Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) recently broke ground for a world-class auto technical school that will soon rise at the Toyota Special Economic Zone in Santa Rosa, Laguna. The school is envisioned to produce globally-competent, highly-skilled automotive Filipino technicians for Toyota, both in the Philippines and abroad.
TMP president Michinobu Sugata said the technical school is a symbol of the company's continued dedication to the development of a better society in the Philippines because Filipino automotive technicians have a high demand overseas.
"Toyota's presence in the country has gained new dimension. Our responsibility to help bring progress to the nation goes beyond our business contributions. Through this school, we are leveraging our technical, financial and human resources in order to catalyze national development," he said.
The school will soon occupy the 10-hectare property inside the TMP plant in Laguna. The first phase of the project will develop a one hectare area for a two-story building located near the TMP's main entrance gate. It will have a floor area of 7,400 sqm.
The building will have facilities such as technical lecture and practice rooms, vehicle stalls, non-technical classrooms, library, dormitory, canteen, multipurpose hall, office and meeting rooms, and parking lot. This will be for after-sales technicians.
The technical school courses will be assisted by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The organization will issue national certificates for basic course for middle level and diagnostic for senior level.
Other non-technical subjects will be offered: Toyota Way, Safety Fundamental Skills, Quality Mindset, Productivity Mindset/Visualization, Cost Reduction, Customer First Mindset, and Foreign Languages.
TMP chairman George S.K. Ty meanwhile expressed his appreciation for the partnership he has had with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and with the Philippines. He said, "In sincere gratitude, I would like to dedicate the institute of technology for which we are holding this ground breaking ceremony to Toyota Motor Corporation by naming it after Toyota."
Likewise, the technical school will serve as a future regional human resources development hub for global Toyota.
"I believe that we need to empower our youth through quality education. It is my hope that through the graduates of this school, I will be able to give back what this country so willingly provided me," Ty said.
TMC honorary chairman Shoichiro Toyoda also expressed confidence in the establishment of the school. "I am optimistic about the long-term benefits that global Toyota will reap from this School.
I am happy and proud that this school can support and give added value to the Toyota brand."
The technical school fits perfectly into TMP's Total Customer Satisfaction program. With the projected increase in demand for new vehicles, the school can produce more automotive technicians providing after-sales service to Toyota customers.
The school will also give the Filipino youth access to quality education.