Mariners System installs new President at MPCF-Legazpi; honors outgoing steward for job well done
Legazpi City, Albay– The Board of Trustees of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province has formally steered the changing-of- the-guard from the incumbent to the new President/Chief Executive Officer of the institution in simple ceremonies held at the Jaime’s Hall of the school’s annex campus on March 1, 2018.

The stewards of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City. (Left picture) Outgoing President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez. (Center picture) The building at the main campus. (Right picture) Incomming President Merle Jimenez San Pedro.

From the leadership of Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, PCGA, it was formally handed to Madame Merle Jimenez San Pedro who was Executive Vice President prior to her assumption of the college’s top post.

Included in the event was the accomplishment report of the outgoing President which showed the amazing transformation of the institution in the sixteen-year stint which he handled the Presidency.

The once ‘taken-for- granted’ maritime school in Bicol is now one of the top-performing Higher Maritime Education Institutions (HMEIs) in the country today. No less than the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have granted accreditation acknowledging MPCF-Legazpi as one of the country’s best players when it comes to giving maritime education.

The occasion was attended by CHEd Bicol Regional Director George Colorado, the Members of the Board of Trustees led by MPCF-Legazpi Chairman Dr. Gabriel Lazaro Jimenez, Officials from the Mariners sister institutions in Naga City & Canaman, Camarines Sur, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, the members of the academic community and friends.

It was started with a Thanksgiving Mass held at the JCJ Gymnasium and followed by the simple Turn-Over Rites at the Jaime’s Hall.

In his message as outgoing officer, Commodore Jimenez challenged the academic community to continue the best practices which catapulted the establishment to what it is now. “It cannot be denied that a lot of good things have happened since its inception, 33 years ago”, declared the outgoing President.

On the other hand, the incoming CEO hinted on the best things to come at Mariners. “Although what the outgoing President has done is a hard act to follow, I trust the tested and proven abilities and capabilities of the present crop of officers and department heads to continue sustaining what has been started. With the intervention of ‘Divine Guidance’ altogether we can achieve the goals we have set for the coming years”, said newly installed MPCF-Legazpi’s President and Chief Executive Officer Madame Merle San Pedro.

The movement in the institution’s leadership was triggered by the appointment of Commodore Jimenez as Chairman of the Presidential Anti Corruption Commission (PACC), a cabinet agency created thru an Executive order by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The students, officers, members of the faculty & staff have pledged their unwavering support to the new leadership as a new era starts in the campus of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legazpi City, Albay.