School officials visit Hospitality and Tourism students in Malaysia; strengthen ties with industry partners

Left picture - MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa Ampuan and Practicum Coordinator Ms. Mary Ann Gantong pose for a souvenir photo with Hospitality and Tourism students on OJT in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (left to right – Dr. Ampuan, HRM Student Joan Alsum, HM Student Jane Nanette Barola and Ms. Gantong). Right picture - The image of the bustling city by night with the Petronas Twin –Towers dominating the landscape.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – An entourage of school officials led by Mariners Polytechnic College (MPC) Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan visited this country to fulfill a mission for the school and students on their On-The-Job Training (OJT) abroad, in compliance with the requirement for their Hospitality and Tourism courses.

Just like the Work and Travel (WAT) U.S.A. program, the students work in accredited MPC partner-establishments (hotels, restaurants and resorts) for three to four months as part of the observance of the curriculum requisite.

With this program, the students are given opportunity to experience actual work-situation in a foreign land applying what they have learned in school. Aside from the experience, they also have the chance to earn inasmuch as the work they do are compensated by the industry partners.

The mission group also conducted evaluation of the students’ working condition, the living quarters which are provided for free by host establishments and future opportunities which they can avail. This is done in preparation for the succeeding batches, with more students slated to be sent to Malaysia in the coming days.

It has been observed that those who work here can make use of their experience as jumping board to other work prospects in more progressive nations such as Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Those who join the program are able to recover the expenses incurred in air travel and papers preparation as their stint in these firms are paid by the hour.

Meanwhile, the trip was also spent in meeting with the representatives of Mariners’ industry partners to further strengthen the linkages which will pave the way for more students to have their OJT’s or to work in Malaysia after graduation.

Together with President Ampuan during the trip was MPC-Naga’s Practicum Coordinator - Ms. Mary Anne Gantong.

The trip to Kuala Lumpur was successful as new prospects and opportunities for the students and school were firmed-up during the mission.

Personnel attends two-day Faculty and Staff Development Seminars

Naga City – The faculty and non-teaching staff of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC), this city attended a two-day development seminar as part of the preparation for the opening of classes for academic year 2015-2016.

(Left picture) Dr. Edgar Despi explains a point as one of the speakers on the second day of the seminar. (Right picture) MPC-Naga EVP Dr. Gabriel L. Jimenez gives the welcome remarks at the opening of the Staff Development seminar on the first day.

A day was devoted to personnel who perform staff functions while the second day was intended for the members of the faculty.

On the first day, a lecture on the implementation of the ASEAN Integration happening now this year in Asia was given by MPC-Naga Assistant HR Director Karlo J. Ampuan, with emphasis on its impact on education. A lecture on the basics on the use of computers was one of the topics discussed.

The subject matters discussed on the second day of the conference was timely and relevant with classes about to start when it was conducted. Among the speakers were Dr. Mariel Estrella, newly appointed Dean of Academics, MPCF-Camarines Sur’s QMR Officer Dr. Edgar Despi and his counterpart at MPC-Naga, Ms. Hazel Palacio and Assistant Dean of Academics Ms. Gloria Tapan.

On the talk about ASEAN Integration, aside from its impact on education, the different cultures, forms of government, practices and idiosyncrasies of the people in the member-countries were thoroughly discussed. It afforded the attendees a comprehensive understanding on how the new system works. This backgrounder has enlightened the faculty and staff and has offered timely guidance when it comes to implementing the new educational system mandated by the advent of ASEAN Integration.

(Left picture) Newly-appointed Dean of Academics Dr. Mariel Estrella as she delivers her talk. (Right picture) Ms. Hazel Palacio (on the podium) gives her lecture during the Faculty Development Seminar.

The two-day event is part of the continuing information dissemination program of the institution for its faculty and staff to keep them attuned to the changing environment of the education landscape not only in the country but globally and the ASEAN Region, as well.

ABS-CBN’s TV morning show features MPC-Naga’s Academic head on course offerings

MPC-Naga ORES Director and Acting Academics Department Head Dr. Mariel Estrella (right) while on the set of ABS-CBN’s ‘Marhay na Aga, Bikolandia’ morning TV show as she is interviewed by program host L.A. Cu (left) on the institution’s course offerings for the First Semester of Academic Year 2015-2016.

Naga City – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city has been invited to be featured in ABS-CBN’s morning TV show ‘Marhay na Aga, Bicolandia’ in its June 1, 2015 edition.

