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Maritime Leader MERLE JIMENEZ - SAN PEDRO celebrated at MARINA's 50th Founding Anniversary, TIMONEL AWARD NOMINEE

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) celebrated its 50th founding anniversary with a grand event held at Okada Manila. The occasion was graced by distinguished guests and industry leaders.

Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, the President of the Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPhil) and Women in Maritime Asia (WIMA Asia), and the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation - Legazpi City was a key attendee at the anniversary celebration. Her leadership extends to various significant roles, including the Chairperson of the Movement for Maritime Philippines (MMP).

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the maritime industry, Ms. Jimenez-San Pedro was nominated for the prestigious Timonel for Outstanding Maritime -Individual Category (TIMONEL) Award - the highest award given by MARINA to individuals. Ms. Jimenez-San Pedro's nomination for the TIMONEL Award is a reflection of her efforts and significant impact on the maritime industry. Her leadership and advocacy for women's roles in maritime have been instrumental in driving progress and creating a more inclusive environment in the sector.

The MARINA 50th founding anniversary celebration was not only a milestone for the agency, but also a celebration to honor and recognize the individuals and entities that have shaped the maritime industry.




Mariner's Legazpi commenced its Sports Fest 2024 with a grand opening ceremony on 04 June 2024. Students, faculty, and staff gathered early in the morning for the flag ceremony, marking the official start of this much anticipated event.

A highlight of the opening ceremony was the hoisting of team flags by each team's muses and escorts. The Blue Team emerged victorious in this race. Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, President of Mariner's Legazpi, followed with a special message to formally open the event. Her speech emphasized the importance of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and the joy of competition.

The PRISAA players of 2024 led the lighting of the torch, representing the spirit of camaraderie and fierce competition that defines the Sports Fest.

The ceremony continued with a mass demonstration, featuring students dancing, celebrating the official opening of the Sports Fest.

The Sports Fest 2024 at Mariner's Legazpi promises to be a celebration of athleticism, teamwork, and school spirit. As the games continue, the excitement and camaraderie witnessed during the opening ceremony are sure to drive the participants to improve their performance and sportsmanship.




The Core Task Force of the Blue Economy convened on 03 June 2024 at the AV Hall of Mariner's Legazpi Main Campus, Rawis Legazpi City, in a meeting led by Syntegral Global Solutions and Mariner's Legazpi. This event marks a crucial step towards the promotion and development of the Blue Economy in the Bicol Region.

The meeting began with the welcome message by MPCF Legazpi President, Merle Jimenez-San Pedro. Emphasizing the region's potential, she remarked, "Why do this elsewhere, if we can do it here (in the Bicol Region)?" Her words set a positive tone for the day's discussions, highlighting the unique opportunities the region offers for sustainable marine and coastal economic activities.

The agenda proceeded with an overview of the Blue Economy Initiative, both at the national level and within the Bicol Region. This session provided a comprehensive look at current efforts and future plans aimed at leveraging the region's vast marine resources to foster economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion.

A key segment of the meeting was the introduction of various agencies, where participants discussed their roles and contributions in support of the Blue Economy in the Bicol Region.
Highlighting the event, Mr. Bryan Thomas, CEO of Syntegral Global Solutions, introduced the lead agency. His presentation outlined Syntegral's vision and strategies for spearheading the Blue Economy initiatives, reinforcing the agency's commitment to sustainable development and innovation in the region.

Dr. Nila Oñate followed with a briefing on the Terms of Agreement, detailing the framework and guidelines for the consortium's operations to ensure alignment for both parties.
The meeting concluded with a planning session for a major consortium event scheduled for the first week of October 2024. During this session, the body established clear objectives, identified key attendees, and outlined actionable plans to ensure the consortium's success. This forward-looking approach aims to build momentum and set initiatives in the months to come.

The meeting signifies a milestone in the Bicol Region's journey towards a thriving Blue Economy. The collaborative efforts of Syntegral Global Solutions, Mariner's Legazpi, and various supporting agencies promise to transform the region into a Champion of Blue Economy and become a model of sustainable marine and coastal development, harnessing its natural assets for the benefit of local communities and the environment.




MPCF Legazpi WINS Championship in 3rd Quiz Bee hosted by Bureau of Customs Legazpi on 98th Founding Anniversary

The Bureau of Customs-Legazpi marked its 98th founding anniversary with the much anticipated 3rd Quiz Bee Competition on May 20, 2024. The event, held within the premises of the Bureau, witnessed the eight teams, each composed of Customs Administration students hailing from three distinct schools.

Ashley Porras and Joedhea Mae Repomanta of Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Legazpi emerged as the champions, clinching the coveted title. Followed closely behind by the participants from the MPC Naga and MPCF Canaman who clinched the second and third spot with their commendable performance.

As a community, we extend our congratulations to all the winners and participants for bringing pride to our institution.




Employees from the Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Legazpi participated in a round table discussion organized by the Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPHIL) in collaboration with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA). The event focused on this year’s theme, “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety.”

The round table discussion aimed to address critical issues related to maritime safety and the pivotal role women play in shaping a secure future for the industry. It provided a platform for stakeholders to share insights, experiences, and strategies to enhance safety standards and promote gender inclusivity within the maritime sector.

The esteemed panel of speakers included Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, President, WIMA Asia/WIMAPHIL; Capt. Christine Pauline Bergano-Diciano, Director, Leadership and Doctrine Development Center, Philippine Coast Guard; Engr. Maria Sarena C. Casas, Supervising SOS / OIC, MSID, MARINA; 2M Desiree Penales, Operations Officer, Department of Shipboard Training, MAAP; Atty. Charina Marie Domingo, Legal Officer, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; and Capt. Frynz B. Mendoza, Crewing Manager, Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp.

The round table also served as a networking opportunity, allowing attendees to forge connections and establish collaborations aimed at promoting women’s involvement in maritime safety. Participants expressed their commitment to ongoing dialogue and action to ensure a safer and more inclusive maritime industry.

The participation of MPCF Legazpi employees in this round table discussion reflects the institution’s dedication to advancing maritime safety and supporting gender inclusivity. Their involvement not only highlights the significant role of women in maritime but also reinforces the continuous efforts to create a safer environment for all maritime professionals.


The Medical Dental Department, in partnership with the City Health Office and the Department of Health, successfully conducted a bloodletting activity titled "Give Blood, Save Life" at Mariners' Legazpi on May 15, 2024. The event took place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the AVR and Mariners' Cafe, drawing a significant number of participants from the school community.

The event was organized under the Office of Student Affairs and Services and aimed to encourage voluntary blood donation among students and staff. A total of 89 individuals registered for the event. Out of these, 63 individuals successfully donated blood.

Medical professionals from the City Health Office and the Department of Health were on site to oversee the procedure, provide necessary medical support, and ensure that all health protocols were strictly followed.

Volunteers and staff at Mariners' Legazpi played a crucial role in the smooth execution of the event, assisting with registration, guiding donors through the process, and providing refreshments.

As the activity concluded, the positive turnout and the successful collection of blood units reinforced the commitment of Mariners' Legazpi to community service and health initiatives. The success of this bloodletting activity sets a precedent for future health-related initiatives at Mariners' Legazpi.



