Minister for Economic Affairs, Akio Isomata, of the Embassy of Japan attended the send-off ceremony for the 11th Batch of Fellows of the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship Project (JDS) on August 8 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
The director of the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ma. Angelina Miciano Sta. Catalina, was also present at the event, together with officials of National Economic and Development Authority, Civil Service Commission, and representatives of Philippine government agencies, to which the 11th batch of fellows belong.
The project aims to enhance the JDS Fellows’ expertise in their respective fields, namely Good Governance, Agriculture and Rural Development, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise for Improvement of Livelihood, Regional Development and Administration in Mindanao, Financial Reform and Investment Promotion Policy, and Basis for Economic Growth.”
The goal is to help build a pool of future Filipino leaders from various governmental institutions, such as the Department of Budget and Management, National Statistical Coordination Board, and Commission on Audit, among others, who are expected to contribute to the country’s overall socio-economic development when they return to work in the Philippines.
The JDS project is a scholarship project financed by the government of Japan through its Official Development Assistance-Grant Aid Program. A total of 20 persons comprise the 11th batch of JDS Fellows from the Philippines. To date, the Philippines has a total of 239 JDS Fellows.