Construction of what will soon be the home of automotive technology students in Mindanao has officially started with the groundbreaking ceremony held at the building site in Xavier University's Manresa Campus, Cagayan de Oro City.
The Jose Ch. Alvarez Technology Complex, a project led by Asian Carmakers Corp. chairman Jose Ch. Alvarez, is expected to be complete by November 2011.
When it opens its doors, the new "facility aims to develop the skills of deserving Filipino students and give them the opportunity to eventually become a part of a competent labor force, not only here in the Philippines, but in international industries as well."
Asian Carmakers donated P72.3 million for the construction of the complex, which will be composed of two buildings in the university's Center for Integrated Technologies (CIT).
"As a young man who came from humble origins, I struggled to get a decent education and was lucky enough to have been helped out by Xavier University," Alvarez said. "This is my way of giving back to the community."
There are currently 600 students at Xavier University's CIT, but this number is expected to grow with the additional facilities. Students enrolled in the center's Automotive Technology program have the option to undergo training in different BMW dealerships.
BMW Asia, the regional office of Asian Carmakers, has also agreed to support Alvarez and the JCA Technology Complex by donating advanced training modules, which will be incorporated in the curriculum of the school.
From left: Asian Carmakers president Bobby Rosales, Asian Carmakers chairman Jose Ch. Alvarez, Xavier University president Fr. Jose Villarin and Xavier University director Engr. Erwin Li at the groundbreaking ceremony of the JCA Technology Complex.