Heavyweights of local auto manufacturing gathered at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for the 2nd Philippine Auto Parts Expo (PhilAPEX).

PhilAPEX showcases locally-made vehicles and parts

The event serves as a venue for auto parts manufacturers and related industries to highlight their manufacturing capabilities and potential to the local industry.

The event was organized by the Philippine Parts Makers Association (PPMA) with the theme, "Gawang Pilipino, para sa Pilipino!” The event is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry - Board of Investments (DTI-BOI), Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Automotive Body Manufacturers of the Philippines (ABMAP).

PhilAPEX showcases locally-made vehicles and parts

Present at the opening ceremonies and offering keynote speeches were PPMA president, Ferdi Raquelsantos, Hon. Arthur Tugade, DOTr Secretary, and Hon. Ramon Lopez, DTI Secretary. Also present was LTFRB Chairman, Martin Delgra III.

PhilAPEX showcases locally-made vehicles and parts

Besides the presence of Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program participants, Toyota Motor Philippines and Mitsubishi Motors Phils., Corp., PhilAPEX 2018 also welcomes Isuzu Philippines Corp.

PhilAPEX showcases locally-made vehicles and parts

Besides the exhibition of parts suppliers and CARS participants, this year's PhilAPEX also highlights the participants of the government's PUV modernization program, with examples from Isuzu, Hino, Santarosa, Centro, Almazora, Mitsubishi, Foton, PhUV, Tata, Suzuki, and E-volution.

PhilAPEX showcases locally-made vehicles and parts

A series of lectures will also be held on the PUV Modernization's franchising and route rationalization, financing the new PUVs, and supporting PUV manufacturing.

The 2nd PhilAPEX is ongoing at Hall 4 of the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, starting today until tomorrow, August 10, 2018.