PHILJEC Holds Special Board Meetings for Activities in 2020

Members of PHILJEC’s Board of Trustees met in two separate special board meetings in July 1 and August 6, 2019 to discuss the details of the organizations upcoming activities, most notable of which is the scheduled 38th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting in 2020. Both meetings were held at the Board Room of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Center, 6th Floor Electra House Building, 115-117 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

PHILJEC Chairman, MR. Gerard B. Sanvictores, presided over the meetings. The July discussion covered the pre-meeting for the 45th ASEAN Japan Business Meeting (AJBM) that eventually took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 29, 2019 and the possible PHILJEC Golf Tournament in October 2020. 

The board members further ironed out details for the 38th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting when they met in August and discussed the proposal of the Makati Business Club to organize a Philippines-Japan Business Council. 


PHILJEC Welcomes New Members and Board of Trustees in an Afternoon Get-Together

The new Board of Trustees and members of PHILJEC were welcomed by the organization during an afternoon get-together on August 15, 2019 in Makati City. The casual event provided a relaxed environment for the members to mingle and talk about the different activities and goals of the organization. These activities include the upcoming 45th ASEAN Japan Business Meeting (AJBM)  to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2020 and the 38th PHILJEC-JPECC Joint Meeting in 2020.

Based on the positive feedback from members and the success of the mini-gathering, PHILJEC plans to host more similar casual gatherings in the future for its members. 

The current PHILJEC Board of Trustees are:

 Gerard B. Sanvictores                                            Chairman
Edwin L. Umali                                                  Co-Chairman
Richard Albert I. Osmond                               Co-Chairman
JJ Samuel A. Soriano                               Secretary-General
Ferdinand A. Ferrer                                                Treasurer
Atty. Jose Vicente E. Jimenez, Jr.       Assistant Secretary
Ma. Elena L. Loinaz                              Assistant Treasurer
Glenda T. Ferma                                                 Coordinator


PHILJEC Holds 2019 General Meeting

PHILJEC held its Annual General Membership Meeting last May 16, 2019 at Electra House Building in Makati City. Chairman Atty. Aniceto G. Saludo, Jr. headed the meeting, which also included the election of new officers for the Board of Trustees and its organizational meeting immediately after the election.

The current officers of PHILJEC:

Gerard B. Sanvictores                                            Chairman
Edwin L. Umali                                                  Co-Chairman
Richard Albert I. Osmond                                Co-Chairman
JJ Samuel A. Soriano                                 Secretary-General
Ferdinand A. Ferrer                                                Treasurer
Atty. Jose Vicente E. Jimenez, Jr.           Assistant Secretary
Ma. Elena L. Loinaz                               Assistant Treasurer
Glenda T. Ferma                                                  Coordinator

Annual reports on the activities of PHILJEC were also submitted by the Chairman and the Treasurer, and acts of the Board of Trustees and Officers from April 11, 2018 to 15 May 2019 were also ratified during the meeting.


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PHILJEC Adviser Mr. Feliciano Torres Conferred Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon

Ambassador Koji Haneda on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan conferred upon PHILJEC Adviser and PJS Medal of Merit Awardee, Mr. Feliciano Torres, The Order of the Rising Sun with Neck Ribbon in an awarding reception held on January 10, 2019 at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence. The Imperial Award was given in recognition of Mr. Torres’ valuable contributions to Japan’s economy and automobile industry being the President of Yazaki Torres Corporation, the country’s number one exporter of automotive parts for more than three decades.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Torres expressed his gratitude to the people and organizations whom he has worked with throughout the years. These included the Late Ambassador Jose S. Laurel III, Mr. Gregorio Uy Lim of UE Automotive, and his father and role model, Mr. Antonio T. Torres.

Mr. Torres also emphasized that for 45 years, Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing has maintained industrial peace by being fair to its people. “When I am asked what is the strength that leads to success, my answer is always this—the discipline, determination, and unity of our company’s human capital—our people,” Mr. Torres said. “In this light, to be conferred The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, among many deserving, is a milestone not just for myself or our companies, but for our employees, our partners and for all of us that strive to cultivate and strengthen Philippine-Japan relations.”

