MPCF-Cam Sur is now globally-competitive - Italian Maritime Academy GM

CAPT. NICOLO TERREI (left photo), Italian Maritime Academy General Manager and ELBURG managing director, as guest speaker. The graduating students in gala uniform (right) await the entrance of the faculty members, staff, and other school officials for the academic procession.

MPCF-CANAMAN, Camarines Sur – Captain Nicolo Terrei, General Manager of the Italian Maritime Academy and ELBURG Ship Management Managing Director, was guest of honor and speaker at Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation’s (MPCF) 41st Commencement Exercises held on March 30, 2015.

Addressing the 648 graduates of the Institution, Captain Terrei exhorted them on the theme “Quality Graduates in the face of ASEAN Integration” saying that there is no other way to be successful in maritime career today except to be competitive not only in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region but globally as well.

As an academic Institution and after passing the audit made by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Mariners school has shown its potential of being globally-competitive, Terrei also said. Hence, this competence has to be sustained with the graduates manifesting this in their work. This education and training quality of the school entices his company and other shipping firms to come to the Institution to recruit graduates who excel in their chosen profession, he added.

Speaking for the administration, Commodore Dante Jimenez, MPCF President, vowed to continue the excellence which has been earned based on the findings of the evaluation conducted by the multi-agency group.

“As a Maritime Higher Education Institution, we at Mariners will move never to let go of the trust and confidence bestowed on us by MARINA, CHEd and EMSA,” the MPCF president said. “We shall comply with whatever requirements this multi-agency group will deem necessary in making our school world-class and compliant with the International Maritime Organization standards in order to graduate globally-competitive Seafarers.”

BACCALAUREATE MASS in the morning of graduation day at the JCJ Sports Complex. (Left picture) Archbishop Rolando Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres, assisted by Rev. Father Romeo Donacao, receives the gifts from VPAA Marian Lazaro, VPA Napoleon Mangente, and President Dante Jimenez during Offertory. (Right picture) Parents and members of the graduating class attend the traditional Baccalaureate Mass.

NIGHT OF GRADUATION: Members of MPCF-Camarines Sur faculty and staff join the academic procession.

In a related news, MPCF-Camarines Sur now gears not only for the ASEAN Integration in 2015 but for the implementation of the K to 12 program. The Department of Education (DEPEd) has approved the school’s proposal to offer Grades 11 and 12 starting Academic Year 2016-2017.

The Senior High School (or Junior College) level will soon make a difference to students who aspire to become Seafarers. MPCF has expressed its readiness to accept those who prefer to take Maritime-Oriented Grades 11 and 12 levels in 2016.

STAGG and VACC’s call for justice for ‘Fallen 44’ gains support from Mariners

MPCF Cadets and VACC Naga-Camarines Sur coordination office staff Amy Lanuzo carry the streamer as participants in the Inter-Faith Ceremony held at Plaza Rizal in Naga City on the occasion of the 40th Day after the Mamasapano incident happened.

Naga City — Local advocates of peace and justice continue their search for ‘Truth and Accountability’ as evidenced by the recent mass action conducted by the multi-sectoral group –the Bicol Solidarity for Truth, Accountability and Good Governance (STAGG) Movement.

The quest for ‘Truth and Accountability’is the group’s moving spirit behind the inter-faith and candle-lighting ceremony in commemorating the 40th day of the Mamasapano Tragedy that claimed the lives of 44 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force commandos in their mission to capture one of the world’s most wanted terrorists - Zulkifli bin Hir also known as Abu Marwan.

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur is one of the schools that participated in the event held in the evening of March 6, 2015, Friday, at Plaza Rizal in Naga City.

The program was started with a prayer and followed by the candle-lighting activity which was attended by 200 MPCF maritime cadets, officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP), students, peace advocates from different schools and officials from non-government organizations.

(Left picture) MPCF Cadets participate in the Candle Lighting Ceremony for the Fallen 44 SAF operatives. (Right picture) VACC Cam Sur Provincial Coordinator and MPCF VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente delivers his message of solidarity to those who attended the activity.

Bicolano bands entertain the crowd with their spectacular performance which made the young rally-participants enjoy the event .

Mr. Leo Pascua of Bicol STAGG delivered the statement on the purpose of the activity and reiterated the strong need for further explanation from the people involved in Oplan Exodus, the questionable non-observance of the ‘Chain of Command’ and the slow process in digging for the truth and accountability not just from the people who killed the 44 commandos but more importantly, from the decision-makers in the Aquino administration.

VACC Cam Sur Provincial Coordinator and MPCF VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente unleashed strong words of solidarity for the different organizations represented in the rally. He stressed that this tragic incident should be given due attention by government and the memory of the victims should be enshrined in the minds of Filipinos.

