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The Partnership Agreement among MPCF-Canaman, Misuga Kaiun, and Maine Marine Philippines, Inc. (MMPI) forged on July 13, 2009 greatly contributed to the MPCF's vision and mission to equip students with world-class on-board shipping facilities and to provide a higher education to top-rate students.

Since the agreement signing, Misuga, MMPI & MOC have continuously provided great support and assistance to MPCF-Canaman in ensuring quality education, developing students and having students as own scholar cadets for their future loyal seafarers under the scholarship programs of MMPI/MOC/DEEP/HELPS (Study-Now, Pay-Later Program). (Details of those scholarship programs are available at MPCF-Canaman Academic Affairs)

Partnership Agreement Signing in 2009: (l-r): Mr. Y.Kuratani, President of Misuga, Mr. M. Iwai, Managing Director of Misuga, Commo. Dante La. Jimenez, MPCF-President. Standing (l-r): Mr. Kenzo Minagawa, Project Manager, Misuga Kaiun Co. Ltd., Dr. Gabriel Jimenez, MPCF-Board Member, Ms. Merle J. San Pedro, MPCF- Exec. Vice President, Mr. H. Yokouchi, Managing Director of Misuga.

2012 Projects Under the Partnership

The partnership of the companies embarked on the following projects at MPCF-Canaman in 2012:

New dormitory that can accommodate 160 scholars and 12 new classrooms.

bridge simulator
A new Bridge Simulator that trains the deck students in steering a ship and other operations. Also the output of strong partnership between MMPI, Misuga Kaiun Co., Ltd. and MPCF.

38 Midshipmen under MMPI/MOC cadetship program for the school year 2012-2013.

38 MMPI/MOC Cadets for the school year 2012-2013 with Mr. K. Minagawa, Project Manager of Misuga and Mr. S. Narvadez, Assistant.

Shipboard Familiarization of 22 MMPI Cadets at M/V Father Neptune in Manila Port last Sept. 23, 2012 together with Capt. Mariano-Training Officer, Ms. Madelyn Bino- MMPI Staff:

MMPI Scholars on M/V Father Neptune

ONBOARD M/V FATHER NEPTUNE: A Familiarization Tour

Midn Paul Jezriel Serrano, author

As a maritime cadet, I have always wanted to see a large vessel and to know how it feels to be onboard. I wanted to see a real superstructure, with the bridge, cargo holds, engine rooms, and everything onboard a vessel. My dream came true when we, the 2nd and 3rd year MMPI cadets had shipboard familiarization training onboard M/V Father Neptune at Manila Harbor Center Port, Vitas, Tondo, Manila last September 23, 2012.

At about 0930H, the M/V Father Neptune’s Master and Officers greeted us with smile on their face as we go onboard the vessel. Earlier, we were given onboard safety briefing and Master’s Instruction before the onboard familiarization started. From here, we were divided into two groups. The deck cadets were accompanied by the 2nd officer of the vessel to the bridge and weather deck while we, the engine cadets, were accompanied by 2AE J.A Durango and 3AE R.F Lagradilla to the control room and engine room.

I was very excited and the other cadets felt the same way as we walked to the control room. There, we met other engine crews and another engine cadet having his training onboard the vessel. After meetings with crews, 2AE Durango showed to us the different control buttons and computers inside the control room. Then, we went inside the engine room. It was hot and noisy inside but this was nothing compared to the knowledge and experience that we gained.

Inside the engine room, the engineer showed us the different machineries and explained to us how they work - the incinerator, freshwater generator, air compressor, bilge separator, sewage treatment plant, etc. I was amazed on how big the boiler, main engine, and other machines worked. Moreover, I saw the unexpected cleanliness inside the engine room which proves that it is well maintained. From the engine room, we went up the deck with the second officer.

There are lots of new things I learned during the familiarization briefing. But above all, I learned from the second engineer that dedication, patience, and attitude are the most important that we should possess when onboard.

I am very grateful for the familiarization tour. It was a very good experience and a great opportunity for us, the cadets. I also want to express my deep gratitude to the MMPI and to all the people who made this onboard familiarization possible. Truly, we are blessed to be part of MMPI.

December 14, 2012: Signing of Agreement to build Misuga's Culinary Training Center

Signing Agreement of the Culinary Training Center, last Dec. 14, 2012 (l-r): Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, MPCF executive vice-president; Mr. Kenji Fujita, general manager of Misuga Kaiun Co., Ltd. – Philippines, Commo. Dante La. Jimenez, MPCF Canaman president; Ms. Corazon G. Songcuya, MMPI deputy generalmanager, and Mr. K. Minagawa, Misuga project manager

Misuga's Culinary Training Center

Replica of Misuga's Culinary Training Center with mess hall for Mariners' Industry Scholars

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By D/C Cristian T. Lozada

I was born on September 20, 1990 in San Ramon, Pamplona, Camarines Sur, a small agricultural village where farming is the major livelihood of the people. At an early age, my parents taught and trained me to work in the farm. Indeed, I realized that time how hard to be a farmer. My father, Casiano, was a good provider. He used to drive a tricycle to raise the family. He was a very hardworking family man. He did not mind to work endlessly to provide the needs of his family. Whenever he was not driving his tricycle, he was doing some farm work.

