Strategic Planning 2015 rolls for Mariners System;
charts direction for ‘Global Relevance’

The Mariners Systems’ Board of Trustees/Directors, members of the Management Committee and Department Heads gather for a souvenir photo in the 2015 Strategic Planning held at Chateau Royale Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Nasugbu, Batangas – The 2015 Strategic Planning to chart the direction to be taken by Mariners System for the next five years was conducted at the Chateau Royale Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas on May 4 to 6, 2015.

Select members of the Management Committee and Department Heads from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Legazpi City and Canaman, Camarines Sur, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga, Mariners Polytechnic Training Center (MPTC) in Manila/Cavite, UNLAD Ship Manning and Development Company, and Globalmanpower and Management, Inc., all allied institutions under the Mariners System joined the Board of Trustees/Directors in this activity.

Left picture - The members of the Board with the event facilitators, L to R – Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Ms. Evita L. Jimenez, U.P. Professors Atty.Mark Anthony Gamboa and Mr. Charlie Cabotaje, Ms. Merle J. San Pedro and Dr. Gabriel L. Jimemenez. (Not in the picture are BOT Members Ms. Nimfa V. Jimenez and Commodore Dante L. Jimenez who left for the U.S.A. to visit shipping companies with linkages to the Institution and the schools’ alumni working in America). Right Picture - The Planning workshop while in progress.

The Strategic Planning participants in action. (Left picture) L to R facing the camera - MPCF Legazpi HR Director Lydia Cervantes, MPC Naga HR Head Col. Ricardo Brizo in yellow shirt and Engr. Agawin. (Right picture) L to R - MPCF Legazpi MRO James Dino, Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad, Marketing Director Chubs Jimenez, MPC Naga Assistant HR Director Karlo J. Ampuan and MPCF Cam Sur VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente.

The theme ‘Charting the Strategic Future for Global Relevance’ was the focus of the 3-day brainstorming activity facilitated by two experts from the University of the Philippines – Atty. Mark Anthony M. Gamboa and Mr. Charlie E. Cabotaje.

In their opening statement, the facilitators emphasized that Mariners System should go on strong as an Institution by revisiting the course it takes and its focus on relevance under a situation that requires Mariners to be globally–competitive in all aspects. On the part of the administration, MPC Naga President Dr. Marilissa Ampuan reiterated the Board’s stand on the strict compliance with globally-accepted standards in education as Mariners System continues to serve the Bicolanos.

The participants’ enthusiastic participation and reaction to the Strategic Planning inputs highlighted the willingness and open-mindedness of the members of the Management Committee to the recommendations and their deep commitment to implement of the outputs harnessed during the 3-day event to chart Mariners System’s direction for the next five years.

UNLAD sends more Mariners’ alumni aboard

METRO MANILA—UNLAD Ship Manning and Management Corporation has sent more graduates from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur and Legazpi City, Albay to the United States of America. Two alumni from MPCF Camarines Sur and Legazpi joined the Onsigners Crew in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA on April 28, 2015; they belong to the third batch of Mariners graduates who now work aboard starting this year.

Left Picture (L to R) Joselito San Andres and Edward Angulo; right picture (L to R) Jay-Ar Machado, Commodore Dante Jimenez, Mark Vincent Sena and Jayson Narte, all graduates of MPCF-Camarines Sur and Legazpi City pose for a souvenir photo prior to their departure for Louisiana, U.S.A..

After the departure of the 2nd batch, more graduates of MPCF Camarines Sur and Legazpi who belong to Batch 2010 also followed suit.

GH Joselito San Andres of Sipocot, Camarines Sur and Edward Angulo from Legazpi City bade farewell to their respective families as they start a new chapter in their lives as Seafarers.

Meanwhile, the 4th batch of Mariners graduates who hail from Buhi, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes left for the U.S.A. on May 6, 2015.

Just like the previous batches, GH Jay-Ar Machado (2011), Mark Vincent Sena (2010) and Jayson Narte (2012) were supported by UNLAD in their search for a greener pasture.

