Industry scholars, shipping companies, MPCF-Cam Sur ink MOA in campus welcome ceremonies

(Left picture) MPCF-Cam Sur President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez with MPC-Naga President/CEO Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan and some members of the school’s faculty and staff as they witness the MOA signing event held at the Library for Safe Seafaring-L4SS. (Right picture) Mr. Kenzo Minagawa (front row standing, 3rd from right in black coat), General Manager of Misuga Kaiun and Maine Marine Philippines, Inc. poses for a souvenir picture with the new batch of scholars.

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur - Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and representatives from domestic and international shipping companies on the manner of providing academic scholarship to qualified and deserving new Industry Scholars with most of them coming from the marginalized sector of Bicol.

The occasion was held at the school’s Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS) on June 24, 2015, with MPCF-Cam Sur President Commodore Dante La. Jimenez leading the rites in the presence of emissaries from DBP and domestic/international maritime firms in which Memoranda of Agreement were signed.

The event was witnessed by the scholars themselves, parents and members of the faculty/staff of the institution.

With the increasing number of enrollees this academic year 2015-2016, MPCF has again taken the initiative to ensure the welfare of students when it comes to the educational and financial benefits due them especially the industry scholars who qualified, with most of them coming from underprivileged families.

The slogan ‘We Educate, We Train, We Assist’ is mirrored in this MOA as Mariners’ effort of going out of its way when it comes to establishing linkages with domestic and international shipping companies come into fruition. Aside from being given the opportunity to study, the scholars are assured of work placement once they graduate.

The occasion signaled the start of a new chapter in the lives of these students who otherwise could have not been clear had they not applied and qualified for the scholarship grants. It sealed the beginning of the fulfilment of their dream to become seafarers and set a new standard of life for themselves and their respective families.

(Left picture seated) L-R: Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Commodore. Dante Jimenez, shipping company representative Mr. Dan Aldrich Tolentino and DBP’s Ms. Aurora Maghirang during the MOA signing event. (Right picture) The new scholars of Marlow Navigation with Mr. Dan Aldrich Tolentino and some members of the school’s faculty and staff.

Other guests from MPCF partner agencies include Mr. Dan Aldrich Tolentino of Marlow Navigation Phils. Inc., C/E Peter Fadul and 2/M Jay Alfaro of Veritas Maritime Corporation, Mr. Kenzo Minagawa of Maine Marine Philippines Inc., Capt. Makoto Kondo of New Century Overseas and Mr. Lucas Jacinto of Phoenix Maritime Corporation.

The Development Bank of the Philippines was represented by Ms. Aurora Maghirang and Ms. Merly Nonoy. DBP has a close partnership with the institution through the program ‘Study Now, Pay Later’.

“Through the years, the school has maintained linkages and partnership with shipping firms not only for employment purposes but more importantly, the procurement of scholarship grants. Time and again, this strategy has brought many of our graduates to unprecedented heights contributing to the upliftment of the living condition of the families of Bicolano Seafarers”, declared MPCF President Dante Jimenez. (CAS)