The Maritime Deck Organization (MDO), in collaboration with maritime instructors and CGAOTC officers, hosted a Transformative Workshop at the JCJ Gymnasium on 02 - 03 May 2024, drawing Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) students from first to third year into an immersive learning environment. This hands-on workshop covered essential maritime skills, including Knot Tying, Gendula, Bosun Chair, and Pilot Ladder techniques. Students were divided into four stations to engage with these critical topics.

The competition kicked off with the Painting Stage, where Station 4 completed their task in an impressive 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Following this, the Bosun's Chair competition saw Station 2 finishing in a record time of 1 minute and 5 seconds. The final challenge was Knot Tying with Station 4 securing victory with a time of 1 minute and 42 seconds.

The events were closely monitored by judges OIC Jonas Bermas, Capt. Roger G. Oxales, and 2M Steven Roy Terro. Station 4 emerged as the overall champions, owing it to their consistent performance across all events.

Beyond the overall victory, all participants were recognized for their exceptional skills and teamwork. Special recognitions, certificates, and rewards were presented to the winners of each competition, underscoring the importance of their maritime proficiency and collaborative efforts.



The recently concluded Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) 2024 Regional Games, hosted in Sorsogon City from April 11 to 14, was an inspiring display of athleticism, with Mariners’ Legazpi emerging as one of the frontrunners.

In a showcase of skill, the athletes received a number of awards. In Taekwondo, Mariner's Legazpi won the Gold Medal with Wyns Fulleros Marfil. Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to athletes: Jove Daniel Rodriguez, Kirk Corral, Andrae Kurt Romasanta, Manly Pajara, Rob Balingbing, Andrei Casitas, Euri Orbita, and Wesly Matociños.

In boxing, Anthony Francis Bermas and Sean Ezekiel Elsen Rian emerged as Gold Medalists in the Men's Division. Segundino Arizala Pancho and Majibo Dean Aquino secured Silver Medals.
In Football (Men), 9 Ball Billiards (Men), Athletics (Men), Sepak Takraw, and Swimming, Mariner's Legazpi athletes secured Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

The highlight of the games was winning gold in the Women's Basketball 5x5.
The achievements of student-athletes amounted to a total of 7 Gold Medals, 17 Silver Medals, and 13 Bronze Medals. Furthermore, the outstanding performances of select athletes earned them the distinction of qualifying for the prestigious National PRISAA 2024, scheduled to be held in Legazpi City from July 20 to 26, 2024. Among the qualifiers are Wyns Fulleros Marfil in Taekwondo, Anthony Francis Bermas and Sean Ezekiel Elsen Rian in Boxing (Men), Shiena Villaceran in Athletics Shot Put, Justine Dale Leopando and Brix Onrubia in Swimming, and Avril Lavigne Bercasio in Basketball Women 5x5.

As a community, we extend our congratulations to all the winners and participants for bringing pride to our institution.




The Maritime Experts’ Group Meeting held on 04 April 2024, through a virtual session, themed, "Supporting the Identification and Integration of New and Emerging Smart and Sustainable Maritime Technologies and Services," featured a diverse range of topics and expert speakers.

The meeting involvement from prominent maritime leaders from across the world. Ms. Merle Jimenez San Pedro, President of Women In Maritime - Asia (WIMA - Asia), President of Women In Maritime - Philippines (WIMA-Phil), and concurrently, of the Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation - Legazpi City (MPCF-LC), provided valuable insights into talks on a variety of critical maritime issues.

Ms. San Pedro shed light on the critical issue of the absence of databases in the maritime sector in Asia, highlighting the need for a focused study of women in maritime in Asia. This discussion highlighted the need to train women to perform core roles in the industry such as technical specialists and operational personnel. Furthermore, she called for increased access to training opportunities for women for new and emerging technologies. She also called for the APEC-MEG (Maritime Experts Group) to develop policies and programs to create more career opportunities across-shore and off-shore industries. Captain Halim, the APEC-MEG Chair, commended the proposals and assured the consideration of the MEG moving forward.

Throughout the meeting, various topics were addressed, including the latest developments in IMO Maritime Security, sustainable measures implemented at Tuas Port, and practical experiences with autonomous navigation. Panel discussions delved into the integration of emerging technologies and progressive policies to foster sustainability in maritime operations. The event also provided a platform for updates on initiatives such as the APEC Seafarer Excellence Network Work Plan and the APEC Port Services Network.

Ms. San Pedro's participation reinforced MPCF-LC's commitment to global maritime excellence and sustainability. By engaging in dialogues that shape the future of the industry, she continues to uphold the institution's legacy of producing competent and maritime professionals.

"Unlocking the potentials of Women in Maritime as catalyst for change" - Merle Jimenez-San Pedro



Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Legazpi City continues to stand against the Chapter XVIII of the Consolidated Bills on the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers on 25 March 2024 at the MPCF-LC Grounds in Legazpi City. Faculty, staff, and students gather in unity in black shirts with messages denouncing Chapter XVIII and championing seafarers' rights preservation.

With the imminent deadline for PBBM's signature on the Magna Carta, the institution remains committed to advocating for Filipino seafarers' rights and reinforces its stance that maritime students should not be classified as seafarers. In the face of these challenges, their collective voice stands to emphasize the significance of fair treatment for seafarers across the nation and calls for reform for better maritime education and training.


MPCF-LC Secures Top Awards at National Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2024


The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Department of Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Legazpi City (MPCF-LC), emerged as the Overall 1st Runner-up in the National Hospitality and Tourism Summit, Battle of Skills, Talents, and Pageantry 2024. The event, held on March 16, 2024, at the Albay Astrodome, showcased the talents of students from various colleges and universities across the nation.

Five esteemed institutions participated in the competition. Sorsogon State University (SSU) claimed the title of overall champion, boasting an impressive contingent of 800 student participants.

At the competition, MPCF-LC secured multiple awards across various categories. Among the notable achievements were:

Champion, Cupcake War: Led by coaches Mr. Marc Harvey Chavez and Ms. Maria Minerva Vibar.
1st Runner-Up, Cultural Dance: Coached by Ms. Aileen Tuazon, assisted by Mr. Ian Milapres, Mr. Karl Malvar, and Ms. Laurice Ann Borja.

2nd Runner-Up, Travel Brochure Making: Coached by Ms. Laurice Ann Borja.
2nd Runner-Up, Destination Marketing Plan: Coached by Ms. Chona Gallas.
2nd Runner-Up, Travel Vlog, Fruit & Veg Carving: Under the guidance of Mr. Norjun Barro.
3rd Runner-Up, Queen of Hospitality and Tourism 2024: Coached by Mr. Marc Harvey Chavez.
1st Runner-Up, Battle of the Brains: Coached by Ms. Maria Minerva Vibar and Ms. Maria Jane Chan.
1st Runner-Up, Banquet Floral Arrangements: Coached by Mr. Marc Harvey Chavez.

The success of MPCF-LC in this competition exhibits the dedication, expertise, and passion of its faculty and coaches from the Hospitality Management and Physical Education/PathFit departments. Their relentless support and guidance have helped in honing the skills of the students.

MPCF-LC extends its congratulations and gratitude to all those who contributed to this remarkable achievement, reaffirming its commitment to excellence in education and the nurturing of future leaders in the field of hospitality and tourism.


NATIONAL WOMEN'S MONTH CELEBRATION: "Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patunayan: Celebrating Women's Month through Arts and Culture"


In honor of National Women's Month, the Mariner's Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Legazpi City (MPCF-LC), hosted a celebration at the MPCF-LC Cafe on March 8, 2024, with the theme "Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patunayan: Celebrating Women's Month through Arts and Culture".

