Japan International Cooperation Agency
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a governmental agency of Japan which is responsible for the technical cooperation of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs. There are about 50 overseas offices (including the Philippines) of Japan International Cooperation Agency. Today, JICA is advancing its activities around the pillars of a field-oriented approach and human security that enhance effectiveness, efficiency, and speed. JICA’s office here in the Philippines gives life to the organization’s principle which is the “human sesources development, nation-building, and heart-to-heart communication.
The history of JICA’s assistance to the Philippines are the following:
Establishment of Overseas Technical Cooperation Agency in 1962
First dispatch of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) members to the Philippines in 1966.
Establishment of Philippine-Japan Fellows Association (PHILJAFA) in 1967.
Establishment of OTCA Manila Office in 1968
Establishment of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), opening of JICA office
Start of the Youth Invitation Program (Presently, Friendship Programme for the 21st century) in 1984.
Establishment of the Philippine-ASEAN-Japan Friendship Association for the 21st century (PAJAFA) in 1988.
JICA’s cooperation schemes in the Philippines include:
Expert Team Dispatch Program (ETDP)
Research Cooperation Program (RCP)
Individual Expert Dispatch Program (IEPD)
NGO Support Program
Project-Type Technical Cooperation Program (PTTCP)
Training & Youth Invitation Program
Development Study Program (DSP)
Support for General Grand Aid Program (GGAP)
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV)
JICA has become one of the largest bilateral development organizations in the world with a network of 97 overseas offices, available financial resources of approximately $8.5 million and projects for over 150 countries. JICA will continue helping in building people’s lives and will continue being true to the community.