Japan and Philippines exchange the Memorandum of Cooperation for Health care


    On February 21st, at the 7th Japan-Philippines High Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation in Osaka, Ambassador Koji Haneda and Ambassador Jose C. Laurel V exchanged the Memorandum of Cooperation for Health care between Japan and Philippines. The exchanging ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Hiroto Izumi, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, for the Japan side, and Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.
    This Memorandum of Cooperation is aimed at establishing a mechanism to create vibrant and healthy societies for long and productive lives through enriching necessary healthcare services including business-based approaches and creating a virtuous cycle for economic growth and enhancement of healthcare services and to identify concrete approaches for collaboration in the fields of healthcare.
(a) Promoting specific projects:
      i.   Developing industries such as elderly care services, including development of regulation standards and implementation of these in a public health system; and
      ii.  Introducing advanced medical technologies, pharmaceuticals and medical devices;
(b) Development of infrastructure:
      i.   Realizing Universal Health Coverage in the public health insurance system; and
      ii.  Promoting institutional collaboration on Information and Communication Technology in the healthcare fields;
(c) Human resources:
      i.   Developing human resources in the elderly care fields through the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP);
      ii.  Developing training programs for medical practitioners, including allied health professionals, and public health professionals;
      iii. Transferring know-how on Japanese-style management of hospitals including incorporated administrative agency system;
      iv. Sharing knowledge on healthcare between Japan and the Philippines in the public and private sectors;
      v.  Sharing experiences, best practices and technical assistance in preparedness, response and evaluation activities for disasters; and
      vi. Sharing knowledge and experience in medical waste management;
(d) Any other areas as may be jointly decided upon to promote cooperation as envisaged under this MOC.