All 30 Isuzu-TESDA
Center scholars successfully pass Phase 1 of training
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – For
the concerned citizens who are wondering what has happened to the
Isuzu-TESDA Training Center in Leyte which opened in the last quarter
of last year, here goes the update.
The first batch of 30
scholars enrolled at the posh Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training
Center in Leyte has completed with flying colors the first phase (NC1)
of the course and are now on their way to hurdling the second stage.
As the first batch
composed of 19 male and 11 female scholars completed the first Phase,
the second batch composed of 14 male and 16 female scholars has begun
training in the middle of 2009.
ceremonies was attended by no less than Isuzu Motors Limited chairman
Yoshinori Ida who flew in from Japan to lead the awarding ceremonies
held at the Isuzu-sponsored TESDA facility in Leyte.
Joining him in
awarding the top performers of the program’s maiden batch were TESDA
Regional Director Juan Sabulao, Jr., and Plan Philippines Country
Director Michael Diamond.
A female scholar,
Marilou Cabarles, was the overall first placer with an average grade
of 83 percent; followed by a male scholar, Jonathan Mangubat who is
the overall second placer for the practical and written exams and who
topped the written exams with 82 percent grade.
The overall third
placer was Jonnalyn Navarrosa with an average grade of 81 percent.
Topping practical exams was Jumar Verano, with a score of 87 percent.
The first batch of 30
Isuzu scholars is scheduled to complete the special two-year course in
October 2010, after hurdling all national certification levels from I
to IV within a two-year period in order to pass the course.
NC1 or the first phase
tackles automotive servicing. Among the basic modules included in the
NC1 curriculum are workplace communication, teamwork, work values and
housekeeping. After completing the NC1 modules, the scholars underwent
competency assessment to determine who among them are qualified for an
make up the second curriculum, including workplace communication, team
environment, career professionalism, occupational health and safety,
shop maintenance, and the servicing of various vehicle components.
Isuzu, which is
funding the training facilities and the students’ board and lodging
costs, also donated an Isuzu NHR Passenger Van and one Crosswind XTi
for the students’ and the training center personnel’s use.
The second batch of
scholars coming from the provinces of Samar, Eastern Samar, Camotes
Island, Occidental Mindoro, Southern Leyte and Masbate, brings to 60
the total number of Isuzu scholars.
The fact that female
scholars now outnumber the males indicates that automotive-mechanic
training has a growing appeal even to a demography previously thought
unfit to participate in such a program.