Last April 12, 2016, PNBC held another networking luncheon at the usual venue at I’m Angus in Yakal St. And this time, representatives from The Propeller Club of Manila came as our guests.
PNBC President Ivar Thomasli gave the opening remarks, and called on stage Rose Verendia of the Bridgebuilder Foundation of Norway to receive a Php50 Thousand donation from PNBC for their public school dormitory project in Basey, Samar.
Mr. Thomasli then introduced Mr. David Reynolds, the long-time helmsman of this organization that had changed the economic life of so many underprivileged families in the Philippines.
Mr. Reynolds presented their scholarship programs which are focused on providing skills and training for employment in the maritime industry. The two main courses which scholars may pursue are the Ship Mechanic (Fitter/Machinist) course and the Culinary and Kitchen Management course. The Club does this in partnership with educational and training institutions such as the Don Bosco Technical Institute and the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management.
Since the inception of this scholarship program in 1990, more than 500 scholars have graduated and joined the army of the employed. There had been positive testimonies that the graduates of this program are very skillful and have excellent work ethics. Ship crewing companies can hire these graduates at no extra cost.
Some members of PNBC are also active members of The Propeller Club of Manila, including two of our own officers, Pres. Ivar Thomasli and VP Helge Oliversen.