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Technical Cooperation


Technical cooperation is targeted toward development of the human resources necessary for the economic progress of developing countries. The fields covered by Japan’s technical cooperation range widely from basic human needs, such as public health and medical services to the areas of advanced technology. Since 1966, Japan has contributed to the Philippines through technical cooperation. Its cumulative amount up to 2002 is about US$ 1.6 billion. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the implementation agency for most of Japan’s technical cooperation activities which includes following programs;

  1. Technical Training of Overseas Participants

    Japan accepts trainees from developing countries for technical training courses. The main aim of the program is to transfer specialized knowledge and technologies. The program includes training conducted in Japan (both group and individual courses) and third-country training held in host countries other than Japan.

    1,281 Filipino trainees were invited to Japan in 2002.

  2. Dispatch of Technical Cooperation Experts

    The Expert Dispatch Program has grown into an important component of Japan’s technical cooperation since 1955. The program’s key objective is to transfer and disseminate technical knowledge and skills appropriate to the needs of partner countries.

    In 2002, 265 Japanese experts were dispatched to the Philippines.

  3. Technical Cooperation Project

    As a comprehensive approach to promote technology transfer, this program provides integrated assistance, from planning and implementation to evaluation, by combining three types of cooperation: (1) training programs in Japan, (2) dispatch of experts, and (3) provision of equipments and materials. The program is largely implemented in four sectors: social development; public health and population/family planning; agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; and industrial development.

  4. Dispatch of JOCVs

    Under the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) program, Japanese volunteers with special skills are dispatched to developing countries to assist in the socio-economic development of local communities. The volunteers are between the ages of 20 and 39 and serve in their assigned countries for two years.

    79 JOCVs supported Filipino people in 2002, in the sectors of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, manufacturing, education and information services, public health, medical service and sports in various regions of the country.

  5. Development Studies

    Study teams are dispatched to provide assistance in formulating development plans for the public sector and other basic areas of infrastructure, which are keys to the socio-economic development of developing countries. The team studies the proposed project or program from technical and financial viewpoints, and takes into consideration economic and social factors, organization and management, environmental impact, and other aspects.

On-going Project-Type Technical Cooperation
Project Title Duration
Cebu Socio-Economic Empowerment and Development Project 1999/03/01-2004/02/29
Improvement of Farmer's Income through the Strengthening of Agricultural Cooperatives 2000/07/01-2005/06/30
The Water Buffaloes and Beef Cattle Improvement Project 2000/10/02-2005/10/01
Environmental and Productivity Management of Marginal Soils 2000/02/01-2005/01/31
Philippine Coast Guard Human Resource Developmnet Project 2002/07/01-2007/06/30
Quality Tuberculosis Control Program 2002/09/01-2007/08/31
The Project for Enhancement of Capabilities in Flood Control and Sabo Engineering of the DPWH (Stage II) 2000/01/10-2005/01/19