COMMON SUCCESS OF THE FAMILY
By Coca H. Strobar
Pres. Merle Jimenez-San Pedro hinted the spirit of the 34th Anniversary celebrations: family.
Says Ms. San Pedro, “… our family, your family and we’re very happy to have all of you.”
And turns nostalgic: “All of these successes, all of these challenges we all give it back to Him up there. And we will never forget… (all these were set-up by) the late Commo. Jaime C. Jimenez who gave the whole family that inspiration” with Madame Eliza as a co-founder.
In the spirit of that family orientation, the members of the Board of Trustees were present, led by the Jimenez siblings, Dr. Gabriel Jimenez, Ms.Evita Jimenez-Tuazon, Dr. Eliza Jimenez-Ampuan and Chairman Dante La Jimenez of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).
Public and private senior officials joined, like Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, industry partners Pres. Akihiro Kashiwagi (Misuga Kaiun Management Services) and CEO-Operations Leo Tenorio (Marlow Navigation).
Also participating were management and educators of sister schools, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Canaman, Camarines Sur and Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC), Naga City.
A Roman Catholic Mass opened activities, then the traditional foot parade ushered by a band and baton of majorettes, school management, faculty, staff and students in tow.
As a community extension service, there was story-telling for kids at the main campus library.
Before anniversary lunch, there were contests on mural arts, music, dancing , quiz bee, extemporaneous speech. Also, exhibitions of maritime and business skills, #WIMA4MarineLife seminar.
Newly-appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Alfredo D. Ampuan was the guest of honor at the awards night held at the Hotel Venecia, Legazpi, given ‘Arrival Honors’ in the morning by the Coast Guard Auxiliary-Officers Training Corps (CGA-OTC) cadets of MPCF.
The Justice is married to Dr. Marilissa Jimenez, was the first Dean of Academics of MPCF-Legazpi City in 1987. He was an Agriculture Engineer before becoming a lawyer; a College Instructor while practicing as legal researcher, in-house lawyer, public attorney and prosecutor. In 2005, Ampuan assumed as presiding judge at the Quezon City Trial Court Branch 33; later, at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 40, Manila.
Last July 8th, he was sworn in as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals.
In his speech, he explained the official theme of the celebrations, “Sustaining Innovation-Driven Thrust in Service and Leadership.
“We can simplify this one. Actually, minimize cost or input and maximize results”.
The audience reacted well to his humor, delivering with zest the old truism that anger is punishing oneself on the fault of others.
He envisions the future with optimism, “The best is yet to come. And we can only achieve the best if we will internalize your theme tonight.”
Present at the dinner and awards night are some alumni who are leaders in domestic shipping like Chelsea Shipping Crewing Manager Job Bienvenido Espares.
Awards were given to staff and employees for 10, 20 and 30 years of services.
The celebrations coincide with the birthday of Dante, joined by his two daughters in blowing the candles on the cake prepared by the MPCF family.
Speaking in a mix of English, Bicolano and Pilipino, Dante declares, “I’m so proud of you guys… if we don’t have these professional captains, these guys, engineers, all of them who have provided the country pride… contributed so much to the country’s economy.”
Dante clarified his hesitance to join government service as it pulls him away from family and the school of which he was then president. Yet, he accepted given his advocacy against illegal drugs and crime, recalling the death of younger brother Boboy due to those.
He appealed for help as he and The President cannot do reforms by themselves.
As Dante announced enrolment at 2,700, sister Merle announced the partnership with AIMS that offers Master of Arts in Maritime Administration, with 19 of MPCF’s maritime officers and teaching faculty part of the program (which could expand to Customs Administration).
MPCF-Legazpi also bagged a P5-million grant from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) for “institutional development and innovation towards enhancing outcomes based maritime education through quality assurance, instructional materials, development and faculty capacity-building.”
Mariners’ Alumni Board approved the Sanggawad scholarship grant to a top performing cadet which carries financial assistance for allowance and dormitory.
The MPCF school bus will now serve from Mariner and point-to-point stops (P2P) for the convenience of faculty, staff, students and community.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal considers the event as “… a journey of our institution to give more opportunities for the young, for the poor especially those in the far flung barangays.
I’ve seen the price of our institution not only as a school but also for the opportunities that you have given our people in Legazpi and … Bicolanos. So let us cherish this moment because this is about treasuring what we have done for our community. And I hope this will inspire us.”
The toast by BOT Chairman Gabriel La Jimenez opened the socials, singing and dancing.