Tabang Bikol, Mariners community hold assembly & Christmas cheers; remember Engr. Jaime ‘Boboy’ Jimenez’ 27 th death anniversary
Canaman, Camarines Sur– The Tabang Bikol Movement (TBM), a crusade based in Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this municipality, which looks at the concerns of typhoon disaster survivors, conducted an assembly attended by the members of the People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS), their children and the school’s academic community on December 20, 2017, which coincided with the 27 th death anniversary of Engr. Jaime ‘Boboy’ Jimenez, Jr.
(Left picture) Parish Priest of Canaman town, Father Romeo Donacao presides in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the commemoration of the 27 th death anniversary of Engr. Jaime ‘Boboy’ Jimenez, Jr. (Right picture) The members of People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS) attend the assembly which started with a Holy Mass.
(Left picture) The signing of the manifesto submitted by the members of PODIS as it is received by representatives of government agencies invited to grace the occasion. Seated left to right – Ms. Patrocinio Felizmenio of DOST Camarines Sur, Municipal Mayor Henry Ragodon of Canaman town, Tabang Bikol Movement Chair Ms. Evita Jimenez-Tuazon and Ms. Rose Imperial of the Department of Agriculture in Bicol. Witnessing the ceremonial signing are the PODIS Presidents from the different barangays of the municipality and Organico Bicolano head Mr. Santy Cervantes (standing in blue t-shirt). (Right picture) The boodle fight that ensued after the program.

The assembly was held to coincide with the Christmas cheers for the children, an event which looked at the serious concerns of disaster survivors and bridging them with concerned government agencies, a Eucharistic celebration and the commemoration of the death anniversary of Engr. Jaime ‘Boboy’ Jimenez – all rolled into one big occasion.

MPCF Board of Trustees member and Tabang Bikol Movement (TBM) Chair Ms. Evita Jimenez-Tuazon said that the affair was an opportune time to strengthen the Tabang Bikol Movement more especially the ‘livelihood’ aspect for the members of the People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS). This enabled them to map out strategies with the help of concerned government agencies to sustain what has been started after Typhoon Nina hit them in 2016.

It can be recalled that Tabang Bikol Movement helped procure roofing materials (yero) and Nails (pako) for the residents of Canaman town whose houses were partially or totally damaged by Typhoon Nina that hit the Bicol Region in December 2016.

This time, TBM has started the ‘livelihood opportunity’ for the PODIS by encouraging them to plant various species used as indigenous raw materials for the manufacture of products produced by JaimeLiza, Inc., a local firm based in Canaman, Camarines Sur.

School officials, academic community support country’s anti - corruption advocacy
Philippine International Convention Center, Metro Manila– Officials of Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation in Legazpi City, Albay & Canaman, Camarines Sur and in Naga City) have responded to the call of the country’s national leadership for an all-out support to the Anti-Corruption advocacy launched by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).
(Left picture) MPCF-Legazpi President & Chief Executive Officer Commodore Dante La. Jimenez speaks at the opening of the Anti-Corruption Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in his capacity as Founding Chairman and President of VACC. (Right picture) CEO Jimenez (4 th from right) and MPCF Board of Trustees Member Merle Jimenez San Pedro (2 nd from left) in her role as VACC Secretray-General, join the forum organizers in awarding the Certificate of Appreciation to Summit Speaker, Dr. Eduardo Araral (3 rd from right) who hails from Singapore. Also in the picture are VACC Board Member Ms. Cory Quirino (in red coat) and former SBMA Chairman Martin Dino (2 nd from right).
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the Summit as Guest of Honor and Speaker on the second day of the event.

As manifestation of support to the anti-corruption national movement, representatives from the three Mariners schools in Bicol attended the two-day event. Aside from CEO Dante Jimenez and Board of Trustees Member Merle Jimenez San Pedro, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MPCF-Legazpi Madame Evita Jimenez Tuazon was in attendance, too. Others who were with the entourage were Media Relations Officer Steven James Dino of MPCF-Legazpi and Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Elmer Abad who was one of the Masters of Ceremony in the event.

With ‘honesty’ as one of the core values of the Institution, matters learned from the event are ideal subjects which can be re-echoed in the schools.

Foremost in the topic discussions that erupted were the present corruption status in the Philippines and the corrective measures which can still be done in the country by government and the support which the citizenry could muster so that corruption may be put to stop.

In the address delivered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the present government’s determination was given emphasis inasmuch as corruption is one of the major factors which prevent the hastening of development in the nation.

“The political will being shown by the national leadership in this movement gives credence to the advocacy to put an end to corruption, once and for all so that the poor may be able to reap the fruits of a corruption-free governance” said MPCF’s CEO and VACC stalwart Dante La. Jimenez.