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Paiton, Rivera and Grejalvo lead Batch 2013


graduates
From left, Eugene Grejalvo, Rosemarie Rivera and Princess Ednalou Paiton

Princess Ednalou G. Paiton is awarded the Cum Laude for Batch 2013 with a General Weighted Average(GWA) of 1.40. Miss Paiton tops the 233 graduating students of which BSHRM are 155; BSHM, 30; BST, 25; BSCA, 11; BSBA, 7; and BAC, 5. She also gets the Presidential Award at the same time. Miss Paiton is the President of the Supreme Student Council for 2012-2013. She is an active member of the Peer Facilitator Circle (PFC); Regional Vice Chairman of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP); and the In-House Youth Head of the EDSA People Power Commission.

This year’s recipients of major non academic awards are Rosemarie B. Rivera who bagged the Leadership award and Eugene B. Grejalvo for the Service award. A prolific writer, Miss Rivera is the Editor in Chief of the MPC official school organ, The Mariner; member of the National and Regional Bicol Association of Campus Writers (BASCAW) and the Luzonwide Association of Campus Editors (LACE). It can be recalled that Rivera was a recipient of the Kizuna Bond Project of the Japanese Government and the National Youth Commission (NYC) which allowed her to travel to Japan last December 10-19, 2012 with more than 200 other active students nationwide as part of the reconstruction plans of the Japanese government.

Grejalvo, on the other hand, is known for being the past President of the Assn of Bicol Business Students in MPC. As the outgoing Regional President of the ABBS, he initiated the 13th ABBS Congress on Feb. 1-3, 2013. He is also the President of the graduating class 2013. All of the three awardees took the BS Hospitality Management course are very active members of the Council for Hospitality and Tourism Students (CHATS). Considered the “gems” of Batch 2013, they are consistent achievers since elementary until College.

dr. ruben c. umaly

The Commencement Speaker:
Dr. Ruben C. Umaly



A quotation from Euripides says, “How can I praise thee and not overpraise. And yet, not mar the grace by the stint thereof?” Introducing a man who has achieved so much in his field of study is a privilege but not an easy task.

The 2013 Commencement Exercises of the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges – Naga Campus is marked significantly by a notable keynote speaker - a man of authority and influence, who impressively crafted his chosen field and whom the institution feels should be an inspiration to the graduates. His name echoes his commendable achievements which reflect his great sense of commitment, hard work and passion. In his humility, he encapsulates his noteworthy educational and work achievements in the field of science and research in three pages only.

Our commencement speaker, Dr. Ruben C. Umaly, is a molecular biologist and geneticist. He is the Secretary General of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) which is based at Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in Thailand and the Assistant to the President for International Linkages and Director of AUAP/SU Programs on Continuing Education at Siam University in Thailand. His educational attainment is undoubtedly remarkable.
His tertiary and graduate studies were from the University of the Philippines. He finished B.S. Zoology in UP Diliman and his Master’s Degree in Public Health in UP Manila. His other masteral and doctoral degrees were from the University of Birmingham, UK, wherein he was a British Council scholar in the field of Radiation Biology. His post doctoral Research fellowships were on Stem Cell Biology at Fondacion Marie Curie, Universite de Paris in France as French government scholar, on Development of Serological Diagnostic Techniques for Schistosomiasis Haematobim at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Hamburg, Germany as Alexander von Humboldt fellow, and on Medical Malacology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA as World Health Organization research fellow. He also undertook Research on Applications of Radiation in Mutation Induction at the National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan under the sponsorship of the Japanese government. He also had training in Molecular Genetics at Oxford University in UK.

Furthermore, Dr. Umaly held several positions here in the Philippines and abroad. He started as an instructor and assistant professor at the College of Public Health in UP Manila, taught Genetics and Cell Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences in UP Diliman, and worked as a visiting lecturer on the same field at the regional branches of UP. Abroad, he was the Deputy Director for Research of Southeast Asia Institute of Tropical Biology (SEAMEO BIOTROP) in Indonesia, Executive Director of Southeast Asia Ministry of Education Secretariat (SEAMES) in Thailand and of ASEAN Foundation in Indonesia, and Director of the Center for International Affairs and at the same time Professor of Biology at Suranaree University of Technology in Thailand. He also became involved in international cooperation and linkages in many universities such as Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City, Far Eastern University, CEU, UC in Baguio City and Siam University in Thailand. Aside from his impressive educational and work achievements, Dr. Umaly is author of several scientific research papers, lecture notes and textbooks in Biology.

