Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Isuzu Philippines Technicians Prove World-Class Abilities
Filipino talent shone once more on the global stage as the team fielded by Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) to the 11th Isuzu World Technical Competition, known as the I1 Grand Prix (GP), secured the leading spots in the event’s categories.
The I1GP is where technicians coming from the different Isuzu subsidiaries and operations worldwide converge so they could showcase their skills and capabilities. Following a competition format, I1GP allows participants to directly measure their performance on a level playing field against their best peers from around the world.
During the event’s leg held on November 3 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, the Philippine contingent scored 207 points to hold off the challenge posed by the homegrown team to clinch the second spot in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) Division. Thailand managed a score of 199 points, settling for third place, while Indonesia topped the division with a score of 227 points.
Composing the IPC group that competed in the LCV class were team coach Bong Corocoto, IPC Assistant Section Head for Technical Service, and technicians Jumar Venano from Isuzu Pasig and Charlie Belano from Isuzu Alabang.
At the I1GP competitions held on December 1 at the Isuzu Monozukuri Training Center in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, the IPC contingent successfully stepped up to the last podium spot with a score of 123 points in the event’s Commercial Vehicle (CV) Division. The Filipino team landed behind those from Colombia, which scored 128 points, and Indonesia, who had 158 points.
The Philippine team that competed in the CV division were comprised of technicians Crispin Maldonado of Isuzu Pasig and Erwin Cartagena of Isuzu Cabanatuan. Serving as coach was IPC Assistant Section Head for Training Nap Marquez.
“The performance of the Isuzu Philippines technicians at the 11th Isuzu World Technical Competition should erase any doubt regarding the competence of the IPC workforce — these people are definitely world-class. While the results reveal that there is room for improvement, the consistency that Team IPC has demonstrated in this global annual competition also shows that the training IPC technicians receive is capable of setting the standards for Isuzu’s international operations,” IPC President Hajime Koso said.