Toyota partners with city tech-voc school

ONE of the country's leading car manufacturing companies, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) Corp, partnered with Davao Institute of Technical Education, Inc. (Dite), a Davao-based non-stock non-profit technical-vocational school, in a bid to uplift automotive industry in the country, recognizing the significant roles of students.

The memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between the two parties Thursday at the Dite on McArthur Highway in Matina, Davao City is the Education and Training System through an on-the-job program for students taking up Automotive Servicing NC I and II.

"We are glad that Toyota granted our request to allow some 40 of our students/trainees to undergo in-plant training in their manufacturing plant in Sta.Rosa Laguna,” Misellene Durmiendo, Dite directress told Sun.Star Davao in an interview.

She added that they chose Toyota because it remains to be the leader in the automotive industry with remarkable prints of excellence, thus ensuring an excellent experience for students vital for capacity building and enhancement.

“This is in exercise of corporate social responsibility, promotes and supports technical education and finds the school’s program in line with such objective,” Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation in a MOA signed Jhohana A. Mamonong, Vice president for Human Resource said.

In the agreement, the TMP will allow the students to undergo in-plant training for a minimum period of five months.

Dite has a total of some 400 students enrolled in Automotive Servicing NC I and II.

“Only 40 of them will be taking their OJT in Sta. Rosa, Laguna the remaining students will be undergoing their OJT’s within Mindanao,” Durmiendo said adding that financial capacity of student in spending their OJT in Laguna is also considered.

Dite which is established in 1958 also offered technical-vocational courses like Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing NCII for six months, Driving NCII with basic troubleshooting for four months, special driving for 10 hours, fiberglass making and repair, among others.

“We will be offering more courses in the coming years,” Durmiendo added.
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