Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario signed and exchanged notes on the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Project on June 19.
This grant aid provides a fund amounting to 263 million yen (approximately P107,619,600) to cover the cost of 20 JDS fellows, consisting of Filipino young officials from various governmental institutions, for their study in Japan starting Academic Year 2014 to 2015.
The JDS, a scholarship project financed by the Government of Japan through its Official Development Assistance (ODA)—Grant Aid Program, has been implemented in 11 countries including the Philippines since 2002. From 2002-2012, the Government of Japan has allocated approximately 3.2 billion yen (approximately P1.3 billion) for this project.
The project aims to enhance the JDS fellows’ expertise in their respective fields such as “Good Governance,” “Agriculture and Rural Development,” “Financial Reform and Investment Promotion Policy” and “Peace and Stability in Mindanao” and to help build a pool of future Filipino leaders who will greatly contribute to the country’s overall economic development by returning to and working in the Philippines. To date, the Philippines has a total of 219 JDS fellows.