SANTA ROSA CITY, 6 September 2012 – TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES CORPORATION (TMP) breaks ground for the establishment of a world-class Technical School at the Toyota Special Economic Zone in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

The Technical School is envisioned to occupy a 10-hectare property producing globally-competent, highly-skilled automotive technicians for the Toyota Family both in the Philippines and abroad.  In the long-term, the Technical School can eventually become a regional human resources development hub for global Toyota.

The Technical School is a testament to Toyota’s continued contribution to the further development of the Philippine society through education, in addition to the many other philanthropic projects of Toyota.

TMP president Michinobu Sugata stressed that the Technical School is a symbol of TMP’s continued dedication to the development of a better society in the Philippines. In his speech during the Groundbreaking Ceremony, he says, “Toyota’s presence in the country has gained a 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.”

TMP Chairman George S.K. Ty expressed his desire to give back to the country fueled by his appreciation for the fruitful partnership he has had with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and with the Philippines. In his special message 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 serves as a concrete manifestation of giving back to the society that has endowed TMP Chairman Ty with so much. He remarked, “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.”

For his part, TMC honorary chairman Shoichiro Toyoda praised the Filipino workforce in his special message during the festivities.  Toyoda expressed confidence in the establishment of the school saying, “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, especially as the age of motorization starts.  With the projected increase in demand for new vehicles, the school can produce more automotive technicians providing after-sales service to Toyota customers.

The Technical School will make it possible for the economically-challenged Filipino youth to have access to quality education. In addition, job opportunities to become highly-skilled Filipino workers for, not only the local but also, the global workforce will be made available for students.

The Technical School is targeted to be open in 2013.

 

 

Lowering of the Time Capsule
(from left) Mitsui & Co. Ltd. executive managing officer Shintaro Ambe, Former Amb. Domingo Siazon, Jr., Toyota Technical School chairman of the board of advisers Washington Sycip, TMP Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, TESDA deputy director general Teodoro Pascua (who attended on behalf of TESDA director general Joel Villanueva), His Excellency Fidel Ramos, Toyota Motor Corporation Japan honorary chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, Japan Ambassador Toshinao Urabe, Sen. Edgardo Angara, PCOO secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., TMP vice chairman Alfred Ty, PEZA director general Lilia De Lima
 

 

 

Unveiling of the Toyota Technical School Scale Model
(from left) Mitsui & Co. Ltd. executive managing officer Shintaro Ambe, TMP president Michinobu Sugata, Toyota’s Chief Regional Officer for Asia Pacific Region Takahiro Iwase, TESDA deputy director general Teodoro Pascua (who attended on behalf of TESDA director general Joel Villanueva),Former Amb. Domingo Siazon, Jr., Toyota Technical School chairman of the board of advisers Washington Sycip, TMP Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, His Excellency Fidel Ramos, Toyota Motor Corporation Japan honorary chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, Japan Ambassador Toshinao Urabe,Sen. Edgardo Angara, PCOO secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., TMP vice chairman Alfred Ty, PEZA director general Lilia De Lima, Santa Rosa City mayor Arlene Arcillas, and Toyota Dealer Association president William Li.
 

 

 

TMP Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty gives TMC Honorary Chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda a scale model of the Toyota Technical school as a commemorative gift