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School conducts Seamanship Enhancement Skills Training; hones maritime cadets on enrichment of work  expertise

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay  organized a three-day Seamanship Enhancement Skills Training which centered onhull machinery maintenance training,focussing on Bosun’s Chair and Painter Stage Operations. This activity is in line with with the concept of Value Added Trainings (VAT) introduced to the institution by the school President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro.

The participants in the three-day ‘Seamanship Enhancement Skills Training’  go to action doing  actual work at the Landship in the school’s annex campus (with the Albay Gulf at the background).

Aside from sharpening the on-the-job skills of the participants, safety measures while at work are given equal importance at the training which conform with the princiles of safety at sea.


Spirit of corporate social responsibility dominates athmosphere at relief drive for TD Usman victims

In the spirit of corporate social responsibility, the members of the academic community of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay led by President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, the donors from Tabang Bicol Movement (TBM) and other groups have found significance in their involvement  in the ‘Relief Drive for the Victims of TD Usman’.  It was intended to help ease the condition of residents who were hardly battered by the storm.

MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro conveys words of comfort and sympathy to the landslide victims of Tropical Depression Usman during the relief operation conducted in one of the barangays in the Tiwi area of the province of Albay where many lost their homes while some lost their loved-ones. At the background is one of the 21 landslide points in the vicinity where help is utmost needed.



Ship officer recalls challenges in college; shares formula for a successful student life & seafaring career

Feature Story: Alumnus Chief Engineer Ermel Abrigo (BSMarE Batch 2008)

“Sheer determination propelled me as a struggling student to finish my Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) degree course at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay”.  This was the statement made by Chief Engineer Ermel Abrigo (Batch 2008), in the school’s Thursday weekly radio-tv program ‘Buhay Marinero’ over Veritas Radio and Television.

Chief Engineer Ermel Abrigo shares his story as he faces the Program Anchors & the cameras at MPCF’s radio-tv program ‘Buhay Marinero’. He disclosed at the show how he overcame obstacles encountered during his college days

C/E Abrigo aboard a cargo ship he serves while on its way to a port in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America.

For Engr. Abrigo, college life was far from being a bed of roses but it did not hamper him from pursuing his dream.  As a featured guest at MPCF’s radio-tv program, he conveyed to the audience how his quest for an Engineering degree commenced and how he achieved his goal with flying colors.


Relief drive for typhoon victims kicks-off at MPCF; school thanks donors

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay thru the Office of Research and Extension Services (ORES) and Student Affairs Services (SAS) and in the spirit of corporate social responsibility launched the ‘Relief Drive for the Victims of Tropical Depression Usman’. It was an effort to gather goodsthat answered some of the basic immediate needs of the calamity-stricken residents.

The images of the landslides that occur in the barangays of Tiwi, Albay speak of the devastation brought by tropical depression Usman both to the poor and well-to-do families in the area. The occurrence prompted MPCF to launch the project.


Basic Career Guidance Speakers’ Training & Seminar-Workshop roll at Mariners-Legazpi

In an effort to further strengthen and make more effective the Career Guidance missions steered by the institution, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay conducted a Basic Career Guidance Speakers’ Training and Seminar-Workshop for the members of the team organized to cater to this undertaking.

(Left picture) MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro addresses the training participants as the audience (center picture) listens. (Right picture) Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer Elmer Abad and MPCF’s Media Relations Officer Steven James Dino serve as seminar speakers and resource persons.

At the helm of the training and seminar-workshop were the school’s Media Relations Officer (MRO) Steven James Dino and Mariners System’s Corporate Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Elmer Abad, who both served as facilitators, training speakers and resource persons.  CPAO Abad is an instructor in Radio-TV Broadcasting subjects at Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) – Naga’s  Bachelor of Arts in Communication department and was former Station Manager of TV Channel 5 & DZOK Radio in Naga City.

Select members of the academic community (mostly from the faculty and staff), endorsed by their respective department heads joined the activity.  Those who were recommended and had attended the training are now part of the Speakers’ Bureau who will be tasked to conduct Career Guidance missions and give talks in scheduled out-of-town engagements.


Christmas post-script: MPCF comes alive with Paskong Marinero as the message of the Yuletide season lingers

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay has come alive with the ‘Paskong Marinero’ atmosphere while the spirit of Christmas remains in the minds and hearts of the members of the academic community even after the holiday season.

This sign on the wall at the school’s main campus says it all, heralding the Season’s spirit which members of the Mariners community savor as the yuletide celebration approaches.

