Marañon signs MOA for mar­itime schol­ar­ship

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NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment yes­ter­day with the VMA Global Col­lege, John B. Lac­son Col­leges Foun­da­tion, Man­ning Com­pa­nies, and scholar- grantees for the Provin­cial Govern­ment’s Mar­itime Schol­ar­ship at the Provin­cial Capi­tol.

A to­tal of 20 stu­dents were granted schol­ar­ship on a “Study Now, Pay Later” scheme at VMA Global Col­lege, and 10 stu­dents were granted of the same schol­ar­ship at John B. Lac­son Col­leges Foun­da­tion.

The schol­ars will com­plete their aca­demic re­quire­ments for the de­gree in Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Marine Trans­porta­tion and Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Marine En­gi­neer­ing.

The project is a tri­par­tite en­deavor of the Provin­cial Govern­ment of Ne­gros

Oc­ci­den­tal, VMA Global Col­lege, JBLCF, and the Man­ning Com­pa­nies, that ben­e­fits poor but de­serv­ing stu­dents.

As stated in the MOA, the provin­cial govern­ment com­mits to pay the tu­ition and other school fees of the stu­dents, the mar­itime schools shall pro­vide the nec­es­sary ed­u­ca­tional in­puts to the schol­ars, while the man­ning com­pa­nies com­mit to han­dle the cadet­ship train­ing on­board their ves­sels, and hire them af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

JBLCF was rep­re­sented by its school ad­min­is­tra­tor, Robert Par­tia while VMA was rep­re­sented by Ro­mano Mar­i­ano; the re­spec­tive Man­ning Com­pa­nies were Misuga Man­age­ment Ser­vices Inc., Maersk–fil­ip­inas Crew­ing Inc., and Solpia Marine and Ship Man­age­ment Inc.

Marañon said the provin­cial govern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and to pro­duce glob­ally com­pet­i­tive Filipinos by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to the less priv­i­leged and de­serv­ing Ne­grense youth through the said mar­itime schol­ar­ship.

Marañon also said that he hopes to pro­duce more chief en­gi­neers and ship cap­tains with the end goal of im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life of the schol­ars and their fam­i­lies.

Marañon has said that 70 per­cent of sea­far­ers hired in the global mar­itime in­dus­try are Filipinos and it shows that Filipinos are highly train­able and pos­sess good abil­i­ties.

The par­ents of the schol­ars were also present and ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to Marañon for be­ing an in­stru­ment in pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for their chil­dren to be able to study in col­lege and work af­ter grad­u­a­tion./pr

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NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. (cen­ter) dur­ing the MOA sign­ing with John B. Lac­son Col­leges Foun­da­tion, Misuga Man­age­ment Ser­vices, Inc., and schol­ar­ship-grantees of the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Mar­itime Schol­ar­ship.

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