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All 30 Isuzu-TESDA Center scholars successfully pass Phase 1 of training

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 17, 2009

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.

The awarding 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 NC1 certificate.

Twenty-five modules 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.