June 26, 2018
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced the opening of application for young Filipino professionals interested on studying Japan's disaster risk reduction (DRR) experience under the aid agency's Knowledge Co-Creation Program (KCCP) Young Leaders.
The KCCP is part of JICA's technical cooperation assistance to partner countries like the Philippines in a move to share Japan's technology and skills, while supporting human resource development.
The course Regional Revitalization in Disaster Prone Area is open to young Filipinos involved in regional development and disaster management in their respective government offices or related organizations.
"JICA and the Philippines have long-standing trusted relationship and friendship that we like to further strengthen. With this, we are giving opportunities to young Filipinos to train in Japan and lead in their fields with competence and purpose when they return to the Philippines," said Aya Kano, JICA Senior Representative.
The course includes study visits in Tohoku Region, the site of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and lectures on disaster preparedness and recovery, community business, regional revitalization during reconstruction as well as observations of best practices in Japan's government organizations, universities, and disaster-prone areas.
Trainees will also learn about appropriate and efficient management of disaster waste disposal in Morioka City and fishery sector as tourism resource in Kesunnuma City in Iwate Prefecture.
The course will begin on 23 October to 3 November 2018.
Filipino young professionals who attended the course in 2017 have carried out their own activities to help their organizations in the Philippines.
At the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), ex-trainee Lyca Tungcul conducted training on earthquake and tsunami hazards with public and private school teachers. Former trainee Joel Potane, meanwhile, developed DRR modules anchored on K-12 curriculum now being utilized in senior high schools and other grade levels in Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Cagayan de Oro City while Aimee Eusebio helped form a fire volunteer group in Mogpog, Marinduque to promote disaster preparedness. Kennylyn Reyes of DPWH is helping in the national government's rehabilitation and recovery plan for conflict-affected Marawi City.
"For young people like us working in DRR field, the training in Japan gave us a platform to study Japan's history and knowledge on disaster management," said ex-trainee, Melissa Lavente.
The deadline for application to the course is on 3 August 2018. Details about the program are available in this link.
JICA has been supporting the Philippines' human resource development by sending more than 41,000 Filipino professionals for training in Japan since the 1960s.
Young Filipino leaders in the field of disaster risk reduction and management with the Miyato fire volunteers in Higashi-Matsushima