CPSC and TMPF officials (Left to Right): Mr. Ronald N. Gaspar, AVP & Operations Manager of TMPF; Mr. Vergel dela Paz, Training and Development Officer, CPSC; Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe, Ph.D., CPSC Director General; Mr. David T. Go, Ph.D., President of TMPF and TMPTech; Mr. Jose Maria A. Aligada- Executive Officer of TMP Tech; Mr. Luis C. Villa, Academic Director, TMP Tech and Ms. Olivia Udaundo, Deputy Executive Officer & Administrative Head, TMP Tech.

The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), represented by the Director-General, Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe, renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Toyota Motors Philippines Foundation (TMPF) and Toyota Motors Philippines School of Technology (TMPTech), represented by the President, Mr. David T. Go Ph.D. They also signed the new Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on upcoming collaborative programs. The signing ceremony was held in the Camry Room of the Toyota Motors Philippines Headquarters in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines on June 24, 2022.

The MoU renewed the partnership of the three organizations on key collaborative activities on training, research, information-sharing, linkage, and certification. Meanwhile, the MoA stipulated the necessary requirements for a series of a joint training program on automotive technology designed to be implemented through Phase 1 online/synchronous theoretical learning session and through Phase 2 face-to-face practical technical training instruction. It also paved the way for the exploration of other joint activities.

Accompanied by the Training Officer, Mr. Vergel dela Paz, the Director-General was able to meet with Mr. David T. Go, the President of TMPF and TMPTech as well as other key officials. They were able to exchange their optimism about this partnership and hopes for a successful and productive collaboration between the two entities.

Afterward, the officials moved to the TMP Activity Center where they were welcomed by the graduates of the 12th and 13th Batches of the 2-year Automotive Servicing Course. The theme of the event is “Accelerate your Dreams in the New Normal” and it is the first face-to-face graduation that was allowed after two years.

Prof. Wickramasinghe addressed the graduates as the Guest of Honor of the event on which he was able to highlight the impact of TVET on nation-building. His speech emphasized the crucial role that TVET plays in economic and social development which are key elements in building a nation that is stable both economically and politically as well. He also emphasized that the skills that they gained during their stint at Toyota are important in the development of the automotive industry in the Philippines, which in turn contribute to its continued industrialization and economic progress.

Prof. Wickramasinghe delivered his speech to the graduates as the Guest of Honor for their Commencement Exercise.

Other officials invited to the event are: Mr. Toni June Tamayo, Director IV, TESDA-Region IV-A (Representing Sec. Isidro Lapena, Director-General of TESDA); Mr. Atsuhiro Okamoto, TMP President, and TMP Tech Council Chairman; Mr. Don Miguel Oben, Vice President, Toyota Dealers Association, Mr. Santos Guerrero, TMP Tech Chairman; Atty. Rommel Gutierrez, CAMPI President, and Mr. Robert Uy, Toyota Dealers Association President.

The 12th and 13th batch of graduates of the Automotive Technology Course with CPSC and Toyota Motors Officials.