The Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS) conducted its seventh and final batch of graduates for the year, after being the pioneer in 2011 to implement the Academe-Industry Linkage Program (AILP) — allowing MIS to host and conduct all third-year program of partner schools in BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMarE).
Commencement exercises were held last March 9 at Via Verde Village, Dasmariñas City, Cavite with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker.
Conferred the academic letters were 87 (47 for BSMT and 40 BSMarE), having successfully completed the 10-month academic program and hands-on technical soft skills training delivered in MIS.
For more than 20 years, the MIS has established a culture of excellence by producing seafarers with high-caliber training and discipline and its commitment to provide training to select cadets from all over the Philippines.
The AILP highlights MIS ability to prepare and enhance the cadet’s education, training and leadership skills. The founding companies – Magsaysay Maritime Corporation and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines — guarantee the employment of the graduates.
11 partner schools are all over the country:
- Aklan Polytechnic College, Aklan
- Bicol Merchant Marine College, Sorsogon City
- Capitol University, Cagayan De Oro
- Cebu Technological University, Carmen Cebu
- University of Cebu, Cebu City
- Holy Cross of Davao College, Davao City
- Lyceum International Maritime Academy, Batangas City
- Mindanao Polytechnic College, South Cotabato
- PIMSAT Colleges, Dagupan City
- St. Therese-MTC Colleges, Iloilo City
- West Bay College, Muntinlupa City
Sec. Medialdea seldom accepts speaking invitation given his very busy schedule. But he opted for this one “…because of the very noble program of Magsaysay and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines which I have known for the last several years.”
As the secretary pledges personal support, he recounted how the maritime industry has evolved: from the navigation through the stars and now, with GPS and other apps and digital equipment; and, presently having the largest cruise ship, MS Harmony, which carries 6,780 passengers and 2,300 crew members.
“In our lifetime, we have seen the growth of the international trade more than ever we all know that marine transport fuels this growth. I remember meeting a ship captain years back and asked about the stresses in the sea in managing such a big ship. And he said, oh I don’t have that problem, I have an all Filipino crew.
Just remember and always be proud that you are a Filipino seafarer.”
Medialdea chairs the National Coast Watch Council (NCWC), overseer of the celebrations for 2018 MANA Mo, acronym for the presidential proclamation, “Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month.
Under Proclamation 316 of 14 September 2017, Duterte “synchronizes” the National Maritime Day, International Coastal Clean-up Day and Fish Conservation Week transferring the latter from the third week of October to the third week of September, almost right smack National Maritime Day or before World Maritime Day (by amending Proclamation 176-Series of 1963).
Born in Manila October 14, 1951, Salvador Campo Medialdea is a lawyer, business executive and government administrator appointed June 30, 2016. He is a son of Supreme Court Associate Justice Leo D. Medialdea (1988 to 1992) in the term of Pres. Corazon Aquino.
“Bingbong” was reared in Davao City, childhood friend of Digong Duterte. He attended the Light Bringer School, returned to Manila to finish high school at Paco Catholic School. He received his BS Commerce Major in Management from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 1972 and his law degree from San Beda College in 1976, passing the bar the following year.
Medialdea started as a Senior Associate at ACCRA Law Offices, then partner at Pecabar Law Offices, then managing partner at Medialdea Ata Bello Guevarra Suarez (MABGS).
He was Chairman of Northern Foods based in Sarrat; worked at the Livelihood Corp. (1998, now Natl Livelihood Development Corp) with the Board of Trustees and Administrator; at the same time Chairman of the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises. In 2000, he was appointed by Estrada as Presidential Assistant for Political Affairs.
Medialdea is married to Atty. Betty Dizon, head of an insurance company, with whom he has a son. His family has roots in Davao City, Aklan and Ilocos. He enjoys playing the piano and listening to classical music. He was one of the producers of Miss Saigon-Manila in 2000.
MIS sails on.
MIS President Marlon R. Roño announced that as the AILP cadetship program ends, a new program of Magsaysay and MOL is firmed-up, the MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA) which will be offering a four-year degree program.
“The Academy will start this school year 2018. MMMA will be one of the leading maritime schools in the country. It is the commitment of Magsaysay and MOL to the Philippines and to the global maritime industry.”
Roño committed that “We at Magsaysay and MOL will be behind you to fulfill your career to the fullest and to bring you to the next stage of your journey as you continuously upgrade yourself. MIS will be here to support you.”
Atty. Lutgarda Baquiran-Peralta, SVP, Development Bank of the Phils, administers the endowment for education program for the financially-challenged but brilliant Filipino youth. This is “building the future of our nation…successful collaboration that has touched and challenged the lives of the 640 scholars and their families.
While this graduation marks the end of the MIS and the DBP partnership under DBP Endowment for Education Program, DBP continues to be at the forefront of carrying out relevant and meaningful social responsibilities programs.”
Peralta announced the launching June this year the DBP Resources for Inclusive and Sustainable Education (DBP RISE) designed as a poverty reduction strategy “backed by a substantial P500 million allocation from DBP and is expected to cover at least five batches of scholars for five years… to complement the national government trust towards infrastructure build-up.”
Chairman Koichi Muto of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines says, “The graduates here will soon become members of either Magsaysay Group or MOL Group. The Magsaysay Group has the reputation for their contribution to not only the shipping industry but also their various social activities in the Philippines. MOL is an ocean transportation company with over 130 years of experience… one of the world’s largest shipping companies…
Always seek ways to push ahead and better yourselves. Welcome onboard Magsaysay and MOL and welcome to new adventure. We look forward to you joining us in our endeavors to remain world leader in the maritime industry…”
Also gracing the occasion were Alexander Querol, COO-MIS; Alex Enriquez, Institute Director; Arnold Javier, Pres-Magsaysay Maritime Corp; Capt. Francisco Menor, Pres-Magsaysay MOL Marine; Shizuo Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines; Capt. Masanori Kato, Managing Executive Officer, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.
After the distribution of graduation certificates, special awards were announced on Best in Deck, Best in Engine, Best in Math, Servienda Award, and on Leadership and Excellence.
Representatives from partner schools were given Plaques of Appreciation.