Isuzu scholars who were displaced by devastation brought about by super typhoon Yolanda back in November 2014, trooped back to Tacloban City last week after Isuzu Motors Limited finally completed rebuilding the facility where they train deserving youth from the provinces to become certified auto mechanics.
After 15 months, the Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center was reopened last February with the 67 trainees returning to the facility to continue, where they left off, in attaining their sought after education.
In a ceremony headed by the Senior Counselor of Isuzu Motors Limited Japan (IML) Yoshinori Ida, the Isuzu –TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center in Tacloban, Leyte reopened its doors on February 16 to all the trainees who went home after Typhoon Yolanda cauased extensive damage to its facilities.
“After the typhoon (Yolanda), 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 P10 million pesos 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.
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.
In the recent 9th Isuzu World Technical Competition held in Japan, two of its former trainees, Rey Bombita and Roel Gocela, got the second place in the annual Isuzu skills competition participated by Isuzu mechanics worldwide; proving that the center can give trainees the edge when it comes to automotive servicing.
“Since 2008 we have been supporting this project, it is our goal to help them change their lives by receiving a technical education,” said Yoshinori Ida. “We at Isuzu believe in the Filipino talent, we hope than the next batch will be able to exceed what their seniors have accomplished.”