Students from Cebu to train in Japan

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

GOV. Hilario Davide III and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) are negotiating with a province in Japan to train top-notch engineering graduates from Cebu there.

Dubbed the Saitama-Cebu Comprehensive HR Monozukuri Project, the undertaking will accept students, university professors and Cebu government officials for the Saitama training program.

Tsuyoshi Mikami, group manager for international strategies of Saitama Prefecture, said the negotiation is ongoing.


He said the monozukuri project will start in May, or after the graduation of local engineering students.

Among the project’s objectives are to foster creative human resource for Cebu’s further industrial development, to disseminate the concept of monozukuri here and to strengthen the international network between the two provinces to encourage mutually beneficial development.

Mikami said this can be achieved by building industry-academic-local government groups in both provinces.


Aside from the Saitama government, the Saitama Association of Corporate Executives and Greater Tokyo Initiative Institution will also be involved in the project.

Japanese schools that will be joining the program are Tokyo University, Saitama University, Shibaura Institute of Technology and Nippon Institute of Technology.

The Capitol and Philippine Export Zone Authority will represent government sectors here. They will be assisted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Japanese companies based here.

Saitama-ken is a prefecture in Japan in the Kanto region. It is on the island of Honshu. Its capital is Saitama City. It is part of the Greater Tokyo area and most of its cities are part of the Tokyo suburbs.

Monozukuri is a Japanese manufacturing approach and philosophy involving community coexistence, environment harmony and effective resource utilization.

Satellite office

In a related development, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) opened an office on the third floor of the Capitol building last week.

Kumazawa Ken, the leader of 19-member team of Japanese and Filipino experts, said the objective of his study group is to draw a road map and detailed action plans based on “Mega Cebu Vision 2050” with a time framework. Short term is the period up to 2016; mid-term, up to 2020; and long term, up to 2030 to 2050.

The vision of Mega Cebu, or the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, is to build a wholesome, advanced, vibrant, equitable and sustainable metropolis, which is composed of 13 local government units.

These are Carcar City, San Fernando, Naga City, Minglanilla, Talisay City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela and Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova.

One of Ken’s team members is the former Department of Transportation and Communication undersecretary Primitivo Cal.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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