The MPCF-LC community gathered to witness a variety of performances, including painting, singing, instrumentals, dancing, and spoken poetry, all centered around the theme of women's strength and resilience. The event showcased the diverse talents and creativity of individuals within the MPCF-LC family.

The event was graced by esteemed guests from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Region 5 and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group Region 5. Their presence reinforced the importance of promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, especially within the male-dominated maritime industry.

The success of the institution’s celebration of National Women's Month reaffirms the institution’s commitment to championing gender equality and fostering a culture of empowerment and inclusivity within its institution and beyond.




The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. - Legazpi City (MPCF-LC) is geared up to celebrate a remarkable milestone as it extends its support for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges, Inc. (MPCI). The festivities are scheduled to take place from 01-04 March 2024, with the theme "50 Years of Golden Service: Looking Back and Beyond."

This significant event marks half a century of unwavering commitment to education, service, and excellence in the maritime industry. The event commenced with a Thanksgiving Mass, Ribbon Cutting of the MPCINC Museum, and a Job Fair, to kickstart the festivities. On the second day, activities include the: Grand Parade and Motorcade, along with the Grand Raffle Draw, Skills Olympics, Swimming Competition, and a Trade Fair. Next, the highly anticipated Mr. and Ms. Foundation pageant will be held on the third day. Finally, a Grand Awards Night will be held on the fourth day, to recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that have played pivotal roles in the success and enduring legacy of the MPCI.

This momentous occasion reaffirms the institution’s dedication to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of excellence. With a focus on shaping the future generation, MPCF-LC aims to instill values of integrity, innovation, and service, equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the dynamic landscape of the maritime industry.




In a significant milestone for both the graduates and their alma mater, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc., Legazpi City (MPCF-LC), proudly announces the achievement of five of its graduates in the Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last February 2024.

Out of the 19 aspiring engineers who took the rigorous examination, 5 engineers were successful. The newly licensed Mechanical Engineers are:

Engr. Jann Ezra M. Baldo
Engr. Jeck Wilson G. Dungca
Engr. Michael John I. Montes
Engr. Jonlyn E. Ortiz
Engr. Zedrick B. Revereza

The achievement of these newly licensed mechanical engineers solidifies the institution’s reputation as a premier institution for maritime, business, and engineering education in the region.

The MPCF-LC extends its heartfelt congratulations to these engineers for their outstanding achievement. Their success not only brings pride and honor to the institution but also to the whole engineering community in the province of Albay.




In support of the Philippine Associations of Maritime Institutions’ call to oppose Chapters 18 & 19 of the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers (MCFS) , the Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. - Legazpi City (MPCF-LC) participated in the nationwide "Black Monday'' campaign on 26 February 2024.

During its Morning Colors , all students /cadets , faculty members , employees and officials wore black shirts and ribbons to show support to the campaign in anticipation of the signing into law by the MCFS by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr at Malacanang on the same day. This campaign aims to address and rectify the perceived injustices embedded within Chapter XVIII of the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, a legislation intended to safeguard the welfare and rights of Filipino seafarers but included provisions in education and training specifically for cadets’ shipboard training and restrictions of the institutions’ policies on student admission among others. Hence, the proposed bill violates the basic Constitutional provision of ONE SUBJECT, ONE BILL.

The same provisions have sparked opposition among maritime institutions, domestic shipping companies and manning agencies , prompting calls for amendments to the MCFS. Chapter 18 requires all maritime higher educational institutions to either have a training ship or memorandum of agreement with shipping companies to provide for cadets’ berths .

As an aftermath of the strong opposition and support from the reported positions of agencies such as CHED and MARINA , the Presidential Communications Secretary Garafil announced in an interview that the President did not sign the proposed Magna Carta for Seafarers as “the bill was under review”.

MPCF Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro who is currently PAMI Secretary -General attributes the veto of the bill by President Marcos to the collective action and solidarity calls for more reforms in maritime education and training (MET) with the initiatives of PAMI headed by its President Czar Manglicmot and its Board members.

#NoToMCFS18 (Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, Chapter XVIII)


Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Inc., Legazpi City (MPCF-LC) and Engr. Jan Cohlen Bernal, OIC Onboard Training Supervisor, participated in the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) 49th Annual Convention held at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel in Cagayan De Oro on February 22-23, 2024.

The convention, themed "TECHVANTAGE: Synchronizing Emerging Technologies with Maritime Education and Training," provided a platform for maritime educators and professionals to delve into the intersection of technology and education. It also featured a plethora of engaging discussions and presentations on various topics aimed at optimizing maritime education through the integration of technology.

Furthermore, Ms. San Pedro, as the Secretary - General of PAMI, extended her heartfelt appreciation to the attendees, comprising of maritime educators, professionals, and industry stakeholders, for their unwavering commitment to the enhancement of maritime education and training. She emphasized the pivotal role played by each participant in fostering collaboration, innovation, and excellence within the maritime community.

Moreover, the MPCF-LC participants recognized the necessity of incorporating technology breakthroughs into education to better guide students for the changing demands of the maritime sector. This emphasized the need for collaboration among educational institutions, industry partners, and technology suppliers, in order to create a comprehensive learning environment that promotes innovation and excellence. Also, their presence reinforced MPCF-LC’s commitment to staying at the forefront of educational innovation and ensuring that future maritime professionals are equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

As the convention concluded, participants departed with a renewed enthusiasm and a shared commitment to harnessing the power of technology to propel maritime education and training into the future. The insights gained from the convention will undoubtedly inform and inspire the ongoing efforts of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Inc. in shaping the next generation of maritime leaders and innovators.


COLLABORATION IN MARITIME EDUCATION: Partners Visit for Cadetship Monitoring and Discussion

In order to create more opportunities for maritime students, Engr. Jan Cohlen Bernal, the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Onboard Training Supervisor, conducted a collaborative meeting on February 20, 2024, with C/E Jose D. Reynoso Jr., Training Director of Elburg Shipmanagement Inc., and Mr. Joemar Masacote, Prospective Officer Recruitment & Career Development Manager of Marlow Navigation Phils. Inc. The purpose of the visit was to monitor cadetship programs and explore avenues for further collaboration between the institution and industry partners.

The meeting took place at Elburg Ship Management Phils Inc. in Makati City, and was followed by discussions at Marlow Navigation Philippines in Malate, Manila City. The agenda primarily focused on reviewing the progress of existing cadetship programs and identifying strategies to strengthen partnerships in providing valuable training opportunities for maritime students.

Furthermore, Engr. Bernal emphasized the necessity of maintaining close relationships with industry partners to ensure the relevance and success of training programs. She emphasized the importance of continuous monitoring and assessment to ensure that training activities are in line with the maritime industry's changing demands.

As the maritime education sector continues to evolve, a shared vision and collaboration between educational institutions and industry players are becoming increasingly important.



Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation - Legazpi City (MPCF-LC) has achieved another milestone in its commitment to excellence as it successfully completed the 3rd Surveillance Audit of its Quality Management System (QMS) from February 19-21, 2024. This was conducted by SGS Philippines, a globally recognized inspection, verification, testing, and certification company.

