Who are Isuzu's top service personnel? The recently concluded Isuzu Service Skills Olympics (ISSO) might be able to answer that.

During the 13th edition of the ISSO, 24 participating dealers, including three new dealers Isuzu Cebu, Batangas City, and Sta. Rosa, entered their best Parts and Service personnel to compete in this year's three categories, Service Technician, Service Advisor, and Parts Analyst. The competitions were divided into two parts, the written and practical tests. Winners were announced at the conclusion of the event last June 2.

For the service technician category, Jonathan Mediona and Arniel John Alom of Isuzu Davao placed 2nd runner up while Crispin Maldonado and Jumar Verano of Isuzu Pasig were declared 1st runner up. It would be the duo of Ahrjay Pulvera and Reynaldo Gepulle of Isuzu Alabang who would be this year's champions in the service tech class.

IPC lauds cream of the crop in Isuzu Service Skills Olympics

In the service advisor category, 2nd runner up went to Dyrenerose Benecio of Isuzu Pasig. Jorussel Reyes of Isuzu Cabanatuan would claim 1st runner up while Julius Caesar Opaco of Isuzu Mandaue is this year's champion for service advisors. As for the Parts Analyst category Christopher Garcia of Isuzu Cabanatuan took 2nd runner up, followed by John Louie Carlos of Isuzu Pasig getting 1st runner up. This year's champion for parts analysts would be Joana Zorilla of Isuzu Pampanga.

For this year's ISSO, IPC also handed out special awards for the Best in Written Exam for each category. The winners here were: For the Service Technician category, Crispin Maldonado of Isuzu Pasig; for the Service Advisor category, Jorussel Reyes of Isuzu Cabanatuan, and; for the Parts Analyst category, Joana Zorilla of Isuzu Pampanga. As for dealerships, Isuzu Pasig emerged as the Dealer Grand Champion.

IPC lauds cream of the crop in Isuzu Service Skills Olympics

From there, the winners will represent the Philippines in the upcoming 2018 Isuzu World Technical Competition to be held in Thailand on September 12, 2018 (for the light commercial vehicle or LCV category) and in Japan on December 6, 2018 (for the commercial vehicle or CV category).  

Since 2015, IPC has consistently placed 5th or higher in the Isuzu World Technical Competition. The Philippine Team landed 5th in the CV Category B in 2017, 3rd in the CV Category in 2016, 2nd place in the LCV Category in 2015 and 2016, and champions in the CV Category in 2015.