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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.

 (Left picture) The returning maritime cadets of MPCF-Legazpi while at the radio-tv studios as guests.  They share their experiences and adventures aboard international sea-going vessels plying the seven seas of the world. They are featured in the school’s Thursday weekly show ‘Buhay Marinero’ over Radio Veritas and Veritas TV. (L to R) Ryan Dexter Bon, Mark Joseph Barnedo, Enrique Claudio Bio, Christopher Bonina, John Kevin Camu and Aldrin Calingasyon, and together with one of the Program Anchors of the show, Capt. Steven James Diño (extreme left), who is the school’s Media Relations Officer. (Right picture) A typical container ship where graduates have their apprenticeship after the 3-year training program and academic studies at MPCF.

A typical Container Ship (left picture), and Bulk Cargo Ships while on-dock in a port (right picture)

During the interview, the cadets expressed their excitement on having boarded international sea-going vessels after graduation.  After almost a year at sea, they pride themselves of having entered the next level of their profession as Seafarers.

Most of them admitted that the first two months at sea was indeed a period of adjustment. Included in the challenges they faced was ‘homesickness’, with them having gone away from home that long for the first time. There was also the ‘seasickness’ syndrome which a newcomer in the profession usually encounters.  These factors plus the adjustments which had to be made in dealing with ship officer-superiors and colleagues who come from different countries and of varied nationalities and cultures, these they had to contend with.

There was also the ‘language’ barrier with most of the crew members come from Europe, India, South America and Asia.  They found-out that Filipinos have the advantage when it comes to the use of English as medium of communication.

One of the experiences they treasure was the opportunity of having been to countries and key cities of the world in continents they never imagined before, they would be able to set foot on them.
After having circumnavigated the world via the seven seas and after having experienced to be compensated in US dollars, they have vowed to continue to work in the maritime industry which they have started.

After their three-month vacation, they will go back to their respective shipping companies to resume work. The option to further undergo training and upgrade their status as ship officers lurk as they wish to be promoted to the next higher rank,  the soonest possible time.
All of them have expressed gratitude to their alma mater as they claim that had it not been for the education they got from the Mariners school, they would not be in the position where they are today.



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.

Aside from Ms. Gayo, eighteen others made it.

A Brokers’ Toast has been scheduled by the academic community as recognition and to celebrate the feat achieved by the Customs Brokers Licensure Examination passers.              

“The Board of Trustees and administration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Legazpi City congratulate Cyrel Bio Gayo, the eighteen other board passers and their parents for this achievement reached by our BS Customs Administration graduates”, declared President/CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimenez upon receiving the news of the board examination result.

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.

Included in the entourage of the visitingexecutives were MIS Director and Interviewer Mr. Alex M. Enriquez, Prefect of Studies Mr. Charles P. Go, Scholarship Officer Ms. Cheryl A. Gabarda and Fleet Director/Magsaysay Maritime Interviewer Chief Engineer Cielito Mamawag.

It can be recalled that since the school was granted accreditation to offer Baccalaureate Degree courses in Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), representatives from international shipping companies came to the school to entice Midshipmen to join the ranks of their respective firms.

“This gesture of our Industry Partners to come to the school is very encouraging on the part of the school administration inasmuch as this will open opportunities to deserving students from marginalized families who wish to study and become ship officers” said President/CEO Dante Jimenez. 
On the academic side, the administration puts emphasis on sustaining the implementation of the quality standards set by MARINA, CHEd and EMSA.

“There is no other way but to implement the tenets set forth by these agencies as this will spell the kind of Seafarer-Officers we will have. Foremost in our goal is to have our students imbibe the principle of safety at sea which can only be achieved via thorough learning and training while they are in college”, declared Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Duka.

The MPCF-Legazpi Family as it welcomes aboard the visiting Industry Partner-representatives from the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping.

The principle of Safety at Sea which the Mariners System strictly adheres to as its guiding light in giving education to future Seafarers was construed from the statement made by the Founder of Mariners System who put emphasis on the seaman’s knowledge in sailing safely a sea vessel, when the late Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez once said “I am not afraid of the storm for I know how to sail my ship”.

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.