In his speech, Ambassador Haneda praised the personal philosophy of Mr. Torres—his belief in kokoro to kokoro no fureai or heart-to-heart relationship founded on mutual trust and respect. He also mentioned the vital role Mr. Torres had in crafting the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). “Mr. Torres viewed JPEPA as a vital economic measure for Japan and the Philippines to rev up our cooperation and open a wide range of opportunities that would ultimately cascade to our industries. True enough, his steadfast commitment to this cause still redounds to the dynamic exchanges being enjoyed by our automobile sectors to this day,” said the Ambassador.

From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Torres served as Chairman of PHILJEC and led dialogues on economic, cultural, and business development between Japan and the Philippines. He led and represented the position of the automobile industry of the Philippines during the crafting and development of the JPEPA.

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Japan-Philippine Business Forum Tokyo Round Held

Following the first Japan-Philippine Business Matching Forum held in Makati, Philippines last December, another business matching session took place on March 14 at the Conference Room of the No. 2 Office Building of the Members of the House of Representatives in Tokyo. The meeting was jointly organized by OISCA and the Philippine-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC). Over 70 Japanese and Filipino business persons representing small and medium-sized enterprises participated in the Tokyo meeting to follow up the initial contact established with respective partners in the first meeting and to look for new business opportunities. Reflecting a growing interest in this event, the number of participants surpassed the capacity of the conference room as many people who were not registered beforehand showed up on the spot.

Mr. Yasuaki Nagaishi, Secretary General, OISCA International, opened the two parts Forum with his welcome remarks as the host. He expressed strong expectations for mutually beneficial business matching talks among the participants. Afterwards, Ms. Nora B. Braganza, President, Japan Employment Providers of the Philippines & Consultants’ Association (JEPPCA), delivered a key note speech She took up three main topics, namely the role of JEPPCA in the overseas employment program, overview of the recruitment process involving licensed agencies and reasons for hiring Filipino workers. JEPPCA is a professional association comprising 48 licensed recruitment agencies which dispatch workers to Japan and other countries for employment. It also provides capacity building programs for job seekers to prepare them for manpower placement projects in Japan. She explained in detail categories of jobs available for Filipino workers in Japan, specific requirements and recruitment and dispatching procedures. She cited the following 5 factors as the main reasons for hiring Filipino workers: “loyal”, “purpose driven”, “hardworking”, “cheerful and kind-hearted” and “flexible”.

As the second speaker, Ms. Isabel Laurel-Dimayuga, Deputy Secretary of Japanese Language Center Foundation made a presentation on the activities of her organization. The Foundation assists and supports the Philippine and Japanese Governments in the Japanese language training of Filipino candidates for nurses and caregivers under the Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) since 2012. It runs 3 school branches, 2 in Makati and 1 in Manila.

Lastly, Dr. Luzviminda Jose, Sacred Heart Diagnostic Center, spoke on medical services needed by Filipino workers before deployment overseas. She introduced specific medical services and facilities available at her medical center located in Makati City.

After the first part, the Forum proceeded to one-to-one meetings between Japanese business persons and potential Filipino partners. The industries for business matching session ranged over several sectors, specifically care giving, agriculture, food stuffs, construction, IT and other areas. Against the background of the expected coming into force this April of the revised Japanese Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act which will provide for the introduction of up to 340,000 foreign workers over the next 5 years, there was a remarkably strong interest in exploring possibilities of dispatching and accepting workers. Asked about the significance of the business matching forum, Mr. Noel C. Litan, President of Profile Overseas Manpower Services Inc. in Makati City, replied: “At this stage, I am not sure if it will lead to successful business transactions, but I can say that the meeting has served as a useful opportunity for us to develop new business partners”.

To conclude the Tokyo meeting, Atty Aniceto G. Saludo, Chairman of PHILJEC, made closing remarks. He said: “Currently there are a number of government-to-government business talks going on between the Philippines and Japan. But they don’t necessarily cater for the needs of small enterprises. The increasing number of business persons from SME who are eager to join this event attests that we are offering a very important forum for initiating first contact”.

Photo and writeup courtesy of The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement- International OISCA website


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