The answer is a resounding, “No!” Locally assembled cars go through the same quality standards as their imported counterparts. True, we may not have the same level of automation and robotization in our local plants, but that is more a function of manufacturing volumes than anything else. A manufacturer needs volumes in the tens of thousands to need—and justify the cost of—robots; something the local car industry still doesn’t have. But, again, the lack of robots doesn’t imply the lack of quality. Just ask Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Bentley, who still make cars principally by hand.
Besides, quite a few locally assembled cars are exported to other markets, which means that yes, Filipino workmanship is world-class.