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Mariners System accepts Elsevier Foundation’s grant of Library for Safe Seafaring

Rev. Father Romeo Donacao (3rd from right) sprinkles Holy Water on library equipment as he blesses the facilities of the newly smartened-up Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS), a grant given by Elsevier Foundation to Mariners System. MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez (5th from right) and Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Edgar Despi (extreme left in red shirt) and the rest of the school officials, faculty and staff join in the blessing ceremony.
Canaman, Camarines Sur – The contractor which refurbished and converted the Mariners’ facility into a  state-of-the-art and innovative Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) at the campus of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province has formally turned over this competence to the school on June 14, 2014.

This library which is a grant given by the Amsterdam-based Elsevier Foundation to Mariners System is considered as advance in its category as this uses digital technology and makes the user globally- connected, with its utilization being available on-line via the internet.  It is also a one-of-its-kind project among schools as Mariners is the only recipient maritime institution not only in the Philippines but in the whole of Southeast Asia.

Thru the L4SS,  students, faculty members and other interested stakeholders will be able to connect to other partner-libraries in the world thereby making the researchers’ quest for information easier, wider and more effective.

The event was highlighted with the presence of Mariners System’s Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Madame Eliza L. Jimenez who celebrated her 91st birthday on the same day and was joined by the members of the Board of Trustees.

Mariners System’s Chairman Emeritus Madame Eliza L. Jimenez (seated), during the ceremonial presentation of maritime books at the turn-over and blessing of the Library at MPCF Camarines Sur.  Doing the presentation are (right to left) MPC Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, MPTC President and L4SS Project Director Merle J. San Pedro and MPCF Camarines Sur Chairperson and L4SS Adviser Evita L. Jimenez.

It can be recalled that The Mariners school has been selected to be a recipient of this grant based on the study that Filipinos especially those from coastal communities are naturally resilient to the life at sea. One of the leading maritime institutions in the Philippines is the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) located in one of the country’s poorest coastal regions, Bicol.  ISO-9001 certified, MPCF belongs to the country’s top performing maritime schools. Its students and faculty assist the Philippine Coast Guard in rescue/retrieval operations and have been recognized as dependable ship crew even during maritime disasters.

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 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.

Left picture -  Members of the Mariners Alumni Association present expensive maritime books as their donation to the Library (left to right) Customs Administration graduate Ms. Josephine Arnante, 2nd Mate Ombao, 2nd Engr. Ruth Verceluz, 3rd Engr. Jefferson Roy, 3rd Mate Pablo de la Rosa, Chief Mate Manuel Olivan and partly hidden - 3rd Engr. Ricardo Vargas.   Right picture -  MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez (in barong tagalong) applauds the alumni as they place the donated books in the Library shelves.

Related to this goal is for L4SS to be the major stockroom of updated maritime and related multi-disciplinary materials inside the campus where students, faculty and researchers have easy access for learning and research. L4SS will thus have its own organized micro site embedded in the school’s main website that opens to a portal for accessing titles, learning aids like slideshows, documentations, memos, multimedia videos and clips, books (digital and hard copies), manuals, geographic maps and other multimedia learning materials falling under the various categories to help guide teaching and learning according to current international standards as provided for in the new guidelines of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The end 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 join 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. ###

Smooth start of First Semester marks opening of classes at MPCF Camarines Sur

MPCF Camarines Sur Dean of Maritime Studies Chief Mate Manuel Olivan addresses maritime cadets as the members of the faculty join him during the morning colors assembly held at the JCJ Muti-Purpose Sports Complex on the first day of classes for the First semester of Academic Year 2014-2015.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The first day of classes rolled smoothly at the Marines Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province as the first semester of academic year 2014-2015 formally started on June 16, 2014.

This happened despite the noticeable increase in the number of freshmen and transferees who enrolled while they were in the process of familiarizing themselves with the school system and their respective schedule of classes.

New faces abound in the school campus not only among the students but in the ranks of faculty members.

The new students and transferees were asked to attend an Orientation Seminar (ORSEM) and were feted to a tour of the campus prior to the opening of classes. They were amazed by the presence of modern and up-to-date maritime laboratory equipment which they will be using in their stint as maritime cadets of the school.

The buzzle at the morning colors assembly on the first day of classes. VPAA Marian Her. Lazaro (2nd from right) looks at the formation of students from the 2nd Floor of the executive offices as she is joined by OFA Head Jenara Delfino and the rest of the members of the faculty.

This semester, those taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transporattion (BSMT) dominate the number of enrollees followed by those in the Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) course. Among the newcomers are students who have enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA) course.

Classes for those taking up courses in Culinary Arts have likewise commenced making the school campus as busy as a bee-hive.

“We, in the Academic Department are optimistic that the first semester of this year will run smoothly after all the necessary preparations for the opening of classes have been made in the past months by all concerned school officials”, declared MPCF-Camarines Sur Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Her. Lazaro before the morning colors assembly on opening day of classes. ###