Jica's JOCV program is one of this year's Ramon Magsaysay awardees.
I think the Philippines is the second largest country in terms of accepting JOCV volunteers.
was inaugurated in 1965 and has now become a principal program of JICA, which provides funds and technical assistance to developing countries on behalf of the Japanese government.
Senior Vice President of JICA Hisao Azuma said some 2,600 JOCV
volunteers are serving in more than 50 countries.
From working with communities in the Philippines, I learned the value of a human being, said Hidezaku Kumano, a member of the 1966 batch of JOCV, which was only second to the pioneers.
I learned from my JOCV experience that we can find the answers to challenges if we don't give up, said Hisashi Tanaka, who helped introduce new breeding techniques for carabao or water buffalo in Davao Oriental in the early 1980s.
It had an influence on the JOCVs
, which began around the same time (in 1965).
In the second part, there were ethnic music performances, a panel discussion with Commissioner for Japan Sports Agency Daichi Suzuki and returned JOCVs with the theme "Applying Your Experiences for the Future," and an introduction to the JOCV-themed movie "Crossroads.
Since its beginnings in 1965, JOCV (ages 20 to 39) has sent a total of 40,977 volunteers (as of Nov.
31 award ceremony, a trustee of the Ramon Magsaysay Award highlighted the contribution of the JOCVs
to international solidarity, who have worked for more than 50 years with an emphasis on collaboration with local people.
On the other hand, JOCVs
mainly are working to popularize fish consumption.
Kitaoka had a face-to-face meeting with three JOCVs
active in a camp for Syrian refugees.