“There is a precedent. Whatever happened now to the Maguindanao Massacre case masterminded by the Ampatuans? Most supects are not convicted yet after a lapse of more than 5 years. Clamors for justice and truth for the victims were ventilated, but it appears the case is placed in the sidelights. Let’s not forget the day when 44 of our PNP SAF Commandos lost their lives in their effort to contribute to the cause of peace in our country”, said MPCF VP for Administration Mangente.

After the delivery of messages, Bicolano bands and singers provided entertainment for the attendees by performing relevant folk, rock and rap songs.

The Mariners school together with VACC will continue to support the nation’s call for justice, truth and accountability which the Filipino people clamor for after the Mamasapano incident. (CAS)

Advocacy for a physically healthy academic community and society marks Mariners 41st Foundation Anniversary

Apostleship of the Sea Value Formation resource speakers, (left to right) Rev. Fr. Paulo H. Pigol, C.S, Sr. Vicky G. Sanchez, Ms. Evita Jimenez, Mrs. Evelyn Del Rosario and Engr. Ramon Abalayan, all advocates of healthy food and lifestyle pose for a souvenir photo in-front of Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI).

Naga City — The OrganiKo Bikolano movement has figured prominently in the three-day commemoration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) – Naga and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) – Camarines Sur’s 41st Foundation Anniversary celebrated from March 3 to 5, 2015.

Organic food booths were featured in the Open House and Trade Fair at the Mariners – Canaman, Camarines Sur campus. Aside from these food booths, a medical mission with free check-up and consultation was conducted while a Food Festival was made at the Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI) at the MPC-Naga campus.

MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and Organiko Bicolano prime mover Madame Evita L. Jimenez led the activities in coordination with the group’s active members - Mrs. Luz Severo, producer of the indigenous Manay Luz vinegar extracted from native nipa palm in Canaman; Mr.Pepe Obias of the renowned Green Cafe, home of vegetarian dishes in Naga City; Ramon Abalayan of the famous Don Ramon Tropical wine collection made from bignay, guyabano and other tropical fruits; Sr. Cora Belardo and Sr. Paz Albao of the Family Ministry of the Archdiocese of Caceres; Mr. Santi Cervantes, President of the Bicol Federation of Dairy Producers and his wife, Dr. Carmela Cervantes of the Central Bicol State University of Agricuture (CBSUA) whose Carmela Organic Farm has become a favorite venue for training neophytes in backyard organic farming.

(Left picture) MPCF VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente monitors his weight as Janet Banday of MAS – Organiko Marinero looks intently at the weighing scale. (Right picture) An Organiko Bicolano Trade Fair participant arranges her display of vegetables at the fair.

(Left picture) OrganiKo Bikolano Exhibit booths and the L4SS Facade at MPCF – Camarines Sur. (Right picture) Vegetables produced via the ‘hydrophonics’ method at the Kalayag Foundation by the OrganiKo Marinero group.

It is common knowledge at the school campus that OrganiKo Bikolano strives not just for the healthy well-being of members of the Mariners academic community but also of families, as it extends its efforts to raise people’s awareness on the importance of healthy living. However, the focus is to start at its own backyard; it aims to develop competent, socially responsible, disciplined and healthy corps of seafarers who can be compliant with international standards of maritime safety because they are physically fit when they embark on their sea vessels.

This drive on giving importance to the concept of health and wellness through the production and intake of organic food is contributory to the effort to graduate skilled cadets whose health comply with the physical standards set by MARINA, the shipping firms and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (CAS)

International shipping firms hire MPCF-Legazpi and Cam Sur grads after MARINA, CHEd and EMSA grant accreditation

Representatives of international shipping companies attend the graduation ceremonies of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) both at the two campuses of the schools (Legazpi City and Canaman, Camarines Sur) as they came for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the school on the hiring of graduates.

These companies include Elburg Shipping Firm of Italy, Misuga Kaiun Shipping Co. of Japan, Marlow Navigation of Europe, Magsaysay Shipping Co. of the Philippines, Veritas Shipping Co. of Europe and other maritime enterprises operating globally. They have come to establish linkages with MPCF for the purpose of hiring qualified graduates. It now speaks of the quality of education at Mariners in which shipping companies come to the school.

This development surfaced after the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have made an announcement that no other Maritime Higher Education Institution (MHEI) in the Bicol Region except the Mariners Schools are granted the accreditation to offer Maritime Degree Courses.

The degrees of Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) are courses designed to train maritime cadets to become ship officers.

For the record, only 23 maritime schools out of more than 90 all over the country have passed the scrutiny of the multi-agency audit.

In 2014, these agencies conducted a performance evaluation on schools which included checks on the system the institutions follow, infrastructure, maritime laboratories and qualification of instructors. The Mariners schools have passed these inspections.

