Saturday, July 13, 2024

On its 50th year, MDPPA welcomes 2024 Board of Directors, vows a responsive and sustainable motorcycle industry

On its 50th year, MDPPA welcomes 2024 Board of Directors, vows a responsive and sustainable motorcycle industry

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The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA), a consortium of leading motorcycle brands, recently entered a new chapter in its efforts to empower motorcycle industry stakeholders  as it welcomed its newest Board of Directors, who reiterated their commitment to promoting global competitiveness and sustainable development for the industry.

The newly inducted Board of Directors are Kawasaki Motor Philippines Corp.’s Alexander Cumpas as President (extreme right), Honda Philippines Inc.’s Erwin Estrada as Vice President (2nd from right), Yamaha Motor Philippines’ Gilbert Bilagantol as Treasurer (2nd from left), and Suzuki Philippines Inc.’s and former MDPPA president Norminio “Boying” Mojica as Auditor (extreme left). Department of Trade and Industry Usec. Ceferino Rodolfo officiated the induction of the new officers.

Usec. Ceferino Rodolfo, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Investment Promotions Group of the Department of Trade and Industry, also graced the event. Other VIPs who were present during the event include the CEO’s of member companies from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha and TVS; MDPPA Government Committee Chair Lizette Fajardo from Suzuki Philippines Inc.; MDPPA Marketing Committee Chair Toni Boy Acuesta from Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc.; MDPPA Road Safety Committee Chair Michael Lopez from Kawasaki Motors Philippines Corp.; MDPPA Technical Committee Chair Andrew Angeles from Honda Philippines, Inc.; and MDPPA Research and Planning Committee Chair Crisanto Malaiba.

In his presentation prior to the induction and oath-taking of the new officers, Mojica highlighted some of the biggest accomplishments of MDPPA under his leadership as the association’s president from 2021 to 2023.

Under Mojica, MDPPA was able to support industry stakeholders through a robust response and recovery program for the motorcycle industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the industry.

Within Mojica’s term, MDPPA was also able to collaborate with different government agencies, motorcycle industry stakeholders – locally and from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, facilitating dialogue on how they can uplift the motorcycle industry in the region.

Mojica thanked the association for trusting in him over the last three years and expressed confidence that the new officers will be able to build off of these accomplishments and take the MDPPA to greater heights.

“I am very confident that with the leadership of our incoming President Mr. Cumpas, the association will be able to accomplish even more as we continue to proactively serve the needs of the motorcycle industry’s stakeholders,” said Mojica.

Newly elected President Cumpas expressed a renewed commitment to the goals of the association and said the new officers will continue to work hard towards a brighter future for the motorcycle industry.

This will be done through open and continuous collaboration with stakeholders from the motorcycle and corollary industries, aiding industry regulators in the development and implementation of policies and guidelines that are relevant to the ever-changing needs of motorcycle users, and pushing for economic policies that will promote the growth of the industry, among others.

“We shall ensure that the motorcycle industry is well-placed to benefit from even more investment in production, bolster the domestic supply chain, and ensure people with the right skills are available to support a growing industry,” said Cumpas.

On its 50th anniversary, MDPPA remains steadfast in its commitment to proactively address      the needs of the industry as well as global industry gaps in road safety, regulation compliance, environmental protection, and technology innovation. As MDPPA enters this new chapter, the motorcycle industry can rest assured that the association will continue to do its part in steering the industry towards a brighter tomorrow.