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Busy day marks opening of academic year 2014-2015 at Mariners Naga

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Freshmen and transferees register to attend the Orientation Seminar.  Members of the faculty and staff assist
the newcomers for them to feel at home on the first day of classes. Included in the team supervising the ORSEM is Guidance Counselor Faye Sharon Almendral  (left picture, extreme right standing) and the volunteers from the school’s upperclassmen group.

Naga City – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC), this city has formally started on June 16, 2014 the academic year 2014-2015 with colorful activities which brought excitement to the students more especially the freshmen and transferees.

A battery of speakers from among the administration, faculty, staff and student leaders took turns in making the newcomers become accustomed with the institution at the Orientation Seminar (ORSEM) so they would be familiar with the everyday grind of activities and learning prospects in the campus which every student should know.

The highlights of the OrSem include the elaboration of the school’s core values, the observance of the institution’s campus rules and regulations, testimonies and sharing of experiences by the Tourism and Hospitality students who just arrived from the United States of America after undergoing on-the-job training and the exhortation made by school authorities for students to do their best so they can maximize the utilization of the school’s resources in their learning process.

It can be noted that the institution has invested in the establishment of the five-storey state-of-the-art Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI) to boost the standard of the courses in Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM), Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHM), Bachelor of Science in Tourism (BST) while the Culinary Arts courses are incorporated in the Bachelor of Science degree courses.

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The sign of the times: The campus at Mariners-Naga abounds with streamers which signal the start of Academic Year 2014-2014.

The identity of Mariners-Naga as a ‘School of Business and Tourism’ is a vivid description of what the institution really is inasmuch as aside from the hospitality and tourism degrees, it also offers courses such as Bachelor of  Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA) and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (AB Communication).

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The students, faculty, staff and administration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City attend the Eucharistic Celebration held at the school quadrangle on the first Wednesday of July 2014. .

The school sees to it that it offers a holistic package that aside from attending formal classes, it also ingrains in them the value of spirituality by enticing the students to participate in the Holy Mass celebrated every first Wednesday of the month inside the campus.

With a thorough understanding of the mission and vision of the school by all enrollees, the institution is optimistic that all will be well at the take-off and for the rest of academic year 2014-2015.

Mariners, PAMI, PAMTCI, other stakeholders hold forum in celebrating International Day of Seafarers

Some key players in the Philippine maritime industry as they gather in one of the events in observance of  International Day of Seafarers held at the Manila Yacht Club.  Left to right -  CHED Commissioner Cynthia  Bautista (at the podium), UP Professor Dr. Maragtas Amante, PAMTCI President Chief Engr. Fred Havoc, MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez, PAMI President Dr. Elizabeth Salabas, Captain Ormas of Marlow Navigations and former Philippine Representative to IMO Atty. Brenda Lim (seated extreme right).

Metro Manila –
The Mariners System thru the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) spearheaded a forum dubbed as ‘Mainstreaming Maritime: the JCJ Series’ at the Manila Yacht Club on June 25, 2014 as one of the activities in observing International Day of Seafarers.

The event was attended by key players from the Philippine Maritime Industry such as representatives from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI). Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc. (PAMTCI), the partners of Mariners System from the shipping companies, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Embassy of the United States of America.

Among the highlights of the activity include the revisiting of recent developments in the Maritime industry in the country in relation to worldwide trends, the requirement to further improve the quality of education offered by maritime educational institutions and the granting by the Elsevier Foundation to the Mariners School the establishment of the ultra-modern globally-connected electronics Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS), which revolutionizes the operation of the library at MPCF with the use of high technology approach utilizing  the internet.

With the Mariners schools as the only recipient of the grant from Elsevier Foundation in the entire Southeast Asia, a scheme to share the use of the hi-tech Library with other maritime schools was reiterated by MPCF President Dante La. Jimenez before the crowd which attended the event.

President Merle J. San Pedro of Mariners Polytechnic Training Center(MPTC), an institution in the Mariners System with schools in Metro Manila and Cavite as she addresses the attendees in the forum at the Manila Yacht Club on International Day of Seafarers.

A discussion on the effect on the maritime industry in the implementation of the K to 12 program was lenghtily discussed with the Director of CHED being one of the featured speakers affording the audience to ask questions and be answered.
An opportunity to connect the activity in Manila with the Mariners schools in Bicol was one of the interesting features during the celebration

The gathering was productive with the discussion of timely issues and concerns of the stakeholders in the maritime industry in the country today.  ###

MPC-Naga mourns as BSHRM head Adelfa Marinda Phan says adieu

BSHRM Department Head Adelfa Marinda Phan (1970-2014)

Naga City – The Mariners System and the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) community this city, thru President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Executive Vice President Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez, the Members of the Board of Directors, the students, faculty and staff mourn the passing away on July 5, 2014 of the Head of the Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) Department – Ma’am Adelfa Marinda Phan.

‘Ma’am Del’ or ‘Del’ as fondly called by students and colleagues in the school has served the institution for more than ten years starting as Instructor in her department.  She is an alumnus of Mariners-Naga who finished in 2003 her BSHRM degree - Cum Laude.

During the years in which she was with the establishment, she is remembered to have contributed much to the upliftment of the unit she headed with her fresh ideas coupled with the dedication and hard work which she invested to the students and school.

With her dynamism, she was one of those who were instrumental in strengthening the image of MPC-Naga as the school of ‘Business and Tourism’ which is boosted by the construction of the new five-storey state-of-the-art training facility for Hospitality and Tourism students -  the Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI).

Madame Phan inspired her students by the passion she showed in her career to the point that it was an ordinary sight to see her working even after office hours and sometimes even on Sundays and Holidays if there was work to be done.

Many times, she mentored to victory the school’s Culinary Arts Team which participated in various cooking competitions in the Bicol Region thereby bringing honor and prestige to the institution.

The Mariners community will surely miss ‘Ma’am Del’ with the contribution she left to the school which she has served well and to the HRM students and alumni whom she shared her knowledge and expertise in training them to be world-class Hotel and Restaurants Management experts.

It is also her legacy that she trained her students not only to prepare them for domestic careers but to work and avail of opportunities abroad which she and the school authorities have conceptualized to be able to offer greener pasture to the graduates.

To Ma’am Del, the HRM students and alumni from Mariners-Naga will forever be grateful to a mentor who has shared so much while her colleagues in the faculty, staff and administration will miss a professional with a jolly disposition who had set an example on the dedication to the work she had embraced until the Creator finally called her to the eternal resting place reserved for her.