Tuesday, October 10, 2023

MDPPA Celebrates 50 Years of Riding Roads Responsibly


(Left-right) Vaibhav Srivastava, TVS Regional Business Head for ASEAN; Hiroshi Koike, President of Yamaha Motor Philippines; Koichiro Hirao, President of Suzuki Philippines; Isao Sudo, President of Kawasaki Motors Philippines; Jomel Jerezo, Representing Honda Philippines Incorporated; Norminio "Boying" C. Mojica, MDPPA President; Alex Cumpas, MDPPA Vice President; Alfredo O. Lejano, MDPPA Auditor; Erwin D. Estrada, MDPPA Treasurer; Edwin Go, MDAP President

The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA), which represents key motorcycle manufacturers like as Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Suzuki, recently celebrated its golden anniversary in dramatic style. This two-day event honored MDPPA's extraordinary journey in creating the Philippine motorcycle industry while pushing for responsible and safe motorcycling practices.

With the theme "MDPPA Rider’s United: Riding Roads Responsibly for 50 Years," the event kicked off on October 6, 2023, at the Trinoma Activity Center in Quezon City, bringing together motorcycle enthusiasts, industry professionals, and the public to celebrate the enduring presence and positive impact of motorcycle enthusiasts over the past half-century. The event also aimed to foster a spirit of unity among motorcyclists, regardless of their diverse backgrounds, and to convey a clear message about the importance of adhering to motorcycle laws and promoting responsible riding. 

The first day of the event began with the formal opening of exhibit booths, which displayed the most recent innovations in motorcycle technology, safety gear, and accessories from various motorcycle-related firms in the industry. Motorcycle aficionados got the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technologies and developments, as well as special insights into the motorcycle industry's future.

MDPPA President Norminio C. Mojica expressed the organization's pride in this achievement, saying, "Our journey of 50 years is a testament to our commitment to safety, innovation, and community. We remain steadfast in our purpose—to be the most relevant motorcycle association, proactively addressing the needs of industry stakeholders, and oriented towards global competitiveness and the sustainable development of the motorcycle industry."

Included in the event highlight is the introduction of TVS Philippines as the newest member of the Association. Mr. Vaibhav Srivastava (TVS Regional Business Head for Asia) shared “It is truly a joy and honor for TVS to be part of MDPPA, with MDPPA’s 50 years of existence as an Association and TVS more than 100-year of Trust, Value, and Passion for Customers and Exactness, we truly believed that our membership would create a stronger bond and beneficial partnership with its members “

MDPPA also thanked its members and sponsors for their unwavering support throughout the years. Their efforts have been crucial in the association's path, and their stories have acted as a monument to the biker community's solidarity and dedication.

A riveting concert featuring some of the Philippines' best musical talents added to the festive vibe. The audience was treated to a spectacular evening of music and entertainment. The motorbike raffle heightened the excitement, as lucky participants took home spectacular prizes, including a brand-new motorcycle.

The event served as a reminder of MDPPA's enduring commitment to road safety, innovation, and community building within the motorcycle industry. It was a moment to reflect on five decades of achievements and to look ahead to an even brighter future for motorcycling in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, a special Road Safety Summit was held at TESDA Women Center, Taguig last October 7. This event brought together 50 Riders Group/Club with more than 300 riders, fostering knowledge sharing and a deeper commitment to safety on the roads.


The occasion was graced by MMDA Chairman Atty. Romando Artes as the keynote speaker and special guests from DOTR, LTO, MMDA, Philippine Red Cross, TESDA, and UPNCTS shared their activities, plans, and programs that are designed for all road users’ safety, especially riders. UPNCTS is the MDPPA partner organization for this special event, while Motorsiklo Xklusibo as media partner.

The summit featured discussions on the latest safety practices, programs, activities, riding experiences shared by riders, and strategies for making Philippine roads safer for everyone.


MDPPA Road Safety Committee also announced their upcoming search for the Best Riders group promoting Road Safety and the 2nd Search for the best delivery rider in 2024.

For MDPPA Vice President Alex Cumpas, the Road Safety Summit was a testament to MDPPA's dedication to promoting responsible motorcycling and enhancing road safety awareness. 

"One of the things we try to actively promote is road safety." We also strive to close gaps in global industrial regulation compliance, environmental protection, and technological innovation. And activities like this are how we communicate with our riders and represent them," Cumpas underlined. 

The two-day event was a rousing success, bringing together motorcycle fans, industry executives, and safety advocates in a collaborative effort to commemorate MDPPA's 50 years of achievement. Looking ahead, the association's commitment to responsible riding and road safety remains unchanged.

Visit MDPPA's website at http://mdppa.com.ph/ or its Facebook page to learn more. 

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