Promoting safety at sea and healthy lifestyle

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur - A series of lectures blazed the annual celebration of World Maritime Day on Sept. 24, 2015 by the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province. Held at the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) the lectures were on health, safety on land and at sea with students and members of the academic community in attendance.

Led by MPCF Board of Trustees Member Ms. Evita L. Jimenez, Maritime Day at MPCF Canaman started with a “Fun Run for Safety”. The fun run served as a timely reminder for the Mariners community to observe healthy lifestyle. Concluding the fun run, the runners enjoyed a simple meal served by the Culinary Arts Department at the Mariners Café.

Next was a thanksgiving mass at the school chapel. After the mass, MPCF-Camarines Sur Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Marilissa Ampuan, delivered a brief but meaningful message to the crowd calling on the Members of the Board of Trustees, the faculty and staff to support the school’s commitment to safety and quality maritime education and training (MET).

On the other hand, BOT Member Ms. Evita Jimenez underscored the significance of the school’s Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) in the promotion of superior Maritime Education and Training and the role it plays in the knowledge development of maritime cadets.

Joining the occasion were the three Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs of the Mariners Schools - Ms. Marian Lazaro of MPCF Camarines Sur, Dr. Mariel Estrella for MPC-Naga, and Mr. Conrad Cordero of MPCF Legazpi. They discussed the subject on how more effort can be exerted in the academic arena as an answer to the challenge on how quality MET through academic program upgrades may be achieved.

Making the event more colorful, the festive mood was enhanced by the musical, athletic, and bartending skills performances rendered by the students. The school’s marching band and majorettes and the swimming team executed exhibition numbers to the delight of the audience. Meantime, good life advocates promoted healthy lifestyle through organic food and beverages. At lunch, healthy dishes were served at the International Culinary Training Center (ICTC).

Marking the symbolic partnership between JaimeEliza Inc., Mariners and the Don Ramon Wine and Spirits was the launching of the Choice Guyabano wine.

Afternoon, activities were highlighted by the opening of the L4SS Student Alternative Learning and Teaching (SALT) led by Quality Management Representative (QMR) Dr. Edgar Despi were conducted. SALT featured various lecture topics which were discussed by resource persons coming from inside and outside the campus.

The first topic was “Social Media and Maritime Safety” which was given by Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Elmer Abad. Chef Leandro “Doy” Sto. Domingo of Chef Doy’s Gourmet Restaurant shared his thoughts on healthy lifestyle through healthy food on the topic “Health is Wealth”. MPCF Alumni Association President Capt. Randy Francia shared his views on how to have a successful maritime career and venture into entrepreneurship through his topic, “From Seafarers to Entrepreneurs”.

From brain talk to games. After the convocation, the traditional “Community Palaro” organized by the Student Affairs and Services department in cooperation with student organizations was held at the MPCF grounds.

The one-day event was fun but it was made meaningful with activities which contributed to the learning development of students especially on matters about health and safety at sea.

The globally-connected electronics Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) at MPCF-Camarines Sur is a grant for E-learning and library development by the Amsterdam and U.S.-based Elsevier Foundation. CAS

MPCF Students carrying the banner for Fiesta Maritima during the Fun Run for Safety

(Left)L4SS Author, health advocate and BOT member Ms. Evita L. Jimenez discussing the role of L4SS in achieving quality MET.
(Right) MPCF Chairperson Emeritus, Madame Eliza Lazaro-Jimenez with her sister, Madame Luz Lazaro also attended the program.

Members of the Blue Dolphins Swimming Team getting ready for their swimming exhibition.

Chef Doy Sto. Domingo accepts his certificate and token of appreciation from VPAA Ms. Marian Lazaro.

(LEFT) “MPCF Approves”—Members of administration and faculty making a joyful seal of approval after signing a partnership agreement with agriculturist and entrepreneur, Mr. Ramon Abalayan.
(RIGHT) MPCF CEO Dr. Marilissa Ampuan poses for a photo op with Mr. Ramon Abalayan, while holding the Mariners’ Choice Guyabano Wine.

(LEFT) The gorgeous and graceful majorettes before their routine demonstration. (RIGHT) A student showing his bartending skills to the crowd.

Culinary Students with their department chair, Ms. Tita Lazaro and the culinary expo’s winning dish, “RED PILI PASTA”.