2019 NEWS ENTRY
35th Commencement Speaker at MPCF-Cam Sur exhorts graduates to be ready for jobs of the future
Canaman, Camarines Sur – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, held its 35th Commencement Exercises on April 5, 2019 with the members of the graduating batch sporting mixed emotions as they were about to leave the portals of the institution.
 
(Left to right) Commencement Speaker, Managing Trustee of DEEPSAI, Mr. Brillo L. Reynes, Cum Laude BSMarE 2019 graduates Midshipmen Sherwin Narvadez and Therence Michael Cortero.
 
The members of Batch 2019 during the 35th Commencement Exercises at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Canaman, Camarines Sur campus.
 

The Managing Trustee of DBP Education Endowment Program Scholarship Association, Inc. (DEEPSAI) Mr. Brillo L. Reynes was the Commencement Speaker. Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) graduates, Midshipmen Sherwin Narvades and Therence Michael Cortero led the 2019 batch as recipients of the Cum Laude award.

In his address, Mr. Brillo hammered on what lies ahead for the graduates especially with the onset of the 4th Industrial Revolution which will greatly affect the nature of jobs as technology continues to progress.

The speaker also delved on being globally competitive, making use of what was learned in school so they can excell in the workplace. He enjoined the graduates to be achievers in their respective chosen fields of profession as it is the mark of a worker who is able to adjust to the need of the fast changing times.

On the part of the institution, MPCF President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan in her message to the graduates underscored the importance of doing fine-tuning in the academic activities of the school so it can adequately prepare students in their respective chosen careers, taking into consideration the fast pace in the advance in technology that dictates a paradigm shift on how jobs will be handled in the coming years.

The school administration has sent congratulatory message to the members of the 2019 graduating batch and to their parents who made the supreme sacrifice of having both ends meet so their children can earn college baccalaureate degree courses.

AAHRMEI President graces MPC-Naga’s commencement rites; enjoins graduates to brace for 4th Industrial Revolution
Naga City – The 45th Commencement Exercises at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city, was honored by the presence of the Founding President of the Association of Administrators in Hospitality, Hotel and Restaurant Management Education Institutions (AAHRMEI), Dr. Gloria Baken Wong-Siy as graduation rites speaker. This happened on March 30, 2019 amidst an atmosphere of excitement, solemnity and triumph felt by the members of the graduating batch, the parents as well as the rest of the members of the Mariners academic community.
 
(Left picture) School officials led by MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (7th from left) stand at attention at the start of the graduation rites. (Right picture) The Commencement Speaker, Dr.Gloria Baken Wong-Siy
 
(Left picture) The 2019 batch valedictorian, Leah Mica Abarientos Rubio as she finishes her BSCA course, Cum Laude. (Right picture) The graduating students as they await their turn to be called on the stage to receive their diplomas.
 

The event adopted the theme “Graduates: Ready for the Demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution”. This is relevant as it delves on the fast development happening in the field of technology which greatly affects the landscape of the future when it comes to job opportunities and the nature of work that the school alumni will have to face in the near future. It also touches on the kind of education in which the institution is mandated to innovate to be able to cater to the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Dr. Gloria Baken Wong-Siy gave emphasis on the need for globally competitive graduates who have undergone training of global standard especially in the field of Hospitality Management.

“The globally competitive and world-class standard education which the school aims to provide gives the signal for students to try the various jobs available outside of the country, especially for holders of baccalaureate degree courses in the field of Hospitality Management”, said Dr Wong-Siy.

She encouraged the graduates to consider work opportunities abroad. She also made it appoint to be alert on the influx of the 4th Industrial Revolution which has started to make a difference on the nature of jobs which will be available as world technology continues to progress.

Mariners-Naga & Cam Sur celebrate 2019 Foundation Anniversary; reminisce Founder’s commitment to service and innovation
The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur observed a joint 45th Foundation Anniversary celebration with fitting activities and ceremonies which remembered the legacy left by the schools’ Founder, the late Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, Sr. His memory continues to propel the academic community to move on and reach for unprecedented heights when it comes to giving quality maritime and business education to the Bicolano youth.
 
