2018 NEWS ENTRY
Maritime week with stakeholders makes commemoration colorful and meaningful
Legazpi City, Albay – The Mariners System thru its member institutions (MPCF Legazpi City & Canaman, Camarines Sur, MPC in Naga City and other allied establishments) observed Maritime Week from September 24 to 29, 2018 via significant and colorful activities, making the event memorable and meaningful.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets, together with the school’s Band and Majorettes of MPCF join the representatives of concerned government agencies in a parade around the main thoroughfares of Legazpi City to celebrate Maritime Week.
Officers representing the Philippine Navy (PN), MPCF as a Higher Maritime Education Institution (HMEI), the PNP (Maritime Unit) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bicol are featured as guests in the school’s weekly Radio-TV program ‘Buhay Marinero’ over Veritas Radio and Television in Legazpi City . Seated are the program anchors – (left) MPCF Media Relations Officer/CGA-OTC Commandant Capt. Esteven James Dino, PCGA and (right) Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad.

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, together with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Philippine Navy and the Philippine National Police (Maritime Unit) in the Bicol Region have fused their efforts for this commemorative activity.

The event theme is ‘Marinong Pilipino, Kayamanan ng Lahi’ (Pilipino Seafarers, Wealth of the Philippine Race). This is appropriate more so that it gives importance to the role Seafarers play and their contribution to the progress and the economic well-being of the country and its people. The celebration also touched on the significance of the unique geographical set-up we have in which our nation is an archipelago.

“The Philippines being composed of islands has made the shipping industry do the role of connecting the compact groups into one nation. This is one reason why we celebrate maritime. The commemoration acknowledges the fact which is inherent in the nature of the character of our country which is surrounded by sea”,said CGA-OTC Commandant Captain James Dino.

Every year, National Maritime Week is observed during the last week of September, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1094 issued in 1997 by then President Fidel V. Ramos. The celebration is in consonance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) program declaring the last Thursday of September as World Maritime Day.This year, the school has embarked on activities which include the ‘Coastal Clean-up’ and the series of symposia participated by students on topics with bearing on the protection of the environment.

For Filipinos, shipping is more than just a means of transportation. It is a way of living that enables mobility of goods and people, provides livelihood and generates jobs, allows the enjoyment of economic gains realized from maritime activities and in some ways, it serves as the basic means of survival for many.

MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPCF in Legazpi City as a Higher Maritime Education Institutions (HMEI) joined the celebration to highlight the relevance of the Seafaring profession in the Maritime world especially in creating awareness among people so they can rally behind in supporting the Marineros who serve the country and the world in this particular field in their own unique way.

Schools’ contingent bags over-all championship in band & majorettes contest
Naga City – The combined Band and Majorettes contingent of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City has brought home the coveted First Place award in the Peñafrancia Festival’s 10th Band and Majorettes Exhibition Contest held on September 8, 2018 at the Jesse M. Robredo (JMR) Coliseum, this city.

(Left picture) MPC/F Cam Sur President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (2 nd from left) with Majorettes Trainor Leo Abejo (extreme left) and Band Director Edgar Esplana (2 nd from right) and choreography Consultant Nap Molina (extreme right) pose for a souvenir photo after receiving the trophy and medal as First Placer in the Band and Majorettes exhibition contest, a highlight in the 2018 Penafrancia Festival. (Right picture) The Band and Majorettes do a warm-up before their contest performance at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in Naga City.
The same Mariners’ Band and Majorettes show their winning form in the street competition at the Penafrancia Festival’s previous year’s military parade.

It can be recalled that the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region did not join the contests during the Peñafrancia festivities in the past two years. This 2018, the institution decided to stage a come-back in joining the competitions thereby it has prepared its players for the eventual participation in the street performances.

Being one of the most exciting and colorful events in the Festival, MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga did not lose time in engaging the players in rehearsals to make them ‘battle-ready’ for the fiesta events. The effort and sacrifices made have come into fruition with this recent feat.

“Discipline is one of the factors used by the group which incidentally is essential in forming the character of students, with most of them being maritime cadets and will soon become Seafarers”, said Band Director Edgar Esplana.

“Determination should always be present in any endeavor in order for a group to attain the objective they wish to achieve. I am amazed at the teamwork displayed both by the members of the band and the majorettes group in their firm resolve to win”, declared Majorette Trainor Leo Abejo after the judges announced that the Mariners contingent has won the First Prize award.

