By MARK FRANCISCO
TOYOTA Cagayan de Oro marked on Tuesday the start of its partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in providing holistic 21st century skills training under the dealership’s own vocational school.
The trainings will be embedded in the Toyota Cagayan de Oro Socio-Economic and Environmental Development, Inc. (TCO SEED), a Tesda-accredited school which serves as the corporate social responsibility arm of the company.
Since 2017, TCO SEED has been providing trainings in automotive servicing leading to NC I and NC II certificates. During the event last March 21, TCO SEED also introduced its latest offering – automotive painting.
TCO SEED already has 380 graduates of their automotive servicing offerings and 28 of these were absorbed by Toyota Cagayan de Oro as employees. It is a 2022 Tesda Kabalikat awardee.
TCO SEED transforms deserving students into globally competitive and socially responsible human capital towards sustainable industry with the intent of excellence in industry-responsive human resource development with the highest quality of standards in knowledge, skills and behavior training for both educators and students alike.
Its state-of-the-art learning facilities as well as dedicated educators provide a safe and healthy environment for all and a show of gratitude to Mother Earth by consciously reducing pollution.
Toyota Cagayan de Oro maintains six dealerships in this part of Mindanao – Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Zamboanga, Ozamiz, Dipolog, Iligan and Valencia. USAID partners with the Philippines to drive inclusive economic growth and promote peace and stability. USAID builds the country’s self-reliance by strengthening the Philippines’ ability to plan, finance and implement its own development solutions.