2019 NEWS ENTRY
Mariners schools capture Over-All Championship, Most Disciplined Unit award in Peñafrancia Festival’s military street parade competition
The joint team of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Canaman, Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City has captured the Over-All championship and Most Disciplined Unit awards in the 2019 Regional Military Parade competition-Category 3, held on September 13, 2019 at the annual Peñafrancia Festival.
 
(Upper photo) The winning form of the officers & men of the 902nd Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corp (CGA-OTC) of MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga as they make their mark in the 11th Regional Military Street Parade Competition, clinching the awards as Best ROTC Marching Unit, the Most Disciplined Unit and Over-All champion. (Lower photo) The members of the Band and Majorettes show their awesome presentation during the Festival.
 

The impressive performance of the schools’ delegation has captured the attention of the audience, as well as the members of the Board of Judges who made the evaluation on the competing groups right from the assembly point of the parade and up to the reviewing stand at the City’s Plaza Quezon.

It was a spectacle to see the almost perfect cadence of the 902nd Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) unit as they marched from the starting line and until they reached the exit point of the parade. It was also a delight to the eyes of the thousands of spectators who lined-up the streets, unmindful of the scorching heat of the sun and the rain that poured in as the Mariners Band & Majorettes, CGA-OTC Unit and Corps Sponsors were approaching the reviewing stand.

The cavalcade was so arranged that it appeared that the Mariners schools’ group was the climax of the event, being the last ones to march before the activity ended.

The ‘Most Disciplined’ award is one of the treasured honors which the institution values. As a Maritime school, the students are trained intensively along the field of ‘discipline’ which resulted into fruition as reflected in the result of the competition.

“This victory is the product of hard work, the team effort of the CGA-OTC cadets & their mentors, the discipline of everyone, the systematic approach observed during the preparation period and the determination to win. This distinction that the school received we offer to honor Our Lady of Penafrancia, the Patroness of Bicolandia”, MPC/F Naga and Camarines Sur President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan declared after she congratulated the schools’ victorious delegation that won the over-all championship in the competition.

Peñafrancia Festival 2019 rolls; Mariners schools bag top honors at the Regional Band & Majorettes competition
Naga City – The contingents sent by Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City Albay and Canaman, Camarines Sur presented a spectacle while they reaped the top honors in the 11th Peñafrancia Regional Band and Majorettes competition held at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum this city, on September 14, 2019.
 
(Upper photo) The Majorettes of MPCF-Legazpi together with their mentors pose for a souvenir picture after winning the First Prize award in the Majorettes’ competition held at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum in Naga City. (Lower Photo) The MPCF-Camarines Sur Band in action.
 

In the Category A level, MPCF-Legazpi won the First Prize Award for the Majorettes’ contest while MPCF-Camarines Sur was Third Place in the Band competition. These awards bring honor to the institutions considering there are so many participating entries that include the big colleges and universities in Bicol which joined this event while the top prizes went to the Mariners schools.

One important factor in the attainment of victory is the discipline which the members of the delegation observed, ranging from their attendance in the practice drills months before the actual competition and during the contest proper.

Once again, the Marineros have proven that they can be a group of disciplined cadets who can achieve victory amidst a stiff race for the Peñafrancia Festival honors in the 11th Regional Band and Majorettes battle.

With affectionate memories, Mariners community commemorates 2nd death anniversary of institution’s Co-Founder
The community of Mariners System (MPCF-Legazpi City, Albay & Canaman, Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga City and allied organizations) remembered on August 12, 2019, the second death anniversary of the institution’s Co-Founder - Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez. With fond memories of her motherly image and thanksgiving for the good things she did which touched the lives of people who worked and studied in the school, everyone who attended the event rememberd the legacy she left to the institution.
 
A simple honoring was made inside the campus in Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur, participated by the members of the Board of Trustees, representatives from the Mariners schools in Bicol, and some relatives & friends.
 
Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez delivers a message before the end of the Eucharistic Celebration offered to Madame Eliza, presided by Fr. Alfredo Baesa, Fr. Misael Quindo and Fr. Rex Palaya who hails from a Parish in Buhi, Camarines Sur.
 