During the show, Dr. Estrella was asked about the school’s various course offerings, the school facilities and the assistance Mariners gives to its graduates who come to seek assistance when it comes to their search for jobs.

The institution’s slogan ‘We Serve, Educate and Assist’ was emphasized by Dr. Estrella especially on the aspect of ‘Assisting’. Mariners maintains its linkages with business establishments in the country as well as outside of the Philippines.

As of this writing, MPC-Naga President Marilissa Ampuan is still in the United States fulfilling the mission for the school to visit alumni who now work in America, those who are taking HRM, HM and Tourism courses under the ‘Work and Travel’ (WAT) USA Program and to follow-up and strengthen the linkages with the managemenst of hotels, restaurants and resorts where Mariners students go for their On-The-Job-Trainings (OJT) and possible employment after graduation. Dr. Estrella, as one of the Officers-in-Charge of the Office of the Dean of Academics also made mention of the opportunities that lie ahead for those who finish their course in the institution.

In the Bachelor of Science in Tourism (BST) course, graduates could pursue their dream of becoming Cabin Crew attendants (as Flight Stewards or Stewardesses) or can opt to work in offices of airline companies in their land-based operation.

The program hosts (left to right) ABS-CBN’s Mylce Mella, L.A. Cu and MPC-Naga’s Dr. Mariel Estrella) as they shift to a relaxed mood during a commercial break in the middle of the interview in the morning TV show.

She also discussed other courses offered such as Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Hospitality Management and the short-term course in Culinary Arts.

“Mariners-Naga is K to 12 ready as it has been approved by the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer Grades 11 and 12 starting Academic Year 2016-2017”, Dr. Estrella confirmed.

Meanwhile, she invited students and parents to come to the Mariners campus, Panganiban Drive in Naga City for any inquiry as enrollment goes on and regular classes starts on June 15, 2015.

MPC-Naga opens summer ‘Innovative and Specialized Programs’

Naga City – Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city has opened the Innovative and Specialized Programs beginning this summer of 2015.

These programs are designed to provide participants with modern tools and techniques that can enhance the skills of students, their efficiency, productivity and output in the culinary and hospitality fields.

The main campus of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges-Naga and the modern Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) are the training venues for the Innovative and Specialized Programs started this summer of 2015.

MPC President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (4th from right), MPCF Camarines Sur and Legazpi City President Dante La. Jimenez (2nd from left), Judge Freddie Ampuan (2nd from right) are flanked by guests and members of the local media inside the Mariners Hotel on the occasion of its Blessing and Inauguration.

The training venue for the programs is the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Professional instructors and industry experts compose the resource persons for the programs.

Meanwhile, the Innovative Programs include International Cuisine, Personality, Values & Image Enhancement, Effective Basic Hospitality Communication and Writing Skills.

On the other hand, there are two Specialized Programs which started in April this year. These are the 2-day Basic Baking Workshop and the 2-Day Basic Bartending course. These programs target young enthusiasts, businessmen and working mothers.

Included as a special feature of these Innovative Programs is MPC’s assistance to the participants for them to be able to take the assessment in the Mariners Assessment Center (MAC).

DepEd approves MPC-Naga for Senior High School

MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan addresses HRM and Tourism students in one of the symposia held at the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) with restauranteurs from U.S.A. as guest speakers.

Naga City – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city has been given approval by the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer Grades 11 and 12 in June 2016.MPC-Naga will offer two avenues - the Academic and TechVoc tracks.

The Academic track will include the Entreprenuership, Human Resource Development, and Customs Administration courses while the TechVoc track will be on Hospitality and Hotel and Restaurant Management fields. With this development, High Schools which will not offer Senior High School course can encourage students to pursue secondary education in this institution.

A year before the start of Grade 11, MPC-Naga is ready for the implementation of this new educational reform. At this moment, the school has already enhanced the Senior High School curriculum, started with faculty retooling, and has upgraded its facilities.

The five-storey state-of-the-art Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) stands as one of the edges of MPC-Naga when it comes to HRM, Hospitality Management and Tourism courses with up-to-date equipment and well-trained instructors at the disposal of students who enroll in these courses.

Meanwhile, MPC-Naga prides itself with the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute which enrollees can utilize as they take their courses needing these facility.

Other than the 2-track offerings, MPC-Naga has innovative programs to support the K to 12 program. These are designed to encourage enthusiasts in baking, food and beverages and housekeeping.

The school also offers personality enhancement and peroficiency in foreign languages. As of today, summer programs for kids and people with disabilities (PWD’s) are all in place.