Zambo youth to represent Zambo in Japan training PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 January 2011 16:18

Twenty-five-year-old Aldrin B. Abdurahim, Interreligious Dialogue Coordinator of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and Secretary of the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP), will be representing Zamboanga City and the Philippines in a 21-day intensive Training and Dialogue Programme for Young Leaders under the course Post War Reconstruction and Peace Building in Japan.

Abdurahim will undergo the program sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) starting on January 21 up to February 9. It includes a pre-orientation seminar in Makati City. Abdurahim, a first year LLB student at the Western Mindanao State University, is one of the official delegates together with 165 others from different areas of the country.

JICA is a governmental organization whose main function is to execute Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to developing countries to support self-help efforts that will lead to economic progress and a better life for the people of those countries. Thus, this includes the Philippines.

The training and dialogue program have been offered to the government of the Philippines based on the government’s need for social and economic development of the country. At the end of the training, participants are expected to utilize the results for the country. It has been one of the fundamentals of JICA’s technical operation activities for developing countries.
The objectives of the program include contributing to the development of human resources to address or solve targeted problems in developing countries and contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship.

Abdurahim also represented the city in the recently concluded Ten Accomplished Youth organizations (TAYO) National Finals held at Malacanang Palace where Zamboanga City emerged as one of the finalists. He also had an engagement in 2009 in Northern Illinois University, Chicago, United States in the Philippine Youth Leadership Program. Moreover, he has been active in the networks of Generation Peace through the Gaston Ortigas Peace Institute and Bridging leaders: Tuloy-Tulay with the Asian Institute of Management.