The event was participated by different schools from all over the Bicol Region. The school administration, thru President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan has sent a congratulatory message to the group for having brought home the honor to the Institution.

Institution reminisces Madame Eliza’s colorful life at 1st anniversary of her passing away
Canaman, Camarines Sur – The academic community of Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legazpi City, Albay & Canaman, Camarines Sur, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City and other allied institutions) affectionately honored the Institution’s late co-founder - Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez, with a series of activities which remembered her on the first year anniversary of her demise on August 12, 2018.

The Jimenez family, the faculty, staff and student body of the Mariners System fondly remember its co-founder, Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez on her First Death Anniversary. (Right picture) The members of the Board of MPC/F release white balloons and doves in the air, symbolic of the end of the period of mourning or ‘Babang Luksa’.
(Left picture) The Jimenez children and grandchildren pose with Mass presider Fr. Alfredo Baesa for a souvenir photo after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to commemorate the event. (Right picture) The youngest among the children of espouses Jaime and Eliza, MPCF-Legazpi President Madame Merle Jimenez San Pedro delivers her message before family friends and the academic community.

A day before the anniversary, activities were conducted at the Mariners Canaman, Camarines Sur campus while on the day proper, it was started with a Holy Mass at the school chapel presided by Rev. Father Alfredo Baesa, whose seminary days had Madame Eliza as his benefactor. A short program ensued and a luncheon was held for the Mariners’ community and friends of the school.

MPC-Naga Executive Vice President and MPCF-Legazpi Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Gabriel Lazaro Jimenez, being the eldest among the siblings, led the activities to honor her memory.

The release of white balloons and doves was symbolic of the end of the mourning period or the ‘Babang Luksa’ which Filipinos observe a year after the demise of a loved-one.

The occasion was made simple but meaningful especially for the Jimenez family and Mariners personnel whose lives Madame Eliza have touched when she was still around.

Mariners-Legazpi bullish at 33; raises the bar for maritime & business education and training thru innovation
Legazpi City, Albay – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this city, commemorated its 33 rd Foundation Anniversary on August 4, 2018 with upbeat spirit as it eyes for more innovations to raise the level of training in maritime & business education it offers to the youth of Bicolandia.

(Left picture) The Founder of Mariners System – Commodore Jaime Chavez Jimenez, Sr. continues to inspire the members of the academic community with the spirit of the tradition he started in pursuing excellence in giving Maritime and Business education to the youth of Bicolandia. (Right picture) MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro now leads the trail as the Institution’s 4 th President.

Adopting the theme ‘Mariners @ 30: Raising the Bar for Maritime & Business Education and Training through Innovation’, the present leadership and the members of the academic community have accepted the challenge to continue with the march towards excellence as started by the Founder – Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, Sr. PCGA, with the fortitude he left persistsing to linger in the minds and hearts of Marineros.

Amazing developments have transpired since the Institution’s inception in 1985. Notable among its achievements include the school’s inclusion in the roster as one of the top Higher Maritime Education Institutions (HMEI) in the country as per accreditation awarded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and the distinction given by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in 2015. A Senior High School Department was started in 2015.

The establishment of the annex campus facing the Albay Gulf has paved the way for important facilities to be positioned such as the Training Swimming Pool used by maritime cadets , the Land Ship and the fully-enclosed life boat, maritime laboratories and the JCJ Gymnasium. The Senior High School building is situated in this area.

MPCF is proud on what the alumni have accomplished. A high percentage of passers in examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has registered all throughout the years with many of them having landed in the Top Ten list.

The school also prides itself as it stands with distinction in its business courses which include Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA), the Hospitality Management program and allied fields of study. Many of the MPCF graduates in these programs now work in firms in the Philippines and abroad while some have opted to become entrepreneurs and have put-up their own businesses.

The men and women of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation believe that with God’s help, the school will accomplish the aspirations the institution has laid down to achieve in the years to come.

