They say that in education, there are no boundaries and no hindrance too hard not to surpass. Well, this may be true in the case of the 67 trainees of the Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center who had proven that no typhoon so strong can stop them from attaining their sought after education.
In a ceremony headed by the Senior Counselor of Isuzu Motors Limited Japan (IML) Mr. Yoshinori Ida, the Isuzu –TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center in Tacloban, Leyte reopens its doors on February 16, 2015 to all the trainees who went home after Typhoon Yolanda (with international name of Haiyan) damaged its facilities.
Patiently waiting for one and a half years, the trainees can now have a fresh start in their training program, which will immediately commence according to its project director and trainers. “After the typhoon, all of our trainees went home to give assistance to their families. We are glad that most of them came back and that our project sponsors are still willing to support us” said Ms. Cleta Omega, TESDA 8 Regional Director.
Both the training workshop and dormitory where damaged during the typhoon and it needed more than P10 million pesos to fully rehabilitate. With the backing of all the project partners; Isuzu, World Vision and TESDA, the school will resume all classes and will be ready to accept new applicants.
In line with the recent reopening, the center also launched a new slogan “Quality Training-Our Commitment, Brighter Future – Our Gift” which signifies its continued dedication to its mission and vision of training qualified students coming from the marginalized sector to help uplift their lives and become a valuable member of the industry.
In the recent 9th Isuzu World Technical Competition held in Japan, two of its former trainees (Rey Bombita and Roel Gocela) got the second place in the annual Isuzu skills competition participated by Isuzu mechanics worldwide., proving that the center can give them the edge when it comes to automotive servicing.
“Since 2008 we have been supporting this project, it is our goal to help them change their lives by receiving a technical education” said IML Senior Counselor, Yoshinori Ida. “We at Isuzu believe in the Filipino talent, we hope than the next batch will be able to exceed what their seniors have accomplished.”
Source: Isuzu Philippines