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Graduating class of 2014 holds Parents’ Assembly


Speakers from MPCF-Camarines Sur and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) took turns in explaining to the parents and students the crucial role they have to play as graduation day approaches and matters to be given attention before the cadets embark on sea vessels for their Apprenticeship. (Left to right) Student Affairs Director Fatima Edna Balaquiao, VPAA Marian Lazaro, Director Jocelyn Hapal of OWWA and Office of Financial Affairs Director Jenara Delfino. Shipboard Training Office Head - Marine Engineer Ricardo Vargas (standing before the michrophone) exhorts parents to support their sons as he reminds the graduating class on the performance expected from them as they pursue their chosen profession.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The parents and the members of the graduating class of academic year 2013-2014 of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province gathered for the Parents’ Assembly on February 22, 2014.

The event was organized to prepare its members who have taken Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSME) courses for their Commencement Exercises.

It was learned from Vice President for Academic Affairs Marian Lazaro that aside from the preparation for the graduation rites, the cadets should also get ready for their apprenticeship in domestic or foreign-going ships.

It has been a cherished tradition for the school that graduates are assisted and guided on what to do even after they have graduated while the Institution continues to maintain linkages with inter-island or foreign-based shipping companies.


Part of the crowd which joined the Parents’ Day to prepare both the graduating students and their parents. They listened to the speakers to anticipate the next phase of the cadetship after they leave the portals of the school to go on apprenticeship. One of the invited speakers in the forum was Director Jocelyn Hapal from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration who explained to the cadets their responsibilities and their rights especially those who will board sea vessels bound for foreign ports.

On the part of the administration, it explained to them the requirements they have to fulfill prior to ship embarkation and the support which the institution gives before they leave Mariners.

Aside from the requirements from the school, the shipping company and the government, the cadets and parents were also oriented on other matters such as the obligation which have to be given to their sons before they leave their alma mater and during the apprenticeship period. The members of the graduating class were also briefed on the career direction which they have to take to assure success on their being seafarers.

An open forum followed after each speaker has given his piece which made the issues clear not only to the members of the graduating class but to parents, as well. ###

ELSEVIER Foundation and MPCF unveil billboard of Library for Safe Seafaring at Mariners’ Ruby Anniversary



A perspective of the college library being upgraded at the MPCF Camarines Sur campus in preparation for the modernization of facilities and updating of books for safe seafaring thru a grant from the Amsterdam-based ELSEVIER Foundation

Canaman, Camarines Sur – A soft launching of the project ‘Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) was made during the 40th Foundation Anniversary of the Mariners System on March 4, 2014 at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) campus, this province. It can be recalled that MPCF-Camarines Sur was awarded this grant by the Elsevier Foundation thru the linkages established by Board of Trustees Chairperson Evita L. Jimenez with the end-view of establishing a globally-linked modern library which will help enhance quality maritime education and training and more especially in the field of maritime safety.

The Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier - a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services; this includes the giving of grants to knowledge centered institutions around the world like MPCF, being a center for maritime education in Southern Luzon and in Southeast Asia. This grant will focus on developing world libraries which will be equipped with the latest technologies.

The grant has become relevant more so that maritime disasters are a continuing cause of global worry despite safety-conscious systems set up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the STCW ‘78 Convention.

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. It is one of the country’s top performing maritime schools, hence the grant has been channeled thru this institution.


(Left) The official logo of L4SS. (Right picture) - The unveiling of the billboard during the soft-launching of the Library for Safe Seafaring at the MPCF-Camarines Sur campus attended by school officials during the Ruby Anniversary of Mariners System.

The occasion was attended by Commodore Dante La. Jimenez and Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, the Presidents of MPCF-Camarines Sur and MPC-Naga, respectively, together with school officials on the occasion of Mariners System’s 40th Foundation Anniversary .

Through the MPCF, the Library For Safe Seafaring (L4SS) as a modern learning with advocacy facility, a reliable source of knowledge on the latest maritime trends, relevant references, teaching tools and learning materials that are accessible to its main users; and technologically equipped, globally connected and manned by a staff trained to use modern technology for library development to promote quality maritime education and training with emphasis on safe seafaring.

A timetable has been set for start of renovation of the existing library for its transformation into the highly specialized state-of-the-art modern Library for Safe Seafaring expected to make more relevant the maritime education offered by the Institution to aspiring Bicolano seafarers. ###

Cam Sur’s education sector conducts electricity forum on Mariners’ 40th anniversary


The Forum Speakers (left to right) U.P. Professor Romulo ‘Bobby’ Tuazon (on the podium), Pete Ilagan of NASECORE, Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, Msgr. Zosimo Sañado and Atty. Ismael Albao from the local electricity consumers group.

Canaman, Camarines Sur – The education sector together with the electricity consumers group in Naga City and Camarines Sur carried out the ‘Educate the Educators’ Forum on March 4, 2014 at the JCJ Sports Complex at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, this province.

The occasion had for its theme ‘The increase of Electricity Rate by CASURECO and Its Impact to Colleges and Universities’ and it coincided with the 40th Foundation Anniversary of the Mariners System.

In attendance at the gathering were representatives from local universities and colleges such as the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC), Universidad de Sta. Isabel (USI), Naga College Foundation (NCF), Bicol State College of Applied Science and Technology (BISCAST), University of Saint Anthony (USANT) of Iriga City, Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS), Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) – Naga and the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur which played host to the event.

The resource persons took-up subject matters which enlightened school administrators & personnel, students and electricity consumers on the present condition of the local electric cooperative, how it was administered, the existing laws which protect paying consumers, the rights which consumers have to exercise and what could be done, in a concerted effort which will redound to the advantage of electricity clients not only for today but in the days ahead.

Among the speakers who graced the occasion were PETE ILAGAN - President of National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms (NASECORE) who focused on the rights of Consumers and understanding the monthly bill, PROF. ROMULO “BOBBY” TUAZON - UP Professor and Director for Policy Studies of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) who discussed on the effects on education of high electric rates and ATTY. ISMAEL ALBAO of the electricity consumers group who delved on the present condition of the electric cooperative in Camarines Sur and the Magna Carta for electricity consumers.


Part of the crowd present at the Forum consisting of school administrators & accountants, members of the faculty, school staff, student leaders, professionals and electricity consumers & stakeholders.


MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez as Forum Convenor (extreme right) in a huddle with the awardees and participants before the start of the event – (left to right) Professor Renne Gumba, Mariners System’s Elmer Abad, former Casureco II President - Msgr. Zosimo Sañado, Atty. Manuel Teoxon and University of Nueva Caceres Vice President for Administration Dr. Eduardo H. Sison.

Included in the program was the giving of Plaque of Appreciation to local electricity consumers who stood their ground in clamoring for what is right and proper insofar as the operation of the local power firm is concerned.

Meanwhile, the signing of the statement of unity by the schools was also made during the event to firm up the education institutions’ United Stand Against Corruption. ###

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