Barangay receives project as MPCF’s gesture in corporate social responsibility
The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) bestowed to Barangay Mangayawan, Canaman, Camarines Sur the project ‘Flood Warning Device’ and signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on ‘Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management’ as one of its strokes in fulfilling the school’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

(Right picture) MPCF-Camarines Sur President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the formal turn-over of the project to the barangay officials of Mangayawan, Canaman, Camarines Sur. (Left picture) Ms. Amy Lanuzo of the Office of Research and Extension Services (ORES) explains to the barangay folks the importance of the project while town Mayor Henry Ragodon (seated 3rd from right), VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Edgar Despi (extreme right) and Camarines Sur 902nd Coast Guard Auxiliary Squadron Commander Tito Salvosa (2 nd from right) listen.
(Left picture) Dr. Ampuan, Canaman Mayor Ragodon, Commander Tito Salvosa, PCGA and the Mangayawan Barangay Officials sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the project. (Right picture) Maritime cadets and other student–members of the Mariners First Response Team (MFRT) demonstrate rescue skills and administration of first-aid as part of the venture on ‘Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management’ during the event.

Aside from the presence of Barangay Officials and Council Members led by Bgy. Captain Alma Basmayor, school officials and faculty members graced the occasion which included the project proponent, 2 nd Mate Alexander Aco, Maritime studies Instructor Chief Mate Ronnie Zape, Community Extension Service Coordinator for BSMarE Program Eric Luceña and the Mariners’ First Response Team (MFRT).

The early flood warning device is designed to benefit the barangay folks in times of severe weather and heavy rainfall. The local residents witnessed the testing of the flood early warning device with a demonstration on how it works. A simulated community drill on the conduct of evacuation using basic safety principles when flooding occurs was shown by the Mariners First Response Team (MFRT).

The undertaking was done with the support of the 902 nd Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Local Government Unit of Canaman town.

The school is pleased to launch this endeavor as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), knowing that it will be of help to the local residents more so that Mangayawan is one of the villages nestled in the flood-prone areas of the Municipality of Canaman in Camarines Sur.

Mariners System observes International Day of the Seafarer
Bicol Region, Philippines – The schools of Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay and Canaman, Camarines Sur, including the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City) have joined the worldwide commemoration of the International Day of the Seafarer on June 25, 2018.

The Mariners academic community has earmarked undertakings honoring the men and women who work in the maritime industry.

In Legazpi City, students of MPCF participated in a coastal clean-up activity along the shoreline of Albay Gulf while maritime cadets attended lectures on marine environmental protection conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard in the region.

At the Camarines Sur campus, MPCF-Canaman and MPC-Naga students and personnel jointly celebrated the event via a Thanksgiving Mass and various campus activities honoring the Marineros, with the active participation of the local chapter of the Women In Maritime (WIMA).

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2010 decided to designate June 25 as the International Day of the Seafarer as a way to recognize that almost everything that people use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.

The purpose of the day is to give thanks to seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and the civil society; and for the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.

According to IMO's estimates, ships transport almost 90 percent of the world’s goods trade. Seafarers are not only responsible for the operations of such ships, but are also responsible for the safe and smooth delivery of the cargo.

The day not only acknowledges the invaluable work of seafarers, but also aims to bring global attention to the issues affecting their work and lives, such as piracy.

It calls on governments to develop policies that lead to fair treatment of seafarers at ports, and asks private ship companies and owners to provide their employees proper facilities and comforts while they are at sea.

As of today, thousands of Filipinos and many graduates from Mariners now work in the Maritime industry worldwide. As Higher Maritime Educational Institutions (HMEI), the schools have traditionally joined the annual commemoration of the International Day of the Seafarer in the past years and up to now.

Mariners schools, Tabang Bicol Movement promote citronella grass for livelihood & environmental protection
Canaman, Camarines Sur – The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Mariners Polytechnic College/Foundation (MPC/F) in Naga and Canaman, Camarines Sur - Madame Evita Jimenez-Tuazon, who is Chairperson of Tabang Bicol Movement (TBM) has led the advocacy on the propagation of Citronella Grass ( Cymbopogon citratus ) as a medicinal, mosquito repellent, environment-friendly and source of livelihood plant.

(Left picture) MPCF-Camarines Sur Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Board Chairman of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga campus - Madame Evita Jimenez-Tuazon, Chairperson of Tabang Bicol Movement spearheads the TBM activity for the Peoples Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS) . (Center and right pictures) The versatile Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) as a medicinal, environment-friendly and livelihood source plant.
(Left picture) Tabang Bicol Movement Chairperson Madame Evita Jimenez-Tuazon as she leads the distribution of Citronella Grass to members of PODIS. (Right picture) MPC/F President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan delivers her message of support to the project.
(Left picture) An expert from the Department of Agriculture Regional office in Bicol briefs the audience on how to plant Citronella Grass. (Right picture) A priest from the Social Action Center of the Archdiocese of Caceres blesses the Citronella tubers in the sack-bags as PODIS members join the activity.