The rigorous audit method was designed to assess the efficacy of MPCF-LC's QMS in maintaining consistent quality in education delivery, administrative procedures, and overall operations. The audit included in-depth examinations of several departments, processes, and procedures to guarantee conformity with international standards and regulatory requirements.

Moreover, Mr. Arnold Dizon, the lead auditor, thoroughly evaluated the school documents, conducted interviews with key staff, and led on-site inspections to ensure the QMS's implementation.

Following a thorough evaluation, the auditor commended MPCF-LC for its effective QMS implementation and adherence to best practices. One of the positive observations made by the auditor was the continuity demonstrated during the audit, which showed that despite the power outage that began at 0900H on 21 February 2024, lectures for scheduled classes were still conducted, which demonstrated the institution's commitment to providing high-quality education and services to its students and stakeholders.

Moving forward, the institution is dedicated to continual progress and excellence in all aspects of its business. Also, MPCF-LC will continue to use its QMS as a strategic instrument to promote innovation, efficiency, and customer satisfaction and to further strengthen its position as a premier educational institution dedicated to shaping the future leaders of tomorrow.


MISUGA Ship Management identifies Top talents among MPCF-LC Maritime Students

In a move aimed at nurturing talent for the maritime industry, Misuga Ship Management recently conducted a rigorous qualifying exam and interview process for Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMARE) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) students of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City. The event, held on February 16-17, 2024, saw the participation of aspiring maritime professionals eager to embark on a career journey with the prestigious company.

Out of the 25 students from MPCF-LC who undertook the qualifying exam, 17 successfully passed, showcasing their knowledge and practical understanding of maritime concepts.

Following the assessment, 5 out of the 17 successful candidates were directly chosen to join Misuga Ship Management as future cadets, which marks a significant milestone in their journey toward becoming seasoned maritime professionals. The selection process emphasized not only academic excellence but also qualities such as adaptability, critical thinking, and a passion for the maritime domain.

The collaboration between Misuga Ship Management and MPCF-LC reinforces a shared commitment to excellence in maritime education and training. By identifying and nurturing promising talent, both institutions aim to contribute to the continuous advancement of the maritime sector and to ensure a steady supply of skilled professionals, who are capable of navigating the challenges of the global maritime landscape.




FACULTY EHANCEMENT WORKSHOP for Research, Innovation, Development and Extension (RIDE)

The RIDE Program was spearheaded by the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. - Legazpi City, to provide instructors the information and abilities needed to delve into the intricacies of the current academic environment. The 2-day event was held last 09-10 November 2023, at the MPCF Legazpi.

Key personnel from MPCF-LC emphasized the importance of research and explained that research is concerned with the discovery of new knowledge, whereas innovation is concerned with the transformation of ideas into practical solutions, development is concerned with social progress, and extension guarantees that the advantages of education reach the wider population.

Lastly, the Faculty Enhancement Workshop for Research, Innovation, Development, and Extension aims to create a holistic approach to these topics. By providing instructors with the skills, expertise, and cooperation required for effective RIDE programs, these seminars assist not only the professional improvement of educators but also the overall progress and effect of education on the students and the larger community they are part of.


DC Grajo secures First Place in Images: Bicol Development in the ASEAN Context Digital

On behalf of the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. - Legazpi City, it is with great pleasure and immense pride that we extend our heartfelt Congratulations to DC Ron Ryzel B. Grajo, for achieving the remarkable feat of securing the 1st place in the Images: Bicol Development in the ASEAN Context-Digital Competition, which was awarded last 13 November 2023 at the Pepperland Hotel, Legazpi City.

Your outstanding performance not only brings glory to yourself but also shines a bright light on the incredible talent and dedication within the maritime sector. Congratulations! We, at MPCF – Legazpi, look forward to witnessing you continue making waves on the digital media.

The competition was spearheaded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in celebration of the ASEAN Founding Anniversary, with the theme “ASEAN Matters:Epicentrum of Growth”


The holistic and sustainable approach to harnessing the vast resources and potential of our oceans and coastal areas for economic growth, while also preserving and conserving these valuable ecosystems for future generations is the main goal of adopting the Blue Economy in the Bicol region. On 28 September 2023, the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. - Legazpi City, spearheaded the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on “Mainstreaming Blue Economy,” at the Proxy Hotel, Legazpi City.

Various topics were presented to highlight the relevance of the Blue Economy and how this effort would support the developing economic success of the region. The discussion started with the discussion of the “Blue Economy: Towards a Prosperous Archipelagic Maritime Nation”, where the MPCF-LC’s President, Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro emphasized the importance of the numerous islands and extensive coastlines of the country, which make marine resources a crucial part of the Philippine’s economic and social fabric.

The Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) was also discussed by Dir. Luisito U. Delos Santos, of the Planning and Policy Service, where he discussed the connection of the industry programs to the Regional Development Agenda of the Blue Economy. Furthermore, partners from higher education institutions discussed the blue carbon stock assessment in coastal habitat, sustainable enterprise development for resilient coastal communities, sea cucumber culture, and coastal eco-tourism development.

To close the activity, Atty. Maximo I. Bañares, Director II of the Maritime Industry Authority Regional Office V, highlighted the importance of implementing the Blue Economy in the Bicol Region and encouraged the Blue Bikol Champions to turn the table and start from the bottom up because he believes the Blue Economy will serve as a beacon of sustainable development in the region.


  • 1st Place Best in Color guards (College Category)
  • 1st Best in Drums and Percussion (College Category)
  • 3rd Place Best in Majorettes Color Guards
  • 4th Place  Best in Marching Brass Winds Band


Ahoy there, champions of the sea! The Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. - Legazpi City extends its heartfelt congratulations to the extraordinary members of the MPCF Legazpi Band and Majorettes, together with their trainers, Mr. Andy E. Campo and Mr. Beejay Arcinue, for their stunning victory in the recently concluded Peñafrancia Festival 13th Regional Majorettes, DBC, and Band Exhibition at Plaza Quezon, Naga City, on September 10, 2023.

Your performance exemplified the discipline and enthusiasm that characterizes our seafaring history. Your accomplishment not only brings enormous pride to our institution, but also to the larger maritime community. It is a brilliant example of what can be done with hard work, collaboration, and dedication.

Your commitment, talent, and spirit have certainly made an impact! Congratulations! We, at MPCF – Legazpi, look forward to witnessing your continued triumphs on the stage and in the professional world.

Congratulations !



MPCF-LC Welcomes its Senior High School for SY 2023-2024

The Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. – Legazpi City, headed by its President, Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, welcomes the Senior High School on their first day of classes today, 29 August 2023, at the MPCF-LC Grounds, Rawis, Legazpi City.

The students attended a flag ceremony, accompanied by the MPCF Band, together with the faculty and staff of the institution. The MPCF-LC President extended a warm welcome to the SHS students as they prepare to immerse themselves in the sea of knowledge and take advantage of great education that will help them shape their futures as they become #JobsFitLifeReady.

Following the morning ceremony, the SHS department organized a Campus Tour that was led by the officers of the Supreme Student Government (SSG) and their respective teachers.


MARINERS' @38: Sailing Past the Rough Seas Towards Great Resilience and Success

The Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. – Legazpi City celebrated its 38th Founding Anniversary, with the theme: “Mariners’@38: Sailing Past the Rough Seas Towards Great Resilience and Succes” on 04-05 August 2023 at the MPCF-LC, Rawis, Legazpi City.
Since its inception in 1985, MPCF Legazpi has produced an increasing quantity of competitive merchant marine officers, ship crew, customs brokers, engineers, hotel and restaurant managers and employees, technical and vocational workers, and other gainfully employed professionals. The institution's founder's ideal was successfully fulfilled, fostered, and is now reaping awards on the local, national, and worldwide stages.

