Hyundai Truck and Bus World Skills Olympics winner Gary Junio of Hyundai Commonwealth picks the right tool for the job during the competition’s practical test at the Hyundai Global Learning Center in Cheonan, South Korea.
Hyundai Philippines’ After-Sales Service team was crowned champion of the first Hyundai Trucks and Bus World Skills Olympics (WSO), held from October 16 to 19 at Hyundai’s Global Learning Center in Cheonan, South Korea. This triumph follows the Philippine team’s previous accomplishment of bagging gold at the World Skills Olympics - Asia and Pacific Leg, held at the Hyundai Logistics Center (HLC) in Calamba Laguna, on July 19.
Gary Junio of Hyundai Commonwealth and Mark Eric Rellosa of Hyundai Cainta took home the trophy after battling it out with expert technicians from 13 countries. Teams participated in practical and written challenges designed to test the competitors’ knowledge of Hyundai truck and bus repair and maintenance. China finished the competition in second place, with Myanmar rounding out the top 3.
Ma. Fe Perez Agudo, President and CEO of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai commercial and passenger vehicles in the Philippines, congratulated the champions: “We at HARI are immeasurably proud of our Filipino technicians for bringing home Gold. This latest triumph underscores that Hyundai offers unrivalled After-Sales Service and technical expertise through our 42-strong dealership network, supported by our world-class training team at the Hyundai Logistics Center.”
The winning combination of Junio and Rellosa came together for the Asia and Pacific leg of the WSO after a selection process to find the best and brightest Hyundai technicians in the country. The technicians then underwent dedicated training at HLC for two months before the regional competition. After their victory, Junio and Rellosa continued training at HLC until they flew to South Korea in October.
When asked how it felt to return to the Philippines as the top technicians in Hyundai’s global trucks and buses network, Mr. Rellosa said, “Unang-una, nagpapasalamat ako sa Panginoon dahil binigyan kami ng pagkakataon na pumunta sa South Korea, makilala ang mga technician sa ibang bansa, at ipakita ang kakayahan namin.” Mr. Junio added, “I’m very thankful. Sobrang proud at napakasaya talaga.”
Underscoring Hyundai’s commitment to excellence, Ms. Agudo affirmed, “Gary Junio and Mark Rellosa exemplify what it means to be ‘People of Hyundai.’ Not only have they proven their brilliance by winning the World Skills Olympics; they have also exemplified their determination to serve customers best by building strong careers that illuminate their exceptional and dedicated mastery of the Hyundai brand of service.”
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines, has been hailed four times as Hyundai Asia-Pacific Distributor of the Year (2005, 2006, 2008, and 2013), and Hyundai Global Distributor of the Year 2010 and 2016. HARI boasts of its 42-strong dealer network, superior after-sales, dealer and customer relations support, and an enviable roster of best-selling commercial and passenger vehicles.