NEWS ENTRY for JUNE 2014

Mariners joins observance of International Day of Seafarers


With almost half a million Filipino seamen working all over the world, MPCF alumni working in foreign- going sea vessels are among those honored on ‘International Day of Seafarers’.

Metro Manila – The Mariners System, thru its allied institutions, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay and in Canaman, Camarines Sur, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City, The Mariners Polytechnic Training Centers (MPTC) in Metro Manila and Cavite, the Globalmanpower Management and Development Corporation and the UNLAD Ship Manning Management Corporation in the metropolis joins this activity as the world observes the International Day of Seafarers.

Every 25th day of June, the maritime community celebrates the International Day of Seafarers.

This event is observed to honor the men and women who work in this sector, to give them due recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to the seafaring profession, to business and to the well-being of people in the world.

Almost half a million Filipinos work in this industry worldwide whether in Cruise Ships, Cargo Ships or Passenger Vessels and we in the Philippines have every reason to celebrate. This profession continues to contribute to the economy of the nation, enhancing the quality of lives of Filipino families and thereby contributing to nation building.

Included in the event is the giving of honor to seamen who have perished in sea mishaps and other departed maritime workers who have left imprint to the maritime industry thru their tireless pioneering efforts which have made the maritime industry what it is today.

The occasion also offers an opportunity for the governments of nations in the world to review the welfare of industry workers who man the ocean-going sea vessels. Without the seafarers, the world will not be as what it is today. In the realm of transporting bulk cargo, no other means can be as effective and less expensive as what the maritime system of haulage can offer.


Filipino seafarers including graduates of Mariners school work hand-in-hand with foreign counterparts in different international shipping companies

The Mariners System continues to push its advocacy to be the center of excellence when it comes to maritime education in the Bicol Region.

Lately, an ultra-modern electronics and globally-connected Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS), a grant given by the European-based Elsevier Foundation to the Mariners schools has been established. This makes a difference when it comes to the learning competence and research capabilities of our students and faculty; this is one of its kind when it comes to its being advanced. The school, it was confirmed, is the only recipient of this grant in the entire Southeast Asia from Elsevier.

“I send my felicitations to all industry stakeholders as Mariners System joins the International Maritime Organization, the Filipino Seafarers and their families and the maritime community all over the world in the observance and celebration of ‘International Day of Seafarers’, declared Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay and Canaman, Camarines Sur. ###

Mariners System accepts Elsevier Foundation’s grant of Library for Safe Seafaring



Soft Opening of the L4SS Library at Canaman, Camarines Sur,
during the celebration of the birthday of Chairman Emeritus Eliza Lazaro-Jimenez.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The contractor which refurbished and converted the Mariners’ facility into a state-of-the-art and innovative Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) at the campus of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province has formally turned over this competence to the school on June 14, 2014.

This library which is a grant given by the Amsterdam-based Elsevier Foundation to Mariners System is considered as advance in its category as this uses digital technology and makes the user globally- connected, with its utilization being available on-line via the internet. It is also a one-of-its-kind project among schools as Mariners is the only recipient maritime institution not only in the Philippines but in the whole of Southeast Asia.

Rev. Father Romeo Donacao (3rd from right) sprinkles Holy Water on library equipment as he blesses the facilities of the newly smartened-up Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS), a grant given by Elsevier Foundation to Mariners System. MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez (5th from right) and Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Edgar Despi (extreme left in red shirt) and the rest of the school officials, faculty and staff join in the blessing ceremony.

Thru the L4SS, students, faculty members and other interested stakeholders will be able to connect to other partner-libraries in the world thereby making the researchers’ quest for information easier, wider and more effective.

The event was highlighted with the presence of Mariners System’s Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Madame Eliza L. Jimenez who celebrated her 91st birthday on the same day and was joined by the members of the Board of Trustees.

Mariners System’s Chairman Emeritus Madame Eliza L. Jimenez (seated), during the ceremonial presentation of maritime books at the turn-over and blessing of the Library at MPCF Camarines Sur. Doing the presentation are (right to left) MPC Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, MPTC President and L4SS Project Director Merle J. San Pedro and MPCF Camarines Sur Chairperson and L4SS Adviser Evita L. Jimenez.

It can be recalled that The Mariners school has been selected to be a recipient of this grant based on the study that Filipinos especially those from coastal communities are naturally resilient to the life at sea. One of the leading maritime institutions in the Philippines is the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) located in one of the country’s poorest coastal regions, Bicol. ISO-9001 certified, MPCF belongs to the country’s top performing maritime schools. Its students and faculty assist the Philippine Coast Guard in rescue/retrieval operations and have been recognized as dependable ship crew even during maritime disasters.

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 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.


