THE Philippine government and aircraft company Airbus are working to promote the Philippines as a hub for aircraft parts in the region, Malacanang said on Thursday after President Benigno Aquino 3rd met with Airbus officials in Paris.
The President also sat down with leading French corporations that have significant investments in the Philippines during his visit to France.
Airbus, it was learned, has been assisting the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in making the country the center of aircraft parts manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
Aquino met with Pierre Jaffre, executive vice president for Asia-Pacific, and Pierre Lanore, vice president for Philippines Airbus, during which the two businessmen also pledged to continue to actively participate in the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The Airbus officials also offered newly-designed aircraft for disaster management.
Airbus Helicopters Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country since 1978 as a service facility for helicopter maintenance and a training center for technicians.
Airbus also provided technical assistance to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in its successful efforts to meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that enabled Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to secure the lifting of a ban previously imposed by the European Union.
Aquino also met with Schneider Electric, which offered several innovations in energy conservation that could substantially cut power consumption, along with other energy solutions for various major power plant projects all over the Philippines.
Schneider has been in the Philippines since 1995 with four manufacturing facilities employing nearly 3,000 workers. It also operates a shared services center for human resources and finance.
Officials of Teleperformance, which is known in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, also met with the President.
Daniel Julien, board chairman and founder of Teleperformance, informed Aquino of his company’s plans to double its existing workforce from 26,000 to 50,000, saying the Philippines is a strategic location for the companies they serve in the US, the UK and Canada, including the largest multinationals in these countries.
Julien commended the Filipino workers of Teleperformace, describing them as “in-country heroes” on account of their exemplary work ethics and well-developed skills.