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Tuesday, February 16 2021 - 16:30
The Philippines Unveils Unique Advantages in Covid-critical PPE and Medical Supplies Manufacturing at Japanese Business Event
TOKYO, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


Today, the Philippine government in partnership with the Japan Hygiene Products 
Industry Association (JHPIA) organized an online briefing with JHPIA members to 
promote investment opportunities in the Philippines for manufacturers of PPE, 
hygiene products and medical supplies based in Japan. The webinar showcased the 
competitive advantage of the Philippines as a manufacturing base for companies 
not only from Japan but also from neighbouring markets such as Taiwan, South 
Korea and Malaysia. 

The Philippines currently has an active and productive PPE manufacturing 
sector, with 300 businesses engaged in the textile and garments industry and a 
highly skilled workforce of 510,000 capable of efficiently producing PPEs. On a 
monthly basis the Philippines is now producing over 80 million face masks, 10.2 
million pieces of medical-grade coveralls and 65,700 face shields.

The Philippines also has a large and well-established chemical and chemical 
products sub-sector, the second largest contributor to manufacturing GVA with a 
value of $8.6 billion and employing over 200,000 people. The medical supplies 
industry in the Philippines is estimated to contribute at least $165 million in 
sales annually. With the sudden increase in demand for disinfectants, including 
rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizers and cleaning materials, local companies which 
have been traditionally engaged in the production of alcoholic beverages, 
personal care, and food manufacturing transformed their facilities to produce 
sanitizers, disinfectants and similar products. 

With the high global demand for PPE, hygiene products and medical devices amid 
worldwide shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Philippine Government 
has developed programs to provide financing support and additional fiscal and 
non-fiscal incentives to assist companies, which include the unhampered 
movement of goods and personnel and reduced corporate income tax. To date, 42 
production lines including textile factories, garment plants and yarn spinning 
mills have been repurposed to manufacture PPE, and over 1.5 million litres of 
alcohol, sanitizer and hand spray are now produced monthly in the Philippines. 
Lanie Dormiendo, OIC Director of the Philippines' Board of Investments said: 
"Our large population, rich talent pool and access to key markets open up 
various opportunities for Japanese manufacturers of PPEs, hygiene and other 
related products as they explore business expansion or diversification. Our 
country can serve both as their market and manufacturing base for exports. 
Throughout this unprecedented global health emergency, the Philippines has 
proven itself as a manufacturing hub for PPE and other medical supplies vital 
to fighting the pandemic. We did not impose import or export restrictions and 
even assisted foreign manufacturers and exporters including Japanese firms at 
the height of the lockdowns enabling them to continue their factory operations."

Ferdinand Ferrer, Vice Chairman of the Coalition of Philippine Manufacturers of 
PPE (CPMP) adds: "Heeding the call of the government to repurpose manufacturing 
to produce medical grade PPE products and fabric, CPMP was established to 
strengthen the growth of our local PPE manufacturers and sustain our supply 
chain. We are open to partnerships and investments from our Japanese 
counterparts to explore more opportunities and further develop our 

The Japanese face mask manufacturer Yokoisada is one of several international 
businesses to successfully set up operations in the Philippines. 

Yuki Yokoi, CEO of Yokoisada comments: "The strategic location of the 
Philippines has been a great advantage for our company because our main markets 
are in East Asia and ASEAN. There is also available a skilled and 
English-speaking workforce. During the lockdown, the DTI-BOI has assisted us in 
the transit of our employees, movement of cargoes, and sourcing of raw 
materials. Encouraged by the support from the Philippine government, our 
company recently decided to expand and double our current production capacity 
with the financial assistance we received from the Japan's government subsidy 
for its supply chain diversification program." 

The BOI together with the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers in Tokyo and 
Osaka will host two other industry-focused webinars for businesses considering 
expansion or relocation to the Philippines: a multi-sector business-to-business 
event which will take place on 29 March, followed by a pharmaceutical industry 
event on 20 May. For further information about the events and other support 
available from BOI visit: 

About the Philippine Board of Investments:
The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), an attached agency of the Department 
of Trade and Industry (DTI), is the lead government agency responsible for the 
promotion of investments in the Philippines. Taking the lead in the promotion 
of investments, BOI assists Filipino and foreign investors to venture and 
prosper in desirable areas of economic activities. The BOI is a one-stop shop 
for doing business in the Philippines. To find out more about investment 
opportunities in the Philippines, visit .

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Source: Philippine Board of Investments