Left picture - Members of the Mariners Alumni Association present expensive maritime books as their donation to the Library (left to right) Customs Administration graduate Ms. Josephine Arnante, 2nd Mate Ombao, 2nd Engr. Ruth Verceluz, 3rd Engr. Jefferson Roy, 3rd Mate Pablo de la Rosa, Chief Mate Manuel Olivan and partly hidden - 3rd Engr. Ricardo Vargas. Right picture - MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez (in barong tagalong) applauds the alumni as they place the donated books in the Library shelves.

Related to this goal is for L4SS to be the major stockroom of updated maritime and related multi-disciplinary materials inside the campus where students, faculty and researchers have easy access for learning and research. L4SS will thus have its own organized micro site embedded in the school’s main website that opens to a portal for accessing titles, learning aids like slideshows, documentations, memos, multimedia videos and clips, books (digital and hard copies), manuals, geographic maps and other multimedia learning materials falling under the various categories to help guide teaching and learning according to current international standards as provided for in the new guidelines of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The end 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 join 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. ###

VACC and Mariners System declare war against corruption and all forms of pork barrel on Freedom Day


(Left Picture) MPCF President and VACC Founding Chairman Dante La. Jimenez (in blue shirt) and Engr. Leo Fajardo lead the Volunteers in declaring war against corruption and crime on Independence Day in Naga City. (Right picture) Part of the crowd of VACC Members who joined the activity.

Naga City – The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Camarines Sur Chapter and Mariners System declared an all-out war against corruption on June 12, 2014 as the country celebrated Independence Day.

The group gathered along Panganiban Drive, this city as they expressed their disgust on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) fraud uncovered in government allegedly perpetuated by some Senators and Congressmen as the group declared total war against corruption and all forms of pork barrel.

In a press statement released by the organization, it said “The amount of 10 billion believed to have gone to private pockets known as the ‘Pork Barrel Scam’ cannot and will not be tolerated by ALL well-meaning citizens who are taxpayers. The perpetrators should face the full force of the law”.

In a media interview with VACC Founding Chairman Dante La. Jimenez, he said “To think that this is happening in a civilized society like ours while select people in government and in the private sectors are enjoying the fruits of corruption, majority of our people are trapped in the quagmire of poverty and hopelessness – and this is totally unacceptable”.

“Our people should be given hope that they can still be liberated from poverty. This dream to realize our people’s aspiration to attain freedom from want is grossly affected by the corruption going on in government” Jimenez added.


Scenes at the Freedom Day activity of VACC. (Left picture - L to R) MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez, MPC Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, a security officer and EVP Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez as they prepare to join the march. (Right picture) VACC Provincial Coordinator and MPCF Camarines Sur VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente (extreme right in red shirt) shakes hand with Naga City Chief of Police P/S Supt. Filmore Escobel at the police line along the streets of Panganiban Drive during the Declaration of War Against Corruption on Independence Day.

The VACC statement further declared “In a cultured nation such as ours, we cannot just remain as mere observers while the citizens are taken for a ride by unscrupulous officials who think that they can fool the people all the time and get away with the offense they have committed”.

With this cry, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption declared AN ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION AND PORK BARREL ON ALL FORMS, as VACC members relentlessly pursue this advocacy and promised they will not stop until such time that justice is served to the guilty parties and to the satisfaction of the aggrieved citizens of the Republic of the Philippines. ###

Mariners System launches ‘Buhay Marinero’ radio show in Bicol key areas


The radio program anchors  (right to left) MPCF Camariner Sur VP for Administration and Media Relations Officer Napoleon  Mangente (in red shirt), Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad (center as Main Anchor) and  guest – Mariners Alumnus and Ship Captain Hilario Bolina in one of the presentations of the radio show over carrying station RMN-DWNX Naga.

Naga City – The Mariners System has started the weekly program ‘Buhay Marinero’ over RMN-DWNX  Radio in Naga City every Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 in the morning and aired simulcast over DWSR of Radio Mindanao Network in Daet, Camarines Norte and in Goa, Camarines Sur via DZRP of Radyo Partido.

The show serves as the conduit of the Mariners schools to the students, the parents, the maritime industry, the public and the world - with the broadcast of the program aired utilizing live streaming technology on the internet via mybicol.com.

The promotion of the newly established Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS), a State-of-the Art electronic library which is a grant given to the Mariners schools by the Amsterdam-based Elsevier Foundation will be one of the regular highlights of the show.

It also intends to showcase as to how far the schools’ alumni have gone and how the institution has beefed-up its facilities to conform with international maritime standards as required by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) after forty years of providing maritime education to the Bicolanos.

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The Arnante Family as guests at the ‘Buhay Marinero’ radio show.  Being ‘Marineros’ have become a family affair as in the case of Alumnus - 2nd Engineer Rey Arnante  (5th from left facing the anchorman) whose daughter Angela (3rd from left) who  is taking up a Masters Degree at the University of Asia and the Pacific accompanies him while his wife, Alumnus Jo (4th from left) a licensed Customs Broker, an Instructor and Alumni Affairs Coordinator at MPCF-Camarines Sur joins him.  With them are the Program Anchors and Captain Bolina.