The Founders and present leadership of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City. (Left to right) Madame Eliza Jimenez, Commodore Jaime Jimenez,Sr., President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Board Chairperson Mdme. Evita Jimenez-Tuazon and Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel Lazaro Jimenez.
 
Two important school landmarks: (Left picture) The Training Swimming Pool with the fully enclosed life boat at MPCF-Canaman, Camarines Sur where maritime cadets are taught practical lessons on safety at sea. (Right picture) The Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) at the MPC-Naga City campus where Hospitality Management students are honed to become professionals in their chosen field of profession.
 

The event has adopted the theme ‘Mariners at 45 years of commitment to service and innovation’. The two-day foundation commemoration was started with a Thanksgiving Mass at the college chapel, attended by school officials, faculty, staff and students.

After the Eucharistic celebration, simultaneous activities were held in the two campuses. A flower offering by school officials was made at the monument of the late Commodore Jaime Jimenez. This was followed by the arrival honors for President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan and Chairperson Evita Jimenez-Tuazon by the Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets.

In the afternoon of the first day of the celebration, there was a parade by students from the MPC-Naga campus, dropping by SM City Naga and up to the Robinson’s Place, where dance and musical extravaganza numbers were presented by the students at the mall’s activity center.

The production renditions by the students and the performance of the members of the school Band and Majorettes wowed the audience, including the mall goers.

Students who qualified and have been accepted by international shipping companies to work after they have finished their respective courses were presented to the audience, confirming Mariners schools’ linkages with establishments where many of the alumni find their jobs after graduation.

On the second day, bloodletting by the Junior Red Cross, a car display by motor vehicle companies, jobs fair, open house and culinary arts demonstration were the order of the event.

There was an open house in which senior high school students and elementary grade pupils from different municipalities in Camarines Sur and Naga City were afforded a tour around the campus for them to have a glimpse of the modern, state-of-the-art maritime laboratories such as the simulator and the mock-up engine rooms. This gave them a glimpse of what the school offers in the training of future seafarers.

An exhibition of ‘safety-at-sea’ techniques was demonstrated by maritime cadets at the Training Swimming Pool where the use of the fully-enclosed life-boat was tested.

In the evening, there was an ‘Employees’ Night’ in which the members of the Mariners academic community were given a relaxing night with the music of the Elevation Band at the Royal Emelina Reception Center.

Recognition were given to outstanding employees plus the service awards accorded to those who have stayed with the institution and have complied with the required number of years.

After the Foundation Anniversary celebration, the challenge to sustain the good practices which have been established thru the years, continues.

“This is where our commitment to service and innovation will play an important role in the attainment of our goals as an educational institution”, said MPCF President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan in her address to the faculty and staff during the Employees’ Night.

PAMI mulls refinement of support to aspirations of institutions & schools involved in maritime activities
Davao City – The Mariners System thru the representatives sent by the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay and Canaman, Camarines Sur joined the 44th Annual Convention of the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) held in Davao City from February 22 & 23, 2019. Among the subject taken-up is the strengthening of liaison activities with concerned government agencies and the support by the association to the aspirations of member-institutions and schools involved in maritime education especially when it comes to coping with the fast pace in the advance of technology.
 
Undersecretary Paul Yebra of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) delivers the convention’s Keynote Address for and in behalf of Secretary Arthur Tugade who was not able to make it to the event due to a previous commitment.
 
Some of the association officers and delegates from different institutions & maritime schools who participated in the convention take a time-out for a souvenir photo before the end of the event. MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro (front row, 8th from right) and VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Milagros Esparrago (4th from left) represented Mariners System in the convention.
 

Aside from the Mariners Legazpi delegates, colleagues from MPCF-Canaman, Camarines Sur also attended the event.

