NEWS ENTRY for NOVEMBER 2015

Interactive website to link E-library to Mariners community, Philippines and the world

Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) gears for maximum service


BOT Member Ms Evita L. Jimenez (extreme right) presides in a meeting with officers from the three Mariners Schools in Bicol (Legazpi, Canaman, Camarines Sur and Naga) as recent activities and plans for the Library for Safe Seafaring are discussed. In the picture with Ms. Jimenez are MPCF-Camarines Sur VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente (6th from left in red shirt), Executive Assistant to the CEO Dr. Edgar Despi (extreme left back to camera), Mariners Systems’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad (2nd from left), CPAO, and the L4SS library staff.


Canaman, Camarines Sur – The school administration of the Mariners schools in Bicol has moved for the optimum use of the electronics library which is globally connected – the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) based at the campus of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this town.

In a meeting held on Nov. 10, 2015 presided by Board of Trustees Member Ms. Ms. Evita L. Jimenez and attended by officers from the three Mariners schools in Bicol (Legazpi, Naga and Camarines Sur), a plan to create a website for the school’s advocacy on Safe Seafaring was discussed in which L4SS will play a big role

The website will be launched to help not only the students and instructors but also the alumni of the Mariners schools who are on board sea-going vessels so they can keep in touch with their alma mater and enable them to access materials on Safe Seafaring through the L4SS. The interactive website will also provide information on safe seafaring, emergency alerts, health tips for seamen aboard ships, educational materials to be accessed in partnership with maritime schools in the world, an interactive forum, and other services.

With an administrator, the interactive library will be able to receive and answer queries from seamen-graduates of Mariners and they can post comments and feedback.

Meanwhile, the website will not be limited to serving only the graduates of Maritime studies but also those coming from the Hospitality and Tourism courses, as many of them opt to work in cruise ships.

A conference which will promote Safe Seafaring to be spearheaded by L4SS is now being planned to be attended by representatives of stakeholders from the Maritime Schools, and the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI). Guests and speakers from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), and from shipping companies will be invited for valuable inputs.

The establishment of the Library was made possible through a grant given to the Mariners Pollytechnic Colleges/Foundation by the Elsevier Foundation which is based in Europe and the United States. Only MPCF-Canaman qualified for the grant through a rigorous competition with other institutions all over the world.

“The Library for Safe Seafaring should be used to the maximum by students, faculty members, the school alumni and other sectors which can be benefited by the state-of-the-art facility. This library is definitely an important component in learning especially on safe seafaring,” declared BOT Member Ms Evita Jimenez during the meeting.