'Isuzu Heart and Smile Project' welcomes new batch of scholars

Ruben Manahan IV
·3-min read

Eighteen new scholars will be among those receiving technical skills training, as they were formally welcomed by Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), into its Isuzu Heart and Smile Project.

Apart from the latest scholars, 34 undergraduates were also recognized as they moved up training levels.

Headquartered at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Auto Mechanic Training Center (AMTC) in Tacloban Leyte, these new participants will receive specialized educational aid program designed to provide transformative learning and opportunities.

This vocational school started in 2008 by IPC, Isuzu Motors Ltd. (IML), World Vision and TESDA to provide opportunities amid the challenges of the times: showing resilience despite the Typhoon Yolanda in 2014 and amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Isuzu Heart and Smile Project
Isuzu Heart and Smile Project

World Vision National Director Rommel Fuerte was joined by IML Executive Officer for Executive Administration Hirokazu Okubo to welcome the Batch 19 scholars and deliver a message of hope to these newest students that are expected to graduate in 2023.

“The automotive industry in the Philippines is developing year by year and the number of people who want to engage in this industry is increasing as well. However, due to the pandemic, things have been difficult and the job search has become even harder. Don’t worry. Studying and graduating from this program will give you more chances of getting full-time jobs in the automotive industry and related companies here and abroad. With the possibilities this training program offers, I can say that you have made the best choice!” Okubo said.

“Admission to the program does not guarantee success. Obey the rules while leading a regular life and make sure to continue your efforts to acquire the basics for auto mechanic and graduate with a driver's license and NC4 qualification. Do these and I think you can secure a bright future in two years,” Okubo added.

Isuzu Heart and Smile Project
Isuzu Heart and Smile Project

On the same day, members of Batch 18, who will be formally certified in the third quarter of 2021, celebrated their advancement. Okubo congratulated these students who entered in August 2019.

“My dear Batch 18 scholars, it’s been a long time since I last saw you. Unfortunately, I cannot be there this time due to travel restrictions. Time flies so fast. The Batch 18 scholars, who I thought had just entered the Program, are finally moving up to NC IV level!”

IPC said that the Batch 18 student “holds a special place in Okubo’s heart” after the said batch were featured in a documentary program called "Power of Wind” right upon entering the program — an in-flight series in collaboration with ANA, Japan’s largest class-leading airline, which was shown to travelers from all over the world.

“Please take care of your physical and mental health, and do not forget to work hard toward your future dreams. IML trainers in Japan also hope to provide 'juku' to you soon,” Okubo added.

Further, IPC assured that strict measures are being followed to ensure a good and safe environment for trainees to be able to concentrate on their studies and have peace of mind.

Photos Isuzu Philippines Corporation

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