JICA invites young Filipinos to disaster management training in Japan

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) urges young Filipinos to join the disaster management training in Japan, an initiative meant to boost the capacity of the Philippines on disaster preparedness and response.

The training called JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Young Leaders) is part of JICA’s development cooperation with the Philippines that also aims to share Japan’s knowledge and experiences to address needs of Japan’s partner countries.

The training includes an 12-day course on Regional Revitalization in Disaster Prone Area (October 23 – November 3, 2018) and is open to young Filipinos, ages 20 to 35 years old.

Objectives of the Disaster Management Training

  • Understand the process of reconstruction from natural disaster in Tohoku, Japan including how to organize workshops for supporters and residents in the area; share ideas about reconstruction based on experience; and improve resilience of communities toward disaster.
  • Learn the basic history of disaster preparedness and education and training system for disaster preparedness in Japan.
  • Learn about Japan’s experience and social background in regional development through site visits and interaction with related personnel in the field.

Who are qualified to join the Disaster Management Training?

  1. Filipino citizens who are working in any of the following:
    • government offices (national and local offices, government owned and controlled corporations, etc.)
    • duly recognized non-profit organizations (research and extension offices, etc.)
    • development organizations
  2. Twenty (20) to thirty five (35) years of age at the time of the training
  3. Directly engaged in the related category/field applied for
  4. Physically and mentally fit
  5. From the non-military sector
  6. Should not have, in principle, stayed or visited Japan
  7. Holder of a valid passport (valid at least until May 2019 for the October 2018 course). Government employees must secure Official Passport upon acceptance.
  8. Preferably has been employed for at least two years of service in permanent status in the nominating office
  9. No pending application for scholarship under another study program or for migration/emigration
  10. Check the General Information of the course for specific target agency/participants

Administrative Arrangements

  1. Air Ticket: The cost of a round-trip ticket between NAIA and Japan will be borne by JICA.
  2. Travel Insurance: Coverage is from time of arrival up to departure in Japan. Thus, traveling time outside Japan will not be covered.
  3. JICA will arrange the following accommodations for the participants in Japan: HOTEL ROUTE-INN MORIOKA EKIMAE
  4. The following expenses will be provided for the participants by JICA:
    • Allowances for accommodation, meals, living expenses, outfit, and shipping
    • Expenses for study tours (basically in the form of train tickets)
    • Free medical care for participants who become ill after arriving in Japan (costs related to pre-existing illness, pregnancy, or dental treatment are not included)
    • Expenses for program implementation, including materials

Application Period

The submission of application documents will be on June 2018 until August 3, 2018. If you are planning to apply for this training, you may get the application forms and other requirements at the official website of JICA (link).


  1. greetings!

    just to inquire, since you only allow 35 years of age, i’m engage in disaster management for 2 years, i’m now turning 40 this november, is there any programs or trainings that fit to my age? I”ve so much interested to boost and further enhance my capacity as disaster management staff. currently, working in the province of Eastern Samar Visayas Island Philippines. We have 3 years of project focus on livelihood and emergency responce.

    hoping your favorable response. Thank you 🙂


  2. Hi, May I know if this is also applicable to an undergraduate like me? I am currently in my 4th year of college. Thanks and awaiting for your response

  3. Hello,
    I am a full-time master student. Am I qualified? I really wanted to join and experience this kind of training.

  4. Good day po. pagsubmit po ba nang application kailangan pumunta sa Office ni MS. JONAH MAE ONNAGAN? O baka pwedi ipa LBC or online ang submission kasi sa Mindanao po ako.

    Maraming salamat po.

  5. I hope there’s a chance for Job orders working in government also. Its a stepping stone to got a permanent position especially those who had eligibility

  6. Hi May I know if there is a language requirement?Like someone who knows how to speak japanese or it is fine if you dont?

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