MPCF Cam Sur observes International Day of Seafarers

Canaman, Camarines Sur - The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province joined the maritime world in the celebration of the 2016 International Day of Seafarers.

Maritime students open their respective organization booths at the Org Expo and Mini-Trade Fair during the celebration of the International Day of the Seafarer.

Traditionally, June 25 of each year is celebrated by the stakeholders of the maritime industry to honor in fitting ceremonies the living as well as fallen Seafarers. Those who embrace this profession are looked upon as heroes as without them, it is believed that the world will not be as what it is today. At Mariners Camarines Sur, the event was observed on the 24th of June, a day before the slated date so students could participate.

Seafarers are given this much importance due to the uniqueness of the profession while the contribution they offer to world commerce and development is acknowledged. Seamen are present in almost all countries of the world handling and transporting people and cargoes.

From raw materials to finished products, they help the world more so that the shipping industry is considered the most efficient means of transporting bulk and chemical cargoes. Land and air vehicles may be used to move goods but the most economical and efficient way is via the sea transportation.

The ships will not be able to perform their tasks without the trained Seafarers to man them. This is how important the Seafaring profession to world commerce and to lives of people all over the world.

(Left picture) President-CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (center in dark coat) and some school officials pose in-front of one of the booths at the Org Expo and Mini Trade Fair after the short program. (Right picture) School officials join maritime cadets in an activity during the International Day of Seafarers.

(left picture) SAS Director Ramchand Tolaram (left) and a student test the life-vest in one of the booths. (Right picture) Organic meat is on display to encourage the members of the Mariners academic community to consume healthy food like this organically produced pork.

Due to the nature of the Seafarers’ work, the maritime as well as the global community express gratitude by honoring the Seafarers worldwide in this occasion.

At MPCF, a simple but colorful activity was held which started with a Holy Mass at 5:30 in the morning at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Naga City, followed by a Fun Walk and Zumba at the school campus.

A short program and Fun Walk which featured the Band and Majorettes, messages were delivered before the student body, faculty and staff by President and CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan and VP for Student and External Affairs Mr. Napoleon Mangente.

The opening of the Org Expo and Mini-Trade Fair ensued. The celebration was made colorful and meaningful with the participation of students, faculty, staff and the school officials.