BALANGA CITY, Bataan – In simple ceremonies this morning, the Provincial Government of Bataan, in cooperation with the Bataan Association of Alumni and Parents of the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (BAAP@MAAP) held a recognition program honoring MAAP graduates Batch 2013 (Arkhegion) and Batch 2014 (Vareleas) together with their parents at the Bulwagan II, Capitol Compound.
Since its establishment 16 years ago, the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in the town of Mariveles has been consistently producing world class seafarers.
Engr. Enrico Yuzon, Prov’l. Engineer’s Office Head and President of BAAP@MAAP delivered the welcome remarks.
Vice Admiral Eduardo Ma. R. Santos, MAAP President inspired the graduates by sharing snippets of wisdom. He compared the situation of the graduates to being at the bottom of the fire. So for them to move up, they should work hard. It is not enough that they finish a degree.
Gov. Abet for his part, awarded each graduate a souvenir item, as a token of the Province’s appreciation and recognition of their achievement. In his message, the Governor acknowledged the contribution of the seafarers to the Province, saying that every recognition a MAAP graduate gets, is also a recognition for Bataan, not to mention the fact that these seafarers contribute a lot to the economy not only of their respective families but also to the Province. He also acknowledged the role being played by MAAP in shaping our youth towards a bright future.
He added that in his recent meeting with DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro, one of the developmental topics discussed is the adopt a school program of MAAP. Aimed at increasing the number of students from Bataan who qualify to enter MAAP, as early as high school, they will already be given orientation and training.
As a last piece of advice, the Governor also reminded the new world class seafarers on financial literacy and correct management of savings. He encouraged them not only to continue learning but also to save a part of their earnings so as to protect their future and their family.
This first ever recognition program for MAAP graduates was made possible through the joint efforts of the Provincial Government of Bataan and the BAAP@MAAP headed by its president, Engr. Enrico Yuzon; PRO Estelita Alim, MAAP Acting Administrator; CDR Gerlo L. Elchico, PN; and External Relations Office Director, Angelica M. Baylon, PhD to name a few.
Vice Governor Efren Pascual Jr., BM Reynaldo T. Ibe Jr, Mr. Antonio Samaniego (HR head), Engr. Butch Baluyot (PPDO Head) and other provincial government officials also graced the occasion.