This year has proven to be a productive one not just for UNLAD but for the determined graduates who have the passion to work abroad in order to improve the quality of life of their loved-ones.

Record shows that this year, UNLAD has already sent 12 graduates to Lafayette from the Mariners schools (3 from the 1st Batch and 9 from the 2nd Batch).

More Mariners graduates are expected to join the American shipping firm before the end of the year. (CAS)

Legazpi and Cam Sur Marineros join sea vessel in Louisiana, USA

UNLAD’s Onsigners Crew pose for a souvenir photo before leaving for USA to start work.  ( Left to right , standing) GH Alvin Umali, GH Emmanuel Salgado Jr., GH Jose Carlo Llorin, GH Eugenio Briones, Cook Ariel Biag, Cook Rey Palomillo, GH Romulus Ailes and (solo at the front row) GH Rodolfo Brocales Jr.

Metro Manila — More graduates from the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay and Canaman, Camarines Sur have joined shipping companies in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.  They left on March 17, 2015.

UNLAD Ship Manning and Management Corporation, a member-institution of the Mariners System assisted the graduates in the preparation of requirements which led to their deployment to work in shipping companies in America.

This group of nine (9) belongs to UNLAD’s second set for this year to come aboard international shipping  vessel after the following members of the first batch left on March 8 and 9, 2015:

  1. Handly Pelonio from Ligao City, an MPCF Legazpi alumnus
  2. Jose Alberto Rivarez from Calauag, Naga City, an MPCF Cam Sur alumnus
  3. Mark Edson Babala from Daet, Cam. Norte, an MPCF Cam Sur alumnus

Meanwhile, the Onsigners Crew of UNLAD Shipping is composed of graduates from the different provinces of the Bicol Region such as Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Albay.

The following are included in the 2nd batch who left to work in the United States:

  1. GH ALVIN I. UMALI/25 Y/O | 2012 | OCAMPO, CAM. SUR
  5. COOK ARIEL E. BIAG/29 Y/O | 2002 | PILI, CAM. SUR                  
  7. GH ROMULUS L. AILES/32 Y/O | 2004 | BUHI, CAM. SUR

UNLAD stands to continue with its mission to provide assistance in the processing of requirements and other documents needed by aspiring graduates not only from the Mariners schools but also those coming from other maritime educational institutions who wish to avail of the services it offers.

Advocacy for a physically healthy academic community and society marks Mariners 41st Foundation Anniversary

Apostleship of the Sea Value Formation resource speakers, (left to right) Rev. Fr. Paulo H. Pigol, C.S, Sr. Vicky G. Sanchez, Ms. Evita Jimenez, Mrs. Evelyn Del Rosario and Engr. Ramon Abalayan, all advocates of healthy food and lifestyle pose for a souvenir photo in-front of Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI).

Naga City — The OrganiKo Bikolano movement has figured prominently in the three-day commemoration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) – Naga and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) – Camarines Sur’s 41st Foundation Anniversary celebrated from March 3 to 5, 2015.

Organic food booths were featured in the Open House and Trade Fair at the Mariners – Canaman, Camarines Sur campus. Aside from these food booths, a medical mission with free check-up and consultation was conducted while a Food Festival was made at the Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI) at the MPC-Naga campus.

MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and Organiko Bicolano prime mover Madame Evita L. Jimenez led the activities in coordination with the group’s active members - Mrs. Luz Severo, producer of the indigenous Manay Luz vinegar extracted from native nipa palm in Canaman; Mr.Pepe Obias of the renowned Green Cafe, home of vegetarian dishes in Naga City; Ramon Abalayan of the famous Don Ramon Tropical wine collection made from bignay, guyabano and other tropical fruits; Sr. Cora Belardo and Sr. Paz Albao of the Family Ministry of the Archdiocese of Caceres; Mr. Santi Cervantes, President of the Bicol Federation of Dairy Producers and his wife, Dr. Carmela Cervantes of the Central Bicol State University of Agricuture (CBSUA) whose Carmela Organic Farm has become a favorite venue for training neophytes in backyard organic farming.

