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Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (seated, front, 2nd from right) greets a Filipina-American employee during a tour of Boeing’s Everett Factory in Seattle. During his visit, he urged Boeing officials to consider expanding its list of Philippine-based companies that could supply it aircraft parts and components.  (Photo courtesy of Boeing)


WASHINGTON — Each Boeing commercial aircraft may have components that are made in the Philippines but if Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. would have his way, the American aircraft manufacturing giant will be sourcing more parts from the country.

“Few people know it but every Boeing plane that comes out of its assembly lines has parts made in the Philippines,” Cuisia said after meeting with Boeing executives at the company’s Everett Factory near Seattle.

Boeing presently has five suppliers from the Philippines but company executives said they are interested in finding quality suppliers around the world that can help expand capacity and bring down the cost of airplane parts, according to the envoy.

“It would be good if Boeing considers more suppliers from the Philippines as it expands its sources of aircraft parts,” Cuisia said.

Philippine-based MOOG, B/E Aerospace, JAMCO, Famous Secret Machining and Applied Machining Corporation supply parts for Boeing commercial airplane models, including the Boeing 777-300ERs being flown by Philippine Airlines.

Cuisia said there is room to accommodate more Philippine-based companies in Boeing’s global supply chain, which produces nearly 1 billion parts annually to support its commercial airplane production.

Cuisia was informed by Joseph Benson, Boeing regional director for international strategy and business development, that Boeing conducted supplier surveys in the Philippines in 2012 and assessed the potential for future industrial cooperation to help “improve and protect Boeing’s commercial airplane production system.”

The other Boeing officials who received Cuisia and Consul Reginal Bernabe of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco were:

Scott Fancher, senior vice president and general manager of airplane development; Bryan Lopp, director, international operations and policy; J. Michael Carson, regional marketing director East and Southeast Asia sales, commercial airplanes; Chris Hartshorn, Asia Pacific sales, commercial airplanes; Bea Querido, supply manager, commercial airplanes; and David Roberts, sales program manager, Asia Pacific - India sales.