Initially, this is intended for the members of the Peoples Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS) which was formed after Typhoon Nina ravaged the Province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region in 2016.

In the forefront of the project as major partners of Tabang Bicol Movement (TBM) are the Bicol Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture (D.A.) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which provided the citronella tubers for planting and the close coordination with PODIS, respectively.

This activity is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Mariners schools thru the Tabang Bicol Movement which has been involved in various pro-people advocacies such as the relief operation in Eastern Samar and Tacloban City after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the areas in 2013, the distribution of G.I. roofing materials for the victims of Typhoon Nina in Camarines Sur whose houses were totally damaged in 2016 and now, the continuing livelihood and environmental-protection efforts for the disaster survivors of natural calamities in Canaman town and neighboring municipalities.

UNLAD Ship Manning & Management Corporation sends new batch of Mariners’ graduates for off-shore work abroad
Metro Manila – Eight graduates of the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region have recently left for Lafayette, Louisiana, USA after they were sent by UNLAD Ship Manning & Management Corporation (a sister company under the Mariners System) to work in off-shore oil rigs at the Gulf of Mexico

Graduates of Mariners schools in Bicol pose for a souvenir picture with UNLAD’s Madame Chabs and Madame Nimfa Jimenez (center) prior to their departure to Louisiana for their off-shore work at the Gulf of Mexico.

This was disclosed by Madame Nimfa Jimenez, the Company’s new President as she led the send-off of the new batch of Mariners’ school graduates prior to their departure.

Those who left on May 28, 2018 are the following:

Name - - - - - - - - - - - - - - School/Batch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Position

Edgar A. Agpoon - - - - - MPCF-Cam Sur - S/Y2003 (Naga City) - - - - - - Cook

Ermanuel C. Ferrer - - - - MPCF-Cam Sur - S/Y2003 (Naga City) - - - - - - Cook

Odyssues E. Abijero - - - MPCF-Cam Sur - S/Y2003 (Naga City) - - - - - - Galley hand

John Alan N. Tanqui-on - - MPCF-Cam Sur - S/Y2013 (Cam. Sur) - - - - - - -Galley hand

Romeo A. Alquisar Jr. - - MPCF-Cam Sur - S/Y2010 (Marikina City) - - - - Galley hand

Mark Erwin T. Zafe - - - - MPCF-Legazpi - S/Y2014 (Virac, Catanduanes)- - Galley hand

Jayson T. Narte - - - - - MPCF-Cam Sur - S/Y2012 (Cam. Sur) - - - - - - Galley hand

Alvin Cloyd M. Aranas - - MPCF-Cam Sur -S/Y2012 (Cam. Sur) - - - - - - - Galley hand

UNLAD SHIP MANNING AND MANAGEMENT CORPORATION is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines in 1991 and was issued its first License to Operate as a Manning and Ship Management Company by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on January 24, 1992 with the primary objective of crewing/manning and ocean-going vessels and acting as managers of Filipino Seafarers.

UNLAD helps graduates of the Mariners schools in the job placement efforts thru the linkages it has established, not only in the Philippines but abroad.

School’s radio-tv show features adventures of ship officer aboard ship
Legazpi City, Albay – The head of the Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) Department of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this city, revealed the realities and adventures he experienced while on-board ships that sail in international sea waters. Engr. Danilo T. Padre was the featured guest in the May 3, 2018 edition of the school’s weekly radio- tv show ‘Buhay Marinero’. The program is regularly aired every Thursday from 11:00am to 12:00 noon over Legazpi City’s Radio Veritas and Veritas TV.

(Left picture) Engr. Danilo T. Padre shares his experiences as a Marine Engineer on-board international sea-going vessels with him as guest in the radio-tv program ‘Buhay Marinero’. (Right picture) The program anchors of the show while in action as they appear on Veritas TV Legazpi – MPCF’s Media Relations Officer Steven James Dino (left) and Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad (extreme right).

As head of the BSMarE Department, Engr. Padre disclosed the advantages of having experienced the work as a rank-in-file crew member until he reached a higher designation in the hierarchy in the seafaring industry. This afforded him the opportunity to learn the menial tasks in the ship which became useful when he became a ship officer.

He confirmed that the work itself is a continuing learning process as there is a lot of difference between what was learned in school and the demands of actual work.

