September 5, 2018
The twenty-one government workers (standing) from various agencies in the country who were awarded the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship with officials from NEDA, JICA and EOJ at the send-off ceremony
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) awarded the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development (JDS) to 21 young Filipinos working in various government offices in the Philippines in a move to support human resource development in the country.
The scholars will be taking postgraduate courses in Japan's major universities and will be undertaking research related to their government offices, focusing on free trade agreements, infrastructure, ASEAN Economic Community, and disaster risk reduction to name a few.
This year's scholars are: Jensen Rico, Reychiel Roxas, and Yvonne Evasco (National Economic Development Authority), Sheena Joy Ya-On (Department of Finance), Elgie Gulane and Glen Polo (Philippine Statistics Authority), Rosalie Abrera (Department of Trade and Industry), Arce Fajardo, Norman Rino, Raphael Christopher Yap, and Genevieve Gamueta (Department of Interior and Local Government), Agape Sem Comendador (Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines), Rafael Waldo Guerrero (Department of Budget and Management), Gretchen Iwayan (Department of Labor and Employment), Domer Obinguar, Clinton Pagunuran, Ridduhan Mohammad Natino, Duane Antoni Bagayao, Vanessa Grace Dolloso, Johan Rose Santos (Department of Public Works and Highways), and Gretchen Patete (Department of Science and Technology).
"As trusted friend and partner of the Philippines for many years, JICA aims to share Japanese education and expertise with young Filipinos in government through JDS. The scholarship is different from other scholarships since its framework is aligned with the Philippine Development Plan. Thus, it's also an opportunity for young Filipinos to develop fresh perspectives on the emerging development issues in the Philippines," said JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada.
To date, 319 Filipinos have received JDS and majority of them are now holding key positions in government.
"We are determined to be holistically honed to becoming the best nation builders, equipped to serve our country and fellow Filipinos. We hope to strengthen and preserve the good relationship between Philippines and Japan," shared Yvonne Evasco, a Senior Economic Development Specialist from the National Economic and Development Authority during the send-off ceremony.
There are about 3,600 recipients of JDS all over the world, including Japan's partner countries like Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Uzbekistan to name a few.
Japan's economic resurgence, added JICA, can be traced back to the country's human resource development efforts during Japan's industrialization in the post-war era. Japan invested heavily on adapting advanced technology from other countries, popularizing higher education, and human resource development to steer their economic growth.
JICA has engaged the Philippines in people-to-people exchange since the 1960s through its Knowledge Co-Creation Programs that offer training courses in various development fields.