MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) recognizes the role that the human capital plays in accomplishing government projects.
That’s why the agency believes that overseas learning opportunities for Filipinos, especially in technologically advanced countries like Japan, are a big help.
“We hope that through the signing of the grant agreement for the JDS project, we will be able to further strengthen our institutions by producing highly skilled graduates capable of making immediate positive impact in their respective agencies,” NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.
This morning, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a 264-million yen (approximately 117million pesos) Japan Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Project with NEDA.
The grant aims to help build the capacity and skills of young Filipino leaders and let them share what they have learned for the country’s development.
This year, 20 government officials will have the opportunity to take post-graduate courses in some of Japan’s top universities including International University of Japan, Kobe University, Meiji University at Nagoya University, among others.
Meanwhile, JICA boasts of its Filipino scholars who now hold key positions in the government and already made contributions in their agencies.
JICA also hopes to mutually benefit from the Philippines by learning also from the country’s universities.
JICA Philippines chief representative, Susumo Ito said, “We really hope that the JDS scholars will learn not only the area studies but also Japan’s economic development experiences.”
“Japan also hopes to learn from the Philippines’ development experiences through this exchange of knowledge,” said Ito.
To date, 259 Filipinos have benefitted from the JDS Project. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue