Speech of Governor Davide at the launching of Saitama-Cebu Comprehensive HR Monozukuri Project Interactive Course

Hilario P. Davide III
Governor of the Province of Cebu
at the launching of Saitama-Cebu Comprehensive HR Monozukuri Project Interactive Course

[Delivered at University of San Jose-Recolletos, Cebu City on May 13, 2014]

Associate Director Kimio Wada, Mr. Blain Keller, and Mr. Akihiro Namba of the Saitama Prefectural Government;

Professor Yoshikazu Yoshida of  Toyo University;

Father Emilio Larlar, Atty. Jonathan Capanas, Dean VirgilioAbellana, Faculties of the University of San Jose Recoletos and University of San Carlos, students and future leaders;

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Cebuano, Good Morning,

Maayong buntag kanatong tanan.

Ohayo gozaimas.

When the Saitama Prefecture and USJR started the 3-year Saitama-Cebu Comprehensive HR Monozukiri Project funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency on 13 November 2013, I was truly grateful and inspired by this timely partnership.

This collaboration – which has strong and valuable participation of Toyo University – is consistent with and supportive of our development agenda, particularly on fostering technical vocational and educational training, and environmental enhancement. This endeavour has opened a new platform of cooperation between the Province of Cebu and the Saitama Prefecture.

Our learning visit to Japan in February this year was very fruitful. We met and exchanged views with Governor Kiyoshi Ueda and senior officials of the Prefecture, Saitama companies, and various academic and resource institutions. We learned of Japanese philosophy on ways of doing things and obtained relevant technical knowhow and innovations. It was, indeed, enriching and inspiring.

Allow me to share some of these: Monozukuri in Japanese means “the process of making (zukiri) things (mono)”; but, the literal translation does not convey the real connotation of monozukuri. It is about having a state of mind, the spirit to produce not only excellent products, but also to have the ability to constantly improve the production system and its processes.From my humble understanding, this philosophy resembles what we commonly believe are key ingredients in keeping our own Cebu a competitive hub for industry development: community co-existence, efficient services, environmental harmony, and effective resource utilization.

As stated by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Monozukuri is also about “fusing technology based on new scientific theories and knowledge from different fields and creating new products, services and processes.”

I am sure your resource speakers in this First Intensive Course are more than competent and equipped with knowledge and tools to provide you with useful insights and learning that will help you shape yourselves from hardworking and exemplary students to excellent future leaders of our industry and society.

To our Project scholars: when you travel to Japan, I hope your host will bring you to the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel. It is one of the world’s largest underground discharge channels, which takes water overflow to underground from small to mid-size rivers in Saitama and Chiba prefectures and directs it to the Edo River through a 6.3-kilometer long tunnel that runs 50 meters below ground. It was started in 1993 utilizing world-class Japanese technologies and was done in 2006.

This is a classic example of looking at the bigger picture, crafting comprehensive plans, generating the required resources, making short-term sacrifices, and doing the things right for long-term and lasting solution to a problem specifically identified.

Here in Cebu, we have also lined up key infrastructure projects. We envision the construction of a 300-kilometer Strategic Highway connecting the northern and the southern tips passing through the panoramic view of Cebu’s coastal and mainland mountain ranges; we will initiate the feasibility study of a modern mass transit railroad system similar to Japan and other developed countries; we will build a climate change and disaster risk management resource centre that will provide office space and serve as multi-purpose facility for training and command centre during emergencies within the 44,000 square meter Capitol compound; and we will establishthe  Farmers-Scientists Training Centers in the countryside.

Cebu, in the fact, is one of the fastest growing economies in the country; a tourism gateway and a leading export province; a base to over 80% of inter-island shipping; most accessible place with vast domestic air and sea linkages. It has one of the best records for peace and order; and has the attributes of a competitive investment destination. It is a cosmopolitan area with support facilities and amenities for an ideal lifestyle.

Today, we face the challenges with guarded optimism that we are able to achieve the development goals we have set for Cebu. Starting within, we are implementing in the Capitol our own comprehensive human resource development program targeting our more than 1,500 officials and staff in 16 departments and 4 attached units, including legislative and hospital and medical personnel.

Further, we have to be ready for the rising global competition and the challenges of the ASEAN regional integration. Cebu has to keep pace with the country’s economic growth which has steadily increased over the recent years. We need to reach out and link up with like-minded institutions. We cannot afford to be isolated and left out. It is important that we build on every opportunity that is within our grasp.

This comprehensive human resource Monozukuri project has provided us an excellent platform in dealing with issues on strengthening our manufacturing industry which can serve as a key driver for inclusive growth through job creation, improved skills, and increased investments. It has also opened up windows for further cooperation between our respective Governments in fostering goodwill and lasting relationships.

This is the challenge we would need your active and positive participation.

This journey of change for better Cebu is not about me; it is not about you. It is about us.

It is about working together, doing our own share in building a prosperous community for this and future generations.

Join us and be counted.

Thank you very much and I wish all of us success in our endeavours.  God bless us all.