The Mariners schools were represented by oficials led by MPCF-LC President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro and VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Milagros Esparrago. On the other hand, MPCF-Canaman, Camarines Sur had VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Edgar Despi and VP for Administration Karlo Ampuan as delegates.

In the conference, President San Pedro, in her capacity as Member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the association was retained to the same posts after an election was conducted. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was represented by Undersecretary Paul Yebra who delivered the convention’s Keynote Address.

The Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) is an organization composed mostly of maritime business establishments and schools from Higher Maritime Education Institutions (HMEI) which maintain a close watch on what goes-on in this sector of the industry.

It maintains a liaison with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and other concerned government agencies to safeguard the welfare and continuous development of this group so it can serve its clientele well, especially in the field of maritime education.

National GAIN convention explores role of academe in molding maritime students for jobs of the future
Metro Manila – School officials from the Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legazpi City, Albay and Canaman, Camarines Sur) attended the 2nd National Convention of the Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN), a one-day forum which focused on the subject ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution: Preparing the Philippines for the Jobs of the Future’. Participated by over 500 Representatives from Government, Academe, and Industry Sector, it was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati, Metro Manila on February 8, 2019.
 
The representatives to the 2nd National Convention of the Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN) from Mariners System. (Left to right) MPCF-Cam Sur Director for Accreditation Engr. Armelfa Olea, MPCF-Legazpi VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Milagros Esparago, MPCF-Legazpi President Mdme. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, Office for Research and Extension Services Director Ms. Genevieve Marcelo-Sy and Mariners-Cam Sur VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Edgar Despi.
 
School officials from the Mariners schools while in action at the GAIN Convention.
 

Recognizing the key role of Filipino workers in achieving the priorities of the Philippine Government to accelerate human capital development, increase growth potential, and create an enabling and supportive economic environment, the Government-Academy-Industry Network (GAIN), in collaboration with stakeholders from the government, academe and industry, has organized the 2nd GAIN National Convention.

The presence of officials from the Mariners schools underscores the importance of doing some fine-tuning in the academic activities of the school so it can adequately prepare students in their respective chosen careers, taking into consideration the fast pace in the advance in technology that dictates a paradigm shift on how jobs will be handled in the coming years.

The one day conference discussed in detail how the government, academe, and industry can work together in order to secure and strengthen our country’s global workforce. With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology continuously reshaping the world of business and education, the country’s leaders must initiate proper steps to stay current on the latest digital trends on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and most importantly, understanding how it can affect future jobs of Filipinos.

Included in the conference objectives are the following:

  1. Pave the path to identify and address workforce issues that can only be resolved through the collaboration of the government, academe and the industry
  2. Allow participation to provide input towards the formulation of national policies that will impact the country’s workforce
  3. Act as a partner in ensuring global competitiveness of our Philippine graduates and workforces by establishing international standards in English communication, technology, and subsequently across professional disciplines, such as Engineering, Hospitality, Accountancy, etc.
  4. Generate support from government-academe-industry to adopt global English standards such as CEFR Framework used in 81 countries, aspire for at least a B2 (lowest is A1, highest is C2) leading to enhanced curricula, instruction and more effective talent management programs
  5. Create an awareness of the country’s level of English proficiency and halt its further decline to protect the global competitiveness of Filipinos
  6. Inspire the enhancement of the organizational standards, human capital practices, and key performance indicators aligned with global benchmarks
  7. Prepare participants for a fast-changing world demographic and the rapid need for evaluation to stay competitive and relevant during the age of disruption and innovation

Before the convention ended, the delegates of the Government-Academy Industry Network (GAIN) 2019 National Convention adopted "GAIN 2019 Resolution on National Competitiveness in the 4th Industrial Revolution". They have agreed on the following points:

  1. RECOGNIZE the need for both Digital Proficiency and English proficiency as pre-requisites to being globally competitive for the 4th industrial revolution;
  2. ESTABLISH digital literacy standards for students and support a general Common European Framework of Reference English standard (CEFR B2) for the Jobs of the Future;
  3. For Government to adopt the National English Proficiency Roadmap 2018-2023 for Global Competitiveness, including the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  4. RECOMMEND the creation of a unified national agency under the PQF-NCC as provided for in Republic Act 10968 to plan, implement and evaluate the Philippine Qualifications Framework.

