Back in 2008, Isuzu Motors Limited chose the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Tacloban City as the beneficiary of their education of the children program called ‘Isuzu Heart and Smile Project’ (IHSP). Fast forward to the now and numerous graduates later, the Isuzu TESDA site is now celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Graduates of the TESDA program returned to their alma mater in Tacloban City along with key officials from Isuzu Motors Limited, Isuzu Philippines Corporation, TESDA and World Vision to attend the three-day celebration which was held from August 18 to 20.
To start off the anniversary celebrations, the group held an outreach program on the very first day to keep with the company’s IHSP program. The following day, officers, guest and other IHSP scholars participated in numerous fun filled activities held throughout the day at the TESDA Region 8 Regional Training Center Complex. The highlight of the event however was the grand alumni homecoming ball. On the last day of celebrations, Isuzu held the graduation ceremony for the 17 scholars who completed the program this year.
Over the course of 10 years, there have been 14 batches of scholars with a total of 213 students have graduated from the Isuzu TESDA center in Tacloban. Most of them are already employed domestically with some even working abroad.
The IHSP provides two years of term training, and is open to the underprivileged youth nationwide. Candidates are first identified by TESDA and World Vision before being qualified for scholarship. The program covers the full cost of living and education fees of scholars as the students are housed in dormitories located inside the training center compound. Students are then required to attain the national standard for auto mechanic training.