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Japanese local governments are sending specialists to local governments to provide technical assistance

MANILA, Philippines – If your local government unit (LGU) has a specific problem it wants to address, you will want to sign up for this.

Through the Specialist Dispatch Project, current or former Japanese local government officials or anybody with special knowledge or technical skills are placed in communities abroad. The initiative by the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Singapore Representative Office is designed to improve the chosen LGU’s administration.

Local chief executives or representatives from related organizations select a field in which they need assistance when they fill up the forms. Applicants can choose from the following:

 

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Irrigation, Drainage and Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Livestock Industry
  • Fishery
  • Biotechnology
  • Commerce
  • Industrial
  • Pottery (Ceramic Industry)
  • City Planning
  • Environment Conservation
  • Civil Engineering
  • Water supply and sewage
  • Public Transportation
  • Waste Disposal Management
  • Architecture and Housing
  • Electricity, Power Generation
  • Firefighting, Disaster Prevention
  • Social Welfare
  • Medical
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Cultural Asset Preservation
  • Japanese Studies
  • Japanese Language
  • Tourism
  • Law
  • Financial Control
  • Tax system, Tax collection
  • Election management
  • Others

 

 

Two Japanese communities, Ota City and Aichi Prefecture, are interested in sending representatives.

CLAIR and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan will then select the specialist. It will then be up to the Japanese local government to decide whether to dispatch the specialist.

Specialists’ dispatch periods range from one to two weeks with expenses being distributed between the host LGU and CLAIR.

Previous dispatches have been to Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia among others. Specialists conducted site visits, training programs, discussion sessions, and even sent some villagers to Japan to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

The initiative, jointly organized by CLAIR and the MIC, hopes to strengthen communities in the ASEAN and India while boosting relations between Japan and overseas LGUs.

CLAIR was created in 1988 as a joint organization of local governments to promote the internationalization of communities. Today, they work in 10 ASEAN countries and India.

The Local Government Academy’s previous partnerships with CLAIR have been on various capacity development projects such as the Knowledge Exchange Forums.

 

Interested LGUs may send a letter of intent to the LGA by emailing rpdd@lga.gov.ph. You can know more about the project by downloading the information kit.

 

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