in Japanese companies.
Part of the Institute’s responsibilities is to keep records of all the trainees and lectures and other important monozukuri documents.
Chan noted that the project has trained 250 Filipino engineering students, some of whom have been employed in Japanese companies in Cebu.
Monozukuri instills positive values such as responsibility and excellence among trainees regardless whether Japanese companies hire them or not.
“The project complements the current Philippine government’s socioeconomic priority of creating jobs and building the capacity of Filipino graduates,” JICA said.
Known for its successful implementation of the monozukuri approach in its manufacturing practices, the Saitama Prefecture has the fifth highest GDP, at JPY 20,678 billion in 2013 in all of 47 prefectures of Japan,based on Cabinet Office, Government of Japan data.
Many of its young employees are proactive and committed to constantly raising the level of quality in their work.
Aside from training Filipino students on Japanese techniques and standards, JICA, which is the world’s largest bilateral aid agency, has supported the Philippines’ human resource development through a senior high school modeling project with DepEd that assisted the country’s implementation of technical vocational education track under the K+12 program.
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