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     VMA has also been the destination of Japanese missions. Groups of Japanese ship owners visit VMA from time to time, headed by the President of Towa Shoun, Co Ltd., and President of Santoku Senpaku Co. Ltd., and also the Vice Chairman of VMA for international relations Mr. Masashi Taga. O February  4, 1997, nine Japanese ship owners from Hamada City headed by City Mayor Tetsero Anzu, visited the school.

     The Wheelhouse, the school publication was recognized when the cover design REMINISCED was adjudged third place and the Associate Editor, Mdmn. Albert C. Eday got second place in photojournalism during the Regional College Press Conference (COPRE) and Awards in October 1995 and December 1996, respectively.

     Discipline has become a trademark of VMA. In fact, the 837th NROTCU was the regional champion and, thus, was chosen to represent Region VI in the National Tactical Inspection for S.Y 1996-1997. Among the nine Naval ROTC Units in Negros Island that were visited and inspected by NRC-5A, we stood at the forefront and rated “Excellent”. It was the result of excellent leadership and rigid supervision of Capt. Ranulfo S. Gimarangan, PMC and his staff. During this time, two Midn. Officers grabbed recognition in NS33 Training in Mambaling,Cebu City. This was participated in by other Visayan Islands schools. M/Capt. Victor M. Castillo, OICL, 1997 Corps Commander, and M/Cdr. Reggie C. Abelada, OICL, got 6th and 12th Place, respectively.

Undoubtedly, people behind the VMA waste no time preparing rooms conducive for learning, laboratories and shops, additional comfort rooms, and other offices. In fact, the Administration Building costing P2,476, 657.88 was constructed and it houses the offices the President,  the Chairman, the Deans, the Registrar, the accounting, the EDP, and Library. The school also acquired two schools buses intended for students’ trips and other school activities. The Taga Hall, which serves as venue for seminars/ workshops and trainings was likewise constructed and there followed by the construction of the Grandstand, Japanese Tower, and the new Bookstore, costing an estimated amount of P1M .

                       

Mdmn. Michael Flores won the third place in the Nationa Essay Writing Contest sponsored by PAMI and KALADAG.

     The year 1997 was a banner year of our school, when Mrs. Elizabeth Orola Salabas, VMA President, was elected as Vice President of PAMTCI Visayas and Mindanao and Vice President of  PAMI Visayas.

      As  VMA enters its tenth year, it already reached great heights in the maritime sector. For the record, the PRC Awarded VMA the Plaque of Recognition for producing a good number of alumni who topped the Licensure Exams as engine and Deck Officers.

            In the same year, new school organizations and clubs were organized, namely: Toastmasters Club, Red Cross Youth Organization, and Peer Counselor’s Organization, while Pangayaw sa Negros Club and Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KAPARIZ) were pioneer groups of students organizations in Negros Occidental.

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