The Japanese Government, through the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), in coordination with the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has proposed the implementation of the Japanese IT Standards Examination of the Philippines. A pilot test was conducted last September 9, 2001 with the Information Technology Foundation of the Philippines (ITFP) as Project Manager.
Since ITFP had many diverse advocacy programs catering to its member organizations, it was decided that a separate entity be formed to focus solely on human resource development and the implementation of the certification program from JITEC/METI of Japan. Thus the JITSE Philippines Foundation Incorporated, a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 10, 2002.
A Memorandum of Mutual Recognition was signed between Japan Information Technology Engineer's Exam Center (JITEC) and JITSE Phil Foundation on April 17, 2002 which states that JITSE Phil Foundation shall implement a certification program equivalent in scope of knowledge skills, and the technology to the Skills Standards provided by the Japan Information Technology Engineers Examination Center (JITEC) and therefore, recognized by the Japanese Government.
Upon close examination and evaluation of the JITSE standard by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Computer Center (NCC), it was found that the JITSE Standard is equivalent to the European and American standard on the Fundamentals of IT.
On May 29, 2003 the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) accepted the JITSE standard as a Philippine skills standard for IT Engineers with Philippine National Standard Number PNS-2030:2003.
On May 30, 2003, the JITSE certificate was officially recognized by the Ministry of Justice of Japan and is also known as "Philippine Nihon Joho Gijutsu Hyojun Shiken Zaidan". This makes the JITSE Certificate a valid document for processing of working visa to Japan.
On June 2003 JITSE Phil moved to its new office at the 3rd floor of the OPPEN Building courtesy of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as their counterpart commitment to the Asia IT Initiative Project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). The office houses a learning center with state of the art computers and equipment, operating system, anti-virus and technical support from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
Since February 2003, JITSE Phil being a counterpart organization of the Association of Technical Scholarships (AOTS) has done various training programs for IT professionals and teachers both in the public and private schools inside the JITSE learning center and also nationwide in places such as Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Metro Manila. It has also given AOTS scholarships to qualified IT-applicants to Japan, all expenses paid.
JITSE Phil has also offered several distance learning courses using the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) net facility in the University of the Philippines in coordination with PADECO of Japan. JITSE is closely coordinating with JICA as a part of the Asia Initiative Project for the setting up of the University of the Philippines IT Training center.
In 2004, Microsoft Philippines donated several copies of Windows XP Pro operating system, Office XP, Project 2003 and various other software packages that is currently being used in the JITSE learning center.
Recently, JITSE Phil has also tied up with the Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC) of Japan for conducting several IT related training programs such as the Bridge SE course.
Aside from implementing the Fundamental IT Engineers Exam from JITEC, JITSE Phil shall be negotiating for the implementation of other internationally-recognized certification programs. In the implementation of the JITSE Fundamental Exam for IT Engineers/Professionals, JITSE has formed a Task Force with the participation of the following members: Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technology Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), TESDA, Commission On Higher Education (CHED), National Computer Center (NCC) , Philippine Electronics and Telecommunications Federation (PETEF) and its member associations namely- Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP), The Electronics Industry Association of the Philippines (EIAPI), Electronics and Telecommunications Standards Institute of the Philippines (ETSIP), the Information Technology Foundation of the Phils. (ITFP) and its member associations namely- the Philippine Computer Society (PCS), the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) and the Phil. State Universities and Colleges in Computer Education Society (PSUCCESS).