(Left picture) MPCF VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente monitors his weight as Janet Banday of MAS – Organiko Marinero looks intently at the weighing scale. (Right picture) An Organiko Bicolano Trade Fair participant arranges her display of vegetables at the fair.

(Left picture) OrganiKo Bikolano Exhibit booths and the L4SS Facade at MPCF – Camarines Sur. (Right picture) Vegetables produced via the ‘hydrophonics’ method at the Kalayag Foundation by the OrganiKo Marinero group.

It is common knowledge at the school campus that OrganiKo Bikolano strives not just for the healthy well-being of members of the Mariners academic community but also of families, as it extends its efforts to raise people’s awareness on the importance of healthy living. However, the focus is to start at its own backyard; it aims to develop competent, socially responsible, disciplined and healthy corps of seafarers who can be compliant with international standards of maritime safety because they are physically fit when they embark on their sea vessels.

This drive on giving importance to the concept of health and wellness through the production and intake of organic food is contributory to the effort to graduate skilled cadets whose health comply with the physical standards set by MARINA, the shipping firms and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (CAS)

STAGG and VACC’s call for justice for ‘Fallen 44’ gains support from Mariners

MPCF Cadets and VACC Naga-Camarines Sur coordination office staff Amy Lanuzo carry the streamer as participants in the Inter-Faith Ceremony held at Plaza Rizal in Naga City on the occasion of the 40th Day after the Mamasapano incident happened.

Naga City — Local advocates of peace and justice continue their search for ‘Truth and Accountability’ as evidenced by the recent mass action conducted by the multi-sectoral group –the Bicol Solidarity for Truth, Accountability and Good Governance (STAGG) Movement.

The quest for ‘Truth and Accountability’is the group’s moving spirit behind the inter-faith and candle-lighting ceremony in commemorating the 40th day of the Mamasapano Tragedy that claimed the lives of 44 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force commandos in their mission to capture one of the world’s most wanted terrorists - Zulkifli bin Hir also known as Abu Marwan.

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur is one of the schools that participated in the event held in the evening of March 6, 2015, Friday, at Plaza Rizal in Naga City.

The program was started with a prayer and followed by the candle-lighting activity which was attended by 200 MPCF maritime cadets, officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP), students, peace advocates from different schools and officials from non-government organizations.

(Left picture) MPCF Cadets participate in the Candle Lighting Ceremony for the Fallen 44 SAF operatives. (Right picture) VACC Cam Sur Provincial Coordinator and MPCF VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente delivers his message of solidarity to those who attended the activity.

Bicolano bands entertain the crowd with their spectacular performance which made the young rally-participants enjoy the event .

Mr. Leo Pascua of Bicol STAGG delivered the statement on the purpose of the activity and reiterated the strong need for further explanation from the people involved in Oplan Exodus, the questionable non-observance of the ‘Chain of Command’ and the slow process in digging for the truth and accountability not just from the people who killed the 44 commandos but more importantly, from the decision-makers in the Aquino administration.

VACC Cam Sur Provincial Coordinator and MPCF VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente unleashed strong words of solidarity for the different organizations represented in the rally. He stressed that this tragic incident should be given due attention by government and the memory of the victims should be enshrined in the minds of Filipinos.

“There is a precedent. Whatever happened now to the Maguindanao Massacre case masterminded by the Ampatuans? Most supects are not convicted yet after a lapse of more than 5 years. Clamors for justice and truth for the victims were ventilated, but it appears the case is placed in the sidelights. Let’s not forget the day when 44 of our PNP SAF Commandos lost their lives in their effort to contribute to the cause of peace in our country”, said MPCF VP for Administration Mangente.

After the delivery of messages, Bicolano bands and singers provided entertainment for the attendees by performing relevant folk, rock and rap songs.

The Mariners school together with VACC will continue to support the nation’s call for justice, truth and accountability which the Filipino people clamor for after the Mamasapano incident. (CAS)