He encouraged those aspiring to become Marine Engineers to study and work hard while in school, and to have patience and respect for superiors once on-board a ship. He also advised newcomers to make every working day a learning opportunity to be able to advance in his chosen career.

“The sacrifices and challenges encountered while in school and even at the early stage of a seafaring career are worth facing as they are but temporary and surmountable hindrances while a bright future awaits those who are able to persevere and hurdle these obstacles”, Engr. Padre added.

Amidst these challenges, he prods the aspiring and new Seafarers to look at the brighter side of the profession. One of them is the monetary compensation a Seafarer gets.

“The thought of being able to go around the world for free and given a salary way above what companies give to land-based professionals should serve as enough inspiration for anyone who has decided to pursue this career”, said Engineer Padre.

He encouraged those who will enter Senior High School to take up the Maritime Track offered by Mariners.

“For those who will enter College, I am inviting both the students and parents to consider the maritime baccalaureate degree courses offered by the school which are designed to prepare officers to work in international merchant marine ships. MPCF has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) while it belongs to the Top 23 Higher Maritime Education Institutions (HMEI) in the country today”, Engineer Padre further disclosed.

The Thursday program ‘Buhay Marinero’ in Legazpi City has a counterpart Saturday radio show in Naga City via Radio Mindanao Network’s DWNX aired from 10:30 to 11:30 in the morning.

Mariners System commemorates Founder’s 96th birth anniversary; traces his roots and humble beginnings
San Vicente, Libmanan, Camarines Sur – Representatives from the academic community of Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Canaman, Camarines Sur & Legazpi City, Albay and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges –Naga City) paid a homage to the hometown of the schools’ Founder, Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez Sr. PCGA on the occasion of his 96th birth anniversary on April 30, 2018. It was led by the members of the Board of Trustees of the Mariners institutions in Bicol.

(Left picture) The Founder of the Mariners schools in Bicol - Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez. (Right picture) San Vicente Parish Priest Father Rene Francisco (3rd from left) meets the members of the Board of Trustees on the details of the multi-purpose building donation of Mariners System to the local church. L to R- MPCF Legazpi President Merle Jimenez San Pedro, BOT Member Evita Lazaro Jimenez, Fr. Francisco, MPC-Naga EVP Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez, Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, PCGA and MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa Jimenez-Ampuan.
(Left picture) The barangay folks of San Vicente together with the officials of Mariners System attend the Thanksgiving Mass commemorating the birth anniversary of Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez. (Right picture) The Board of Trustees Members and some school officials pose for a souvenir photo.

Barangay San Vicente in Libmanan town is acknowledged as the home-village of the late Founder where his parents nurtured him from childhood to manhood days. It was there where he was born and grew-up in which the seed of ideas that preoccupied his mind turned-out later to bear the founding of the Mariners schools in Bicol.

It was an occasion which remembered the history and legacy left by Commodore Jimenez. There was a short program in which the members of the Board of Trustees gave their respective short messages to the people of Brgy. San Vicente and to the Mariners communty.

One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling to the plan of a multi-purpose building which the institution will donate to the barangay folks and to the San Vicente Parish Church.

The occasion was one unique event in honoring the Founder of Mariners System on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

‘Shipboard Training’ takes center stage at the 2nd FGD-Manila Yacht Club event
Metro Manila – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City and Canaman, Camarines Sur sponsored the 2nd Focused Group Discussion (FGD) event held at the Helm Hall of the Manila Yacht Club on March 23, 2018 with ‘Shipboard Training’ (SBT) as the center of the confab.

MPCF-Legazpi President Madame Merle Jimenez San Pedro (center) leads the Focused Group Discussion (FGD) event fixed on the topic ‘Shipboard Training’ (SBT), with the schools’ shipping company partners in attendance. Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad (left) and MPCF-Camarines Sur BS Marine Transportation Department Head Captain Nestor Rasco (right), acted as discussion moderators.
Focused Group Discussion participants composed of shipping company executives and members of the academic communities of MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPCF-Legazpi City join hand-in- hand in the interactive event.

The open discussion was an opportunity for the institution to listen to industry partners especially when it comes to how they conduct the trainings in their respective companies and their expectations from the Maritime cadets sent by the school to train.

