MANILA (May 21) — Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura signed and exchanged notes for two grant aid projects worth JPY911 million (approximately P450 million), the Department of Affairs has announced.
The projects involve JPY301 million (approximately P147 million) for the Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) and JPY610 million (approximately P303 million) for the Bridge Construction for Expanded Agrarian Reform Communities Development.
The JDS offers young Filipinos the opportunity to obtain master’s degrees in prestigious Japanese universities in the fields of public administration, economics, information and communications technology, industrial development, and business administration.
Moreover, it will bolster the Philippine Government’s efforts to strengthen the institutional capacities of the different agencies and provide scholarships to deserving Filipino professionals and managers in government service.
Since the JDS started in 2002, 134 Filipinos have availed of the scholarship. For 2009, 25 mid-level officials from different government agencies will leave for Japan in June to commence their graduate studies.
The project will be administered by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
The Project for Bridge Construction for Expanded Agrarian Reform Communities Development will fund the construction of the 110-meter Bazal Bridge in the municipality of Maria Aurora in Aurora Province.
The bridge will directly benefit five Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) and 19 barangays in said municipality. It is expected to generate incremental income for farmer beneficiaries, establish agri-enterprises, and improve the mobility of agricultural products in the area.
The project will be implemented by Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Japan is the Philippines’ top donor of official development assistance (ODA) and a longstanding partner in various fields such as infrastructure development, poverty alleviation, and education. The Government of Japan extends its Grant Aid Facility to support the economic and development objectives of the Philippine Government.