Organically produced vegetables such as upo and tomatoes are the subject of interest of the group at Mariners which intends to promote organic food for every Bicolano family. An experimental garden at the back of the Kalayag Dormitory adjacent to MPCF campus in Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur has been started for this advocacy with these vegetables.
CANAMAN, Camarines Sur – A group of organic food enthusiasts met at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPCF) this province on August 19, 2014 to discuss details of the launching of the movement promoting organically produced foodstuffs for Bicolano families.
The initiative is slated to be launched on October 16, this year to coincide with the observance and celebration of World Food Day. A seminar orientation-training is also slated to be conducted among families of seafarers, students, and faculty as well as non-academic personnel on how to start their own organic backyard farming.
Leading the first salvo of the scheme is Ms. Evita L. Jimenez of the U.P. Center for People Empowerment and Governance (CenPEG) and former Chairperson and now member of MPCF Camarines Sur’s Board of Trustees.
“It is my desire, advocacy and love to be organic to promote good health and self-sufficiency in our food needs on campus and our neighborhood. With this promotion, going organic is our goal,” says Ms. Jimenez as she spearheads the movement ‘OrganiKo para sa Lambang Pamilyang Bikolano’.
In support of this move are organic farm vegetable producers owner Mrs. Carmela Cervantes of the Central Bicol State University in Agriculture (CBSUA) who owns one of the best growing organic farms located at Pili, Camarines Sur; her husband, Santy Cervantes, chairman of the Bicol Federation of Dairy Farm Owners; MPCF’s VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente, Dante Florendo, a registered nurse who is assistant to the Corporate Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Elmer Abad, former Chair of the Camarines Sur Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Dr Edgar Despi, Project Officer of the Mariners Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) with which OrganiKo is being launched, and former Provincial Board Member turned TV Host Ernie Verdadero, who is the first President of the Mariners Alumni Association.
The group pushes for good health through organic food amidst the deteriorating state of health of many citizens of the nation and the world due to the consumption of unhealthy foodstuffs contaminated with chemicals which are harmful to the human body. It also aims to help families of the Mariners community become primary providers or suppliers of organic farm produce for the culinary needs in the school like meat, eggs, vegetables and fruits.
(Left picture) ‘OrganiKo’ enthusiast MPCF Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and former Chairperson, Ms. Evita L. Jimenez (center) flanked by VP for Finance Merle J. San Pedro and Mariners System’s Chairperson Emeritus Madame Eliza L. Jimenez – all supporters in promoting organic food as part of healthy living. (Right picture) Squash and other vegetables are now easily grown organically in the locality thereby prompting the group at Mariners and organic fruit and vegetable producers in the area to push more for the advocacy in line with healthy living.
Initially, the group has started its advocacy in the campus of MPCF Camarines Sur and eventually slated to be spread in the other campuses of the Mariners schools in Legazpi City, Albay and at MPC in Naga City - with the students, faculty and staff as the first participants and supporters. Also included in the opening wave of the project are the members of the Mariners Alumni Association and their respective families.
In this advocacy, students and the alumni are encouraged to produce and consume organic food and to help spread to others the health advantages it brings. MPCF News
A scene at the ‘Scrap the Pork’ rally and musical concert held at Plaza Quezon in Naga City and joined by MPCF-Camarines Sur students and staff which denounced the highly anomalous and illegal pork barrel system of Senators and Congressmen. Amy Lanuzo (extreme left) of the Office of Research and Extension(ORES) pose with maritime cadets who supported the protest for honest and clean governance.
Naga City – The students and staff of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges/Foundation (MPCF) in Camarines Sur joined the ‘Scrap the Pork’ rally and musical concert staged at Plaza Quezon, this city on August 25, 2014, coinciding with the country’s observance of National Heroes Day.
The more than one-hundred strong contingent of the school was led by Vice President for Administration Napoleon Mangente who was one of the Speakers during the event dubbed as ‘Bayani Ako, Naninindigan’ or ‘I am a hero who makes a stand’. VPA Mangente in his speech pushed for the abolition of all kinds of ‘pork barrel’ of legislators and other public officials which give them the discretion on what to do with lump sum government funds amounting to millions or even billions of pesos which tend to be abused by those in power.
“The wasted government money which went to corruption could have been used in subsidizing the education of children especially those coming from marginalized families”. declared Mangente during the rally. Other speakers went to encourage Filipinos and the Bicolanos to join and support the movement as the time for being complacent is over.
Meanwhile, the assembly-participants were entertained by local bands which rendered Pilipino patriotic and protest music popularized in the past, mostly during the martial law era (1972 to 1986).
(Left picture) The streamers that hang at Plaza Quezon while the event goes on. (Right picture) The stage where the bands played their piece at the protest rally and concert.
Meanwhile, the assembly participants were entertained by local bands who rendered Pilipino patriotic and protest songs popularized in the past, mostly during the martial law era (1972 to 1986).
This event in Naga City was done simultaneously with the ‘Scrap the Pork’rally conducted in Metro Manila and in other regions in the country on August 25 – the commemoration of National Heroes Day. ###