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I am extremely proud of our Mazda scholars and I know they are doing well wherever they are now, because of the program

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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MAZDA PHILIPPINES RAMON Buan teaches Batch 1 MFI students.

Mazda Philippines continues its long-standing partnership with MFI Polytechnic Institute as they begin the screening process for a new batch of 10 youth from underprivileged background as scholars of the BAP Mazda-MFI Automotive Technology Two-year Scholarship Program for 2021.

Now in its eighth year of providing free technical education, training and opportunities to financially challenged youth, the collaboration between Mazda Philippines and MFI Polytechnic Institute Inc. is proceeding to the 2021 Intake despite the automotive industry’s challenging state since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

Formerly known as the MFI Foundation Incorporated, the MFI Polytechnic Institute has supported 260 scholars since 2014 with Mazda Philippines’ sponsorship and direction. A total of 230 graduates have completed the Automotive Technology course utilizing the institute’s two-year dual training system. There are 40 students currently enrolled in the course under the supervision and support of Mazda Philippines.

Majority of the scholars who have graduated from the course have found gainful employment not only within the Mazda Philippines dealership network, but also in the dealerships of various automotive brands. Mazda Philippines itself currently employs five graduates of the program throughout the company’s operations.

“I am extremely proud of our Mazda scholars and I know they are doing well wherever they are now, because of the program,” shares Ramon Buan, Mazda Philippines parts and technical manager.

He adds, “Despite the pandemic, which makes it reasonable for companies to reduce costs and expenses, Mazda Philippines chose to continue with the program without interruption. We truly believe that education is essential to break the cycle of poverty, which perfectly describes the background from where these students came from. And by continuing with this valuable partnership, we will also continue to transform the lives of many families.”

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