As we look back on 38 years of excellence, growth, and transformative education, we are reminded of the remarkable journey that has shaped our school into what it is today – a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and community. The MPCF-LC has laid with a vision to give not only education, but an atmosphere that supports complete development - where academic rigor meets creative expression, critical thinking meets ethical ideals, and diversity is accepted as a strength.

As part of the event, the service awards were then given to the employees who rendered 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service from 2020-2023 to be recognized and rewarded for their work and commitment to the organization. Lastly, the Mariners' Diamond Club welcomed new members who will help the institution provide gratifying, joyous, and unforgettable moments to its retirees throughout their stay at the MPCF Legazpi.



The Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. – Legazpi City conducted its Commencement Exercises for Maritime Studies for the School Year 2022 – 2023, with the theme: “Celebrating Perseverance, Embracing Opportunities, Shifting Perspectives in Maritime Industry” on 04 August 2023 at the JCJ Gymnasium, Mariners’ by the Sea, Rawis, Legazpi City.

As Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro delivers her President's Address, she reminded the completers, graduates, and newly licensed Officer-in-Charge to always bring with them the passion and dedication to attaining a progressive maritime nation. She mentioned that these seafarers should never stop themselves from learning since the maritime industry is evolving and it is crucial that they are able to adapt to these changes. Also, as maritime professionals, they must also practice caution and safety, since the nature of the job involves the safety of the seafarers. They are also reminded of maintaining professionalism while onboard ships in order to easily cope with different races worldwide. Lastly, they should obtain their leadership potential in order to actively and effectively direct and lead their colleagues. To end her message, the President challenged the graduating class of 2023 to “create a maritime industry that is safe, sustainable, and prosperous for all.”

Also, this year’s Guest of Honor and Commencement Speaker, Hon. Elmer Francisco U. Sarmiento, Undersecretary for Maritime Affairs, Department of Transportation (DOTr), delivered his Commencement Address emphasizing that these graduates bearing their batch name “Maalab” have a burning passion, enthusiasm and ardent skill towards a specific goal to serve as an inspiration to aspire and continuously thrive for success. He also mentioned the compliance of the Philippines with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) through the efforts of the Philippine Government, saving more than fifty thousand jobs for Filipino Seafarers. Lastly, the graduates were advised to practice safety at sea in order to achieve a reliable and efficient maritime industry for all of us. Usec. Sarmiento ended his speech by reminding the class of 2023 that “our commitment to serve humanity is on top of everything we do.”

Additionally, a message of support from Mr. Keita Okajima, President of the Misuga Philippines, Inc. expressed his encouragement as the company remains committed in assisting the Mariner’s Legazpi cadets in order successfully serve the Philippine maritime industry.
After the distribution of medals, awards and certificates to the completers, graduates and the newly licensed Officer-in-Charge (OIC), the Pledge of Loyalty and the Pledge of Commitment to the alma matter was delivered.



The Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. – Legazpi City conducted its Commencement Exercises for Business Courses for the School Year 2022 – 2023, with the theme: “Celebrating Perseverance, Embracing Opportunities, Shifting Perspectives in Business Industry” on 02 August 2023 at the JCJ Gymnasium, Mariners’ by the Sea, Rawis, Legazpi City.

During the President's Address delivered by Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, MPCF-LC President, she gave some pointers for the graduates to remember, such as they must take rejection as their ticket to success and these failures should serve as constructive criticism to be able to enhance their lives and achieve success. They are also reminded that they should maintain their thirst for education, accept that the business industry is an ever-growing process, and that graduates should not lose sight of their ambitions in order to have a big impact on the community. She also highlighted that success is determined by more than just your professional achievements or financial status. To end her message, she noted that these graduates “should accept the obstacles, take advantage of the chances, and allow their entrepreneurial flair Soar High”

Also, this year’s Guest of Honor and Commencement Speaker, Hon. Wilbert T. Lee, Member of the House of Representatives, AGRI Partylist, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Hernani Calica addressed the significance of remembering the slogan "Wealth that Lasts," which he defines as money earned through hard work and persistence and something we can be proud of and pass down to future generations. He also emphasized that in order to succeed, we must not allow ourselves to settle for the bare minimum, but rather alter our mindset and elevate our expectations in delivering exceptional performance to our stakeholders and the community. His speech ended with an excerpt from a Korean Drama (K-Drama) movie “Queen Maker” stating that “the strong determination to save everyone might be the key to a better society”, which he has lived by up to this time in order to establish a more generous, caring and innovative society.

After the distribution of medals, awards, and certificates, the event was immediately followed by the valedictory address, given by Ms. Jannah Marie B. Katigbak, Magna Cum Laude, in which she discusses how, despite being “pandemic babies”, the graduates are able to achieve their aspirations for excellence and pursue their future endeavors. She also quoted Walt Disney, stating, "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them," and encouraged her fellow graduates to pursue their desires and be a part of the country's growing industry. Lastly, the Pledge of Loyalty and the Pledge of Commitment to the alma matter was delivered.




The Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Inc. – Legazpi City Senior High School Department conducted its 6th Commencement Exercises for the School Year 2022 – 2023, with the theme: “K to 12 Graduates Molded through a Resilient Educational Foundation” on 14 July 2023 at the JCJ Gymnasium, MPCF-LC (Annex), Rawis, Legazpi City.
This year’s theme emphasizes that the K to 12 program has laid an excellent scholastic foundation for graduates, providing them with the information, abilities, and beliefs they need to prosper in modern society. The MPCF-LC SHS graduates were honed as adaptive, skilled, and diverse individuals as a result of an expanded basic education, capacity growth, development, integrated education, corporate symmetry, and competitiveness on a global scale. As the school system continuously evolves, the solid foundation offered by K to 12 guarantees that MPCF-LC SHS graduates are confident in facing both the difficulties and opportunities of their future careers.

Moreover, on behalf of Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, President of the MPCF,-LC who is on official travel in the United Kingdom, Mr. Condrado L. Cordero, Vice President for Administration/QMR, offered an inspirational message to the SHS Graduates, noting that the K-12 curriculum has produced a generation of strong and resilient graduates who persisted despite the hardships and trials that they have experienced. Further, in line with the institution’s 10-point Agenda, Item no. 6 is focused on the Development of the Senior High School – Challenging the SHS academically in preparation for future employment and in relation to one of the institution's taglines, "Jobs Fit, Life Ready," implies that these graduates will be able to acquire and unlearn a variety of skills that will help them form the character which will define what they are attempting to build in the future. He also mentioned that the importance of molding one’s character is an important factor that will take the SHS graduates to where they oath to be. Additionally, he emphasized that “Character is developed over a period of time, it is the combination of our ideologies, our values, and our experience.”

