Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is keen on helping to educate trainees from the Philippines into the future after the automaker recently commemorated the tenth year since the company started accepting Philippine trainees at its factories in Japan.

The first group arrived at the Mizushima Plant in October 2007, some 200 Philippine trainees have acquired technical skills at MMC's factories in Japan including the Nagoya Plant. Currently, around 70 trainees are undergoing training in Japan and the company intends to continue the program well into the future.

All of the trainees will spend up to three years in Japan, learning and acquiring the skills needed to work on a vehicle production line. All trainees are graduates from a technical college in the Philippines.

"I experienced much during the last two years, and particularly my experiences at MMC have been precious. I hope to study hard and gain more skills and knowledge in my last year of the training,” said Wilbert Florida Lopez, one of the Filipino trainees currently in Japan.

MMC Chairman of the Board, president & CEO Osamu Masuko stated that they will continue to assist and help the Philippines' economy and automotive industry grow.

“We wish to help in nurturing the Philippine automobile industry by providing assistance in the area of human resources, and to contribute to the growth of the country's economy,” said Masuko.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) recently had its application to join the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy Program(2) (CARS) approved. In order to produce the Mirage and Mirage G4 in line with the CARS program, MMPC is investing around PhP 4.3 billion in plant and equipment, including about PHP 2 billion in the construction of a new stamping shop facility. The new stamping shop is due to come into full operation in the first half of 2018.

The construction of the new stamping shop facility will allow MMPC to produce large amounts of auto parts and components locally, one of the CARS Program requirements. In addition, this allows MMPC to have parts at the ready, rather than having to import them. It also has major significance for MMPC in bringing the stamping process, which is integral to an auto production plant. Other than that, the new stamping facility will also create new jobs and house other technologies from MMC itself.