November 26, 2018
Nineteen Filipino scholars who received the Japanese Grant for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) have returned to the Philippines to share their research and implement projects to boost Philippine development.
The Filipino scholars came from various government agencies and completed their graduate studies in some of Japan's leading universities, namely Nagoya University, International Christian University, International University of Japan, Hiroshima University, Kobe University, Meiji University, and Japan's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). The JDS Program is a platform for Japan to share their experience in development and prepare young leaders on emerging development issues.
"Through the scholarship, we became better equipped with new skills and expertise to improve public service in the Philippines," said Raul Vibal Jr. who works at the Senate of the Philippines' Management Planning and Operations Audit Service and is a graduate of the International Development course from the International University of Japan.
Another scholar Polaris C. Bautista who graduated from same Japanese university will share his research on statistics indicators on food security in the 2019 National Convention on Statistics to help raise awareness and appreciation on monitoring on food security data.
While, Laurice Cyl C. Pondoyo will return to National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office XI to share her study on how the Philippines can tap relations with advanced countries active in research and development to attract capital inflows and investments in the Philippines. Pondoyo finished her master's in Kobe University under the JICA scholarship.
Another scholar, meanwhile, Charito A. Sabida will share her study with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on how to increase labor force participation of technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates in the Philippines. Sabida finished her graduate program in Kobe University.
JICA scholar Rosalita M. Barde from Nagoya University will, on the other hand, share her research with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on future conceptualization of flood risk management in the country's river basins and the reduction of flood risks in Metro Manila.
"I look forward to sharing the knowledge I gained from the scholarship in the ongoing normalization process under the peace agreement in the Bangsamoro. I hope to eventually contribute to policy making in the future Bangsamoro government," said Asan Al-Ameen S. Camlian who finished his master's in public policy in GRIPS.
According to JICA, the JDS scholarship is an opportunity to develop leaders from various fields and to contribute to nation-building of its partner countries. "For Japan, education and human resource development became the foundation that led to the economic achievements we have until today. We like to encourage the recipients of our scholarship in the Philippines to make full use of their studies in Japan to give back to their country and contribute to their respective government agencies," said JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines Yoshio Wada.
To date, 339 Filipinos have receive the JDS since 1999. To know more about the program and scholarship opportunities, please visit http://jds-scholarship.org/country/philippines/index.html
Representatives from the 14th and 15th Batch (GRIPS) of JDS Fellows presented their research to officials from the National Economic and Development Authority, Civil Service Commission, Embassy of Japan, and JICA during a recent seminar.