NIGS. The 15 Negrense professionals who will study Japanese language and culture for two years in Japan recently paid a courtesy visit to Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II at the Provincial Capitol in the city of Bacolod . (Capitol Photo)
FIFTEEN professionals from Negrense will study Japanese language and culture for two years in Japan.
The first group of researchers consists of Jan Leonard Abrasaldo, Marlon Undan, Emee Joy Baylon, Jireh Grace Espartero, Marilyn Galvez, Renz Jason Maja, John Dee Pasague, Aljan Sendico, James Tillaman and Jennelyn Boquail.
They arrived in Japan on April 3 and are currently undergoing a seven-day quarantine in their respective apartments.
The second group included Joy Aldover, Andrea Amisola, Mara Christyl Santisteban, Vanessa Viñas and Christal Aina Villar. They must travel on Friday April 8.
The provincial government of Negros Occidental, in a statement, said the scholarship program was in coordination with the Cooperative Association for Yomiuri Shimbun Distribution Services Inc. based in Chiba, Japan, with Fumio Mizuno as the focal point.
The Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division (NOSPD) facilitated scholarships and travel documents for scholarship recipients under the province’s Education and Career Support Program.
Fellows received basic Japanese language and cultural training at the Oisca-Bago training center prior to their departure.
After their two years of study in Japan, scholarship recipients must pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in order to enter a business school in Japan.
To support themselves during their studies in Japan, the scholarship recipients will work part-time in different press companies within the framework of the association for Yomiuri Shimbun.
The first group of scholars were scheduled to travel to Japan in 2020 but were hampered due to border closures due to the pandemic.
Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II advised scholars, who recently paid a courtesy visit to him and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, to take good care of their health as this will allow them to continue pursuing their dreams.
“They must always keep their thoughts and dedication to their work,” he added.
For his part, Lacson said the success and failure of the researchers is in their hands.
What is important, he says, is that they will be happy and able to improve their lives and those of their families.
“It will definitely be a life changing experience and you will feel empowered after two years but along the way there will be struggles and I hope you are ready for that because there is no going back. back,” the governor said.
Lacson added, “I want to tell you that Japan values loyalty, so I hope you don’t decide to leave the company that helps you and gives you luck.” (With Capitol Reports)