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L4SS Committee reviews status of Library;
moves on to higher gear of operation

MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and L4SS Project Adviser Ms. Evita L. Jimenez (2nd from right) presides in a meeting with members of the committee in-charge of making operational the Library for Safe Seafaring. In attendance are (Counterclockwise) VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente, L4SS Documentor Eden Arenas, Librarian Marc Anthony Eva, VP for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro, Corporate Public Affairs Office Staff Dante Florendo, MPC-Naga President and MPCF- Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Marilissa Ampuan, and L4SS Project OIC Dr. Edgar Despi. (Photo by Mr. Elmer Abad, CPAO, Mariners’ System)

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur – The committee in-charge of implementing the globally-connected Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) met recently to review the progress and plan for the second phase of the implementation of the project based at Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province.

In a meeting held at the L4SS Library presided by MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and Project Adviser Ms. Evita L. Jimenez and attended by the members of the team, a review of the progress of the needed infra-structure and equipment necessary to make fully operational the facility was appraised, including the tasks performed by each member of the working group.

Various aspects were looked into including the digitization of books, the capability of the internet server, the non-stop operation of the facility as it should be functional 24 hours-a-day and seven-days-a-week, the establishment of linkages with other libraries in the world and the task to let the members of the Mariners community and other stakeholders know the services L4SS offers.

(Left Picture) MPCF President Dante La.Jimenez applauds the members of the Mariners Alumni Association as they place on the bookshelves their donated books to the Library. (Right picture) Board of Trustees Members – right to left – Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Ms. Merle J. San Pedro and Ms. Evita L. Jimenez as they present one of the most expensive maritime books to Chairman Emeritus Eliza L. Jimenez during the turn-over rites of Elsevier Foundation’s Library for Safe Seafaring.

It can be recalled that the Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) is a project grant given by the Elsevier Foundation of The Netherlands to Mariners System with the facility based at MPCF in Canaman, Camarines Sur. And it was and envisioned to serve the three Mariners schools including those in the cities of Naga and Legazpi as well as Mariners alumni who might need these kinds of services in their quest for information particularly on matters involving safe seafaring.

The project aims to enhance the library of MPCF into a modern maritime annals updated with relevant maritime publications and internet-linked computers that will serve as a continuing learning facility easily accessible by its main users – the students - and even long after graduation when they are already onboard ocean-going vessels.

It is called the Library for Safe Seafaring or L4SS because while covering a wide range of categories under technology, science, health and issues of family, society and culture, the information and learning materials will particularly focus on promoting awareness, aiding learning and building capacity on maritime safety.

The project’s over-all goal, however, is not only to have a modern and updated library; it is also an advocacy learning facility to promote awareness and increased competence for maritime safety. For aside from the usual type of disasters, most telling now is the increasing danger or threat of other high-risk incidents at sea like piracy, sea lane conflicts and human/drug trafficking as well as psychological, health and physical dangers on seas for which today’s seafarers must be prepared.

The goal for the L4SS project is to institutionalize the use of the upgraded library as a valuable learning facility for quality education and training at the MPCF to produce more safety-conscious and trained seafarers , licensed officers and crew - compliant with international quality standards on maritime safety. With MPCF as a leading institution among 80 other members of the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) and the Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers (PAMTCI) in the country, the success of L4SS will inspire other schools to follow or interlink with the model.

The successful implementation of the project will contribute positively in addressing the adverse impact of the findings of the EMSA audit on maritime education and training in the country relative to the demands of the international seafaring industry and the significant improvement of learning for maritime safety. MPCF Canaman News

Mariners launches ‘OrganiKo’ for healthy Marinero

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

Students and staff from MPCF-Camarines Sur join ‘Scrap the Pork’ rally and concert

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. ###