March 27, 2018
New JICA Philippines Chief Representative Yoshio Wada
Yoshio Wada, former director general of the Credit Risk and Environment Review Department of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) headquarters in Tokyo, is the new chief representative of the JICA Philippine office.
Wada is an economics major from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and has post-graduate in the same field from Johns Hopkins University in the United States. He will oversee JICA's more than 100 development cooperation projects in the Philippines focusing on helping the country achieve sustainable economic growth, overcome vulnerability and alleviate poverty, as well as peace and development in Mindanao.
Wada previously served as special advisor at JICA's Industrial Development and Public Policy Department and was deputy director general for the bilateral aid agency's Southeast Asia and Pacific Division.
Prior to his post in the JICA headquarters, Wada held various positions at the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF), such as OECF representative in Manila from 1993 to 1996. He is also an academician having worked in Tokyo's leading universities and as visiting professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), an international policy institute based in Tokyo.
"I'd like to contribute to the trusted partnership and friendship between JICA and the Philippines. As we do that, I look forward to working with our Filipino and Japanese counterparts in the Philippines so more Filipinos will have the opportunity to improve their lives and benefit from inclusive development," Wada said.
JICA is the world's largest bilateral aid agency and has about 100 overseas offices worldwide. It is the Philippines' largest source of Official Development Assistance (ODA) at $302 million disbursed in 2016.