CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Carworld Inc., together with Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC), signed Friday a memorandum of agreement with Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU).

The agreement was inked by Laus Group of Companies (LGC) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus, MMPC Executive Vice-President for Marketing Taizo Furuhashi, and DHVTSU president Enrique Baking for scholarships, faculty immersion, auto technician skills training and provision of training equipment and simulators for its use.

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The pact calls for DHVTSU to establish a Mitsubishi corner in the university for its gasoline, diesel, automotive electricity and electronic students, as well as for immersion of its faculty in MMPC's Cainta, Rizal plant, while Carworld and MMPC will assist in the screening and administration of entrance exams.

"This is really a very good move since it will complement our plans to diversify and tailor fit our curriculum to the needs of industries as we strive to veer away from traditional courses," Baking told Sun.Star Pampanga.

He said that under the agreement, those found to have good work ethics and values, as well as exemplary skills, would be hired by MMPC and Carworld.

For his part, Laus said it will fill the gap of the need for more skilled technicians.

"This agreement is noteworthy. It will certainly enhance the educational level of technicians in the country as we do our share in their training and development and generate employment through our apprenticeship programs," he said.

Furuhashi complemented Laus' statements, saying the MMPC shares similar corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives with LGC and Carworld.

"As our CSR, we uplift the automotive skills of instructors, help in curriculum review and development and upgrade training materials we provide," he said, adding that he hopes DHVTSU would eventually become the biggest source of well-trained technicians in the country.

Chi Sangil, head of LGC's Human Resources Department, summed up the agreement, saying: "This is what we call industry immersion program which is part of our CSR. For Carworld, we would do the curriculum review for DHVTSU to make it aligned for the demands of the automotive industry. Since 2006, we get apprentices from DHVTSU and we are able to employ about six apprentices from them. The agreement is really mutually beneficial." (Jovi T. De Leon)