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2013 News Archives

ORES of MPC-Naga conducts community-based program, enhancing livelihood opportunities in barangays

MPC Naga’s Office of Research and Extension Services (ORES) personnel in action in Barangay Lipot, Milaor Camarines Sur during the community-based outreach program while interacting with the housewives and the youth who participated in the livelihood lectures and demonstrations. Left to right standing - Dr. Mariel Estrella, a barangay official (partly hidden), Professor Nilo Ponteros, Ms. Gladys Belmin and a housewife-participant (back to camera).

Naga City – The Office of Research and Extension Services (ORES) of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC), this city continues to set in motion its community-based program in selected barangays in the municipalities of Milaor and Camaligan, Camarines Sur thru activities conducted within the last quarter of 2013.

In an effort to register an impact and to contribute to the improvement of the living condition of the barangay folks, a team headed by MPC-Naga ORES chief Dr. Mariel Estrella visited two nearby villages and targeted them for a series of lectures and demonstrations on how to produce quality foodstuffs which are in demand.

“Small and simple but doable projects such as what the school introduces could mean a lot to the barangay-folks in terms of new opportunities which could help them in their livelihood”, said ORES Researcher Gladys Belmin.

With the increasing requirement for ‘tocino’ and ‘longanisa’ and other similar products in nearby places including Naga City, the school decided to send an HRM team which conducted a series of instructions. The pool of mentors from the school’s Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) Department was led by faculty member Ms. Emy Barbara.

The community-based program was carried-out in Bgy. Lipot, Milaor, Camarines Sur on November 25, 2013 while another similar activity was done in Barangay Loob, Gainza, Camarines Sur on December 7, 2013.

ORES personnel of Mariners-Naga happily work on the plans for the activity as they calendar the moves prior to the outreach action in two barangays in Camarines Sur

Other members of the team included Ms. Gladys Belmin and Professor Leonilo Ponteros. The target beneficiaries were the housewives and the youth in the barangays.

Meanwhile, the school does not stop with these recently concluded outreach projects.

“MPC-Naga is slated to conduct tree-planting projects in the first week of February and in the month of March, 2014 in Cagsao, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. It will be an activity in which NSTP students will plant again ‘bakawan’ to further reinforce the mangrove trees planted a year ago by our students”, said Professor Ponteros, the school NSTP coordinator.

“Mariners Naga has always been in the forefront in community projects like these and we will continue our presence to be felt in the barangays where we can share skills via the pool of manpower and resources we have, cognizant of our corporate social responsibility so the school can be an instrument in making our barangay-folks more productive”, shared Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City.

Alba bags 1st prize in the Newscasting competition in MPC

Eleven (11) contestants vie for the 2nd newscasting competition in Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges held on July 29, 2013 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The contestants read news in English, Filipino, and Bicol dialect.

This year, Kevin M. Alba won 1st, Jay Julius M. Vargas won 2nd, and Maruja B. Pajarillo, 3rd. All are Bachelor of Arts in Communication students. Alba and Pajarillo are first year students, and Vargas is third year. Other contestants were Rubilyn Porto, Rona May Fabillar, Aileen Joy Ramos, Darwin Opiana, Bam Anthony Gozo, Rina Erika Ramirez, Magno Llagas, and Esperanza Francisco. The winners received cash and certificate and all non winning contestants received a certificate.

From left: Kevin M. Alba, Julius Jay M. Vargas, and Maruja B. Pajarillo

Alba will represent MPC on August 24 for the Inter Collegiate Newscasting Competition which will be participated in by 14 schools.

This is a public service activity of ABS – CBN intended to develop the skills of students in newscasting. To top it all, through this activity, the communication students will develop their confidence in the field of newscasting.

The 11 contestants with Dr. Mariel R. Estrella, the BAC Dept. Chair and ORES Director,
Mr. Jovan Galvo, BAC Faculty and Media Relations Officer, and Mr. Erwin Recto, BAC Faculty.


Research Colloquium is an important activity in any research institution. It highlights all research breakthrough and it enhances the presentation skills of the presenters. In ORES, researches had been undertaken. Specifically, for 3 consecutive years, there had been 5 researches presented in the annual international conferences of the Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA).

