Notice of Postponement of the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC

Due to the uncertainty of how the issues regarding COVID-19 might develop in the Philippines, PHILJEC would like to inform all interested participants that the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC scheduled on March 12, 2020, at New World Hotel Makati is postponed.

Registration for the event is also temporarily suspended. The PHILJEC secretariat will provide updates regarding the new date of the Joint Meeting as soon as it’s available and process requests for registration fee and sponsorship refund.

Posted here is the formal announcement from PHILJEC Chairman, Mr. Gerard B. Sanvictores.

POSTPONED: PHILJEC & JPECC 38th Joint Meeting to Focus on Innovation and Digitalization

Notice of Postponement of the 38th Joint Meeting of PHILJEC and JPECC

The 38th Joint Meeting of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC) and its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC) will take place on March 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New World Makati Hotel. 

This year’s theme is “Promoting Philippines-Japan business through Innovation and Digitalization” and will welcome executives and representatives from top Filipino and Japanese companies. Hon. Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of Ayala Corporation, are scheduled to deliver their keynote addresses during the event. It will be followed by a short Q&A. 

There will be two plenary sessions focusing on different industries. Session 1, Instituting Innovation in Industries,” will focus on logistics, finance, real estate, and retail. Session 2, Promoting the Development of other Industries,” will focus on human resource training. It will also present updates on the development of smart cities like the New Clark City and will also tackle the issue of increasing the number and value of investments in manufacturing industries. 

Guest speakers include, among others, Mr. Edwin Bautista, President, Union Bank; Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, Senior Advisor, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; and Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho, President & CEO, Magsaysay Group of Companies. 

Visit The 38th Joint Meeting of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committees event website to register.

For more information or inquiries, you may contact the PHILJEC secretariat at (+632) 8892-4916 to 19 or at

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JPECC and PHILJEC Hold 37th Joint Meeting Focused on Strategic Partnership

The Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC) met with its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC) for their 37th Joint Meeting held last March 13, 2019 at the prestigious Tokyo Kaikan. This year’s joint meeting  highlighted the two nations’ strategic economic partnership in key industries specifically, tourism, transportation, human resource, construction, and manufacturing.

Mr. Shinya Katanozaka (JPECC) and Atty. Aniceto G. Saludo, Jr. (PHILJEC) Chairmaan and Co-Chairman respectively of the 37th Joint Meeting welcomed all participants with their opening remarks.  Congratulatory messages from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and President Rodrigo R. Duterte of the Philippines were read by Ambassadors Koji Haneda and Jose C. Laurel V, respectively. The Philippines’ Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez and Transport Secretary Arthur P. Tugade were this year’s Keynote Speakers.

Two plenary sessions were held and attended by top executives from the Japanese and Filipino business communities. The first session focused on the theme “Tourism and Infrastructure Development” discussed by the following speakers:

  • Hon. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat – Secretary, Department of Tourism
  • Mr. Takashi Sasaki – Special Advisor, JTB Corp.
  • Mr. Isao Hosoya – Executive Officer, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
  • Atty. Michael Toledo – Managing Director, MVP Group of Companies
  • Mr. Roberto Jose L. Castillo – President and CEO, EEI Corporation

The second session focused on “Human Resource Development and Exchange” which featured the following speakers:

  • Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho –  President & CEO, Magsaysay Group of Companies
  • Mr. Shuichiro Yoshida –  Assistant General Manager, Marine Safety Division, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
  • Mr. Kentaro Ozawa – Executive Director of International Business, Human Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Atty. Villamor Ventura S. Plan – Deputy Administrator Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

The PHILJEC Delegation consisted of 74 delegates, one of the largest ever assembled for a Joint Meeting held in Tokyo. The night before the Joint Meeting, the visiting Filipinos were invited to a Welcome Dinner for the Philippines-Japan Society at the Imperial Hotel hosted by the Philippine Society of Japan led by Mr. Mamoru Sekiyama, Chairman and Ambassador Makoto Katsura, President.  On the other hand, JPECC hosted sumptuous lunch and dinner at the Tokyo Kaikan during the Joint Meeting.  



37th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting Program

Photo Album

Presentations of Speakers

PHILJEC-JPECC Hold 34th Joint Meeting Celebrating 60 Years of Phil-Japan Relations

The Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. (PHILJEC) and its counterpart, Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC) held their 34th joint meeting at the New World Hotel in Makati City last February 22-23, 2016.

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties between Japan and the Philippines, this year’s meeting adopted the theme of “Philippines-Japan@60 Onwards,” and served as a forum for the discussion of socio-economic issues and collaborative ideas that will enable the two economies to effectively compete in the global market.

PHILJEC Chairman, Roberto Jose Castillo and JPECC Chairman, Toshiyuki Shiga welcomed key speakers and delegates from respected government institutions and private companies, which included Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary, Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Kazuhide Ishikawa among other distinguished guests.

“We are profoundly honored that this 60th Anniversary [of the establishment of normal diplomatic relations] was marked at the first month of this year by the visit to the Philippines of their Majesties: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko,” Chairman Castillo remarked during his welcome speech.

Expounding more about the Emperor’s visit in the previous month, Castillo shared, “I, myself, was asked by His Majesty Emperor Akihito to keep helping enhance the business relations between Japan and the Philippines. In my mind and in my heart, His Majesty’s request is a most honorable command to me and to all of us in PHILJEC.”

Discussions in the meeting focused on issues affecting businesses in the Philippines and Japan: The socio-economic and monetary situation in the Philippines and Japan; the promotion of investment in automotive, electronics, power and science and technology industry in the two countries; and possible business collaborations that could help the two nations continue to be globally competitive.



PHILJEC Chairman, Roberto Jose Castillo Opening Remarks
PHILJEC-JPECC 34th Joint Meeting Program
Congratulatory Message from President Benigno Aquino III
PHILJEC-JPECC 34th Joint Meeting Photo Album
PHILJEC-JPECC 34th Joint Meeting Presentations