In the morning, a Mass was offered by Mariners for Madame Eliza, held at the school chapel and followed by the launching of ‘Eliza Lip Care Pouch’, a new product of JaimeLiza, Inc., a company under the umbrella of the Mariners’ System.

A simple lunch ensued at the International Culinary Training Center (ICTC). In the afternoon the “3rd Pag-heras of Citronella, Pili and Resilient Plants” to three–hundred recipients from communities in the province of Camarines Sur such as members of Tabang Bikol Movement, Mariners System, LGU-Canaman & other Local Government Units and the Department of Agriculture (Region 5).

The simple campus activity was made meaningful as the members of the academic community, relatives and friends gathered together in memory of a great person whose advocacies made a significance on the lives of people she touched while she was still around.

Phoenix Maritime Corporation stirs cadets to avail of scholarships, employment after graduation offered by company
A representative from Phoenix Maritime Corporation, an international shipping firm which operates cruise & cargo ships and bulk carriers visited Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur on July 31, 2019 to invite maritime cadets to take the qualifying examination and undertake the interview for prospective industry scholars which the firm would support to study and train in this institution and be hired after they graduate.
 
(Right picture) Phoenix Maritine Corporation’s (PMC) Cadetship Training Officer-in-Charge - Captain Romel Pacamana (2nd from left, in black jacket) briefs MPCF-Canaman, Camarines Sur’s maritime cadets on the details of the qualifying examination and interview to be given. Also in the picture are Shipboard Training Officer - Capt. Marianito Joel Carable and STO Staff Nika Capistrano (2nd & extreme right, respectively). (Right picture) The examinees listen to the last minute instructions from Capt. Pacamana before they take the test.
 
(Right picture) Captain Pacamana (in colored shirt) poses for a souvenir photo with the school’s STO staff. (Right picture) The examinees take it easy after they have finished taking the written test.
 

The visit of the representative of this shipping firm is the result of the linkage nurtured by the Mariners schools with shipping companies and other establishments which help aspiring Seafarers in their studies, training and eventual employment. Deserving students coming from financially challenged families are the ones mostly benefited by this program.

Scholarship opportunities offered to qualified students who are determined to pursue their seafaring careers continue to pour-in.

This started when the school underwent evaluation from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) way back in 2015 in which the Mariners schools in Bicol (MPCF- Camarines Sur and MPCF-Legazpi City, Albay) were adjudged to belong to the Top 23 (out of more than 90) Higher Maritime Education Institutions (HMEI’s) in the country.

Gone are the days when MPCF graduates would flock to Manila to apply for seafaring jobs. Nowadays, representatives from these enterprises would visit the school to recruit qualified students whom they can support in their education and training and later-on, hire them as ship officers in their international sea-going vessels after they graduate.

Shipping firm visits Mariners; entices maritime cadets to join their ranks
Canaman, Camarines Sur – Representatives of the Japanese shipping company – Maine Marine Phils., Inc./Misuga Management Services, Inc., visited the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province on August 8, 2019.
 
(Left picture) The executives of the Japanese shipping firm - Maine Marine Philippines, Inc./Misuga Management Services, Inc. (L to R- Country Manager Mr. Kei Yamamoto, President Mr. Akihiro Kashiwagi, Deputy General Manager Chief Engr. Arnel Gonzales and Training Coordinator Ms. Junalyn Fortunato & joined by VPESA Napoleon Mangente & Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad) as they attend the ‘arrival honors’ given by the school’s Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets. (Right picture) Mariners Camarines Sur President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (extreme right) and Country Manager Yamamoto troop the line at the event accorded to the visiting guests.
 
(Left picture) The officers of Misuga shipping firm prepare to give the qualifying examination to prospective scholars from among the First Year cadets. (Right picture) the examinees while in the thick of taking the test at the school’s Jaime’s Hall.
 

The main purpose of the goodwill visit was to conduct qualifying examination for First Year maritime cadets who can join the ranks of the firm as Industry Scholars and later on, as regular Ship Officers who will man the company’s international sea-going vessels after they have finished their respective courses.

This maritime company has been a long-time partner of the institution and as proof, many graduates now work with Misuga as active ship officers, up to now.

