Year after year, the papers presented during the Unit Research Colloquium have truly impacted not just the JBLCF-Bacolod community, but the rest of the research community. Being the Maritime Vanguard, the theme of the 2017 Unit Research Colloquium and Research Utilization is “Steering the wheel towards global excellence, making collective decisions through Research.” In line with IMS policy of the institution, which is “to maintain the highest standards of Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Protection in our consistent drive to satisfy and strive to exceed stakeholders’ expectation,” participants from the faculty and staff of JBCLF-Bacolod have geared towards making researches beneficial to the school, its employees, and even to the students.
The program was held at the HMA Function Hall last August 25, 2017, and was attended by the department heads and a number of faculty and staff of JBLCF-B. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Mae Flor Posadas, Director for Research and Development of Central Philippine State University, Kabankalan City.
Starting the line of presenters is no less than the Administrator himself, Mr. Robert O. Parcia in his paper entitled “Employees’ Financial Literacy, Behavior, Stress, and Wellness: A Correlational Study.”
Another paper deemed very timely and practical is the study presented by Jan Michael E. Enriquez, Unit Health Officer and Representative Officer for Research of the College of Maritime Education, on “Nutrition and Fitness: Health Habits, Practices and level of Physical Activity of JBLCF-Bacolod Employees.” Mrs. Grace Ibardolaza, faculty member of the College of Maritime Education, enlightened and engaged the participants on her paper “Motivational Factors and Degree of Commitment of JBLCF Bacolod Instructors”. study on the “Employability Skills, OJT Performance, and Academic Achievements of BSCA Graduating Students” was presented by Engr. Raul Ramos, a faculty of the College of Business Education. Gathering the interest of the crowd was the paper presented by 2/M Edgar T. Lemoncito entitled “From Seafaring to Teaching: Commitment, Competence, and Challenges of Deck and Engine Professional Instructors.” Dr. Jose Lizael Lampinez, a faculty member of the College of Maritime Education and at the same time the External Affairs Marketing Officer, presented his paper on the “Professional and Instructional Responsibilities: Basis for Improvement among General Education Faculty of the Maritime Department.”
A panel of experts graced the event with wonderful constructive critiques and inputs in the persons of Dr. Carmen Menes of La Consolacion College-Bacolod, Dr. Mae Flor Posadas of CPSU-Kabankalan City, and Dr. Melchor Magramo, Director for Research and Extension of JBLFMU.
Closing the program, Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Unit Research Coordinator of JBLCF-Bacolod, delivered a heartfelt gratitude to all who supported the event and the Research Department of the institution as a whole. One can never over-emphasize the importance of research in any aspect of life. With this, the Research Community of JBLCF-Bacolod is committed to continually steer the wheel towards global excellence, crossing the borders, and claiming territories known to none. – Engr. Albert Anthony M. Delgado