Foundation donates Revo, repair tools for CTS auto program

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Friday, February 21, 2014


TOYOTA Motor Philippines Corp. (TMPC) turned over a Toyota Revo unit and specialized tools for body painting and repair to the College of Technological Sciences-Cebu (CTS-C), one of the company’s partner schools in the Visayas for its automotive program.

CTS-C is the first appointed Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) partner-school in the Visayas to supply the manpower requirement of Toyota Cebu’s dealer workshops.

“The donation of Revo trainer unit and specialized tools is again a manifestation of Toyota’s full support to this institution. We are confident that through this donation, along with the guidance of CTS-C, we can produce globally competitive technicians and engineers,” said David Go, president of TMP Foundation Inc.

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“Filipino workers are the best in the world, especially if they are properly guided,” he added.

TMPC Foundation Inc. supports 60 scholars currently enrolled at CTS-C. The foundation has about 20 partner-schools nationwide, of which six are in the Visayas.

CTS-C and TMP Foundation Inc. signed a partnership in 1993. They also collaborated in launching the pioneering Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology (BSAT) degree program in 2007.

Sustainability

According to Go, the academe-industry linkage program is “seen as a model for other companies, as the partnership is not just based on philanthropy but is based on the sustainable business model that is responsive to the needs of the industry.”
TMP has three dealerships in Cebu.

Go said the curriculum incorporates the needed Toyota competencies not only in general jobs, but also in body and paint courses. He is confident the competencies embedded in the BSAT curriculum will pass the Tesda National Certificate Levels in Automotive Servicing I-IV.

The scholars, he added, are also accommodated for on-the-job training in TMP dealer workshops in Cebu and they eventually get hired. Go, however, said they don’t compel their scholars to work for Toyota, although, most of them opt to work for the company.

Go stressed there should be a continuous workforce development to meet demands of the
automotive industry.

He said this academe-industry linkage is not only meant to provide skilled workers for Toyota’s expanding network in the country but also to upgrade the country’s skills competency in the automotive industry.

Annual assessment

To ensure the quality of automotive training, Toyota conducts a year-end assessment
and evaluation in all its T-TEP partner-schools nationwide that is in conformity with the global Toyota standards. Consequently, T-TEP partner schools are ranked based on the result of student-performance in the assessment and evaluation.

Go announced that the top 10 performers based on the 2013 year-end assessment are all from CTS-C.

“We are grateful for the support and assistance extended by TMP Foundation Inc. All these efforts that we are doing together are not only meant to strengthen relationship but also to help a produce competitive workforce for this growing industry,” said Candice Gotianuy, president of CTS-C.

TMPC is aiming to sell more than 90,000 units this year, banking on the new models scheduled for release.

In 2013, TMPC’s total sales hit an all-time high of 75,587 units, surpassing the company’s projected sales of 75,000 units for that year. The strong sales performance can be attributed to the strong sales of Innova and Vios models, which are made in the Philippines.

Go said the sales growth was boosted by strong consumer confidence. “People no longer perceive cars as a luxury but necessity,” said Go.

He reported sales in the Visayas are “doing very good” amid competition in the market.

“We don’t have many dealerships here but we are expanding,” said Go.

Cebu, he said has the largest dealership in the Visayas with a body and paint center.

Based on the yearend summary, Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (Campi) reported Toyota was the best performer in 2013, dominating over two-fifths of the total market in the country.

The Japanese car maker also launched Wigo, the small hatchback car, which is the company’s first foray into the low-cost segment. The company reportedly aims to sell 500 units per month.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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