Isuzu Motors Ltd. (IML) Japan, in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and World Vision Philippines, has recognized 14 new graduates from the Tacloban Isuzu-TESDA Technical Training Center last August 24. The students have successfully completed the National Competency Certification Program as administered by TESDA’s regional arm in Leyte.
Since its inception, the project has had a huge impact in the lives of its graduates, with most now working in service centers here and abroad. 22-year-old class valedictorian Jhon Moscosa of Eastern Samar is one such success story.
According to him, even if there was a long pause in his training due to Typhoon Yolanda, he still chose to continue the program as he believes it will help him land a better job. He said that he is now sure of his future and is happy that he can now support his parents back in Samar.
Even before their graduation, the students have already been pre-qualified to work in different Isuzu service centers throughout the country. In fact, most of them have already secured service technician positions in Isuzu dealerships as well as in Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing Corporation.
“All they needed was the opportunity for an education; we gave them that opportunity and in return we can see that they are helping themselves uplift their status in life” said IML senior counsellor Yoshinori Ida. “We are very proud that most of our scholars now are living a more comfortable life. We hope to continue this endeavour for as long as possible” he added.
In line with the ceremony, the training center welcomed 18 new hopefuls in its 12th batch of trainees to undergo the same NC I-IV certification program. According to TESDA Region VIII director Cleta Omega, TESDA is in the process of improving the program by offering a fifth and final diploma course which will focus on supervisorial and managerial skills.
Pictured above: IML senior counsellor Yoshinori Ida and his wife Mikiko together with the Batch 8 graduates.