The ninth batch of Porsche “Mechatronics” pose with (from left) Roberto Coyiuto 3rd, Senator Grace Poe, Robert Coyiuto Jr., Father Dindo Vitug and Hertz Pura. The new graduates are now employed at Porsche service centers in the Middle East. PHOTO BY RUBEN D. MANAHAN 4TH

    Jobs overseas await graduates of Porsche’s training center
    LIFE always gives chances. And for the underprivileged but diligent Filipino youth, one of these second chances came courtesy of the Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia (PTRCA).

    A group of 16 individuals now has the means to lift their families out of poverty after they graduated from PTRCA—the only program locally where trainees are hired automatically by the parent company. The best part? Passports and visas are issued to PTRCA graduates immediately, all taken care of by Porsche.

    From the first week of September onward, the latest batch of graduates had started leaving for their respective country of destinations.

    In his speech during the graduation rites held on August 30, Roberto Coyiuto Jr., chairman of PGA Cars, Porsche Phils.’ parent company, said that the PTRCA has been the sole program where it educates and employs the students afterward.

    “Since we started in 2008, the Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia has been the first automotive institution in the country to provide not only education but also international employment opportunities to deserving underprivileged youth,” Coyiuto said during the commencement rites. “Today, 16 more scholars will join the ranks of the Porsche network.”

    The PGA chairman urged the graduates to seize the opportunity and the privilege they were given after undergoing nine months of training.

    The 16 graduates have been trained to hone their skills and capabilities in automotive repair, which came as a result of a partnership between Porsche Phils. and the Don Bosco Technical Institute.

    Thankful “Mechatronics”

    The latest graduates—now known as Porsche Mechatronics—will be employed in Porsche Centers in growing markets across the globe. They are Noel Abriol Jr., Isagani Balaga Jr. (3rd Technical Excellence Award), Julius Colasito, Bernard Bautista, Daniel de Leon, Jo de la Paz, Mark Ferrer, Joseph Divinagracia (1st Technical Excellence Award), Mark Flogio, Patrick Gonzales, Marben Lim, Peter Ipan, Kenneth Maula, Arnel Loza, Arvin Payte and Kevin Raz (2nd Technical Excellence).

    The new Mechatronics said they are thankful for the experience and opportunity to become one of the latest members of the Porsche family.

    Divinagracia, for one, said that it is an honor to be a Porsche Mechatronic. “My dream was fulfilled not only to become a simple mechanic but a Porsche Mechatronic,” he said.

    Raz said that they were treated by the PTRCA like family. “The happiness they have given us is immeasurable,” he said.

    Words of wisdom

    Besides Coyiuto, also leading the graduation ceremony were Senator Grace Poe and Don Bosco Technical Institute Technical Director Father Dindo Vitug.

    PTRCA Director Hertz Pura said that the latest batch—the ninth since the program started—had the most challenging experience yet. “But they had come out successfully through all the exercises and I am proud of them,” he said.

    For her part, Poe noted that the graduates should persevere to attain success. “Uso din ang himala [Miracles are possible],” she told the PTRCA graduates.

    To date, the program has produced 127 graduates. PTRCA is the first training facility outside Germany that’s designed to enable young people to gain further qualifications.

    The new graduates will be employed in the Middle East, particularly Kuwait (six), Dubai (four), Oman (one), Qatar (two) and Saudi Arabia (three).


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