After being devastated by Typhoon Yolanda one and half years ago, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently reopened the Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center.

The ceremonial event was held last February 16, 2015 and among those present were Senior Counselor of Isuzu Motors Limited Japan (IML) Yoshinori Ida and the 67 trainees who still came back after the long wait.

"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 Cleta Omega, TESDA 8 Regional Director.

Both the training workshop and dormitory where damaged during the typhoon and it needed more than PHP 10 million 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.

Isuzu reopens training center

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.

Demonstrating the center's excellence in training future mechanics, two former trainees from the training center, Rey Bombita and Roel Gocela, won second place in the annual Isuzu Skills Competition during the 9th Isuzu World Technical Competition held in Japan.

"Since 2008 we have been supporting this project, it is our goal to help them change their lives by receiving a technical education. We at Isuzu believe in the Filipino talent, we hope than the next batch will be able to exceed what their seniors have accomplished," said IML Senior Counselor, Yoshinori Ida.