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Tabang Bikol Movement, RDC-5, Mariners System spearhead round table discussion on COVID-19 and ASF

Tabang Bikol Movement (TBM), in cooperation with Bicol Regional Development Council thru  Chairman  Noel Rosal and Mariners System thru Mariners Naga and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 5 launched a Round Table Discussion on “Public Health: Understanding and Mitigating the Risk of Covid-19 and other Infectious Diseases”.  It was held on February 25, 2020 at the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City and done in line with the Mariners System’s commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

(Left picture) MPCF-Cam Sur and MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa  J. Ampuan (extreme left) delivers the welcome address at the opening of the Round Table Discussion.  (Right picture) Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez  (2nd from left in white shirt) joins the RTD with Bicol Regional Directors Benjamin Santiago of DOT (2nd from right) and Arnel Garcia of DSWD (3rd from right).



"Work Immersion allows SHS to exercise what they learned from theories and in-school training to the actual workplace"

The First and Second Batch Work Immersion of SHS Maritime Pre-Baccalaureate cadets onboard Starlite Ferries tranporting "Batangas-Calapan-Batangas-Caticlan" from January 24 - 27, 2020.

The SHS cadets during the pre-departure orientation and workplace briefing at Starlite Ferry.


READY KA NA BA? Career-Readiness Project initiative of MARINERS' LEGAZPI CITY.

"Ready Ka na Ba?" or RKNB? project is an initiative of MPCF-LC geared towards reinforcing the career readiness of the institution's maritime students. The project aims to help maritime students prepare for their school to onboard transition and equi them with the knowledge, skills and attitude (KSA) that will increase their competitiveness and develop their career resilience.



Yashika F. Torib (2019, November 6), The Manila Times 

A newly updated resolution on the National Marine Policy (NMP) strengthens the collaboration between the government and private sector for the long-term improvement of the maritime industry.

The resolution, submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte as represented by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea during the National Marine Summit on October 29 and 30, was unanimously drafted, approved, and adopted by industry leaders for the sustainable development of the country’s maritime assets and interests.

NMP 2019 (Front row, from right) Atty. Michael P. Ong, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary; Merle Jimenez-San Pedro-Chairman, MS MMP; Exec. Sec. Salvador C. Medialdea-Executive Secretary and Chairman, NCWC; Assistant Secretary Lino Dabi, DOTr; VADM Narciso A. Vingson, Jr. – OIC, Marina and Dr. Elizabeth Salabas-Co-Convenor, MS MMP. From left (standing): Engr. Sammuel T. Lim, Chairman, SONAME; Commissioner Dante La. Jimenez- Chairman, PACC; Atty. Brenda Pimentel, Co-Convenor, MS MMP; RADM Adonis B. Donato – Co-Convenor, MS MMP/Chairman, OSM Maritime Services; Capt. Arsenio Padilla – Co-Convenor, MS MMP/Exec. Secretary, PAMTCI; Capt. Gaudencio C. Morales, Co-Convenor, MS MMP/President, ISP Engr. Felix Oca – Co-Convenor, MS MMP/President, PAMI; USEC Jose Luis M. Alano- Exec. Director, NCWC Secretariat; Commissioner Manuelito Luna, PACC; and Hon. Macnell M. Lusotan, MARINO Partylist. PHOTO BY WILMAR ALMERIA


MPCF-LC and WIMAPHIL President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, Champion of "She"-Farers and Women in Maritime

"Bringing "She" to sea, with Her numerous accomplishments as a leader, ignited a tremendous source of positivity and inspiration in and around her organization" - Manila Times, May 1, 2019 issued.


School, WIMA Bicol join celebration of International Women’s Day

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) this city, and the Bicol Chapter of Women in Maritime Philippines  (WIMAPHIL) joined the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 and 9, 2019  with activities held at  the SM City of Legazpi.

(Upper left picture) WIMA Philippines President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro addresses the audience at the opening rites of the International Women’s Day event at SM City Legazpi. (Lower Left picture) MPCF representatives led by Registrar Norma Villanueva (4th from right) and WIMA Bicol coordinator Ms. Lydia Cervantes (6th from left) pose for a souvenir photo with one of the forum speakers and representatives of SM City Legazpi. (Right picture) A representative of Banco de Oro gives a lecture on Financial Management before women and coeds.


MPCF-LC President gets PAMI’s nod; retains positions as association’s Board Member  & Secretary General

Davao City – The Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) held its 44th annual National Convention in Davao City in the third week of February 2019. Delegates from different maritime institutions from all over the country including Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay led by President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro attended the event.

(Left picture) MPCF-Legazpi President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro addresses the assembly in her capacity as PAMI’s Secretary-General at the 44th annual National Convention held in Davao City.  (Right picture) The delegates with the school’s VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Milagros Esparrago (3rd from right) as they listen to the message being conveyed.

Some officers of the association while at dinner after the Board Meeting attended by its new members. In the picture with President Merle San Pedro are PAMI officers Chief Engineer Havoc , Atty. Pimentel and the members of Team MPCF-Legazpi.

In the conference, President San Pedro, in her capacity as Member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the association was retained to the same posts after an election was conducted. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was represented by Undersecretary Paul Yebra who delivered the convention’s Keynote Address.


Mariners Legazpi joins G.A.I.N. convention; observes role of academe in shaping students for jobs of the future

The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Legazpi City, Albay sent a delegation to the 2nd  National Convention of the Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN), in a one-day forum which focused on the subject ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution: Preparing the Philippines for the Jobs of the Future’.  Led by school President Madame Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, she was joined by VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Milagros Esparago and Office for Research and Extension Director Ms. Genevieve Marcelo-Sy. The gathering was held at the Dusit Thani Hotelin Makati, Metro Manila on February 8, 2019. 

MPCF-Legazpi sent school officials as representatives to the 2nd  National Convention of the Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN).  (Left to right) President Merle Jimenez-San Pedro, VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Milagros Esparago and Office of Research and Extension Services (ORES) Director Ms. Genevieve Marcelo-Sy.

The convention participants take a break during the hectic forum schedule. With the MPCF-Legazpi delegates are colleagues from sister school, the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Canaman, Camarines Sur.

Recognizing the key role of Filipino workers in achieving the priorities of the Philippine Government to accelerate human capital development, increase growth potential, and create an enabling and supportive economic environment, the Government-Academy-Industry Network (GAIN),  in collaboration with stakeholders from the government, academe and industry, has organized the 2nd GAIN National Convention.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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