Every year since 2010, KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and Korea’s Institute of Justice cooperates to gather a certain number of immigration officers from different countries to participate in their Immigration Service Management Training. For people to be eligible and able to partake in the said training, their government agency or organization must nominate them into participation. The purpose of this training, according to the web course information, is to understand the role of immigration service management, to address immigration concerns, and to share and inform Korea’s advanced immigration management system to different nations. (http://becas.segeplan.gob.gt)

This year, from April 16th until May 1st, 11 individuals from the Philippines were fortunately nominated to engage in the training. Ten of them were from the Philippine Immigration Office and one from the Korean Embassy in the Philippines. The training took place, mainly, at the KOICA headquarters in Gyeonggi-do where most of their workshops and orientations were held. The orientations covered topics such as, Korea’s information technology in immigration, refugee system, border control system, verification of visa & passport, and other relevant concerns of the immigration. These topics were discussed by several different officials and officers of Korea’s immigration service, and also by an academic professor from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

Despite having scheduled orientations during the day, the program did not only consist of the participants staying in a conference room learning about Korea’s immigration system. It also provided them with activities allowing the participants to explore Korea. They were given time to get to know Seoul by providing scheduled transportations taking them to different places from the KOICA head office and back. One of the places in Seoul they were able to visit with the provision of transportation was Seoul’s downtown, the heart of tourist shopping, Myeong-dong. The participants were not only introduced to Seoul, but to other cities in South Korea as well, when the program took their training in Busan. They were well provided with cultural experiences and field trips to better help them learn more about Korea.

Aside from the Immigration Service Management training, KOICA holds other programs and activities not only along with member nations of the ASEAN community but with many other countries across the globe as well. Through KOICA, Korea’s efforts of building relations with different cultures, sharing their advancement and knowledge, most especially to developing countries, carries out the message that Korea is a country committed to global development. Korea truly reaches out to the world through the agency’s programs, and surely, many nations are thankful for the knowledge and experience it has offered.


• Webzine.koica.go.kr, (2015). [online] Available at: http://webzine.koica.go.kr
• Koica.go.kr, (2015). KOICA. [online] Available at: http://www.koica.go.kr
• (2015).[ebook] Korea International Cooperation Agency, Institute of Justice. Available at: http://becas.segeplan.gob.gt/becas//uploads/201501%2Fcd_08104823_course%20information%202015%20inmigration.pdf
• Bureau of Immigration, Republic of the Philippines, (2013). Philippine Delegation 2013 with the KOICA Coordinator. [image] Available at: https://www.facebook.com/officialbureauofimmigration/photos/a.305857692886278.1073741836.133424753462907/305857989552915/?type=3&theater


By Jazzmin Anne Nicolle Manuel Santos, ASEAN Correspondent from Philippines