MPC inks MOA with Partners

The MPC through the Office of the Research and Extension Services formalized the Memorandum of Agreement with 4 new partner institutions and 6 partner communities. This is to facilitate the delivery of extension services to the countryside. Building partners is a sustainable strategy of helping develop the communities in Camarines Sur.

moa inks The new partner institutions are the Foundation for Philippine Environment, Gawad Kalinga, Kolping Society of the Philippines, Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Local Governments of Lipot, Milaor, Loob, Gainza, San Francisco, Camaligan, Cagsao, Calabanga, Itangon, Bula, and Del Rosario, Naga City.

The MOA signing was last October 6 during the ISO Certification Launching at the Villa Caceres Hotel and the MPC-Gawad Kalinga was last September 30, 2012 at the SM Naga City. To date, many interventions in the community partners. At the community level, Training Needs Assessment (TNA) had been conducted and intervention plans were made.

(Left Photo: For the NSTP, activities such as mangrove planting, feeding program, and continuous education program had been conducted.)

MPC hosts Skills Caravan

March 8, 2013 marks another milestone in Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Naga City. It staged a caravan which brought highschool students together for a showcase of skills.

skills competition With the bright ideas of Department Heads and other School officials such as the Dean, Guidance Counselor, Quality Management Representative and the Student Affairs and Services Director to embark on a non traditional career guidance scheme, the skills competition had been conceived. Setting a target per department triggered an innovative and bolder move to generate more enrolees comes the 1st semester of a/y 2013-2014. The different departments suggested the following skills competitions to highlight the proficiencies students could acquire: AB in Communication– TV Newscasting Competition, BS in Business Administration-Product Making Contest, BS in Tourism – Tour Guiding Competition, BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management – Table Skirting, Napkin Folding and Center-Piece Making Competitions and BS in Customs Administration had Quiz Bee on current events.

The Department of Education represented by its Division Superintendent Gilbert T. Sadsad, generously supported through its endorsement which allowed a provincial-wide participation of secondary public high schools.

The event was a success with over 22 high schools participated and 109 students competed in various events. Proudly, the students brought home a certificate, some scholarships, and an experience of a lifetime which equipped them with useful skills in preparation for their future career. The awards were garnered by the following: TV News Casting and Tour Guiding Contest first placer was Hazel Joy De Quiroz of Cararayan National High School. Mangayawan High Schoolgot first place in Quizbee. Quipayo National High School landed first in both Napkin Folding and Table Skirting competitions. Product Making Contest, on the other hand, was won by Sto. Tomas National High School.

Having known how grateful the teachers and the students were because of this wonderful exposure, the Career Guidance team composed of the teachers, non-teaching staff and the Student Affairs and Services Department found it worth the toil.

skills competition
MPC heeding the call for societal transformation engaged in undertakings such as this. Mariners’ Skills caravan indeed served its theme: “Pagpayaman kan Kakayahan, tabang sa Banwaan”.

38 MPCeans Bound for U.S.


wat participants

Having the largest number of participating students for the Work and Travel Programs, Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges sends off 38 students bound for United States of America for the Season 2013 WAT this March.

This program is a cultural exchange sponsored by the United States and is made available to the undergraduate students to provide them an opportunity to have a cultural experience in the US while having working opportunities to subsidize their 3-4 month stay.

Participants are able to cover living expenses while spending their summer in the US becoming familiar with the American culture, meeting new people from other cultures and sharing their own culture with other people as well.

These students were de-ployed to Virginia, Alabama, and Colorado as assisted by the United Towers Philippines Inc. which is an educational exchange consultancy firm which have brought 11 years of expertise and excellence in Work and Travel and Internship Programs to the Philippines

Furthermore, MPC has sent off a total of 158 students to America since 2005 under the UT Inc. and the past partner firms- Dream Search International Inc.

