L4SS Committee reviews status of Library; moves on to higher gear of operation

MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and L4SS Project Adviser Ms. Evita L. Jimenez (2nd from right) presides in a meeting with members of the committee in-charge of making operational the Library for Safe Seafaring. In attendance are (Counterclockwise) VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente, L4SS Documentor Eden Arenas, Librarian Marc Anthony Eva, VP for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro, Corporate Public Affairs Office Staff Dante Florendo, MPC-Naga President and MPCF- Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Marilissa Ampuan, and L4SS Project OIC Dr. Edgar Despi. (Photo by Mr. Elmer Abad, CPAO, Mariners’ System)

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur – The committee in-charge of implementing the globally-connected Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) met recently to review the progress and plan for the second phase of the implementation of the project based at Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province.

In a meeting held at the L4SS Library presided by MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and Project Adviser Ms. Evita L. Jimenez and attended by the members of the team, a review of the progress of the needed infra-structure and equipment necessary to make fully operational the facility was appraised, including the tasks performed by each member of the working group.

Various aspects were looked into including the digitization of books, the capability of the internet server, the non-stop operation of the facility as it should be functional 24 hours-a-day and seven-days-a-week, the establishment of linkages with other libraries in the world and the task to let the members of the Mariners community and other stakeholders know the services L4SS offers.

(Left Picture) MPCF President Dante La.Jimenez applauds the members of the Mariners Alumni Association as they place on the bookshelves their donated books to the Library. (Right picture) Board of Trustees Members – right to left – Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Ms. Merle J. San Pedro and Ms. Evita L. Jimenez as they present one of the most expensive maritime books to Chairman Emeritus Eliza L. Jimenez during the turn-over rites of Elsevier Foundation’s Library for Safe Seafaring.

It can be recalled that the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) is a project grant given by the Elsevier Foundation of The Netherlands to Mariners System with the facility based at MPCF in Canaman, Camarines Sur. And it was and envisioned to serve the three Mariners schools including those in the cities of Naga and Legazpi as well as Mariners alumni who might need these kinds of services in their quest for information particularly on matters involving safe seafaring.

The project aims to enhance the library of MPCF into a modern maritime annals updated with relevant maritime publications and internet-linked computers that will serve as a continuing learning facility easily accessible by its main users – the students - and even long after graduation when they are already onboard ocean-going vessels.

It is called the Library for Safe Seafaring or L4SS because while covering a wide range of categories under technology, science, health and issues of family, society and culture, the information and learning materials will particularly focus on promoting awareness, aiding learning and building capacity on maritime safety.

The project’s over-all goal, however, is not only to have a modern and updated library; it is also an advocacy learning facility to promote awareness and increased competence for maritime safety. For aside from the usual type of disasters, most telling now is the increasing danger or threat of other high-risk incidents at sea like piracy, sea lane conflicts and human/drug trafficking as well as psychological, health and physical dangers on seas for which today’s seafarers must be prepared.

The goal for the L4SS project is to institutionalize the use of the upgraded library as a valuable learning facility for quality education and training at the MPCF to produce more safety-conscious and trained seafarers , licensed officers and crew - compliant with international quality standards on maritime safety. With MPCF as a leading institution among 80 other members of the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) and the Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers (PAMTCI) in the country, the success of L4SS will inspire other schools to follow or interlink with the model.

The successful implementation of the project will contribute positively in addressing the adverse impact of the findings of the EMSA audit on maritime education and training in the country relative to the demands of the international seafaring industry and the significant improvement of learning for maritime safety. MPCF Canaman News

Mariners launches ‘OrganiKo’ for healthy Marinero

Organically produced vegetables such as upo and tomatoes are the subject of interest of the group at Mariners which intends to promote organic food for every Bicolano family. An experimental garden at the back of the Kalayag Dormitory adjacent to MPCF campus in Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur has been started for this advocacy with these vegetables.

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur – A group of organic food enthusiasts met at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPCF) this province on August 19, 2014 to discuss details of the launching of the movement promoting organically produced foodstuffs for Bicolano families.

The initiative is slated to be launched on October 16, this year to coincide with the observance and celebration of World Food Day. A seminar orientation-training is also slated to be conducted among families of seafarers, students, and faculty as well as non-academic personnel on how to start their own organic backyard farming.

Leading the first salvo of the scheme is Ms. Evita L. Jimenez of the U.P. Center for People Empowerment and Governance (CenPEG) and former Chairperson and now member of MPCF Camarines Sur’s Board of Trustees.

“It is my desire, advocacy and love to be organic to promote good health and self-sufficiency in our food needs on campus and our neighborhood. With this promotion, going organic is our goal,” says Ms. Jimenez as she spearheads the movement ‘OrganiKo para sa Lambang Pamilyang Bikolano’.

In support of this move are organic farm vegetable producers owner Mrs. Carmela Cervantes of the Central Bicol State University in Agriculture (CBSUA) who owns one of the best growing organic farms located at Pili, Camarines Sur; her husband, Santy Cervantes, chairman of the Bicol Federation of Dairy Farm Owners; MPCF’s VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente, Dante Florendo, a registered nurse who is assistant to the Corporate Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Elmer Abad, former Chair of the Camarines Sur Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Dr Edgar Despi, Project Officer of the Mariners Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) with which OrganiKo is being launched, and former Provincial Board Member turned TV Host Ernie Verdadero, who is the first President of the Mariners Alumni Association.

The group pushes for good health through organic food amidst the deteriorating state of health of many citizens of the nation and the world due to the consumption of unhealthy foodstuffs contaminated with chemicals which are harmful to the human body. It also aims to help families of the Mariners community become primary providers or suppliers of organic farm produce for the culinary needs in the school like meat, eggs, vegetables and fruits.