As the college celebrated its 39th Foundation Day on March 4, 2013, ORES highlighted 5 researches in the very 1st Research Colloquium. This year’s theme was “Forging Linkages Towards a Sustainable Future”. These were presented by the respective researchers and they were awarded with a Plaque of Commendation.

Presenters were the following:

1st presenter -Dr. Melinda SB. Gimal
Researchers: M.SB .Gimal, M.J. Ampuan, C. S. Obrero, J. V. Galvo, C.M. Eusebio
Title:“Adventure Tourism:A Gateway to Camarines Sur Tourism”
Presented in Seoul Palace Hotel, Seoul Korea, July 3-6, 2011

2rd presenter - Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan
Researchers: M.J. Ampuan, MZ.A. Fornoles, M.R. Estrella
Title: Identifying Top Tourism Potentials of Metro Naga, Philippines; A Localized and Holistic
Approach” Presented in Taipei, Taiwan in June 26-29, 2012

3rd presenter- Mr. Lewis Boni
Researchers: M.J. Ampuan, M.SB .Gimal, G.G. Rosales, O.S. Cepeda, L.S. Boni, C. S. Obrero
Title:Private and Public Competition and Collaboration in Tourism Programs, Region V, Philippines” (An Environmental Analysis)
Presented in IFT and Sofitel, Macao, July 13-16, 2010

4th presenter - Dr. Gladys Rosales
Title: “Calaguas Island and its Sustainability to the Tourism Industry in Bicol Region, Philippines: A Business Potential”
Presented in Seoul Palace Hotel, Seoul Korea, July 3-6, 2011

5th presenter- Dr. Mariel R. Estrella
Researchers: M.R.Estrella, M.J. Ampuan, MZ.A. Fornoles
Title: Safe for Tourists . Sustaining Tourism Growth Amidst the Threats of Natural and Disasters: A Case Study of the Province of Albay”.
Presented in Taipei, Taiwan in June 26-29, 2012

The participants were composed of 53 faculty and thesis students. At the end of the day, they were interested to conduct researches of their own.

Presenters in the 1st Research Colloquium Dr. Melinda Gimal, Dr. Marilissa J. AMpuan,
Dr. Mariel R. Estrella, Dr. Gladys G. Rosales, and Mr. Lewis Boni.

The presenters pose with the audience of the colloquium.

MPC turns over CBT Plans to LGUs

The Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City turned over the Community-Based Tourism Development Plan to the partner communities Itangon, Bula on May 25 and Cagsao, Calabanga on May 26, all in Camarines Sur.

This was right after the Public Forum conducted by the project staff onsite. The Public Forum primarily aimed to present the CBT Development Plan formulated by the project after a series of workshops were done in the communities.

Present in the turn-over in Bula were Barangay Captain Rolando Calbog, the council and the key people in the community. In Calabanga, present were Mayor Evelyn Yu, Barangay Captain Pascual Sta. Ana, the council, and likewise the key people in the community.

It is can be recalled that MPC received a funding from the Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) in the amount of P 450,000.00 for the 6 month project entitled “Local Perspectives and Processes in Community-Based Tourism of the Peripheral Communities in Camarines Sur.

It used the Participatory Action Research (PAR) to explore and establish the concept of community-based tourism (CBT) as a strategic anchorage for sustainable development. The study connected the lives of the locals to the mainstream of development through tourism. It basically identified the tourism sites, products, and activities and the major livelihood related to tourism.

The two Community-Based Tourism Development Plan are the roadmap to development. It contains the perspectives of the locals of their vision and aspirations to make their tourism potentials work.

Eventually, the project hopes to fully harness the potentials of the peripheral communities and bring them in the hub of development

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Bgy. Captain Rolly Calbog receives the CBT Development Plan from the project team
headed by Dr. Mariel R. Estrella, Dr. Gladys G. Rosales, Ms. Alaine Fornoles,
Ms. Liza Cielo, and Mr. Lewis Boni.

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Former Mayor Evelyn Yu (left) and Bgy. Captain Pascual Sta. Ana receive the CBT Development Plan.

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MPC Staff together with the LGU Participants of the CBT Development Plan.