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Activities in the Philippines

Technical Cooperation

3. Training Program

ii. Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Young Leaders)

Renaming of Training Program for Young Leaders to Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Young Leaders)

‘JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program (KCCP)' as a New Start

In the Development Cooperation Charter which was released from the Japanese Cabinet on February 2015, it is clearly pointed out that "In its development cooperation, Japan has maintained the spirit of jointly creating things that suit partner countries while respecting ownership, intentions and intrinsic characteristics of the country concerned based on a field-oriented approach through dialogue and collaboration. It has also maintained the approach of building reciprocal relationships with developing countries in which both sides learn from each other and grow and develop together." We believe that this ‘Knowledge Co-Creation Program' will serve as a center of mutual learning process.

From JFY 2007, JICA has been implementing the "Training Program for Young Leaders", a technical cooperation program aimed at promoting human resources development and nation-building in developing countries.

Under the program, groups of young leaders, who will eventually become nation-builders in the future, are invited to enhance their specialties by experiencing and learning technologies and skills in Japan.

The program was an enhancement of the Youth Invitation Program (formerly the ASEAN-Japan Friendship Program for the 21st Century), which began in 1984 for six ASEAN countries, and which has since expanded to cover approximately 120 countries. For more than 20 years, the program has served as a significant venue for cultural exchange and for the promotion of friendship and mutual trust between Japan and the ASEAN countries.

JICA is implementing the program with the view of contributing to more sustainable capacity development for young leaders through greater emphasis on specialized technical training in various fields.

There will be 2 different groups that will be visiting Japan for JFY 2019.

Regional Revitalization in Disaster Prone Area (PDF/1.16MB) October 16 - October 30, 2019 15 Tohoku, Japan August 2, 2019
Agri-Business/Agri-Tourism TBA 15 Okinawa, Japan TBA

Who are qualified to join?

Applicants who meet the following qualifications:

  1. Filipino citizens who are working in any of the following:
    • government offices (national and local offices, government owned and controlled corporations, etc.)
    • duly recognized non-profit organizations (research and extension offices, etc.)
    • development organizations
  2. Twenty (20) to thirty five (35) years of age at the time of the training
  3. Directly engaged in the related category/field applied for
  4. Physically and mentally fit
  5. From the non-military sector
  6. Should not have, in principle, stayed or visited Japan
  7. Holder of a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel). Government employees must secure Official Passport upon acceptance.
  8. Preferably has been employed for at least two years of service in permanent status in the nominating office
  9. No pending application for scholarship under another study program or for migration/emigration
  10. Check the General Information of the course for specific target agency/participants

Young Leaders Application Form and Requirements to be submitted by the Applicants Aside from those Listed in the GI

  1. Application Form (Word/176KB)
  2. Additional Required Data Form (Word/24KB)
  3. Recommendation from immediate supervisor to assess applicant's performance at work and to certify his/her proper qualifications in participating in the program. The letter should be addressed to Mr. Yoshio Wada, Chief Representative of JICA Philippine Office.
  4. Young Leaders Certification (Word/24KB) on:
    1. employment
    2. no administrative or criminal case
    3. no pending nomination to other local and foreign scholarship/s
    4. no pending service obligation/s from previous training/scholarship/s
    Note: The applicant should use the downloadable Young Leaders Certification form. It should be certified by an authorized signatory/officer of the nominating organization (e.g. Human Resource Officer/Training Officer/Supervisor/Head of Office). The official service record from the nominating organization should be attached to the accomplished certificate.
  5. One 2 in. X 2 in. with white plain background photo. Note: Please write your name at the back of the photo.
  6. A one-page essay entitled "As a young leader, what can I do to help my country?" (1 page, A4 size, 1.0 spacing, Arial 11)
  7. Recent medical certificate issued on or after April 2019. Please attach the blood type result. The certificate should state "Fit to travel and undergo training in Japan."
  8. Valid original NBI clearance.

False information made by the applicant in his/her application will automatically disqualify him/her from the Program.

For applicants from government organizations, kindly ensure that you are following proper endorsement process by contacting your central office. For some government organizations, endorsement by regional or bureau director is enough, and would be valid basis for the issuance of travel authority when accepted. Meanwhile, some organizations require that the nominee should be endorsed by the central office. For applicants from local government units (LGUs), kindly inform the Local Government Academy (LGA) about your application for proper guidance. The LGA can be contacted at +(632) 634 1906 or 634-1912 loc. 120.

Kindly submit the accomplished form and other requirements not later than 5pm on the prescribed deadline to:

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
40th Floor, Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Telephone no.: 889-7119 local 143

Selection and Travel Preparation Process Regional Revitalization in Disaster Prone Area Agri-Business/Agri-Tourism course
1) Submission of Application Documents April 8 – August 2, 2019 TBA
2) Acceptance Notice 4th week of August 2019
3) Preparation of Travel Documents 1st - 4th week of September 2019
4) Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar October 15, 2019


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