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Mariners-Legazpi inaugurates swimming/survival training pool; enhances safety competence of cadet-seafarers

The newly inaugurated swimming/survival training pool at the Mariners-Legazpi Annex with the Landship at the background and the fully-covered lifeboat. Also at the background is the Albay Gulf.

Legazpi City – With recent sea mishaps happening in the Philippines, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay beefs-up its training facilities as it inaugurated a new campus landmark, the swimming/survival training pool located at the school’s annex complex along Jaime C. Jimenez St., Bgy. Rawis, this city.

Included in the highlight of the inauguration was the blessing and opening of this new capability built to develop more quality international swimmers and enhance safety and survival at sea.

This new construction which is near the shoreline facing the Albay Gulf is in line with the adjustments being made by the institution to make the school at par with international standards when it comes to providing education and trainings to maritime cadets and the tools needed to produce quality graduates.

It is strategically located beside the Landship structure where the newly-acquired enclosed lifeboat is mounted. This is now the training venue for maritime cadets where they get initial lessons and experience on how to survive at sea especially in ‘abandon ship’ situations.

It can be recalled that among the survivors in the sinking of the sea vessel M/V St. Thomas Aquinas when it collided with the M/V Sulpicio Express Siete off the shoreline of Cebu City in August 2013, were three graduates of the Mariners schools in Bicol. They have made common statements that had it not been for the quality rigid training they got from their alma mater, the chance of survival could have been dim.

The self-inflatable life-craft (left picture inside a white barrel on the deck of the Land Ship) before its launching at the training pool and after it was launched (right picture at middle of the pool after dark) in an ‘abandon ship’ simulation at the inauguration and blessing

Included in the inauguration rites were the following activities: thanksgiving Mass, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, blessing of the pool, swimming exhibition by the Mariners school’s international swimming sensation & gold medalist Jifrey Azor together with the MPCF Swimming Team, the launching of the enclosed lifeboat, a demonstration on personal survival techniques, the uprighting of inflatable lifeboat and the launching of the self-inflatable life craft. A dinner followed to honor especial guests.

Cadet Jifrey Azor is now a member of the Philippine Contingent in the Swimming Competition on November 30 and December 1, 2013 to be held in Bankok, Thailand.

Meanwhile, Ms. Susan Papa, President of the Philippine Swimming League, Captain Leopoldo C. Tenorio, Chief Executive officer of Marlow Navigation Phils., Inc., MARINA officials, and other distinguished guests from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP) and friends from the media graced the occasion.

The enclosed life boat being maneuvered by Mariners cadets in simulations conducted during the inauguration of the swimming/survival training pool

“There is no other direction for the Mariners schools but to move forward. The facilities used by the students should be comparable to world-class standards as we intend to continue to imbibe quality in the education and trainings we offer to our maritime cadets”, disclosed Commodore Dante La. Jimenez, President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legazpi City, Albay.