The Japanese government has extended its invitation to the Philippines to take part in the education development training after a meeting with Vice President Sara Duterte on Wednesday, May 3. ![Inday Sara_Takema.jpg]( ###### Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Sakamoto Takema (right) bursts into laughter after receiving a commemorative medallion from Vice President Sara Duterte (left). (OVP photo) ###### According to Duterte, this was among the topics she discussed during her meeting with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Sakamoto Takema at her Mandaluyong City office. JICA is the aid arm of the Japanese government. In a meeting with Takema, Duterte said they also tackled the advancement of Public-Private Partnership (PPP), coordination with local government units, and recruitment of Japanese volunteers who will teach the Filipino youth. “Ayon kay Mr. Takema, bahagi ng kanilang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga LGUs ang pagtuturo sa mga kabataan ng disaster education. Kabilang din ito sa kanilang mga PPP programs (According to Mr. Takema, part of their coordination with LGUs is teaching the youth on disaster education. This is also included in their PPP programs),” her Facebook post read. Takema also told Duterte about JICA’s programs for the education sector in the Philippines. “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa JICA sa mga inisyatibong ito na layong palakasin ang sistema ng edukasyon sa ating bansa (We thank JICA for its initiatives that aim to strengthen the education system in our country),” she said. Besides education, JICA has limplemented infrastructure, health and social development projects that are beneficial to Filipinos. On Wednesday, Duterte likewise welcomed Japanese education officials to see how Japan can help in the Philippines’ educational programs. ![Inday Sara_Masako.jpg]( ###### (From left) Vice President Sara Duterte shakes hands with Japan Special Advisor on Women Empowerment Mori Masako during a meeting at her office. (OVP photo)
In a separate post, the official shared photos with Mori Masako, the special advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan on Women Empowerment, who showed off the commemorative medallion presented to her by Duterte. “Napag-usapan namin na handang tumulong ang Japan sa mga programang pang-edukasyon ng Pilipinas (We talked about how Japan is ready to help in the country’s educational programs),” she wrote. Duterte shared how she told Masako that Davao City, her hometown that she was local chief executive of before winning the vice presidential race last year, has its own Little Tokyo because there are many Japanese descendants there. She then thanked the Japanese government for their support, especially with the most recent oil spill in the waters of Oriental Mindoro.

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