Adopting the theme ‘Decrypting Students Elusive Sea Berths: Key to Improving Maritime Workforce Readiness’, the FGD was a productive exercise more so that a lot of information was opened leading to an improved atmosphere among the stakeholders which comprise the students, the school and the shipping firms which accept trainees for SBT.

Representatives of Shipping Companies who joined the FGD event include Chief Engr. Arnel Gonzales of Misuga Management Services, Mr. Jomar Masacote of Marlow Navigation, Captain Job Espares of Chelsea Shipping Corporation, Ms. Jo Licodimo & Ms Mabel Gagatiga of Starlite Shipping Company, Engr. Ramil Nacional of NAESS shipping firm and Mr. Joy Anthony Querobin of Doehle Seafront Crewing (Manila) Inc.

The inputs of the invited guests were documented and so with the interjections raised by the members of the Mariners academic community for reference in the process of making concrete steps based on the recommendations and how the concepts and ideas that cropped-up can be implemented.

The occasion was honored by former MPCF-Camarines Sur and Legazpi President Dante La. Jimenez (now a member of the Cabinet of the present government as Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission-PACC) who delivered a message, with him being a long-time advocate for a better maritime education.

On the part of Mariners System, it was partaken by MPCF-Legazpi’s VP for External and Student Affairs Madame Nimfa Jimenez, VP for Academic Affairs Cynthia Duka, Shipboard Training Officer (STO) Captain Guillermo Laynesa II, Mr. Ruel Abuel and the rest of the staff.

From MPCF-Camarines Sur, it was graced by Dean of Maritime Studies Chief Mate Manuel Olivan, BSMT Department Head Captain Nestor Rasco, BSMarE Department Head 2 nd Engr. Lemuel Gasco, STO 3 rd Engr. Ricardo Vargas, Outreach and Research Services (ORES) Director Ms. Boneo and BM Pete Ballester.

MPCF-Camarines Sur President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan was not able to make it to the occasion due to the hectic pre-graduation activities in the Camarines Sur and Naga City campuses.

“The FGD was an eye opener for our industry partners on the possible adjustments which can be made to make the Shipboard Trainings more relevant and attuned to the curriculum as mandated by MARINA and he CHEd and to what the students need, to prepare them for their work that lies ahead”, said MPCF-Camarines Sur’s Dean of Maritime Studies, Chief Mate Manuel Olivan.

“It supplied additional inputs to the school on the changes which should be made to match the expectations of the shipping companies and to make our maritime cadets more prepared before they do vessel embarkation for them to be able to complete the requirement for a baccalaureate degree course”, declared MPCF-Camarines Sur’s BSMT Department Head Captain Nestor Rasco.

The Focused Group Discussion activity is a yearly event staged by MPCF-Camarines Sur and Legazpi City designed to fine-tune endeavors involving concerned maritime industry partners and the school on matters in which new ideas and concepts are solicited. The forum is aimed at further improving the prevailing cooperative and operational atmosphere in order to better prepare the maritime cadets in their chosen profession.

Mariners System joins nation in celebrating International Women’s Day; adopts the theme: #PressforProgress

Women in Maritime (WIMA) in the Philippines and Asia led by Madame Merle Jimenez San Pedro of Mariners System move to assert for equality, sustainability and empowerment and gender equality in the maritime industry as the International Women’s Day is observed.

The Mariners System joined the world in the observance of the ‘International Women’s Day’ on March 8, 2018. Led by Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPhil) President Madame Merle Jimenez San Pedro who also sits as President of the Governing Board of Women in Maritime (Asia), the academic communities of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Legazpi City & Canaman, Camarines Sur and the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City have thrown their full support to this event which is observed worldwide.

With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings which says that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality, there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

With the recent developments, WIMAPhil calls for everyone not to be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to- action to press forward and progress gender parity.

A strong call to #PressforProgress includes At WIMAPhil, to ‘Press for Progress’ has been the call as it gets full support from the Women in Maritime sector and pursue to face to Challenge stereotype & biases, forge positive visibility of women, Influence others’ beliefs/actions and to Celebrate women’s achievements.

WIMA entices everyone to ‘Press for Progress’.

44th Foundation Anniversary highlights milestone moments for MPCF-Cam Sur and MPC-Naga
Naga City/Canaman, Camarines Sur– The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City jointly celebrated the 3-day Foundation Anniversary (from March 1 to 3, 2018), marking the institutions’ 44 years of service to the youth of Bicolandia with spectacle and pride while the academic community looked back with nostalgia on the Founder and the humble beginnings of the institutions.

