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Shell Rimula’s ‘Garahe’: Haven for truck drivers, mechanics

JACKIE Famorca, Vice President of Shell Lubricants Philippines, pays tribute to truck drivers and mechanics at the kick-off event of Shell Rimula’s Garahe ng Galing in Don Bosco Makati.(Photograph courtesy of Shell Lubricants Philippines)

In a fast-paced world, truck drivers do more than just deliveries, they transport goods all over the country to keep businesses running and people moving.

Working alongside them are the ever-reliable mechanics, who play a crucial role in safety by maintaining and repairing trucks to keep them road worthy, to help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of drivers and other road users.

To recognize the important roles of both truck drivers and mechanics, Shell Rimula kicked off the Luzon Leg of its Garahe ng Galing event on 26 August, in Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati, with most of the participants coming from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite.

The event served as a platform for mechanics and drivers to acquire new skills and improve their knowledge about actual challenging situations they might encounter on the road.

They had the opportunity to apply their expertise by solving problems from the three focused topics: Oil leak, engine problems, and tire wear. This ended with a brief explanation and a Q&A session with Don Bosco instructors.

After completing the three skills challenges, participants were directed to the NC-1 registration booth to apply for a free TESDA NC-1 (National Certification in Automotive Servicing) Certificate.
Jackie Famorca, vice president of Shell Lubricants in the Philippines, shared how the event gave their team insights into the challenges faced by truck drivers and mechanics and helped them identify ways to support them better.

“With every driving journey and use of repair tools, they pave the way for a safer, more vibrant, and more connected Philippines,” Famorca said.

“Shell Lubricants is committed to supporting them so they can do their jobs safely and efficiently. It’s high time we see their value and appreciate them for everything they do to keep our country moving forward.”

Johnnie Santos, technical director of Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Education and Training Department, said that the work of truck drivers and mechanics is no small feat.

Jovany Alejandro, 53, a seasoned truck and heavy equipment mechanic with three decades of experience, expressed his gratitude for the event.

Junny Baller, a 40-year-old truck driver with 18 years of driving experience, knows all too well the demands of his job. He shared how he had to spend countless nights awake on the road, even with a backup driver.

When it comes to road safety, Joel Beriño, a 34-year-old truck driver with nearly a decade of experience, offers an important piece of advice on maintaining the right mindset while driving:
Shell Rimula offers a range of mineral and synthetic-based engine oils that use adaptive technology to provide outstanding wear and engine protection; from 20W-40, 15W-40, to 10W-40. Shell Rimula engine oils meet the latest API rating that is required in the market.

The Visayas and Mindanao legs of Shell Rimula’s Garahe ng Galing will be held in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro City, respectively, to reach more truck drivers and mechanics in the rural areas of the country and provide them with access to learning and upskilling opportunities.

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