The Birth of Mariners' System
The Mariners’ System is an interdisciplinary consortium of maritime schools, educational institutions, with a training center, a manning and management agency, and a foundation.
It all begun on March 4, 1974, when then Commander (ret.) of the Philippine Navy, Jaime Chavez Jimenez, Sr., a Chief Marine Engineer and a local of Libmanan, Camarines Sur founded the Mariners’ Polytechnic School in downtown Manila. As a former Dean of Engineering at FEATI University and an instructor at NAMEI Polytechnic Institute, his dedication to the pursuit of excellence and development in the field of education came naturally. However, due to limited resources and financial uncertainties brought about by the times, he decided to transfer the school to Bicol and, hence, to better serve his fellow Bicolanos.
A year later, Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) formally opened its doors in Naga City, Camarines Sur. The increasing demand for skilled seamen then led to the immediate employment of the MPC’s graduates. The remarkable growth of the school was the key to the founding of two other schools: the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur, and in Rawis, Legazpi City, on March 4, 1981 and August 4, 1985, respectively.
Before the establishment of MPCF–Legazpi campus, however, another sister company – Mariners’ Polytechnic Training Center (MPTC) was established in Manila on February 27, 1983. MPTC would provide quality training to seafarers to make them more competent and competitive and among the best of their kind in the maritime industry.
With the maritime and business schools and the Maritime Training Center already in place, UNLAD Ship Manning and Management Corporation also began to operate on January 24, 1992. The new corporation aims to employ quality Filipino seafarers to its shipping principals worldwide.
At present, MPC–Naga specializes on business-related courses such as International Hospitality Programs while MPCF–Canaman and Legazpi continue with their advances in maritime-related courses. The Mariners System’s humble beginnings, strong advocacies, and unparalleled commitment to educate the leaders of tomorrow have earned its reputation as being one of the leading maritime and business institutions in the country.
The late Commodore Jaime C Jimenez, photo taken in front of the first established Mariners' Polytechnic School, 1974
The Foundation was conceived and founded by the late Commodore JAIME C. JIMENEZ, Sr., a retired officer of the Philippine Navy, Chief Marine Officer, and a serious campaigner for quality education. He was the former President of the Philippine Maritime Institutions (PAMI), a conglomeration of maritime education in the Philippines and Chairman of Philippine Commission on Government Reorganization (PCGR). Commodore Jimenez, believed that the youth must be given the best education so they will become effective leaders of tomorrow. Hence, in 1974, he opened the Mariners Polytechnic School in Manila with an initial enrollment of 35 students.
Commodore Jimenez decided to transfer the school in the Bicol Region to help fellow Bicolanos develop into quality seaman. From the first batch of 52 Bicolano seaman cadets, the enrolment continuously grew that paved the way for the birth of the three school campuses at Naga City. Despite its being identified as a maritime school, the three schools offers both land and sea-based courses. The Mariners' System [official] upholds the honor code, "DO NOT LIE, CHEAT, OR STEAL", and instill the core values of discipline, competence and social reponsiveness among its people.
The Late Commodore Jaime C Jimenez, with wife Eliza Lazaro-Jimenez.
(Oil Painting by Richard Perez of Salingoy Group of Bicolano Artists)
VISION-MISSION-GOALS and OUTCOMES
- MPC/F envisions to be the Center of Development in maritime and business education in the Bicol Region by setting its strategic direction that is integrative of outcomes-based instruction, research, community service, and resource generation within the framework of a Quality Standard System.
- Is committed to achieve economic and socially transformative goals of both local and global entities through innovative and relevant programs with the aim of developing global maritime officers/business professionals.
Goals and Outcomes
- Develop leaders with advocacy who are globally competent, socially responsible, respectful of the environment and imbued with positive values and ideals.
- Deliver quality instructional programs through updated standards in accordance with STCW ‘78 as amended and international standards considering emerging technologies and methodologies.
- Conduct relevant researches that address emerging trends and challenges in both maritime and business industries.
- Contribute actively to the needs of the community/society through extension service programs.