The participation of the members of the delegation from Mariners System underscores the institution’s thrust to be competitive, attuned to the needs of the changing times as they conform with global standards especially when it comes to the quality education given to students taking-up various courses in the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region

MPCF-Cam Sur enters ‘candidate status’ level; passes PACUCOA’s initial requirements
The Mariners System is pleased with the result of the preliminary process conducted by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), in connection with the application for accreditation by Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines. In a recent development, President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan disclosed that after the primary scrutiny made by the accrediting team, the institution passed the initial process and has moved-on to the ‘candidate status’ level.
 
MPCF-Camarines Sur President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan leads the way in the march towards the school’s being accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
 

The PACUCOA team visited the campus from October 4 to 6, 2018 and MPCF-Camarines Sur is now preparing for ‘Level 1 Accreditation’ come November 2019.

In a message sent by PACUCOA Chairman Dr. Conrado E. Inigo to MPCF on December 18, 2018, its Board of Directors has approved the endorsement to the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) for the certification of the Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering programs for candidate status for two years: effective November 2018 – November 2020.

The baccalaureate degrees in Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) are the institution’s flagship courses.

With this development, the school’s academic community maintain its vigilance and is leaving no stones unturned in its preparation for the continuation of the process in the hope that it shall obtain the PACUCOA accreditation in the near future.

MPCF-Legazpi joins relief drive for calamity victims in Albay
Legazpi City, Albay – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, joined Tabang Bikol Movement (TBM) and Mariners System in finding ways to help alleviate the sufferings of typhoon victims especially in the Tiwi, Albay area where houses were destroyed and several casualties reported, with some residents still missing up to this time.
 
The devastation in the Tiwi, Albay area as an aftermath of tropical depression Usman which resulted in the destruction of houses and the loss of lives of some of the residents prompted the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legazpi City to move and do something to help the calamity-stricken victims.
 

With this development, the school launched the project ‘Relief Drive for the Victims of Tropical Depression Usman’ in an effort to gather goods which could answer some of the basic immediate needs of the storm victims.

The typhoon hit the Bicol Region especially the Albay-Camarines Sur areas with non-stop rains for several days which brought floods and landslides in several parts of the these two provinces.

Casualties were reported particularly along the Tiwi,Albay-Sangay,Camarines Sur highway where twenty-one (21) landslides occurred causing damage not only to houses and properties but also to human lives.

With this development, MPCF-Legazpi did not lose time in the effort to gather goods which were needed outright by affected residents with most of them unable to fend for themselves after they lost their houses and means of livelihood. Some families lost their loved-ones when they were buried alive and perished in the landslides that occurred.

MPCF-Legazpi, in partnership with Tabang Bikol Movement (TBM) is grateful to individuals and organizations who shared their resources which helped lessen the agony of the storm victims after the typhoon.

Well-meaning groups, Mariners System uphold support for children hit by recent calamity
Naga City – The Mariners System, the umbrella organization of the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legazpi City, Albay & Canaman, Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City) and its allied institutions back the advocacy to contribute to the initiative of making easy the condition of children of disaster survivors in some hard-hit municipalities in the province.
 
Various groups join Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation and Tabang Bikol Movement in a concerted effort in launching ‘Kurit Aki Art Exhibit’. (Right picture) Representatives of government and non-government organizations lay their hands together, symbolic of their unity to continue working for the welfare of the children. In the picture are IP concerns advocate Atty. Rima Ortega (extreme right in green dress), Tabang Bikol Movement Chairman Evita Jimenez-Tuazon (2nd from right) DepEd 5 Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad (3rd from right) , MPC/F President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (In black coat) and other representatives of concerned organizations. (Right picture) Some sample of the children’s artwork on display at the exhibit.
 
