MANILA – The Japanese government has committed an estimated P189 million for two grant-aid projects to enhance education and health in the Philippines.
Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario signed and exchanged notes for the two projects on Monday.
Around P103 million of the amount will be provided for the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) project, which aims to enhance JDS fellows' expertise fields such as "Good Governance," "Agriculture and Rural Development," "Financial Reform and Investment Promotion Policy," and "Peace and Stability in Mindanao."
It also aims to develop Filipino leaders who will greatly contribute to the country's overall economic development by returning to and working in the Philippines.
The grant aid covers 20 JDS fellows, consisting of young Filipino officials from various governmental institutions, entering Japan starting academic year 2014-2015.
The Philippines currently has 239 JDS fellows.
The remaining P86 million, meanwhile, will be used for the Non-Project Grant Aid for the Introduction of Japanese Advanced Products and its System (Medical Equipment and Welfare Apparatus Package for 2014).
The grant aid is designed to provide Japanese medical equipment and welfare apparatus for public hospitals in the Philippines.