MPCF-Legazpi President/CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimenez (extreme right) in a jolly chat with some members of the Management Committee to gear-up for the start of the second semester to assure the smooth opening of classes. In the picture are (left to right) HR Director Julie Ann Nieva, ORES Director Genevieve Marcelo-Sy, VP for Administration Conrad Cordero, VP for Academics Cynthia Duka, Media Relations Officer and CGA-OTC Commandant Captain James Diño, and  Dean of Maritime Studies C/M Alvin F. Abalon (partly hidden) and the CEO.

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.

Aside from making the facilities of the school ready for the opening of classes, the administration has reiterated the preparedness which the minds and hearts of the members of the academic community should have.

“Let us have a concerted effort again in making the delivery of service to the students as smooth and effective as can be, as what we have traditionally done in the past years. We have to sustain this quality of service to our clientele – the students, who deserve the best from us”, said President Dante Jimenez.

On the part of the students and parents, the school leadership has encouraged them to make the first day of classes as regular and normal as can be.

“Gone are the days when the first day of class is taken for granted while some students would opt to come several days or a week after the official opening of the semester. The school is encouraging everyone, especially on having responsible students and school personnel”, VP for Administration Conrad Cordero declared.

Senior High School classes start on November 6 while in the College level, November 8, 2017 has been the target date.

With a clear marching order from the school management, the Mariners Academic Community has vowed to sustain on having the customary ‘right start’ for the second semester of Academic Year  2017-2018.


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.

Up-close: Participants in the swimming competition push hard to reach the finish line. This event is among the most attended and exciting contests in the Intramurals 2017.

A glimpse of more action at the Intramurals 2017: Note how the players perform with enthusiasm and determination.

Aside from the physical activities brought about by participating in the games, the students were exposed to the deeper meaning of the event such as the honing of skills in which talents were discovered while the spirit of sportsmanship among the partakers was developed.

“The theme ‘Upholding Marinero’s Core Values and Excellence Through Sports, Skills and Talents’ for this year’s sporting activity is appropriate because this touches on the core values of the Institution. It does not end in the physical exertion done by the athletes in the competitions but it also dashes on the formation of positive attitude which is the quest for excellence in every endeavor that the students undertake”, said Media Relations Officer and CGA-OTC Commandant Captain Steven James Dino.

The Dance Sport dubbed as ‘Hataw Danzport’, the Talent Show Competition and Literary Musical Contest  were among the highlights of the occasion. The colorful ‘Search for MR and MS Mariners 2017 was held on September 28, 2017 at the JCJ Multi-Purpose Gymnasium.

The event was culminated by a Victory Ball and the Awards Rites for the teams which excelled in the different games and contests.

(Left picture) The winners in the Search for MR & Ms Mariners 2017.  (Right picture) The Ms Mariners during the contest as they display their winning form.

The Officers of the Corps of Midshipmen (COM) took charge of the management of the affair which was  wholeheartedly supported by the student body. 

“I congratulate the Corp of Midshipmen, the student body and the members of the faculty & staff for the coordinative and cooperative effort in staging the Intramurals 2017 which registered an overwhelming success”, declared MPCF-Legazpi President and Chief Executive Officer Dante La. Jimenez.

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.

(Left picture) The Chairman of Chinese General Hospital - RADM James Dy (seated, center) signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the grant of health benefits to school personnel with Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation represented by Commodore Dante La. Jimenez.  The event was witnessed by school and hospital officials. (Right picture) The President/CEO is joined by officials from sister Mariners schools in Naga City and the MPCF in Camarines Sur.

The theme ‘Onwards Through Challenges with Resolve and Resilience’ adopted for this year’s event is appropriate inasmuch as the Institution has faced unrelenting tests in the past in which it has survived. These challenges are still present and the theme will continue to be the guiding light for the academic community.

Included in the highlight of activities were the Foot Parade at 6:30 a.m. from the Legazpi Port Area to the school campus, the Thanksgiving Mass, the Blessing of Training Modules at the Engineering II Building, the Arrival Honors for MPCF Legazpi’s President/CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimemez, and guests City Mayor Noel E. Rosal and Chinese General Hospital Chairman - RADM James D. Dy, PCGA, the Band and Majorrettes Exhibition, the Traditional Luncheon and the Basketball Game Exhibition.

