Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, and Yamaha Philippines vow to continue to improve products, services and legislation related to motorcycles in the Philippines. These four companies, all members of the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA), recently inducted its new set of officers today, March 29, 2021. The ceremony was conducted online in light of the rising cases of COVID-19 that dissuades holding of events face-to-face for the safety of attendees.
The new board of directors and committee leaders take the reigns from the past MDPPA executives that saw both the rise in motorcycle sales in 2019, as well as the tough challenges of 2020.
The new officers were sworn in by Atty. Clarence V. Guinto, Acting Director of the Law Enforcement Service and concurrent Regional Director of the Land Transportation Office – National Capital Region West. He also inducted into office Norminio C. Mojica (Suzuki Philippines, Inc.) as President; Virgilio A. Montaño (Kawasaki Motor Phil. Corp.) as Vice President; Armando B. Reyes (Honda Phil. Inc.) as Treasurer, and Alejandro O. Lejano (Yamaha Motor Phil., Inc) as Auditor.
Besides the board of directors, new committee chairmen were also inducted: Toni Boi Acuesta (Yamaha) for Marketing; Herminio V. Lomibao (Honda) for Road Safety; Virgilio A. Montaño (Kawasaki) for Technical; and Vicely V. Layno (MDPPA) for Government.
The ceremony saw a summary from Mr. Lejano, the past president, who shared MDPPA’s major achievements for the period of 2019-2020, among which are MDPPA’s annual industry reports, its photo contest, and road safety programs. Lejano credits the collective efforts of all the members, for the various programs’ successes.
The new president, Mr. Mojica, also laid out the directions for the association in 2021. Among these is more proactive involvement and participation in policy formulation and rule-making, and its international commitments; sustained and coordinated road safety promotion; heightened publicity of MDPPA; and a proactive approach to electric vehicle industry development.
“The theme for the induction, ‘Rising above and beyond the current challenges,’ is not only a rallying cry but an apt description of what will ignite us to more action. It sparks our fire to continue delivering the results despite the current challenges of the pandemic,” said Mojica.
The event was graced by distinguished guests from the government and automotive industry associations, MDPPA member-company presidents, the association’s past presidents, officers of the motorcycle dealers association, and major motorcycle dealers, members of the motorcycle media, riding community and key officers of MDPPA member companies.