Japanese businesses remain confident of business prospects in the Philippines, as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) secures P14.5 billion in new commitments from existing Japanese firms in the country.
Following an investment forum in Tokyo, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said Japanese businessmen pledged as much as P14.5 billion in expansion projects, which include a substantial investment from shipbuilding giant Tsuneishi Heavy Industries.
“We met with Tsuneishi President Kenji Kawanoto to discuss the expansion plans of Tsuneishi shipbuilding in the Philippines. Our discussions now include a prospective third project on ship recycling, using the latest internationally accredited green technologies. The project will generate potential investments of over P5 billion and total job generation conservatively estimated at 6,000,” Lopez said in a message to reporters.
The ship recycling project is envisioned to respond to the country’s requirements for interisland vessels for transport and logistics, as well as cover the steel requirements of major infrastructure work, Lopez said.
He clarified though that this third project was in addition to the two expansion plans signed and witnessed by President Duterte during his state visit to Japan last October.
That previous visit already brought in Tsuneishi’s two expansion projects: a ship-reuse center in Negros Occidental, with a P5.2-billion tag; and a biomass fuel project in Mindanao worth P5 billion.
Tsuneishi’s three projects is seen to employ a total of 32,000 new jobs.
A prefabricated housing producer, Ichijo Co. Ltd. will also be expanding its existing operations in the country with a new factory and warehouse in Cavite amounting to P2 billion. Additional new jobs will be around 600 workers.
Ichijo’s operations in the Philippines is its only overseas manufacturing subsidiary, and all of its pre-fabricated housing are exported to Japan.
The DTI chief, with key members of the Cabinet including Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Bases Conversion Development Authority President Vince Dizon, presented prospects for business and investments in the Philippines to 800 members of the Japanese business community last February 28.
Source: business mirror. 02 Mach 2017