(Left picture) ‘OrganiKo’ enthusiast MPCF Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and former Chairperson, Ms. Evita L. Jimenez (center) flanked by VP for Finance Merle J. San Pedro and Mariners System’s Chairperson Emeritus Madame Eliza L. Jimenez – all supporters in promoting organic food as part of healthy living. (Right picture) Squash and other vegetables are now easily grown organically in the locality thereby prompting the group at Mariners and organic fruit and vegetable producers in the area to push more for the advocacy in line with healthy living.

Initially, the group has started its advocacy in the campus of MPCF Camarines Sur and eventually slated to be spread in the other campuses of the Mariners schools in Legazpi City, Albay and at MPC in Naga City - with the students, faculty and staff as the first participants and supporters. Also included in the opening wave of the project are the members of the Mariners Alumni Association and their respective families.

In this advocacy, students and the alumni are encouraged to produce and consume organic food and to help spread to others the health advantages it brings. MPCF News

Mariners System joins Human Rights Commission’s advocacy forum

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson LORETTA ANNE ROSALES (left picture) being interviewed live in Davao City via long distance phone patch on RMN-DWNX Naga by the Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Office about the participation of Colleges and Universities in Human Rights advocacies. (Right picture) A souvenir photo of the event participants.

Davao City – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and Agencia Espanol Cooperacion Internacional y Desarollo (AECID) of the government of Spain have sponsored a forum involving the academe, intended to create a high level of Human Rights awareness thru the schools’ extension programs and to generate support starting from the Colleges and Universities and eventually to the municipal and barangay levels.

The Mariners System consisting of three (3) schools which include the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur & Legazpi City, Albay and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City has been represented in this gathering by Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad.

The event dubbed as ‘Assessment Planning and Building on CHR Education for Human Rights Action Centers (HRAC) and Rule of Law (ROL)’ was held on August 18 to 21, 2014 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City.

Included in the priority areas in the country are Regions Seven, Ten, Twelve, Five (Bicol) and the National Capital Region (NCR). Among the Speakers in the event were CHR Chairperson Loretta Anne Rosales, Regional Director Atty. Junitte Rose Barroquillo of CHR Region XI, UP Professor & CHR-AECID Fortaleza Project Manager Lody Padilla and other Human Rights enthusiasts who joined and shared their expertise to the participants during the event.

(Left picture) A seminar presentor shows a slide with the logos of participating educational institutions in the CHR Advocacies in Bicol (note the Mariners’ Logo which is 2nd from the left on the screen). Right picture - CHR Region V Director Atty. Arlene Alanco (standing) presents the status of compliance and violations of Human Rights in Bicol.

The picturesque scene at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City (the venue of the forum) as viewed from the seminar hall with these places just a few steps away from where the CHR event is conducted.

Meanwhile, the representatives from the different Colleges and Universities who attended the conference confirmed that their schools’ involvement in pushing Human Rights advocacy in the campus and in areas where they bring their respective extension programs is done because they consider this as part of their institutions’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The schools which have been accredited by CHR have voluntarily offered their participation in enhancing this advocacy and are slated to sign Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the agency with the goal to sustain the interest on the matter. Aside from the Mariners schools in Bicol, included in the educational institutions which join this drive are the Bicol University and Aquinas University in Legazpi City.

CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales expressed gratitude upon knowing the enthusiasm of the academe in implementing the different course of actions to make sustainable the program in support of Human Rights advocacies in the campuses and in areas where the educational institutions are located. ###

The Mariners’ Hotel: MPC Naga’s edge in Tourism, Hospitality and Business Courses

The Mariners’ Tourism and Hotel Institute at MPC-Naga is utilized as laboratory hotel and restaurant by Mariners students taking up Tourism, Hospitality and Business courses, giving due advantage to enrollees with a state-of-the-art setting and competent instructors.

The Mariners System takes pride in the establishment of the five-storey laboratory facility, the Mariners’ Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City which has become a milestone for the institution and a landmark when it comes to the school’s academic offering in the field of Hospitality, Tourism and Business courses.

MPC-Naga Assistant Human Resource Department Director Alfred Karlo J. Ampuan who just came from the United States after his stint in guiding students who joined the ‘Work and Travel U.S.A.’ project has made the observation that indeed, the founding of the Mariners Hotel has perked –up the courses benefited by this new competence.

“These innovations have placed our school prominently in the local academic map especially in the fields of Tourism, Hospitality and Business courses as the tools which the students need are just around and they do not have to go far just to be able to have access to the facilities they need in their studies”, declared Assistant Director Ampuan.

MPC-Naga Assistant HRD Head ALFRED KARLO J. AMPUAN (3rd from left) poses with another featured guest, MPCF – Cam Sur Customs Administration graduate Hashim Banaga (2nd from left in red & white striped shirt) and the radio show Anchors of Mariners System’s BUHAY MARINERO program aired once-a-week by Mariners System.

It can be recalled that after the OJT stint of Mariners HRM students in America, they brought home the common observation that the facilities used by the school are comparable to the gadgets actually used in the hospitality enterprises in the United States where they worked. They say it was not a surprise to them to see the set-up in five-star hotels and restaurants as they have already seen and used them in school.

The students also observe that what is taught in school are updated and it was what they experienced being practiced in the hospitality enterprise where they were assigned in their on-the-job training.

With these developments at Mariners-Naga, it has become an institution which has turned its educational system at par with international standards especially when it comes to the Tourism and Hospitality courses it offers.

“Aside from the quality standards of the facilities and competent instructors, the school also sees to it that linkages with hotels and restaurants both locally and abroad are maintained so that the students can be guided after graduation in their search for jobs where they will qualify”, Assistant Director Ampuan further disclosed at the radio interview conducted where he was a featured guest. ###