With the use of technology, ‘Buhay Marinero’ will be able to feature seafarers who are on-board sea vessels as they talk with their relatives in the live broadcasts of the program. 

Meanwhile it has been noted that among the messages conveyed by the guests who are active seafarer-officers are the inspiring notes addressed to struggling maritime cadets now enrolled in the institution for them to persevere and endure the sacrifices they encounter in their studies and trainings.

“The sacrifices are but temporary and once a student is able to hurdle these obstacles they run into in their maritime studies and training in their formative years, a lasting glory awaits them as they become professional officers in the various global shipping companies which have tie-up with Mariners”, said Captain Hilario Bolina.
Meanwhile, 2nd Engineer Rey Arnante reiterated his appeal to students to make good in their studies.

“International shipping firms would always look at the academic performance of an applicant.  Those who took care of their studies while in school and were able to make good grades will always have the priority when it comes to getting hired”,  2nd Engr. Arnante disclosed during the radio interview.

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MPCF Camarines Sur Dean of Maritime Studies - Chief Mate Manuel Olivan (extreme left) being interviewed by the program anchors during the second presentation of the radio show at DWNX Radio.

‘Buhay Marinero’ radio production crew is joined by CPAO Staff Dante Florendo who also acts as program co-anchor and production assistant.

After the launching in Naga City, a similar radio show will be started soon in Legazpi City via Radio Veritas to be hosted by MPCF Legazpi Media Relations Officer Steven James Diño and Mariners Systems’ Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad.  ###

Elsevier Foundation and Mariners System gear for implementation of Library for Safe Seafaring(L4SS)

meet with mam Evi L4SS
MPCF Camarines Sur Chairperson and L4SS Project Adviser Evita L. Jimenez (3rd from right) presides in a meeting with some members of the team which will implement the project ‘Library for Safe Seafaring’ for Mariners System prior to its commencement of operation..

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The Mariners System has started the full-blast preparation to make operational the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) at Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province and in campuses at MPCF Legazpi City and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City.

In a briefing for the members of the implementing team held on May 28, 2014, MPCF Chairperson Evita L. Jimenez who is Project Adviser  of the ‘Library for Safe Seafaring’ – a grant from the Amsterdam-based Elsevier Foundation,  she reiterated the benefits which the project will bring not only to the schools’ maritime students but to the members of the faculty and other interested stakeholders, as well.

“It will be a modern state-of-the-art library which will use recent electronic technology with students, faculty and other interested parties being able to access information from e-books on maritime studies especially on topics about safe seafaring. Mariners is the only recipient of this grant from Elsevier Foundation in the entire Southeast Asia so its benefits should be harnessed to the fullest in the learning process in our schools’ academic community”,
declared L4SS Project Adviser Evita Jimenez.

This library will be the first of its kind in the maritime education institutions in the Bicol Region as it will have features in which those who will use the facilities will have unlimited access to relevant information on maritime studies with a 24/7 availability of internet services which is part of an ultra-modern electronics library of this level to be able to function.

meet with Dr. Maragtas of UP for L4SS
Members of the L4SS team led by MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez guide consultant on maritime studies and U.P. Professor Maragtas Amante (center, in printed shirt) in inspecting the library undergoing  renovation.  Included in the ocular tour are (left to right) Commodore Jimenez, Dr. Edgar Despi, Prof. Amante, OFA-OIC Director Jenara Delfino (partly hidden), Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad and VP for Administration Napoleon  Mangente

Through the Mariners schools, the project seeks to develop the MPCF library as a modern learning cum advocacy facility, a reliable source of knowledge on the latest maritime trends, relevant references, teaching tools and learning materials that are accessible to its main users; and technologically equipped, globally connected and manned by a staff trained to use modern technology for library development to promote quality maritime education and training with emphasis on safe seafaring. Technology development is a key requirement in the project considering that while Filipinos rank among the world’s top technology users, and this facility will provide the necessary formal tools. The intended transformation of the library will serve as a model for other institutions.

The project also 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 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 too.

meet with Prof. Bobby Tuazon for L4SS
Project consultant and U.P. Professor Romulo ‘Bobby’ Tuazon  (center, in long sleeves shirt) briefs the members of the team who will implement the library project.  (Left to right) Librarian Christine Camara,
HRD Chief  Jess Sarte, VPA Nap Mangente, Professor Tuazon, Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Edgar Despi, OFA Director Jenara Delfino, College Registrar Marietta Relloso and CPAO Staff Dante Florendo.


Meanwhile, the installation of electronic gadgets, the physical arrangement at the library and coordination with consultants and partners in operation in other parts of the globe are being attended to now simultaneously together with the preparation and briefing being made for the academic community who will use the facility so that the benefits it will bring could be harnessed to the fullest in the learning process of students who enroll at the Mariners schools. ###