2019 NEWS ENTRY
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.