Philippines as English ‘hub’

THE PHILIPPINES aims to become the hub for English and personnel management training for Japanese firms looking to relocate to Southeast Asia in the wake of the disaster that hit the Northeast Asian country last March, said a Trade official who attended a regional meeting in Kuala Lumpur on July 8-9.

“There was a proposal to make the Philippines the hub for teaching Japanese [executives] English and human resource development skills,” Ramon T. Kabigting, assistant secretary for international trade who attended the meeting, said by phone on Monday.

“The Japanese will bring the managers and other capabilities here,” he added, explaining that it was the head of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Inc. (JCCIPI) who floated the idea. “It’s a practical proposal.”

The meeting was held to discuss industry strengths among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in order to draw up a plan to compete with regional giants China and India in this regard.

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