(Left picture) The Founder of the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region – Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez as the honoree in the Foundation Anniversary. (Center picture) MPC-Naga and MPCF-Camarines Sur President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan offers flowers at the floral rites in front of the monument of the late Founder. (Right picture) Former MPCF-Camarines Sur President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, PCGA (now a member of the Cabinet of the National Government as Chairman of the Presidential Anti Corruption Commission – PACC) while being given the Arrival Honors as a special guest during the event.
(Left picture) Marineros assemble at the campus of MPC-Naga at the start of the parade to commemorate the schools’ anniversary celebration. (Right picture) Officials from the two institutions pose with President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan at the Activity Center of Robinsons Mall before the start of the program.
The honorees from MPCF-Camarines Sur who are recipients of the Service Awards pose with President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (6th from right) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez (5th from right) during the anniversary’s Traditional Lunch held at the JCJ Gymnasium).

The event was simple but colorful. It started with a parade on Day 1 from the MPC-Naga campus to the activity center of Robinsons Mall where a program was held, with the students from the Mariners’ campuses participating.

Day 2 of the affair commenced with the First Friday Mass held at the MPCF Chapel, followed by the arrival honors for the President, floral offering at the monument of the Founder, a bloodletting activity by the campus’ Junior Red Cross, the mini-trade fair, basketball game exhibition, a program and a party attended by the students in the evening.

On Day 3, an arrival honor was made for MPCF-Camarines Sur’s former President Dante La. Jimenez, the giving of Service Awards to school personnel and the Traditional lunch.

“Looking back, Mariners has all the reasons to be thankful because what the institution is now might not have become a reality had it not been for the vision of the Founder forty-four years ago, which is being continued up to now. The institution is blessed”, President Ampuan stated.

The anniversary celebration carried the theme ‘44 Years of Upholding Excellence in Maritime and Business Education in the Bicol Region’. This is reflective of what the institution is, what it has achieved and what it hopes to sustain in the years to come.

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.

‘Evacuation by Sea’ simulation exercise storms Albay Gulf; activates pro-active safety emergency actions in extreme Mayon eruption
Legazpi City, Albay– The Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, in collaboration with the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Navy (PN), Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine National Police (PNP) , the City Government of Legazpi and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 5 has initiated an ‘Evacuation by Sea’ simulation exercise at the shoreline of Albay Gulf right at the beachfront of the school’s annex campus.

(Left picture) MPCF’s President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, PCGA is interviewed by an ABS-CBN Television Network reporter at the height of the event. (Center picture) A ship of the Philippine Navy sails at Albay Gulf while a helicopter of the Philippine Air Force hovers as the ‘Evacuation by Sea’ simulation exercise is conducted. (Right Picture) Captain Steven James Dino, PCGA - Commandant of MPCF’s Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) directs the activity from the Command Center.
(Extreme left and extreme right pictures) The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary operatives in action while transporting evacuees from the seashore to the waiting ships of the Philippine Navy which will ferry people to safer evacuation centers. (Center picture) The simulation of evacuees about to board the waiting lifeboats to the Navy ships at the shoreline of Albay Gulf.

It was a pro-active re-creation of a scenario in which in the event that a massive destructive eruption of Mayon Volcano would occur and should it come to a point that local inhabitants are trapped because roads have been blocked by lahar flows, the only alternative left to them to move to safety is to evacuate by the sea.

In the simulation activity, it was noted that the members of the service operatives were able to move a hundred people in thirty minutes from the seashore to the waiting sea vessels. It was also an admirable gesture that a close coordination with participating agencies was initiated as it created a harmonious and systematic way of bringing people to safety.

“The exercise was a timely activity more so that the eruption of Mayon Volcano has become so unpredictable. The concerned government agencies and private organizations such as the Mariners school and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary can do so much in the event that a massive destructive volcano eruption would happen. Being ready for any eventuality is part of the school’s advocacy and its Corporate Social Responsibility” said simulation exercise Director Captain Steven James Dino.

On the other hand, MPCF’s President Dante Jimenez has lauded the concerted effort of all concerned.

“This action strengthens our being prepared for any eventuality. God forbid, should a massive volcanic eruption happen, the resources of the school, just what we use in this simulation exercises can be utilized while our people and the government agencies will know what to do to save lives in a given situation, just like this”, declared President Jimenez.