August 2015

GOV. MARAÑON SIGNS MOA FOR MARITIME SCHOLARSHIP

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. signed a Memorandum of Agreement with VMA Global College, Marlow Navigation Philippines, Inc. and 19 scholar-grantees in a simple ceremony held at VMA Global College in Bacolod City, yesterday. The project is a tripartite endeavor of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, VMA Global College and Marlow Navigation, Phils, Inc., adopting a study now, pay later scheme 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, VMA shall provide the necessary educational inputs to the scholars, while Marlow Navigation commits to handle the cadetship training onboard their vessels, and hire them after graduation. Gov. Marañon said that the provincial government is allocating about P100 Million every year for its scholarship program and initially, a total of P8 M was allocated for maritime scholarship, however, only about P1.7M was utilized because only 18 students passed the examinations given by Marlow Navigation Phils. Inc. when the program started in 2013. He challenged VMA Global College president Atty. John Orola, Jr. to help the students and increase the number of scholars next year so that children of underprivileged will be able to avail of the scholarship while adding that he is willing to increase the budget because the program is the most successful and it guarantees 100 percent employment rate among its graduates. He stressed that in the global maritime industry, 70 percent of seafarers hired are Filipinos and it shows that Filipinos are highly trainable and possess good abilities as well. Marlow Navigation Phils, Inc. chief executive officer Capt. Leopoldo Tenorio in his message lauded Gov. Marañon for acknowledging the importance of education especially for the underprivileged families. He said that Negros Occidental is the only province in the entire country who readily accepted the program after listening to the presentation. Under the study now, pay later program for maritime education, the Provincial Government has a total of 19 scholars taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation who are on their second and third year and 18 graduates who are now working and training on board Marlow Navigation vessels./Capitol News

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