Decades ago, graduates would flock to Manila to look for jobs as Seafarers. As the years went by and as the school continued to upgrade its system in the conduct of offering maritime education, its facilities, the capabilities of personnel, especially the faculty & staff , the shipping companies started to forge partnership with the school particularly in the field of granting scholarships and the eventual absorption of graduates in the company’s line-up of ship officers.

In 2015, The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Canaman, Camarines Sur and in Legazpi City, Albay, after undergoing rigid evaluation by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the prestigious European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) were given go signal to offer Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) baccalaureate degree courses which can train future ship officers who will later-on serve in international sea-going vessels.

This linkage and partnership established with shipping companies will continue to bridge the gap where the institution’s worthy students and graduates will find fulfillment in their cherished dream of serving in the global maritime industry, someday.

Gov’t names Mariners’ former Dean of Academics to Court of Appeals; institution honors appointee in simple ceremonies
Canaman, Camarines Sur - The national government under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed Mariners schools’ former Dean of Academics, Atty. Alfredo Ampuan to the Court of Appeals (C.A.) as Associate Justice. He was Presiding Judge at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Manila prior to his assumption of this new office.
 
(Upper picture) Newly-appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Alfredo Ampuan, a former Dean of Academics and College Instructor at the Mariners schools addresses the academic community during the ‘Arrival Honors’ accorded him at the school campus. (Lower picture) A pose with Thanksgiving Mass celebrant Rev. Fr. Misael Quendo (3rd from right) after the Eucharistic Celebration at the school chapel. With Justice Ampuan are (left to right standing) VACC Region 5 Coordinator Tommy Lee, Presidential Assistant for Bicol Affairs (PABA) Undersecretary Marvel Clavecilla, Mrs. Clavecilla, Dr. Ampuan, Justice Ampuan, Fr. Quendo, MPCF VP for External and Student Affairs Napoleon Mangente and Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel Lazaro Jimenez.
 

A Thanksgiving Mass was held at the school chapel on July 25, 2019, attended by the members of the academic community. This was followed by the ‘Arrival Honors’ by the Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officers Training Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets of MPCF-Camarines Sur.

A program and luncheon tendered by the Ampuan family ensued at the International Culinary Training Center (ICTC) after the arrival ceremonies.

Present at the event were President Dr. Marilissa Jimenez-Ampuan of MPCF-Camarines Sur & MPC-Naga City, President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro of MPCF-Legazpi City, Albay and representatives of the Management Committees of the three schools in Bicol (MPC/F Naga City, Camarines Sur and Legazpi City). Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel Lazaro Jimenez also graced the occasion.

In the evening, there was a dinner-program celebration at the Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI), MPC-Naga campus where local judges, lawyers from the prosecution service and friends of the honoree graced the event.

Justice Ampuan served at the Mariners schools while finishing his Law course at the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City. As an Agriculture Engineer before he became a lawyer, he was a College Instructor.

In his message, he thanked the Almighty for his new appointment and the Mariners academic community for the support accorded him prior to this new designation. He also looks at his new assignment as an opportunity to serve more the Filipino people thru the Judiciary Department of government.

THE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FRONT:
MPCF facilitates release of D.A.’s citronella extracting machine, a grant for Tabang Bikol Movement’s livelihood projects
Pili, Camarines Sur – The Mariners System, thru the Chairman of the Board of MPC/F (Naga & Camarines Sur campuses) Ms. Evita Jimenez-Tuazon, who at the same time is Chairperson of Tabang Bikol Movement (TBM) and in fulfillment of the institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has reached-out to the members in facilitating the release of the Department of Agriculture’s Citronella/Lemon Grass Extracting Machine grant which will be used in the livelihood activities of the Movement.
 
(Left picture) The organization ‘Tabang Bikol Movement’ formally receives the Citronella/Lemon Grass Extracting Machine during the simple turn-over rites held at the Bicol Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture in Pili, Camarines Sur. (Right picture) The members of the Board of Directors of TBM led by Chairman Evita Jimenez-Tuazon (5th from left) and officials of DA Region 5 attend the simple ceremonies.
 
