July 13, 2017
Since the Philippines is prone to natural disasters due to its geographical location, young Filipinos can learn from Japan's disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) model where communities take active role in disaster preparedness, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
JICA is sending to Japan this week 16 young Filipinos from different government agencies and a non-profit organization under the Knowledge Co-Creation Program for Young Leaders.
The participants will visit Japan's Tohoku Region, the epicenter of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
"Japan took years to develop its disaster management system and we continue to learn from our experiences and share it with partner countries like the Philippines," said JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito. We are confident that the chosen delegates possess the energy and enthusiasm to contribute to the Philippines' disaster resiliency efforts."
As of 2016, JICA has sent over 15,000 Filipinos under the KCCP to train in various courses like water resources management, science and mathematics in basic education, agribusiness, agri eco-tourism, and disaster management to cite a few.
The visit to Japan this year will be from July 9 to July 26 and will cover Japan's reconstruction and rehabilitation practices from natural disasters, disaster preparedness systems, and interaction with affected communities and local organizations engaged in the renewal and revitalization of the area.
Young officers from the Departments of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Education (DepEd), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Bureau of Fire Protection, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and local governments of Antique, Benguet, Bohol, Iriga City, Malabon City, Eastern and Northern Samar, as well as non-profit group Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation were selected to represent the Philippines this year.
Capacity building is a core component of Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to its partner countries like the Philippines. Since 1974, JICA's capacity development initiatives sought to support socio-economic development. Through the KCCP, JICA continues to share its accumulated knowledge and expertise as the first non-Western country to modernize and industrialize.
In the Philippines, JICA has trained over 40,000 Filipinos in various development fields.
Sixteen young Filipinos from different government agencies and a non-profit organization are sent to Japan by JICA to learn about disaster risk reduction and management practices in the Tohoku region. Seated from left to right are JICA Senior Representative Aya Kano, JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito, Department of Foreign Affairs Director for Asia & Pacific Affairs Bolivar Bao, and JICA Senior Representative Ayumu Ohshima.