Further, the occasion was graced by Dr. Danilo E. Despi, CESO V, School Division Superintendent of Albay, Department of Education Region V, as this year’s Commencement Speaker, wherein he encouraged the Senior High School Graduates to keep flourishing with the goal of excelling in their chosen fields of competence. The speaker also mentioned the necessity of understanding the pursuit of excellence despite the obstacles that will test an individual’s patience and perseverance, as well as the fact that excellence is a personal journey in which everyone's definition of perfection differs. Also, he highlighted that “the graduates should focus on their pursuit of excellence, that they need to do their best in order to achieve the best version of themselves.” And that It should not be about competing with others, but about pushing oneself to new heights and exceeding one's own expectations.

As the graduates received their diplomas and awards, the class valedictorian delivered his words of encouragement to his fellow graduates, as he illustrates the necessity of perseverance and hard work in order to achieve the quest for greatness. Following that, the graduates carried out the Alumni Pledge of Loyalty.


Playing an important role in establishing a domestic and global network of collaboration among women in the marine industry, as well as developing maritime talent, was recognized at an event on the first day of Korea Maritime Week last 14 - 16 June 2023 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, that served as a parallel event to the International Day for Women in Maritime, which was held last 18 May 2023, with the theme "Mobilizing Networks for Gender Equality."

The event started with IMO Secretary-General delivering a message of congratulations during the occasion, encouraging women to strive for progression to the highest levels of the maritime industry. Mr. Lim also promised that IMO will continue to assist the organization's eight Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), which strive to break down some of the regulatory hurdles and stereotypes that women face when entering the maritime sector.

Several presentations were discussed during the three-day event such as the “Collective Efforts for Gender Equality in the Maritime Affairs and Future Strategy” delivered by Mr. William Azuh, Deputy Director in the Technical Cooperation Division in IMO, “Mobilizing Global Networks for Gender Equality” presented by Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro President of WIMA Philippines and Asia and concurrently of the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Inc. – Legazpi City (MPCFI-LC). Also, “Entry Barriers against Women in Maritime and Improvement Measures” was discussed by the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, and a Study on the Growth and Leap of Women in Maritime in the Republic of Korea.

The event was graced by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Cho Seung-Hwan, Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, WIMA Philippines and Asia President, WIMA Korea President SoHyun Jo, Korean Female Cadets, both business and government sector, maritime officials, scholars, and the media.

International Maritime Organization. n.d. Korea Maritime Week celebrates women in maritime.


"GENDER EQUALITY: Unlocking the potentials of Women in Maritime as Catalyst for Change"

Equal opportunities emphasize the importance of gender equality most especially for women, affecting the nation’s progress and higher growth development in the maritime industry.
On 18 May 2023, twenty-four (24) empowered and astonishing women in the maritime sector graced the International Day for Women in Maritime (IDWM) held at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters - Meeting Hall in London. Guided by this year’s theme “Mobilizing Networks for Gender Equality”, the event aims to highlight the importance of utilizing interpersonal and organizational networks in overcoming obstacles to women's participation in the maritime profession. Additionally, this program was also linked to the United Nations (UN) SDG 5 on Gender Equality.

Currently, IMO has facilitated the creation of eight (😎 Women in Maritime Associations (WIMA) networks, which have been established in Africa (three WIMAs), Asia-Pacific (two WIMAs), the Arab States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, namely: Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA); Network of Professional Women in the Maritime and Port Sectors for West and Central Africa (NPWMP-WCA): Association for Women in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa region (WOMESA); Women in Maritime Association, Asia (WIMA Asia); Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC); Arab Women in Maritime Association (AWIMA); Red de Mujeres de Autoridades Marítimas de Latinoamérica (Red-MAMLa); Women in Maritime of West and Central Africa (WIMOWCA). These networks are instituted to break some of the institutional barriers and the cultural stigma faced by women in the maritime industry. During the occasion, the WIMA Regional Presidents discussed how each regional network dealt with the pandemic, which prevented the staging of conferences and events, negatively impacting the psychological well-being of many women and children, and the way resiliency and fortitude evolved during the pandemic.

Further, to continuously support the members of the organization, several efforts were made by the WIMA Asia national Chapters, with a particular focus on training, webinars, and seminars on Bio-fouling Management and Invasive Aquatic Species, Coastal-Clean Up initiatives in different nations, as well as workshops aimed at enhancing the circumstances and well-being of seafarers, surveys at ports, and marine environment protection operations throughout the continent's chapters.

Moreover, Ms. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, President of the WIMA Philippines and Asia, and concurrently of the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Inc. – Legazpi City (MPCFI-LC), delivered a speech encouraging the WIMA to “create more room for women to unlock their full potentials, to grow and to innovate, and to use that space to serve as a catalyst for change.” Wherein she stressed that this space would allow women in the maritime sector to gain confidence, unleash their full capabilities, and serve as agents of transformation.
Also, the IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, depicted that gender equality is "a requirement for a successful and resilient maritime industry" that fosters creativity, innovation, and long-term growth. The Secretary-General also intends to recognize and engage women with the highest quality skills in the field to embrace diversity and guarantee that any obstacles are taken down. He also thinks that investing in empowered women in the maritime sector will unearth a wealth of talent that will propel the industry ahead.

Furthermore, several conference sessions were conducted, that includes IMOGender Network Discussion with the panel on “Leveraging the WMU/IMLI networks and mentorships and “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”, it was bolstered by the assertion of Africa's first female dredge master, Capt. Lomndy Ngcobo, Ship Navigator and Founder of Maritime Youth Forum, whose accomplishments and words of enthusiasm urge the delegates to fight tirelessly for the maritime industry's improvement. Capt. Ngcobo also committed to engaging with WIMA Philippines and Asia to reach out to female officers and address the technical skills recognized for improvement. Mr. Humberto Carolo, Executive Director of White Ribbon, also gave a presentation titled "Men as Allies for Gender Equality," emphasizing the significance of breaking preconceived notions to offer women greater possibilities for development and combat the exclusion of women in the shipping sector.

To close the two-day conference, a working session was held on the development of a draft Global Strategy for IMO WIMAs, which establishes an institutional structure for incorporating gender aspects into IMO's rules and regulations and deploying an organizational approach to improving the involvement of women as key players in the maritime sector.

Reference: https://www.imo.org/.../tec.../pages/womeninmaritime.aspx...

[REPOST] Highlighting gender equality in maritime

THE importance of collaboration and networking in achieving gender equality in the maritime sector took center stage at the Global Conference of the IMO Women in Maritime Associations held at the IMO Headquarters in London on May 18-19.

The need to tackle the lack of visibility of women in the maritime industry; the need for individual women and organizations representing them to work in partnership to achieve more; the importance of having men as allies; and the need to engage with girls during their school years to attract them into roles in maritime were issues raised repeatedly.

Members of the IMO's eight Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs) from around the world and international partner organizations came together to explore the theme of this year's International Day for Women in Maritime held on May 18 — "Mobilizing networks for gender equality."

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim described gender equality as "a prerequisite for a thriving and resilient maritime industry" that would bring with it innovation, creativity and sustained growth.

"We need the best talent. And that means embracing diversity and ensuring that any barriers to participation are broken down. By investing in the future of women in maritime we unlock a wealth of talent that will drive our industry forward," Lim said.

An agreement on the Sustainable Maritime Transport Cooperation Women Project, the aim of which is to enhance gender equality in developing countries, was signed by Lim and South Korean Ambassador Yoon Yeocheol, permanent representative of the Republic of Korea to the IMO.

The agreement provides funding worth $3 million for five years.

Ambassador Yeocheol hoped the accord would be a milestone and pledged his country's continued support for women in the sector.