The Tabang Bikol Movement delegation meets incoming OIC Regional Director Rodel P. Tornilla (5th from left) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 5, together with other officials of the agency, after the turn-over rites of the Citronella Extracting Machine.
 

Tabang Bikol Movement has embarked on the production of Citronella and Lemon Grass oils as ingredients in the production of various livelihood items.

Included in the stuffs that are mass-produced now are the scented candle and bath soap which use the extracted oils. The ‘E-Sense’ natural brain booster and stress reliever is another product that utilizes these essential oils.

The operation of this processing gadget will go a long way in terms of providing livelihood opportunities to the members of TBM, People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS) and to farmers who will plant citronella and lemon grass. These plants, being the major raw materials in the production of essential oils, will have a ready convenient market.

During the meeting with incoming Department of Agriculture OIC Regional Director Rodel P. Tornilla, he assured the TBM Board led by Chairman Evita Jimenez-Tuazon of the agency’s continued support to the organization especially on the aspect of providing livelihood opportunities to its members.

Institution exhorts students to face challenge on academic excellence as new school year opens
The Mariners schools in the Bicol Region (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation - Legazpi City, Albay & Canaman, Camarines and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges - Naga City) welcomed the enrollees at the start of classes for Academic Year 2019-2020, as the schools brace to face the challenges that lie ahead.
 
The campuses of Mariners schools (Naga City, Legazpi City, Albay & Canaman, Camarines Sur) in the Bicol Region now teem with students and activities as academic year 2019-2020 starts.
 

The member-institutions of Mariners System simultaneously started classes for the college level on July 8, 2019, with officials orienting the students on basic information on school operation and the obligation of students which should be observed inside and outside the campus.

The month of July start of the academic year is in accord with the gradual adjustment of the schedule of commencement of classes as mandated by the Commission of Higher Education (ChEd) in which starting next year, the first semester will open in the month of August.

The speakers at the various orientation seminars conducted in the campuses hammered-on the prospect for students to excel in their academic performance. On the part of the parents, the schools expect their support to their children so that a 100% batting average for those who will be accepted by shipping companies for apprenticeship and employment may be attained by students taking-up maritime courses.

The schools have conveyed the message to students for them to attain academic excellence for a better future for themselves and their respective families.

Mariners community fondly remembers Madame Eliza’s 95th birth anniversary; cherishes the values she treasures
The academic community of Mariners System warmheartedly commemorated the 95th birth anniversary of the schools’ co-foundress, Madame Eliza Lazaro Jimenez, remembering the values she cherished for the institution, in simple ceremonies simultaneously conducted in the three campuses in the Cities of Legazpi & Naga and in Canaman Camarines Sur on June 14, 2019.
 
(Left picture) The design of the state-of-the art birthday cake and how it looks when served during the occasion held at the Commodore Jaime Jimenez Multi-Purpose Hall, MPCF-Camarines Sur campus. (Center picture) Madame Eliza poses as the model in the painting event in her honor, attended by professional artists held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. (Right picture) MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro delivers her message at the luncheon commemorating the birth anniversary of the schools’ co-founder while the Board of Trustees and the members of the Mariners community listen.
 
(Left picture) The Rev. Fr. Misael Quindo, Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Canaman, Camarines Sur presides in the Eucharistic celebration at the birth anniversary event. (Right picture) Some members of the Board of Trustees join the Offertory Procession at the Mass held at the school chapel. In the picture are MPCF-Camarines Sur Board Chairman Evita Jimenez-Tuazon, EVP Dr. Gabriel Jimenez and MPCF former President and now PACC Chairmen Dante Jimenez.
 

At MPCF-Camarines Sur campus, a Holy Mass started the event which was attended by the members of the Board of Trustees, faculty & staff and students who were able to make it despite the on-going summer vacation.

Flowers were offered in-front of the portrait of the celebrant and this ensued immediately after the Eucharistic Celebration at the school chapel.

A program was held at the Jaime’s Multi-Purpose Hall followed by a simple luncheon partaken by the academic community, invited guests and relatives of the Jimenez family.

The event was simple but memorable especially that all the children of the Jimenez couple (MPCF-EVP Dr. Gabriel Jimenez, PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez, MPC/F Chairperson Evita Jimenez-Tuazon, MPC/F Naga & Camariners Sur President Dr. Marilissa Jimenez-Ampuan, and MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro) were present to honor the Matriarch of the Mariners System.