((Left picture) Tabang Bikol Movement Chairperson Evita Jimenez-Tuazon goes under the grind of ABS-CBN Network camera as she is interviewed by TV correspondent Mylce Mella. (Right picture) MPC/F President Dr. Ampuan is with the representative of the exhibit venue, SM City Naga’s Ms. Espie Francisco (2nd from right), Ms. Tuazon and some members of the Kintab Artists group at the exhibit site.

In an effort to expand the gathering of resources and distribution of relief items started by the group for the benefit of typhoon victims, the concerted effort of the advocacy group has embarked on the ‘Kurit Aki Art Exhibit’ which started on January 20 to 27, 2019 at the Atrium, 2nd Floor of the SM City Naga.

It featured the work of art of children of parents who are members of the People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS) and from the group Kintab Artists.

Fifty per cent of the sales proceeds from the artworks will be set-aside for the benefit of children affected by floods and landslides, particularly in the municipality of Buhi, Camarines Sur which registered 22 casualties, with some still missing up to now after Typhoon Usman hit the province hard before New Year.

Aside from the Mariners schools and Tabang Bikol Movement, this concerted effort was participated by various non-government organizations such the People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS), the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Women in Maritime (WIMA), Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), SM City Naga, the Kintab Artists and the world-renowned Bicolano International Artist - Raul Alcomendas.

Some Government Organizations which actively participated in this endeavor include the City Government of Naga, the Bicol Regional Offices of the Department of Agriculture (D.A.), Department of Social Services and Development (DSWD), Department of Tourism (DOT) and Metro Naga Water District (MNWD).

The group expects that thru this project and in line with the institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), some priority needs of the children in the calamity-hit barangays will be addressed by whatever amount the group will be able to raise via the ‘Kurit Aki Art Exhibit’.

Mariners schools, Tabang Bikol Movement, other groups bond together for Typhoon Usman victims
The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation (MPC/F) in Naga City & Canaman, Camarines Sur and Tabang Bikol Movement launched a concerted effort together with the 902nd Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Metro Naga Water District (MNWD) in cooperation with the City Government of Naga, to gather relief items from donors for the victims of Typhoon Usman in the province of Camarines Sur.
 
(Left picture) The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of MPCF-Canaman, Camarines Sur & MPC-Naga Evita Jimenez-Tuazon who is Chairman of Tabang Bikol Movement spearheads the joint effort of several organizations to gather relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Usman in the province of Camarines Sur. (Center picture) She is joined by MPCF-Camarines Sur VP for External and Student Affairs Napoleon Mangente (in baseball cap) and Amy Lanuzo of the school’s Research and Development Extension Office (RDEO) as they receive and sort-out donations at Plaza Quezon. (Right picture) The donated goods as they continue to pour-in for the calamity-affected residents.
 
(Left picture) VP Napoleon Mangente, aided by the volunteers from the school supervises the distribution of relief goods in San Miguel Nabua, Camarines Sur as local residents (right picture) in the flood-stricken barangay line-up to receive the relief items.

The group started to gather donations on December 31, 2018 and continued the operation up to January 12, 2019 at Plaza Quezon in Naga City. It has distributed goods to flood-stricken residents of Buhi, Bula, Bato, Minalabac and Nabua, all in the province of Camarines Sur.

Immediately after the storm, the group has prioritized distribution of sliced-bread and other foodstuffs which are easy to cook or those which need no cooking at all and are ready-to-eat.

In the succeeding days, it campaigned for hygiene kits such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrush which the affected residents badly needed.

The effort was started initially by the Tabang Bicol Movement and the Mariners schools in Canaman, Camarines Sur and Naga City in coordination with other government and private organizations. Since then, it has become a concerted effort of several groups.

On the part of the Mariners System, an endeavor like this conducted after a calamity is part of the institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility in which it is able to mobilize its manpower and resources so it can serve as bridge in reaching-out to the residents of calamity-affected communities.