The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Isuzu Motors Limited (IML) of Japan, with the assistance of Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) and Plan Philippines, recently hely an "open-campus" event for the third batch of scholars set to graduate from the Isuzu-funded TESDA Auto-Mechanic Training Center in Tacloban, Leyte.

The event was held present the project to key people in the automotive industry and was also designed to find employment for the training center's graduates by inviting potential employers and displaying before them the technical skills of the young scholars.

"These students do not only receive training under the regular TESDA curriculum, Isuzu also provides technical support by sending instructors from Japan." said Mr. Kimihiko Sato, IML Associate CSR Division Executive in his speech. "And it is our intention to continuously send out capable and quality graduates who can support the development of the Philippine automotive industry."

Special guests in attendance included TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva, Leyte Vice-Governor Ma. Mimietta. Bagulaya, Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Romualdez, IML Senior Executive Officer Ryo Sakata, IML Associate CSR Division Executive Kimihiko Sato, IPC President Ryoji Yamazaki, and Plan Philippines Country Director Diosdado Wana.

Graduates of the Isuzu-TESDA training center get issued NC4 certification, which is the highest certification for auto mechanics in the country.

To date, the TESDA Auto-Mechanic Training Center has already accepted 129 scholars, 54 of whom have already graduated and have been deployed for work. The center is not only taking care of the education and training of these students, but is also putting the best efforts so that they will be gainfully employed after they graduate.