Promotion team courts Cam Norte youth; presents prospects in maritime, business courses in a press conference
 
The combined enrollment promotion team of MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga faces the Camarines Norte media in a Press Conference held in Daet town to hype the academic opportunities offered by the Mariners schools. The team is led by VP for External and Student Affairs Napoleon Mangente (extreme left) and joined by MPC-Naga Marketing & Promotion Coordinator Sam Rogando (3rd from right), Admission Coordinator & Guidance Counselor Yvette Bimeda (second from right) and Mariners Training Institute Director Dante Florendo (extreme right).
   

Daet, Camarines Norte – The combined ‘enrollment promotion team’ of the Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Canaman, Camarines Sur & Legazpi City and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City has embarked on a massive information dissemination campaign in the province of Camarines Norte utilizing radio, to be able to reach-out to families and potential students on the academic opportunities which can be availed-of at the Mariners schools in Bicol, should they opt to enroll in these institutions.

In a press conference attended by the members of the Camarines Norte media, the team answered questions ranging from the course offerings of the schools, the facilities and the prospects of jobs after graduation. Queries on various scholarship opportunities available were asked which led to the conclusion that poverty is not a hindrance for determined students who wish to finish college.

After the press conference, the group went on radio-hopping in several stations. In the course of the interviews conducted, it was made interactive when the team entertained questions from the listeners via text messaging and phone-patched questions.

The group made it a point to visit Daet town, the capital of Camarines Norte especially that historically, a substantial number of enrollees in the past years came from the municipalities of the province.

Schools brace for influx of enrollees and 1st sem opening of classes
The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) in Naga City and the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Canaman, Camarines Sur have hyped activities both outside and inside the campuses for enrollment awareness and eventual opening of classes for the first semester of academic year 2019-2020.
 
(Left picture) The MPC-Naga main building is being refurbished in preparation for the opening of classes. (Right picture) The 4-storey right-wing building of MPCF-Camarines Sur teems with enrollees coming from the different municipalities of the province and the Bicol Region for academic year 2019-2020. The empty campuses in summer will soon be swarmed with students and activities once the first semester opens.
 
(Left picture) The Mariners Training and Hotel Institute of MPC-Naga is home to Hospitality Management students. (Center picture) Students do action in their Culinary Arts subject inside MTHI. (Right picture) Maritime cadets relax during a break before they go back to their respective classrooms on an ordinary class-day at MPCF-Camarines Sur campus.
 

Inside the campus, the schools’ department heads and members of the staff are busy assisting, facilitating and processing the students’ enrollment requirements.

Outside, a series of activities designed to promote Mariners and invite enrollees had been started which include the Career Guidance missions in different schools, the massive enrollment campaign over the radio utilizing the weekly radio program ‘Buhay Marinero’, the hanging of enrollment campaign streamers in strategic places, and the invitation to Senior High School students to visit the campuses to see for themselves the schools’ facilities.

Prospective enrollees are advised to come directly to the Guidance Offices of MPC-Naga along Panganiban Drive in Naga City or in the Canaman, Camarines Sur campus of MPCF for inquiries.

Interested students who wish to avail of the different scholarship at hand are likewise encouraged to come to the school for more information.

Academic community remembers schools founder’s birth anniversary
The Mariners System commemorated the 97th birth anniversary of the late Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, PCGA in simple ceremonies attended by the heads of schools of MPCF – Legazpi City, MPCF –Camarines Sur and MPC – Naga City, conducted at the campus of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman on April 30, 2019.
 
MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro (left picture) and MPCF-Camarines Sur & MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa Jimenez-Ampuan (right picture) offer flowers before the bust of Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, Founder of the Mariners schools in the Bicol Region.
 
(Left picture) Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel Lazaro Jimenez joins the floral offering to honor the school founder. (Center picture) Rev. Fr. Alfredo Baesa presides in the Holy Mass at the school chapel for the birthday celebrant. (Right picture) The MPCF-Legazpi academic community offers flowers in remembering Commodore Jimenez’ natal day.
 