For the MPCF academic community, Paskong Marinero connotesa deeper meaning on how the event was celebrated. Itis all about the rejoicing on the true significance of Christmas which includes the essence of giving, unity and being grateful for all the blessings received. This spirit lingers-on in the hearts and minds of the members of the Mariners community even when the holiday season is over.


School conducts Institutional Planning; reviews direction in pursuit of relevance and unity of vision

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City Albay steered an Institutional Planning forum which was attended by department heads and key school officials.  The event was led by MPCF President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro who batted for dynamism in setting a common direction when it comes to the attainment of the school’s vision.

(Left picture) MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro leads the Institutional Planning forum held at the main campus of the school. (Center picture) Vice President for Administration Conrad Cordero briefs the audience on the event’s details at the start of the gathering while the participants (right picture) listen.

The event which was held from December 13 to 15, 2018 had for its theme ‘Unity in Vision, Innovation for Relevance’.  The center of the confab is timely as workers in the academic community, particularly the department heads have to come-up with a united stand when it comes to how everyone should view and pursue the vision of the institution. 


20 BSCA grads hurdle 2018 CBLE; MPCF Alumna lands 8th Place

Metro Manila – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) confirmed the names of twenty (20) graduates of Bachelor of Science In Customs Administration (BSCA) from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay as among those who passed the 2018 Customs Brokers Licensure Examination (CBLE) given in November 2018.

A 2018 graduate of Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration course, IVY TUGANO BERNARDINO captures the 8th Place slot of the 2018 Customs Brokers Licensure Examination given this November by the Professional Regulation Commission.

Aside from Bernardino, there are board-passers from this institution who performed with flying colors. The Mariners community rejoices in this feat achieved by its graduates after this year’s examinees attained an institutional passing percentage higher than the national level.

Included in the list of twenty successful examinees are:

Of the total 2,478 takers, 1,266 made it to the passing level.  The test was given by the members of the Board for Customs Brokers in Manila, Cebu and Davao.


Focus on quality education dominates spirit of 2nd semester opening 

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay once again teemed with students and activities as the second semester of academic year 2018-2019 opened on November 12, 2018. Enthusiasm and high expectations swarmed the campus as classes resumed.

Hectic campus activities resume as students come back to the campus for the second semester. (Left picture) Maritime cadets rehearse at the Training Swimming Pool for their ‘Safety of Life at Sea’ lessons. (Right picture) Students take the qualifying examination for industry scholarship given by an international shipping company.

The members of the Mariners community carried the spirit of fervor and firm resolve to sustain the quality education and academic excellence espoused then by the Institution’s late Founder Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, PCGA.


School innovates on 2nd semester enrollment campaign strategy with ‘promotion static display’

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, implemented a novelty strategy by setting a promotion static display at the Ayala Mall in its second semester enrollment campaign for academic year 2018-2019.

The MPCF enrollment ‘promotion static display’ inside the Ayala Mall boosts the school’s campaign effort by fielding maritime cadets who manned the corner during office hours.  It affords shoppers to avail of brochures and get answers to basic questions about the school and the courses offered. People are encouraged to visit the campus for the details of the answers to the inquiries parents and students pose.

Included in the display is a standee which enumerates the school’s academic offerings that include the flagship courses Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE).


President Duterte lauded for prioritizing nat'l maritime agenda
(A reprint of the article published by the Philippine News Agency - PNA)

Note: Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP) Convenor Merle Jimenez-San Pedro is the President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City Albay and President of Mariners Polytechnic Training Center (MPTC) in Metro Manila

MMP Convenor Merle Jimenez-San Pedro

MANILA, September 27, 2018 – Maritime industry stakeholders commended President Rodrigo Duterte for living up to his election promise to make national maritime agenda a priority of his administration.

Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, one of the convenors of the Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP), said Duterte’s issuance of Proclamation 316 declaring September as Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANA Mo) is a big step to boost the role of the maritime industry in the country’s economic development.


2018 National Maritime Week spotlights role of shipping industry in development of country and people

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay joined the international maritime community in observing Maritime Week.  Various activities were conducted in the school in the week-long celebration from September 24-29, 2018.

PCF Maritime cadets and school officials led by CGA-OTC Commandant Captain James Dino, PCGA  (right picture with microphone) and the representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Bicol as they do the honoring for the  ‘Fallen Seafarers’ at the beachfront of the school annex campus.


MPCF-Legazpi captures honors in 2018 regional Penafrancia military parade competition

Naga City- The contingent of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) of Legazpi City, Albay which was sent to compete in the 2018 Regional Military Parade Competition has won several of the sought-after awards at stake during the Penafrancia Fiesta held in the streets of Naga City on September 14, 2018. The event is one of the biggest and most colorful traditional activities conducted to honor the Patroness of Bicolandia in the annual celebration of the regional festival.