The President, in an interview with ABS-CBN and Veritas Radio & TV in Legazpi City reiterated his appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Mariners academic community, the students and parents, the Bicolanos and the public in general for the support to and acceptance of the Institution which has served the Bicol Region for more than three decades.

“The school has leveled to world-class standards as we assure everyone of its sustainability as required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).  This level of standard will continue to be pursued to guarantee academic quality to the Bicolano youth who avail of the education offered by this Institution”, declared President Jimenez.

Meanwhile, the student, faculty and staff of MPCF-Legazpi are one as they vowed to support the advocacies launched by the administration at the  32nd Foundation Anniversary which coincided with the birthday of Commodore Dante Jimenez.


DOTr Secretary Tugade inspires graduates at Mariners commencement rites

The Mariners System together with the members of the 2017 graduating batch of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this city, was honored to have been graced by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade as the school’s Guest of Honor and Speaker at its 31st Commencement Exercises.

(Left picture) Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade delivers his address at the school’s commencement rites.   (Right picture) MPCF-Legazpi President/CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimenez stands to confirm the graduates of batch 2017.

Secretary Tugade has kept his audience glued to the address he delivered especially when he started to tell them that he grew up in a squatter area.  One thing which he never gave-up during his struggling years was his dream to get out of the quagmire of poverty in which he and his family were entangled.
He shared his experience of sacrifices during his student days until such time that he was able to finish College and his Law Course with flying colors. He told the graduates had he not persevered in pursuing his dream, everything could have been in a ‘status quo’ or nothing could have changed in the situation where he was in.
The ‘sacrifices’ and ‘sufferings’ are but temporary in nature because he affirmed that after the hardship and toil came the fruits of his labor in which he started to enjoy which he expects could last him for a lifetime.

The guest delivered his message in Pilipino and which made it easy for the students and the parents to comprehend.  He touched the hearts of those who listened thru his ‘down-to-earth’ approach.  His presence during the occasion was a learning experience not only to the graduates, the school’s faculty and staff but to everyone present in the occasion.

The Commencement Speaker as he receives the Plaque of Appreciation from MPCF’s President and CEO Commodore Dante La. Jimenez after the former has delivered his message to the graduates.  Assisting President Jimenez on-the-stage are (right to left) Board of Trustees Secretary Nimfa Vadez-Jimenez and Board of Trustees Member Merle Jimenez-San Pedro.

Secretary Tugade has been tagged as a self-made-man by his colleagues and associates. Now, a big-time businessman and a technochrat, he stands to be one of the most respected Members of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte.
His presence at the 31st Commencement Exercises of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Legazpi City, Albay was indeed a big factor in sending-off the graduates as they leave the portals of the Institution to pursue their chosen profession in the outside world.

'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.

The guest-discussants on the topic ‘Shipboard Training’ at the MPCF-Legazpi’s radio-tv program ‘Buhay Marinero’.  (Left to right) Work and Travel U.S.A. Coordinator Mr. Jefferson Bola, Maritime Studies Dean - Captain Job Espares, Shipboard Training Coordinator Mr. Webster Toledo and program Co-Anchor - Media Relations Officer Steven James Dino (back to camera).

MPCF-Legazpi Dean of Maritime Studies Captain Job Espares gave pointers to would-be- apprentices who would soon be aboard sea-vessels to practice the virtue of perseverance and patience as these are among the qualities of successful Seafarers.

Meantine, Shipboard Training coordinator for Hospitality Management (HM) courses -  Mr. Webster Toledo conveyed the information that the academic requirement to go on-board passenger and cruise ships is a must for those taking-up these courses because it does not only give them the actual experience in working aboard ships but this also opens the opportunity for them to work with these shipping companies after they graduate.

On the other hand, Work and Travel U.S.A. Program Coordinator Mr. Jefferson Bola has made a litany of the advantages which students get once they join the program for their learning and earning  experience.  Among them is the practice of being in a foreign land and serving and mingling with customers of diverse nationalities and people coming from different countries of the world.

The guests and program anchor in a relaxed mood before the start of the program at the studios of Veritas Radio-TV.

The school administration will continue to make the Shipboard Training scheme part of the curriculum not only for students taking-up the baccalaureate maritime studies but in the Hospitality Management courses.


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