The event was started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the school chapel, attended by the officers and personnel of the three Mariners schools in Bicol.

A flower offering at the bust of the school Founder ensued. This was followed by an audio- visual presentation on the legacy left by Commodore Jaime Jimenez to the institution he founded, held at the International Culinary Training Center (ICTC). A simple lunch was partaken by those who attended the occasion.

Another highlight of the affair was the Voters’ Education Seminar which was done later in the succeeding month or two weeks before the scheduled 2019 mid-term election. The members of Tabang Bicol Movement (TBM) and People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS) of Canaman, Camarines Sur served as participants.

The commemoration reminisced the good old days when Commodore Jimenez was still around and the vision he had for the Institution which up to now, continues to contribute to the education of the Bicolano youth especially in the field of maritime education.

Voters’ Education Seminar highlights traits and character of school Founder that electorates can look for candidates
Canaman, Camarines Sur - The concerted effort of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, People’s Organization of Disaster Survivors (PODIS) and Tabang Bikol Movement (TBM) has gathered its members from the Municipality of Canaman this province, in a Voters’ Education Seminar held at the school campus on May 2, 2018, two weeks before the May 13, 2019 mid-term election.
 
The seminar participants listen to MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Chairman Evita Jimenez-Tuazon as she entices them to look closely at the characteristic traits of the late school founder, Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, PCGA which can be made as basis in choosing for the right candidates running in the 2019 mid-term election.
 
(Left picture) The forum speakers: (L-R) school consultant Dr.Wenifredo Oñate, MPCF-Camarines Sur EVP Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez, President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan and Research Development and Extension Office (RDEO) Director Patria B. Boneo. (Right picture) The members of PODIS and TBM as they listen to the speakers.
 

The event was envisioned to guide the voters from the barangays in Canaman, Camarines Sur for them to be able to make wise decision on whom to vote for based on tested and proven qualities which the aspirants should have.

The organizers came-up with seven ideal traits that the school Founder espoused when he was still around which voters can look for in the candidates. They include the qualities of being Faithful or Truthful (Matapat), Industrious (Masipag), Humane (Makatao), Caring (Maaruga), Dynamic (Makabago), Just or Fair (Makatarungan) and Patriotic (Makabayan). These are the good qualities of a public servant or the seven M’s which the event organizers encouraged the participants to remember.

Other speakers in the forum include Accreditation Consultant Dr. Cely Binoya, Community Extension Service Officer Emilia Lanuzo and MPCF Senior High School Assistant Principal Eric Lucena.

Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez commemorated his 97th birth anniversary on April 30, 2019. The forum was a fitting tribute to him on this occasion, highlighting his character for elected leaders to emulate and to serve as basis for the voters in selecting the candidates they will support.

Shipping company invites graduates of Mariners schools to apply after graduation
The Hartmann group of companies, an international shipping firm which operates cargo ships, bulk carriers and cruise ships globally and with offices in Metro Manila, invited graduates of the three Mariners schools in Bicol (MPCF-Legazpi City, Albay & Canaman, Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga City) to apply and take the qualifying examination for training and eventual employment with this enterprise.
 
The representatives of Hartman Shipping Company attend a breakfast meeting with school officials led by MPCF-Camarines Sur Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez and VP for External and Student Affairs Napoleon P. Mangente. The Company is represented by (left to right) Chief Engineer Felicito Singapan (extreme left), Captain Jose Catapang (second from right) and Captain Robert S. De Jose (extreme right).
 

Hartmann Crew Philippines was represented by Captain Robert de Jose, the Director of the Internship Navigation Training Center (ISNTC), Captain Jose L. Catapang, the Cadetship Training Section Head of ISNTC, and Chief Engineer Felicito Singapan who heads the Engine Department of the training center.

The visiting executives encouraged the maritime cadets to take advantage of the various opportunities they can avail of, ranging from those who will finish degree courses in BS in Marine Transportation, BS in Marine Engineering, including those who will graduate in the various Hospitality Management courses who can be employed in Cruise Ships.

After the qualifying examination given by the shipping enterprise, it has confirmed that a big number of applicants from the Mariners schools passed the test.

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.