Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has taken a new batch of scholars under its wing, specifically through its Isuzu Heart and Smile Project.

The company welcomed 18 new scholars for its learning assistance program, which provides educational opportunities to the financially disadvantaged.

Photo from Isuzu Philippines’ Official Website

The initiative was the brainchild of co-collaborators – Isuzu Motors Ltd. (IML), World Vision, and TESDA.

IML’s Executive Officer for Executive Administration, Hirokazu Okubo, officially initiated the new additions to the program, which will be the program’s 19th batch.

“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 job search has become even harder,” Okubo said in a pre-recorded message.

However, Okubo encouraged the new scholars to continue believing and use what they’ll learn from the program to their advantage.

“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,” he assured.

Besides this, Okubo also recognized the moving up of their Batch 18 trainees. A total of 34 undergraduates were cleared to move up to the NC IV level, which will see them get certified in the third quarter of 2021.

Photo from Isuzu Philippines’ Official Website

“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!” Okubo remarked.

The same group of students was featured in the Japanese documentary program ‘Power of Wind’ – which was a team-up between the Isuzu Group and the All Nippon Airways (ANA).

The automotive company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is based in TESDA’s Auto Mechanic Training Center (AMTC) in Tacloban, Leyte – founded back in 2008.

The Isuzu Group assures that they’ll continue to support Filipinos as a ‘responsible partner,’ through the pandemic.

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Image credit: Isuzu Philippines’ Official Website