He said, "I sincerely hope that the agreement will promote more participation of women in the maritime sector and lead to a more diverse and inclusive culture in the maritime industry."

The conference heard from all eight WIMAs about their objectives, achievements and plans. Associations have been established in Africa (three WIMAs), the Arab States, Asia-Pacific (two WIMAs), the Caribbean, and Latin America to challenge some of the institutional barriers and the cultural stigma facing women who enter the maritime industry.

In a session on the work of Wista International, its president, Elpi Petraki, spoke of empowering women "to claim what they deserve" which, she said, would benefit both women and men. She also highlighted the continued challenges that face women working onboard ships.

"Full equality onboard is a long way off," Petraki said. She announced a follow-up next year to the 2021 IMO-Wista Women in Maritime Survey which she hoped would give a more accurate picture of gender diversity across the sector.

Other sessions included one on the IMO GENder Network and how networks of the IMO training institutes, the World Maritime University (WMU) and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), and mentorships can be used to best effect.

There was a remote presentation from Canada by Humberto Carolo, executive director of White Ribbon, which describes itself as the world's largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. He spoke about the need for society to challenge the propagation of male stereotypes that ensure women continue to be underrepresented in management roles.

During a panel discussion called "Breaking the glass ceiling," Africa's first female dredge master, Capt. Londy Ngcobo, ship navigator, founder of Global Maritime Youth, and director of Womaritime Experts, said she had decided to make a visible statement about her success in the maritime industry.

"I wore my uniform today. I have claimed my captaincy. To a young star looking at me — she comes with natural hair and brown skin: I too can become a captain. It's not rocket science."

The conference ended with a working session on the development of a draft Global Strategy for the IMO WIMAs.



SGS Auditors Recommend Continued Certification for Mariners' Legazpi

The School Administration congratulates the entire Mariners’ Community, specially all the Heads of Office, and employees who had been directly involved in the 2 - day SGS Surveillance Audit conducted last March 23-24, 2023. This was after the Surveillance Auditors found the school to be compliant to Quality Standards, and recommended the continued certification of the institution for the three-year period under ISO 9001 version 2015, which will be valid until 2025.

The certification of a third-party certifying body being represented by SGS, is a part of the school’s desire to ensure its own Quality Standard System (QSS), in compliance with STCW 1978 as amended. The certification was specifically intended to affirm the school’s quality standard for its continuing offering of Maritime Courses, and Trainings.

Mariners' Legazpi Prexy, Keynote Speaker during CHED's Flag Raising Ceremony

The President of Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Legazpi City, Ms. Merle Jimenez – San Pedro, in her capacity as President of Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMAPHIL), was one of the Keynote Speakers during the Commission on Higher Education’s Flag Raising and Fellowship Ceremonies last March 13, 2023, at the CHED’s National Office. The President spoke about “Kababaihan, Kabuhayan, at Kaunlaran” which highlighted women’s important role in the society’s economy, and over-all development.

Along with her, was Ms. Maria Luisa B. Gatchalian, one of the Trustees of the Small Enterprise and Development Foundation, who also shared about Women Entrepreneurship: Human Development Approach Towards Gender Equality Through Entrepreneurship Education. The event which was led by CHED Commissioner, Dr. Marita R. Canapi, was part of the Commission’s special tribute to women, in connection with this year’s Women’s Month celebration.

CHED Central Office meets Mariners' led SED Program Team

March 21 2023:

CHED Central Office led by the OPRKM OIC Chief Education Specialist Ms. Mayumi Belandres and HEDF Chief Budget Officer Ms. Diana Aguilar met with the Social Enterprises Devt Program Team and Advisory Board led by Mariners Canaman President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan.

With partners CBSUA President Dr Albert Naperi, Mariners Legazpi President Ms. Merle San Pedro, and Tabang Bicol Movement (TBM) Board Chair Evita Jimenez- Tuazon, they were joined by representatives from PODiS led by president Virginia Blaza and Ilaw POs, now operating their Social Enterprises.

CHEd Region V representatives headed by Ms. Alice Nieto accompanied the Central office CHEd officials.

The TBM distillation bldg from DA powered by an off grid solar panel from DoST is now operational and managed by the PODiS, assisted by TBM.

The SED, a two year research, development, and extension program in Bicol for economic resilience among disaster survivors is headed by Dr. Cely Binoya with project leaders Dr. Hanilyn Hidalgo, Dr. Philip Talay, Dr. Nila Oñate and Ms. Pat Boneo.

-SED News

Mariners’ Legazpi President RE- ELECTED as PAMI Secretary General

In an elections held on the second day of the 48th Annual Convention of Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI), last February 23 – 24, 2023, in Zuri Hotel, Iloilo City, the President of Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Rawis, Legazpi City - Ms. Merle Jimenez - San Pedro, FRIM, was re-elected as the incoming Secretary General, and member of the Board of Trustees for 2023 -2025.

Other elected members who will lead the PAMI are the following;

Engr. Felix M. Oca - Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
Mr. Sabino Czar C. Manglicmot II - Midway Colleges, Inc.
Capt Ruszell J. Apachecha - University of Perpetual Help System Laguna
Dr. Caroline Mariane S. Enriquez - Our Lady of Fatima University
Capt Maximo M. Pestaño - Baliwag Maritime Academy
Dr. Ma. Teresa S. Sarabia - St. Therese- MTC Colleges
Capt. Rogelio A. Paramio - DMMA College of Southern Philippines
Dr. Arlene A. Paderanga - Asian Institute of Maritime Studies
Dr. Leticia C. Salas - Saint Joseph Institute of Technology
Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian - John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University
Ms. Bettina Chiongbian - West Bay College
Engr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo - Mapua Malayan Colleges, Inc.
Dr. Mark Anthony Vera - Negros Maritime College Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Eric Henry I. Alterado - MATS College of Technology

The Convention is a gathering of the different Heads of Maritime Institutions, along with invited maritime officials and stakeholders nationwide. This year’s convention had the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - Hon. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, DPA, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. In his message, he reiterated the Commission’s undiminishing support to all Maritime Higher Education Institutions, which he acknowledged as the backbone of the Country’s Maritime Industry. He clearly noted that the Philippines is the biggest supplier of world-class manpower to the global maritime fleet every year.

The Convention is intended to provide inputs on developments in education such as digitalization, periodically assess the current maritime education situation affecting the country’s industry, plan out for the needed programs responding to curricular changes that have to be undertaken, and identify the best way in which Maritime Institutions can play a vital role to enhance the industry’s development as a maritime and archipelagic country. The Convention successfully culminated with fresh plans, and a much clearer direction under the set of officers given their fresh mandate.

Mariners’ Legazpi Band Joins Welcome Ceremonies for the Pilgrim Relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Upon the request of Coast Guard District Bicol, the 76-member strong Mariners’ Legazpi Band joined the welcome ceremonies accorded to the Pilgrim Relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, ferried aboard Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas BAGACAY (MRRV 4410) at the Port Area, on February 8, 2023. The fair weather, the snappy Battalion formation composed of personnel from CGS Albay, and 901st Coast Guard Auxiliary Squadron Albay, as well as the prayerful clergy, religious, and lay delegates from the Diocese of Sorsogon patiently waiting as the vessel docked at the Pier, formed a solemn atmosphere for the Relics’ disembarkation after staying for two days in the island province of Catanduanes.