My mother, Rosita, is a housekeeper. She always takes care of us and provides the basic needs of the family whenever our father was out of work. My mother raised us all well and taught us to have a deep respect for each other. Both mother and father taught us to be self-reliant and rise up against poverty. I witnessed how they sacrificed for the family; they tended to many kinds of work just to send us to school.

Poverty became the driving force for me to dream a brighter future. It had been my goal to be somebody where people would look up me as a person who despite poverty became a successful individual. It is my dream to be an instrument in alleviating my family from poverty.

I was so determined to reach my dream. I strived hard in my studies. I always thought that if I do well in school I might have a good chance to have a future better than my parents’.

High school competition was tough because I had to compete academically and non-academically with other equally-competitive students like myself. I also realized that it would be hard for me to have an intimate relationship with somebody and to focus on my study at the same time. Thus, I set aside my feeling in order to concentrate on my studies. I knew I was right. I continued to struggle with my school activities and from it I built my self-confidence and gained more friends.

I thought everything would be fine until my father went home and got sick. I was a third year high school then. He had a mysterious disease. We brought him to the hospital. He was put under medication for several months but his condition turned to worse. We were compelled to sell the family- owned tricycle and transfer the tenancy right of the farm we tilled to other people. We lost the only source of our financial income. When his situation got worst, we were forced to borrow money from relatives and other people so we could sustain the medical needs of my father. We became more indebted as the condition of my father failed to recover. Then he died. We suffered emotionally and financially. What I cannot forget was the day before my father died when he told me to take charge of his dream.

Despite of the family’s setback I was able to stand up and rebuilt what I had started before. The burning passion to take charge in achieving my dream to be a successful person and help my family financially became a steadfast desire. I became more resolute not to stop until I reached my dream. Again I felt right. I graduated with flying colors.

Keeping an eye on pursuing my dream and helping my family financially is not an easy task. I had to decide which I would prioritize first. I chose the former. This decision brought me to enter a college institution somewhere in Naga; however, my stint in the said institution lasted only for two months. Thus, I was compelled to look for a job that could help my family.

My first job was product vending. My work required me to sell the goods in different areas of Camarines Sur. Then I was hired as a service crew employee in one of the fast food companies in Naga City. While I was working I began to develop a deeper sense of determination to see myself out of the quagmire of poverty. Also, that time, I got a better appreciation of the value of education. I was convinced that this is not the life I dreamt to have, so again I had searched…for better life.

I always pray that someday God will show me the path to my dream. He never let me down. One day he gave his answer. Out of the blue I was informed that there was a scholarship being offered by Mariners’ Canaman. I took the qualifying examination, the admission interview, and passed it. My admission to the DEEP program as part of the first batch of 34 students became the turning point of my life. I felt that my life made a 360-degree turn in that instant. I felt I was the luckiest person on earth.

The DEEP scholars primarily came from the marginalized sector of the society. The corporate social responsibility (CSR) of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) aims to alleviate this marginalized sector from poverty and become productive citizens of this country. Thus, three years ago the MPCF School with the financial assistance from the DBP admitted the first batch of DEEP scholars.

I remembered it well: It was on the 14th day of June, 2009, at around 5 p.m., when we set foot on this institution and begun to live a different life. In the in-house training we encountered many challenges and experiences - things that we never experienced before. Our rural life just takes a new turn in this journey. We encountered rigid discipline training that led to the formation of our strong character which is laden on values and respect. We experienced subjecting our personal liberty to the demands of the life on-board. We encountered adversities in every turn but we never quit. We stumbled but we learned how to stand and keep moving on. We see how we grow from being a typical boy to deal with it. There were times we felt lonely and homesick but we found solace to the comforting presence of our fellow scholars. We discovered that camaraderie counts a lot in a life away from family and friends. We lived a challenging but exciting life.

Through the constant guidance and counselling of our Drill Master, Mr. Mario Castor and our Academic Adviser, Mr. Estelito Clemente, we were able to overcome all the hardships and surpassed the adversities that may otherwise seize us to reach our dream. They molded us to be a well-disciplined and responsible person. They taught us the rigors of acquiring knowledge and exemplify academic excellence. They taught us to practice the virtue of being morally upright and to be steadfast with our principle and they taught us to be transparent in every endeavor.

Nonetheless, the realization of our dreams came into existence sometime on November, 2009, when finally we were admitted to the Maine Marine Philippines Inc. (MMPI) Cadetship Program after passing the rigors of examinations and interviews. Thus, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks and gratitude to the sponsor shipping company, the Maine Marine Philippines, Inc. for their support and supervision.

On July 29-31, 2010, we held a shipboard familiarization in Subic Bay, Zambales. The activity enabled us to acquire more knowledge about ship management and on board operation. Also we were able to familiarize ourselves on the different parts and structures of the ship. The ship familiarization experience gave us a bird’s eye view on the life that awaits us on board.

Equipped with strong determination, knowledge and skill I could humbly say that I am now ready to sail the seven seas. The partner institutions - the DBP, MPCF, and MMPI - provide the basic and essential tools for our voyage toward our brighter future.  Without them I could never realize my dream. Without them I could never uplift myself and my family from the mud of poverty.

As I embark to the life at sea, I will always remember the saying of the famous inventor Thomas Alba Edison that “success is one percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.” MARINERO, AHOY THERE!

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