Participants

Colorado
  • Badiola, Donabel A - Naga City
  • Borja, Pauline Janice T. - Bombon, Camarines Sur
  • Manalang, Jo Angeli - Naga City
  • Texon, Danica R. - Lagonoy, Camariners Sur
  • Tranquilino, Jeanly C - Gainza, Camarines Sur

Palm Beach, Florida
  • Dizon, Ma. Remedios Carmela P - Naga City
  • Resoles, Louise Pauline Cristelle B.- Tinambac, Camarines Sur
  • Tuy, Francis Jonathan O. - Naga City

Atlanta, Georgia
  • Lastrella, Arman M. - Iriga City

Tampa, Florida
  • Mape, Glenn Austin M. - Naga City
  • Ombao, Jose Norberto I. - Pili, Camarines Sur

Orange Beach, Alabama
  • Algria, Janelle D. - Pasacao, Camarines Sur
  • Doroin, Christine Mae B. - Baao, Camarines Sur
  • Sarcia, Ida Mae R. - Naga City
  • Tumbado, Maria Elaine R. - Sipocot, Camarines Sur

Norfolk, Virginia
  • Abagat, Carol O. - Iriga City
  • Alba, Tenz P. - Naga City
  • Betavara, Elaine O. - Naga City
  • Brillente, Moneth Joy N. - Tigaon, Camarines Sur
  • Camaing, May Arjelyn R. - Libmanan, Camarines Sur
  • Cano, Mary Rose S. - Naga City
  • Capricho, Jynne Lynne S. - Calabanga, Camarines Sur
  • Celzo, Emigard B. - Milaor, Camarines Sur
  • Cu, John Carlo P. - Pili, Camarines Sur
  • Dagpin, Estella Mariz D. - Pasacao, Camarines Sur
  • Hallare, Maria Coni-Rose D. - Naga City
  • Junio, Lorena A. - Naga City
  • Lazado, Marjorie R. - Naga City
  • Liamera, Alvin Rhue A. - Naga City
  • Luceña, Khristine Jazelle C. - Iriga City
  • Marcaida, Ruffa B. - Camaligan, Camarines Sur
  • Montana, Erick Gene - Baao, Camarines Sur
  • Moros, Jonel A. - Pamplona, Camarines Sur
  • Palencia, Rudolf Mathew C. - Baao, Camarines Sur
  • Quirona, Emary Grace D. - Pili, Camarines Sur
  • Rances, Jan Rennaire R. - San Jose, Camarines Sur
  • Regachuelo, Arjohn M. - Pasacao, Camarines Sur

Short Term Courses Launched

The Philippine government takes its bold step of implementing its newest educational reform, the K-12 program. In line with this, MPC embraces the biggest challenge particularly on A/Y 2016-2018.

To address the gap and to offer sustainable solution to the ever growing demand of students to spend less time in tertiary education and to work right away in the industry, MPC launched the Short Term courses. These are designed to develop basic skills as needed by the local and global industry.

Among the new courses in the hospitality program are the following:

  • 1 year Food and Beverage Services
  • 1 year entry level cook
  • 2 year in Associate HRM
  • 2 year in Culinary Management
  • 2 year in Travel and Tourism

New business courses
  • 2 year Advertising and Media Sales
  • 2 year in Entrepreneurship
  • 2 year Business Management

Students enrolled in these courses have the option to pursue a 4 year course or may have work immediately after getting the Certificate of Completion.

It is known that MPC had been offering the short term courses like Housekeeping NC II, Front Office Services NC II, Commercial Cooking NC II, Baking/Pastry Production NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC II, and Bartending NC II.

Tourism Project in Coastal Communities takes off

The tourism potential in the 16 Metro Naga municipalities must be developed to bring about a balanced development. This is the concept of the new project entitled “Local Perspectives and Processes in Community-Based Tourism in Peripheral Communities in Camarines Sur”. The coastal communities are Cagsao, Calabanga and Itangon, Bula.

The 6 month project started in October 2012 and is expected to end on April 2013. This primarily aims to formulate a Community- Based Tourism Development Plan. Attached to this were the identification of their tourism sites, products, and services; identification of economically feasible and environmentally sustainable tourism livelihood activities; and formulation of the livelihood management strategy. The CBT Plan basically outlines what the partner communities will do along tourism to improve their quality of life of the locals.


The project team is now in its series of writeshops for the formulation of the CBT Development Plan. Afterwhich Public Forum in Cagsao and Itangon will be held to present and validate the findings.

The Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) known as the first grant making institution for the environment in the country since 1992. It envisions itself as a dynamic, relevant, proactive, and growing organization enabling civil society and other stakeholders towards effective biodiversity conservation and sustainable development

MPC is lucky to be one of its partners particularly in this community-based tourism project. The project is headed by Dr. Mariel R. Estrella and Ma. Zerlaine A. Fornoles as theResearch Leaders and Study Leaders are Liza A. Cielo, Lewis Boni, and Dr. Gladys R. Rosales. Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan is the Program Manager. Marivic Jornales is the process documentor.