Truck rebuilders and importers in Mindanao have strengthened their organization anew to continuously push for the development of the industry.

The Association of Accredited Truck Rebuilders and Importers in Mindanao (AATRIMI) inducted its new set of officers for 2017 last June 5, 2017 at the Grand Menseng Hotel, Bureau of Customs (BoC) Port of Davao.

District Collector Lawyer Erastus Sandino B. Austria, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 Assistant Regional Director Edwin O. Banquerigo, and Land Transportation Office (LTO) 11 Assistant Regional Director Neil M. Cañedo graced the event.

AATRIMI is a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is composed of nine accredited truck rebuilding companies in Davao City.

In his message, Banquerigo shared that the implementation of Department Administrative Order No. 08 Series of 2003, or the Accreditation of Truck Rebuilding Centers, has promoted consumers’ confidence to the industry and will definitely impact the sector’s income generation.

“Our agency, being the catalyst for trade and industry, will provide skills and productivity trainings and other initiatives that would strengthen the association and this will also encourage more truck rebuilding centers to file for an accreditation,” Banquerigo said.

Furthermore, the he noted that this sector also helps in generating jobs, creates livelihood opportunities, and contributes to the economic development of the region.

To date, Davao City has 17 accredited truck rebuilding centers.

Meanwhile, the newly-elected president, Adelfa Cameros, said that the association will continue to push programs initiated by the previous set of officers. She emphasized that the interest of the group will always be the top priority while at the same time ensure compliance of related rules and regulation

Cameros also noted that such support will greatly impact the sector.