400 CGA-OTC cadets join Bivouac 2016; bats for a clean and green environment


CANAMAN, Camarines Sur - Four-hundred Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets together with the members of the academic community of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF), this province has successfully and meaningfully conducted the Bivouac 2016.

Cooperating agencies and organizations from outside the campus such as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Philippine Army (PA) and the Rotary Club of Isarog joined the event.

To be able to contribute to a healthy environment was the primary mission of the occasion. This was held on Feb 27, 2016.

The cold and rainy weather did not hinder the participants from their involvement in the day’s affair starting with the 8-kilometer walk from the MPCF campus to Bgy. San Francisco (Bawa), in Canaman, Camarines Sur. The order of the activity was facilitated by Security Officer, Commander Esdras Tamayo, PCGA and Office of Research and Extension Services (ORES) coordinator Ms. Amy Lanuzo.

School officials led by VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente , VP for Academic Affairs Marian Lazaro, School Registrar Marita Relloso and Quality Management Representative Dr. Edgar Despi spearheaded the Mariners Team.

Its main highlight was the planting of 200 seedlings of Mahogany and Pili trees envisioned to help prevent flood and soil erosion. It is noted that the Bicol Region is frequently visited by calamities such as typhoons and floods. The Pili trees, once fully-grown would not only contribute to environmental protection but for food and handicraft business opportunities to the local community.

The JaimeLiza, Inc., the company that provides the Mariners schools with food provisions catered the sumptuous lunch and it was partaken via a boodle fight.

This year’s bivouac has become a meaningful event for the students, the school officials and the participating groups from outside the campus more so that the theme rings with relevance to being contributors in the preservation and protection of the environment. (CAS)