Text and photos by Monsi A. Serrano
As part of its commitment to live up to Japan’s proud automotive industry, Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) launched its newest Technical Support and Training Center (TSTC) in Canlubang, Laguna.
Erected on a 1.6-hecatare property, the TSTC’s two-storey building with a 5,800-square-meter floor area is a fully-equipped facility aimed at delivering the complete support package for its products and clients’ after-sales needs.
It has a fully-operational service workshop, a technical training workshop, a parts warehouse, seminar rooms, and corporate offices.
That means the TSTC is equipped to address the logistics, transport, and overall automobile requirements of customers, ensuring that all after-sales service commitments will be met.
The TSTC has established a reliable and efficient service system given its 14 service bays capable of providing quick service to minimize maintenance time while increasing unit efficiency.
Speaking to the media, HMP Chairman Vicente T. Mills, Jr. said HMP is serious in complying with government regulations and the establishment of its new fully-equipped facility is one way of ensuring that safer vehicles cruise along the country’s roads.
“Whose (government) administration has finally called for strict implementation of vehicle inspection for roadworthiness?,” Mills asked. “Only President Duterte.”
HMP counts itself among those in the motoring industry that is committed to road safety and roadworthiness of Hino vehicles.
“Others are dilly-dallying because this would really stir a hornet’s nest. But it is high time to make this move as so many lives and goods are wasted when vehicle runs in the road like coffins, waiting for their victims,” Mills said.
He said the TSTC in Canlubang has just started, but Hino is already planning to expand such services nationwide. “Of course, it would be cumbersome for the ones in further provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to come and bring their vehicles here. That is why we all agreed that we will have ambulant service personnel who will provide the service they need,” he said.
Hino, TESDA partnership
Mills also revealed a plan to partner with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for a training school, which will be run as part of Hino’s corporate social responsibility efforts.
The program will provide technical skills and sustained programs for people from different communities on technical and vocational skills.
“We want to have many as many competent technicians and mechanics who are trained and certified by us. And the best way to do this is by partnering with TESDA.