PACUCOA confers accreditation to MPCF-Cam Sur

Canaman, Camarines Sur --- The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) recently bestowed the Level 1 Formal Accredited Status, for the period June 2020 – June 2023, to Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) of Canaman, Camarines Sur, Inc., for its Maritime baccalaureate courses, Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.

This was disclosed by the school’s Director for Accreditation, Engr. Armelfa Olea and was confirmed by MPCF-Camarines Sur President and CEO Dr. Marilissa Jimenez Ampuan.

In a statement released by the institution’s Chief Executive Officer, she said this level of accreditation has been formally granted early in the third quarter of the year to the institution particularly for the Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) programs.

This happened after representatives of the PACUCOA ACCREDITATION Team, headed by Dr. Pedrito Jose Bermudo, made its PACUCOA Level 1 Accreditation Visit to the school campus on March 5 - 7, 2020. This was before the declaration of the Enhanced General Community Quarantine (EGCQ) in the Bicol Region and the pronouncement made by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the Coronavirus Disease has become a pandemic.

Meanwhile, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Edgar Despi sent his congratulatory greetings to the MPCF-Camarines Sur academic community saying, “We are honored to be the 1st Maritime School in the Bicol Region with LEVEL 1 Formal Accreditation Status from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation”.

THE MPCF - Camariner Sur’s key officials in the forefront of this PACUCOA Acrreditation endeavor: (Left to right) President and CEO Dr. Marilissa Jimenez Ampuan, VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Edgar Despi and Director for Accreditation Engr. Armelfa Olea.


PACUCOA is a private organization which gives recognition to educational institutions which are able to comply today and are expected to perform in the future, to carry-on in giving high standard of education to students, as set forth by the accrediting institution.

This appreciation is compared with the ratings given to hotels such as the one, two, three, four and up to the 5-star hotel levels. The higher the ‘star ranking’ or the level of accreditation given to educational institutions, it means that they have become more capable of rendering ideal service to their students as their clientele.

Dr. Ampuan in her statement said, “This level of accreditation gives assurance to parents and students who take-up maritime courses in this school of the quality education and the dynamism the institution pursues”.

She acknowledged the relentless efforts exerted by the Mariners Team which include the Management Committee and the MPCF Accreditation Team that led to the granting of this criterion and expressed hope that MPCF is well on its way to the next level of excellence as a Higher Maritime Education Institution (HMEI) in the country.