‘Don’t lose hope,’ Rep. Romulo exhorts graduates as MPC-Naga gears for 2015 ASEAN Integration

MPC, NAGA CITY – “Despite difficulties in life, don’t lose hope.”

This, in a nutshell, was the message of Rep. Roman T. Romulo (lone district, Pasig) in his speech as guest of honor during the 41st Commencement Exercises of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC), this city, on March 29, 2015.

Congressman Romulo underscored the value of “not losing hope amidst difficulties encountered in life.” He shared the challenges he faced in his career as a lawyer and public servant which proved to be constructive otherwise, he said, he could not have attained his cherished dreams.

REP. ROMAN T. ROMULO, right, addresses members of batch 2015 of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges – Naga City as the graduates and school officials listen. Seated on the stage (L-R) are BSCA Department Head Arvy Osma, BOD Members Nimfa V. Jimenez, Evita L. Jimenez, Judge Freddie Ampuan, MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Chairman Dante La. Jimenez (partly hidden), EVP Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez, and Department Heads.

TWO CUM LAUDES of batch 2015 (left photo) lead the list of academic achievers. (Right picture) The graduates stand in singing the MPC Hymn ending the Commencement Exercises.

As lone representative of Pasig City, Romulo chairs the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, hence, the relevance of his being this year’s Commencement Speaker.

Batch 2015 was topped by two BS Customs Administration graduates, Roxane Vivares Abbarientos and Marjenitte Quibral Boñales, who completed their course as Cum Laudes. They were consistent honor students since freshmen.

A total of 194 students graduated this year in the following courses: BS Tourism – 13, BS HRM – 101, BS HM – 37, BSCA – 24, BSBA – 10, BAC – 3. For the Diploma courses, four are graduating in Associate in Hotel and Restaurant Management, one in Associate in Entrepreneurship, and one in Food and Beverage course.

In her address, MPC-Naga President Marilissa J. Ampuan informed the graduates that the ASEAN Integration policy to be implemented in all Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) is now in place. MPC-Naga, she said, has responded in enhancing the curriculum, faculty and staff to meet the test of internationalization head-on toward a more responsive, and relevant Business Education that would redound to the country’s global competitiveness.

Dr. Ampuan further exhorted the graduates, “As you finish your course, you must now be ready to face the challenges in the career world by appreciating the ASEAN Integration on the quality assurance and competencies and skills you have acquired from your Alma Mater; these will surely be useful in the careers you have decided to embrace.”

Advocacy for a physically healthy academic community and society marks Mariners 41st Foundation Anniversary

Apostleship of the Sea Value Formation resource speakers, (left to right) Rev. Fr. Paulo H. Pigol, C.S, Sr. Vicky G. Sanchez, Ms. Evita Jimenez, Mrs. Evelyn Del Rosario and Engr. Ramon Abalayan, all advocates of healthy food and lifestyle pose for a souvenir photo in-front of Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI).

Naga City — The OrganiKo Bikolano movement has figured prominently in the three-day commemoration of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) – Naga and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) – Camarines Sur’s 41st Foundation Anniversary celebrated from March 3 to 5, 2015.

Organic food booths were featured in the Open House and Trade Fair at the Mariners – Canaman, Camarines Sur campus. Aside from these food booths, a medical mission with free check-up and consultation was conducted while a Food Festival was made at the Mariners Training and Hotel Institute (MTHI) at the MPC-Naga campus.

MPCF-Camarines Sur Board of Trustees Member and Organiko Bicolano prime mover Madame Evita L. Jimenez led the activities in coordination with the group’s active members - Mrs. Luz Severo, producer of the indigenous Manay Luz vinegar extracted from native nipa palm in Canaman; Mr.Pepe Obias of the renowned Green Cafe, home of vegetarian dishes in Naga City; Ramon Abalayan of the famous Don Ramon Tropical wine collection made from bignay, guyabano and other tropical fruits; Sr. Cora Belardo and Sr. Paz Albao of the Family Ministry of the Archdiocese of Caceres; Mr. Santi Cervantes, President of the Bicol Federation of Dairy Producers and his wife, Dr. Carmela Cervantes of the Central Bicol State University of Agricuture (CBSUA) whose Carmela Organic Farm has become a favorite venue for training neophytes in backyard organic farming.

(Left picture) MPCF VP for Administration Napoleon Mangente monitors his weight as Janet Banday of MAS – Organiko Marinero looks intently at the weighing scale. (Right picture) An Organiko Bicolano Trade Fair participant arranges her display of vegetables at the fair.

(Left picture) OrganiKo Bikolano Exhibit booths and the L4SS Facade at MPCF – Camarines Sur. (Right picture) Vegetables produced via the ‘hydrophonics’ method at the Kalayag Foundation by the OrganiKo Marinero group.

It is common knowledge at the school campus that OrganiKo Bikolano strives not just for the healthy well-being of members of the Mariners academic community but also of families, as it extends its efforts to raise people’s awareness on the importance of healthy living. However, the focus is to start at its own backyard; it aims to develop competent, socially responsible, disciplined and healthy corps of seafarers who can be compliant with international standards of maritime safety because they are physically fit when they embark on their sea vessels.

This drive on giving importance to the concept of health and wellness through the production and intake of organic food is contributory to the effort to graduate skilled cadets whose health comply with the physical standards set by MARINA, the shipping firms and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (CAS)