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.