The 901st Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officer Training Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets together with the Band & Majorettes of MPCF-Legazpi display their gallant fighting form as they brave the heavy rain during the Regional Military Parade Competition at the 2018 Penafrancia Festival.


School braces for 33rd Foundation Anniversary; vows to pursue landmarks achieved in maritime education, other fields

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, is all set for the celebration of its 33rd Foundation Anniversary on August 4, 2018. Included in the center of the event are features on the school’s humble beginning, the transformation to what it is now, and what has been mapped-out to be achieved in the years to come.  

The academic community of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation salutes its Founder, Commodore Jaime Chavez Jimenez, Sr. on the occasion of the school’s 33rd Foundation Anniversary.



International Day of the Seafarer honors men and women in maritime with coastal clean-up, other activities

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, joined the celebration of the International Day of the Seafarer with activities participated by maritime cadets, students and the academic community to honor the men and women in the maritime industry.

Students gather at the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation’s JCJ Gymnasium to listen to the lecture by the officers of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on the protection of marine environment as part of the celebration of the International Day of the Seafarer.


Academic year opens as optimism engulfs campus with tradition of distinction

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, has formally opened Academic Year 2018-2019 with high optimism on the part of students, faculty, staff and administration that everything will go on as planned after all preparations were put in place to assure the smooth opening of classes. 

(Top picture) Maritime cadets and business students with faculty, staff and school officials join the morning colors on June 18, 2018 to formally open the AY 2018-2019.  (Bottom pictures) Cadets are rendering hand salute and pledge of undertaking during the flag ceremony.


Academic community commemorates Founder’s 96th birth anniversary; donates multi-purpose building to Parish Church

San Vicente, Libmanan, Camarines Sur – Representatives from the academic community of Mariners System (Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Legazpi City, Albay  & Canaman, Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges –Naga City)  paid a homage to the hometown of the schools’ Founder, Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez Sr. PCGA on the occasion of his 96th birth anniversary on April 30, 2018. It was led by the members of the Board of Trustees of the Mariners institutions in Bicol.

(Left picture) a painting of the Founder - Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez, Sr. with Co-Founder Madame Eliza Lazaro-Jimenez in their younger years.  (Right picture) The Mariners Band and Majorettes perform on the streets of Bgy. San Vicente which add color to the festive mood during the occasion. At the background is Libmanan’s  San Vicente Parish Church.


Japanese shipping executive graces 32nd Commencement rites; prods graduates to excel in chosen field

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, held its 32nd Commencement Exercises and Ring Hop Ceremonies at the JCJ Gymnasium, in the annex campus of the school.  The event on April 10, 2018 was honored by the President of the Japanese shipping firm Misuga Management Services in the Philippines, Mr. Akihiro Kashiwagi as Guest Speaker.

(Left picture) The Commencement Speaker,  President Akihiro Kashiwagi of Misuga Management services, Inc.  (Right picture) The school officials and other guests while on the stage during the graduation rites.

(Left picture) The graduating batch as they listen to the message of MPCF-Legazpi President Madame Merle Jimenez San Pedro. (Right picture) The school officials and guests.   (1st Row, right to left) Special Guest Secretary Dante La. Jimenez, Chairman  of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), the Guest Speaker Mr.Kashiwagi, Board of Trustees Secretary Madame Nimfa Valdez Jimenez, VP for Administration Mr. Conrado Cordero and VP for Academic Affairs Madame Cynthia Duka.


Turnover Rites Mark New Era at Mariners-Legazpi; Acknowledge Accomplishments of Outgoing Steward

Legazpi City, Albay -  The Board of Trustees of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province has formally steered the changing-of-the-guard from the incumbent to the new President/Chief Executive Officer of the institution in simple ceremonies held at the Jaime’s Hall of the school’s annex campus on March 1, 2018.

The outgoing and incoming Presidents/CEO’s of MPCF-Legazpi. (Left picture) Commodore Dante La. Jimenez delivers a message after the Thanksgiving Mass.  (Right picture) Incoming President Merle Jimenez San Pedro accepts the stewardship of the school as CHEd Bicol Regional Director George Colorado and outgoing CEO Jimenez listen.


Six Maritime cadets share experiences, adventures in international sea vessels

Legazpi City, Albay – Cadets of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, who just returned home after their one year apprenticeship shared their experiences and adventures to media audiences after they were featured in the school’s ‘Buhay Marinero’ program aired over Radio Veritas and Veritas TV.



