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Press Release

July 20, 2017

JICA moves to support water management in PH, opens training for young Filipinos

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) backs water resource management in the Philippines by opening slots for a training program for young Filipinos to study Japan's water management and treatment policies and systems.

The training is under JICA's Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Young Leaders), formerly Training Program for Young Leaders that aims to promote human resource development in Japan's partner countries.

"We look forward to seeing young Filipinos learn from Japan's water agencies and how we are using technology to address our water management issues," said JICA Senior Representative Aya Kano. "This cooperation also opens opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between Japan and the Philippines where both countries can mutually learn from each other's development experiences."

The training is being organized by the JICA Hokkaido International Center (Sapporo) in partnership with Hokkaido International Exchange and Cooperation Center.

The training will run from October 11 to November 8, 2017 and is the second training course offered under the KCCP Young Leaders Program in the Philippines this year. The first batch visited Tohoku Region, the site of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, to study a course on regional revitalization in disaster prone area July this year.

The KCCP Young Leaders, which began in 1984, was an enhancement of the ASEAN-Japan Friendship Program for the 21st Century originally meant to support human resource development in six ASEAN countries. It has since expanded to 120 countries and has served as venue for cultural exchange and promotion of mutual trust between Japan and ASEAN.

In the Philippines, 3,000 Filipinos were trained under KCCP (Young Leaders) as of 2016.

Meantime, the training on water resource management is one of the numerous development assistance JICA extended to the Philippines, which include, among others, sharing of Japanese technology for real-time water monitoring and public-private partnership (PPP) to improve water supply to name a few.

The Philippine water sector roadmap has identified capacity building as among the strategies to achieve access to safe, adequate, and sustainable water supply by 2025.

For information about the training program, please visit

or contact JICA Philippines Training Section at +632 889-7119 local 143 or email PerezChristian.PP@jica.go.jp.

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