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TESDA inaugurates modern auto-mechanic training center

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
November 15, 2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  The state-of-the-art TESDA Auto-Mechanic Training Center which is located at the TESDA Complex at Abucay, Tacloban City, which is aimed at training Filipino youth from poor rural communities to becme highly skilled automotive service technicians, is set to be inaugurated on November 18, 2008. TESDA Region 8 Director Juan M. Sabulao Jr. informed.

The inauguration program will start at 9:00 o’clock in the morning with a Tour of the Training Center Facilities by TESDA Director General, Secretary Augusto Boboy Syjuco and the officials of ISUZU Motors, Ltd., Plan and TESDA.

Engr. Juan M. Sabulao, Jr., TESDA 8 Regional Director will welcome the special guest and visitors to the Inauguration of the modern training center. This will be followed by Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, the Chairman of the Regional Development Council who will deliver a brief message.

Mr. Michael Joseph Diamond, the Country Director of Plan Philippines will turn over the Training Facilities and will present the first batch of scholars. Director Sabulao informed that the Plan Philippines was in charge of implementing the pre-operation phase and monitoring of the project.

The messages of commitment will be delivered by Ms. Jonalyn Navarrosa, the class president, and Mr. Jeffrey Veros, the press relations officer, of the first 30 scholars composed of young men and women from the three Samar provinces, Southern Leyte and Masbate.

TESDA Director General, Secretary Augusto Boboy Syjuco will deliver the keynote address and will award the plaques of recognition and appreciation.

Mr. Yoshinori Ida, the chief executive officer of ISUZU Motors Limited will deliver a special message. It would be recalled that the dream of having a modern training center will not become a reality without the technical and financial support provided by ISUZU Motors Ltd.

The TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center is a state of-the-art training facility, complete with the equipment requirement for the Training of Automotive Service Technicians from National Certificate Level I up to National Level IV, the highest level of qualification in the automotive sector in the country.

This is supported by ISUZU Motors Ltd. Japan through the Heart and Smile Project, and Plan Japan and Plan Philippines from the preliminary stage of the project, both financially and technically.

TESDA Automotive Training Center has complex facilities consisting of a two-storey 1656 sq. meter workshop with a complete set of training equipment and tools; 160 bed capacity dormitory for boys and girls; cafeteria; and recreational facilities.

The scholarship includes full accommodation, daily meals, complete set of training uniform and training supply.