(Left picture) A scene at the Graduation/Ring-Hop ceremonies at MPCF Legazpi. (Right picture) The parents and members of the 2015 graduating batch of MPCF-Camarines Sur as they attend Baccalaureate Mass at the JCJ Sports Complex presided by his Grace, the Rev. Msgr. Rolando Tirona, O.C.D., D.D., Archbishop of Caceres.

Meanwhile, MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez reiterated the importance of the partnership between students and parents. “While parents do their best to send their broods to become Seafarers, it is equally important that once enrolled, the cadets should reciprocate these sacrifices by making good in their academic performance”, Commodore Jimenez said.

On the query what the Mariners schools possess as they were able to hurdle the scrutiny of the multi-agency audit, “MPCF have complied with the requirements asked from maritime schools especially on the aspect that the quality of education should be at par with internationally-accepted levels to be able to graduate globally-competitive Seafarers. Our schools have seen to it that we have world-class facilities, qualified instructors and a system compliant with international standards”, MPCF President Jimenez further disclosed.

Baccalaureate Mass and Ring-Hop Ceremony color MPCF – Cam Sur’s graduation rites

Scenes at the Baccalaureate Mass presided by His Grace Msgr. Rolando Tria Tirona, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Caceres. (Left picture) The Offertory and (right picture), the photo ops after the religious celebration with MPCF President Commodore Dante Jimenez (left of Msgr. Tirona) and members of the Management Committee.

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur — The Administration, Faculty and Staff of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province officially concluded the academic year 2014-2015 through the traditional Baccalaureate Mass and Ring-Hop Ceremony attended by the students and their parents.

The mass was presided by the Archbishop of Caceres, the Most Rev. Rolando Octavus J. Tria-Tirona, OCD, DD with concelebrants, Rev. Fr. Romeo G. Donacao and Rev. Fr. Noel Teodoro E. Nacario held on March 30, 2015 at the JC Jimenez Multi-Purpose Gymnasium. The Holy Mass served as a thanksgiving celebration of the Mariners System for the very fruitful school year made possible by the cooperation of competent students, faculty and staff and the administration’s capability to comply with the standards set by government regulatory bodies such as the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the participation of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

The Commencement Excercises theme, “Quality Graduates in the Face of ASEAN Integration” poses a challenge not only to the graduates but to the school, as well. The Mariners System stands pat on the assurance that the graduates possess sufficient knowledge, skills and the right attitude towards work which are basic among the requirements set by international shipping companies and the government agencies tasked to oversee the kind of maritime education given to students.

Misuga Kaiun Co. Ltd. Deputy General Manager Shintaro Kokami who is based in Japan based who was guest at th event was introduced by MPCF VP for External and Student Affairs, Ms. Nimpa V. Jimenez. He exhorted the members of the graduating batch that in the face of the ‘globalization’ trend in maritime business, Seafarers should continue to adjust to the needs of the changing times.

VP for External and Student Affairs Nimpa V. Jimenez (extreme left) applauds with Board of Trustees Member Dr. Gabriel Jimenez (2nd from left) , MPCF President Commo. Dante La Jimenez (center) and Mr. Kenzo Minagawa (extreme right) of Misuga Kaiun Ltd. Co as Guest Speaker Shintaro Kokami (2nd from right) receives the Plaque of Appreciation.

In honor of the Seven Major Seas that the graduates, future seafarers will be crossing, Corporate Public Affairs Officer Mr. Elmer Abad read the history of the Seven Seas followed by the Ceremonial Pouring of the Seven Seas led by MPCF president, Commo. Dante La Jimenez and MPC-Naga president, Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan who poured the water of Pacific Ocean, Mr. Shintaro Kokami of Misuga Kaiun Co. and Ms. Merle J. San Pedro (Atlantic Ocean), Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez and Ms. Evita L. Jimenez (China Sea), Mr. Kenzo Minagawa of Misuga Kaiun Co. and Ms. Nimpa V. Jimenez (Indian Ocean), Hon. Alfredo D. Ampuan, Presiding Judge-Branch 40 of Regional Trial Court in Manila and Engr. Janet N. Naag of CHED ROV (Mediterranean Sea), MPCF VP for Administration Mr. Napoleon Mangente and VP for Academic Affairs Ms. Marian Her Lazaro (Arctic Ocean) and Dean of Maritime Studies C/M Manuel U. Olivan and MPCF Creative Marketing Director Ms. Regina Eliza V. Jimenez (Antarctic Ocean). After the ceremony, the graduates sang the MPCF Hymn led by the Mariners’ Band.

Photo: A Step-Closer to the Start of their Seafaring Careers—Students and Parents participate in the traditional Ring-Hop Ceremony

The 41st Commencement Exercises started at 5:00 in the afternoon at the same venue with Capt. Nicolo Terrei of the Italian Maritime Academy and ELBURG Ship Management Philippines Inc. as the Commencement Speaker. (CAS)