As the lively tune pervaded the area, uniformed Coast Guard Personnel reverently carried the Reliquary on their shoulders, to the waiting convoy of vehicles that will bring it to Sorsogon. Prior to that, blessings from the District Chaplain, and other priests were made before it was turned over to the receiving delegates. The Commander of CGDBCL, CG COMMO GENITO B BASILIO who personally accompanied the Relics, could not contain his happiness over the school’s positive response to his request, which significantly made the ceremonies more colorful, and truly meaningful.

As a personal gesture, he directed the Commanding Officer of BRP BAGACAY, to make sure that Cadets and Cadettes from Mariners’ Legazpi be given all the opportunity for Vessel Familiarization for as long as it is docked in Legazpi City, prior to its departure. Hence immediately thereafter, a group of 30 2nd and 3rd year deck and engine maritime students were received aboard, and given a brief vessel tour by no less than the Ship’s Executive Officer. Accompanying them were maritime instructors who also supervised the activity.

Mariners Legazpi Gets CHED Safety Seal

Following the joint inspection conducted by CHED ROV and the City Health Office on October 12, 2022, Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Legazpi City has been granted the High Commission’s Safety Seal for its readiness in the conduct of the Face-To-Face Classes on October 13, 2022. Representing the said regulatory agencies were, Ms. Pamela Sorra – Viñas, and Dr. Fulbert Alec Gillego, MD respectively.

During the presentation of the codified policies and protocols, as well as in the ocular inspection around the campus, they noted the remarkable readiness of the school not only in terms of protocols, but also in the physical preparations put in place by the institution. Along the way, they specifically expressed noting the school’s spearheaded series of onsite vaccination campaigns over past several months. Most notably, they commended the actual drills conducted by the Task Force COVID (TFC) 19, which simulated different Covid – 19 scenarios in various settings. This, they had acknowledged to have monitored only in the institution.

For the Know; the Safety Seal is an institutional recognition being given to higher education institutions that pass the minimum Safety and Health Standards set by the Commission on Higher Institution (CHED), in close collaboration with the Department of Health, to ensure a school’s readiness for the resumption of the Face-To-Face Classes.


NS United Marine Philippines, Inc. Conducts Cadetship Examination to Maritime Students

Written by: Edgar James Mendones and Leizel Casulla
Photographer: Pricila Bañadera, Erika Angeline Rivera and Edgar James Mendones.

NS United Marine Philippines Inc. visits Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation of Legazpi City to conduct an examination for maritime students, which has two parts, a written exam, and an interview. Twenty students from BSMarE and another twenty from BSMT took the opportunity to try their wit and skills. Students from ROTC incoming officers, BSHM students with the MPCF-LC faculty, and instructors welcomed the visitors with warm greetings. After the opening remarks, NS United Marine Philippines Inc. toured around to see the laboratory facilities for maritime on October 17, 2022. Out of 40 students who took the exam, only 18 Students continued to the final interview. The management will release the final listing of the exam and interview passers.

Mariners' Legazpi Hospitality Management Student Hailed CHAMPION in Barista Face-Off Ultimate Challenge

Written by: Edgar James Mendones and Leizel Casulla
Photographer: Pricila Bañadera, Erika Angeline Rivera and Edgar James Mendones.

Mariners Legazpi HM Students Jojie Mariscotes hailed Champion, and Markel Andoni Garcia landed 2nd place in Barista Face off Ultimate Cafe Challenge (Amateur Category) by LCC Supermarket with the Coaches Ms. Jenelyn Palacio and Mr. Kevin Estay. In line with the celebration of International Coffee Day held at Ayala Malls Legazpi City Activity Center on October 15, 2022. The participants showed off their skills in preparing two breakfast coffee and one healthy coffee smoothie for the Amateur and Professional categories.

Our warmest congratulations to our Participants and their coaches!


Mariners Legazpi Spearheads Marine Clean Up for ICC 2022

As part of the observance of the Maritime Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANAMo), and the National Maritime Week 2022 celebration, Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Legazpi City, along with WIMA Philippines- Bikol Chapter, spearheaded a joint Coastal and Underwater Clean Up on September 17, 2022, as part of its participation to the International Coastal Clean Up 2022. The event drew a total of 297 participants, composed of students, faculty members, and staff, along with personnel and volunteers coming from various government agencies, and maritime stakeholders.

The International Coastal Clean Up Day, or shortly ICC, is an annual event observed by over 100 countries all over the world every third Saturday of September, aimed at raising significant awareness on the importance of marine life and resources.

Among those who participated were, the PCG, PCGA, BFAR, PPA, MARINA, PNP Maritime Group, PN, United Kabalikat Civicom Legazpi, and Brgy. Rawis LGU. The undertaking which was conducted along the shoreline of Barangay Rawis, fronting Mariners’ Legazpi Annex, collected a total of 35 Kilograms of biodegradable wastes, and 145 Kilograms of Non-biodegradable garbages, from the combined Costal and Underwater Clean-up activities.

Virtual & Face-to-Face Sessions for Students Leadership Camp.

The office of the students Affairs and Services will be conducting the Students Leadership camp on June 2-3, 2022 from 8:00-5:00 pm. In compliance to the institutions Policy only limited participants are invited to join the face-to-face sessions however, those students not included in the face to face sessions are advised to join virtually via zoom
All participating students (face-face and zoom) are excused from their classes.

Attire: Type B uniform or Casual Attire (white polo/blouse)
For face-face participants: please vaccine cards and School ID.

Please refer to the following log in credentials:

Meeting ID: 823 4824 4261
Passcode: 092915



Outstanding Midshipmen Awarded by Multinational Maritime, Inc. (MMI), in partnership with Meijie Shipping.

Multinational Maritime, Inc. (MMI), in partnership with Meiji Shipping, awarded the following Midshipmen from among all other Maritime Schools in the Philippines as OUTSTANDING CADETS, after having successfully completed the three months in-house training curriculum phase of company's cadetship program.

TOP 1 - MIDN. KERBY D. CENTENO - Engine Cadet, Batch 2021

TOP 3 - MIDN. RANJIT E. SOTTO - Engine Cadet, Batch 2021




Mariners' System, to mark COMMO JAIME C JIMENEZ SR PCGA's Birth Anniversary Centenary

Bannering the Theme: “Jaime C. Jimenez Sr. @ 100: A Centennial Milestone for Mariners”, the entire Mariners’ System, composed of three sister schools; Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges – Naga City, Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation – Canaman, Camarines Sur, and Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation - Legazpi City, is set to commemorate the Birth Anniversary Centenary of the late Founder, AUX COMMODORE JAIME C JIMENEZ SR PCGA, on April 30, 2022.

On the part of Mariners’ Legazpi, the week-long series of activities leading to the centennial celebration, was kick started with a showcase of the School’s Band and Majorette Corps, following the morning colors ceremonies last Monday, April 25, 2022. Despite the slight drizzle, the community, both on site and online, witnessed the skillful performance of the Band and Majorettes, after more than two years of lull, since the start of the Covid Pandemic.

Welcoming everyone to the presentation, the Chairperson for Mariners’ Legazpi Centennial Committee, Ms. Lanie M. Abrigo, gave an inspiring message as she announced the series of activities lined up for the remaining days of the week. Further, she invited the community to join the celebrations with prayerful remembrance to the truly inspiring life, and legacy of the late Founder.



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