PHILFEJA to receive Japanese MOFA award

Published July 17, 2018, 9:09 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Roy Mabasa

The Japanese government on Tuesday announced the awarding of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation to the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) in recognition of its vital contributions to advancing the relations between the two countries.

In a statement, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) also cited PHILFEJA’s role in connecting all Filipino-Japan alumni and promoting the values of Japanese education in the Philippines.

Founded on July 19, 1976, PHILFEJA is the umbrella organization connecting various Japanese scholarship alumni organizations in the Philippines and has worked tirelessly to disseminate valuable information about Japanese scholarship programs to Filipinos.

It is an aggrupation of five separate organizations that offer a single voice before counterpart international fora, mainly the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) and ASJA International of Japan. It also works closely with the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the Manila office of the Japan Foundation.

In 2016, representative of PHILFEJA and former Filipino Japan scholars met with Their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, during their state visit to the Philippines.

The Japanese Embassy in Manila also congratulated PHILFEJA as it expressed hope that the organization will continue to serve its purpose to bring Filipino Japan alumni together towards developing a stronger appreciation of Japanese education among more Filipinos.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Manila Koji Haneda conducted an on-site visit of the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project and the Guadalupe Bridge and Lambingan Bridge, both funded by the Japanese government.

The River Channel Improvement project has completed major works such as the construction of revetment with river wall, dredging and construction of the dike along the Pasig-Marikina River by utilizing Japan’s disaster prevention technology.

The project is expected to contribute to flood damage mitigation and sustainable urban economic development of the National Capital Region.

On the other hand, the Bridges Seismic Improvement Project aims to improve earthquake resistance of these two bridges given its importance in the economic activities of the surrounding areas and for early recovery in case of disaster.