Alumna of MPCF-Legazpi bags 4th Place of 2017 Customs Brokers Licensure exam; 18 others made it

An alumna of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, has landed with prominence in the TOP 10 slot of the recently-concluded Customs Brokers Licensure Examination (CBLE) given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on November 22 and 23, 2017.

CYREL BIO GAYO, a Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA) graduate (batch 2017), captured the 4th place out of 2,093 examinees.



Magsaysay Institute of Shipping quests for scholars and future ship officers & crew

Legazpi City, Albay – Executives from the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS) visited Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province on November 15 and 16, 2017 to conduct qualifying examination to maritime cadets for possible granting of scholarship and deployment in its legion of sea vessels plying the seven seas of the world, once they graduate.

(Left picture) President/CEO Dante La. Jimenez entertains the visiting executives of Magsaysay Institute of Shipping at the Eliza Hall while maritime cadets (right picture) take the qualifying examination.



Students, faculty, staff and administration gear-up for start of 2nd semester

Legazpi City, Albay – The academic community of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this province, has primed for the start of the second semester of academic year 2017-2018.

The facilities at the main as well as at the annex campuses are being refurbished to prepare them for the start of the second semester classes.




In loving memory of ELIZA LAZARO JIMENEZ, Chair Emeritus of the Mariners System in Bicol region, died in the Peace of the Lord on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the age of 93 years old in Naga City, also her place of birth.  She was born to the late Severino Lazaro and Basiliza dela Torre on June 14, 1924.  ELIZA was the widow of the late Jaime Chavez Jimenez, 69 native of Libmanan, Camarines Sur who was the proud Founder of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation) MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur, Legazpi City in Albay and in Naga City as well the Mariners Training Center in Manila.  They bore seven children –Joselito, Gabriel, Dante, Evita, Marilissa, Jaime Jr and Merle with Joselito and Jaime Jr who passed away earlier in life.  The remaining four days of her wake were spent at the Mariners Canaman Chapel which she helped build in the institutions’ formative years.

A loving mother, called Mommy Dear by her surviving children and grandchildren, Eliza left behind numerous relatives and friends including those with whom she shared much of her generosity and compassion and who will miss her greatly. 

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared and prayed for her during the last few months of her illness at a City hospital and who shared their loss when she finally joined the Lord. Prayers and donations for her charity which touched the lives of many like schooling for poor aspirants to the Priesthood and for the Chapel for Seafarers at Mariners are most welcome and may be made to any of the schools through the Office of Finance Affairs (OFA).  With love, the memory of her kind deeds and the strength of her good example live on.  Dios Mabalos!  Thank you very much!   

Intramurals 2017 rolls at MPCF Legazpi; upholds Institution’s core values and quest for excellence

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this city has staged the colorful Intramurals 2017, the annual break from academic activities given to students which allowed them to focus and participate in various sporting activities and contests held at the main and annex school campuses from September 26 to 29, 2017.

The training swimming pool at the MPCF-Legazpi annex campus becomes alive with colorful flaglets and the presence of spectators and competing swimming teams which vie for the coveted honors for the winners.


MPCF-Legazpi observes 32nd Foundation Anniversary; continues to move forward with resolve and resilience

Legazpi City, Albay – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this city observed its 32nd Foundation Anniversary on August 4, 2017 with simple but meaningful activities, recalling its humble beginnings and bracing for the challenges that lie ahead.

(Left picture) President/CEO Dante La. Jimenez addresses the academic community and guests at the Traditional Luncheon. (Right picture) The President in an interview with local radio and television stations during the 32nd Foundation Anniversary of MPCF-Legazpi.


'Shipboard Training' takes center stage at MPCF's 'Buhay Marinero' radio-tv show

Legazpi City, Albay -  The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation  (MPCF) this province, has featured ‘Shipboard Training’ as its main topic in the August 11, 2016 edition of the program. This was given focus by the show for the school to be able to disseminate to the audience the relevance of this phase of academic training of students taking up maritime and hospitality management courses.


Unveiling of the Leaping Dolphin Bench

The picturesque Legazpi Boulevard has quickly become one of the most visited spots in Albay, very popular among tourists and locals alike since its inauguration in 2009. The more than 4 kilometers stretch of coastal road which traverses the three [3] barangays of Dap-dap, Puro, and Lamba has easily grown to be the favorite jogging or walking area in the city.


Marlow Navigation recruits graduating Maritime, HRM and HM students

Legazpi City, Albay – A qualifying examination was conducted by the European shipping company Marlow Navigation in Legazpi City, Albay for graduating Maritime, Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) and Hospitality Management (HM) students.


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