Makoto Iyori, the Embassy of Japan’s Minister for Economic Affairs led the send-off ceremony for the 14th batch of Fellows of the project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) at Astoria Plaza in Pasig City.
Also in attendance at the ceremony on August 4 were Deputy Director General of National Economic and Development Authority Rolando Tungpalan, and other representatives from different government agencies in the Philippines.
The JDS project is a scholarship project financed by the government of Japan through its Official Development Assistance – Grant Aid Program. The aim of the project is to enhance the JDS Fellows’ expertise in their respective fields, such as financial reform, investment and SME promotion policy; capacity development of government officials; transportation infrastructure and; regional development administrative in Mindanao and or support for establishment of Bangsamoro autonomous government.
The project also aims to help build a pool of future Filipino leaders from various governmental institutions as well as non-government organizations located in Mindanao region. The JDS Fellows are expected to contribute to the country’s overall socio-economic development by returning to and working in the Philippines.
A total of 20 persons comprise the 14th batch of JDS Fellows from the Philippines. The Philippines have a total of 299 JDS Fellows up to this date, including the said batch.
Belonging Organizations of 14th batch JDS Fellows are:
National Economic and Development Authority (including regional offices)
Philippine Statistic Authority
Department of Health – Regional Office 8
Commission on Population – Regional Office 5
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Department of Public Works and Highways – Regional Office 1
Sugar Regulatory Administration, an attached agency of Department of Agriculture
Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, an attached agency of Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas – ARMM Office
Development Bank of the Philippines (including Regional Office 11)
Office of the Ombudsman (including Regional Office 11)
Commission on Audit – Regional Office 1
Adat-Betad Inc. (NGO)
United Youth for Peace and Development (NGO)
Accepting Universities in Japan are:
International University of Japan (Graduate School of International Relations, International Development Program)
Kobe University (Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Special Course for Development Policy)
International Christian University (School of Arts and Sciences, Public Policy and Social Research Program)
Meiji University (Graduate School of Governance Studies, Governance Studies)
Nagoya University (Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University Global Environmental Leaders Program (NUGELP))
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Graduate School of Policy Studies, One-Year Master’s Program of Public Policy)
Hiroshima University (Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Development Technology Course)
This year’s application period will begin soon. Young government officials and those who are engaged in Mindanao or Bangsamoro regional development are encouraged to apply.
For more information, please visit http://jds-scholarship.org/country/philippines/ or contact the JICE JDS Project Office in the Philippines: Tel (0)2-753-3261, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org