The Unit Research Colloquium and Utilization Workshop conducted by the Research and Development Center of JBLCF–Bacolod provide opportunity for faculty and staff researchers to present their research output in a venue wherein their study can be critiqued for improvement as well as for findings of the studies be utilized. Last August 23 -24, 2018, these activities were held at the HMA Function Hall showcasing nine (9) papers for presentation. This two-day activity was carefully planned and successfully conducted through the leadership of Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Research Coordinator of the unit, and the working committees who actively worked hand in hand to prepare and ensure that the activity will run smoothly.
The keynote speaker on the first day of the event was Capt. Luis G. Evidente, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of JBLFMU and his message revolved on the theme of the event: “Stronger Commitment to Excellence in Maritime Education and Training through Research”; while Dr. Nenie M. Galedo, Education Supervisor 2 of the Commission of Higher Education Region 6 was invited to join the activity as representative of the commission and informed the participants about the need also to align the research studies of the academe with the thrusts and agenda of CHED in research.
To critique the individual papers presented for further improvement, the committee invited three research experts who acted as panel of reactors in the colloquium namely, Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Director, Research & Extension, John B. Lacson Maritime University; Dr. Carmen C. Menes, Head for Research, Accreditation and Quality Management, La Consolacion College Bacolod; and Dr. Riza T. Manalo of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.
The papers that were presented are as follows: “Simulation Competencies of BSMT 3 Students in Seamanship 5” by 2/M Hendrickson E. Dioko, Faculty-College of Maritime Education; “Engine Room Hazards, Unsafe Practices and Opportunities for Improvement” by 3/E Ronnie C. Montano, Subject Area Head, Engine-College of Maritime Education; “Measures to Enhance the Implementation of Security and Safety in JBLCF-Bacolod” by Mrs. Joanna S. Gudio, Subject Area Head for Social Sciences, Languages and Research, College of Maritime Education, “Students’ Engagement and Benefits of the Community Outreach Activities of the College of Business Education” by Dr. Violeta Neri, Faculty, College of Business; “Career Choice of Customs Administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management Students” by Mrs. Ana Juline C. Dangallo, Dean, College of Business; and “Addressing Stakeholders’ Feedback for Continuous Improvement: An Institutional Practice” by Mr. Robert O. Parcia, Administrator, JBLCF-Bacolod.
On the second day of the activity, three research studies conducted on the Integrated Environmental Management Program of JBLCF-Bacolod were also presented as part of the accomplishments of the program. Dr. Carmen Menes, Head of Research, Accreditation and Quality Management of La Consolacion College Bacolod was the keynote speaker who shared her insights on the theme: “Research Utilization: Learning and Making Institutional Decision through Research.” She also shared her expertise by giving her impressions and reactions on the strengths and weaknesses of the papers presented.
The authors and the titles of the study are as follows: Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Unit Research Coordinator, who presented her paper, “Integrated Environmental Management Program: Social Impact, Value Added Experience and Challenges,” Mr. Joemil G. Galve, Community Extension and Services Officer with his paper, “IEMP-Information Education Campaign Programs, Activities and Initiatives and their Influence on the Internal Stakeholders,” and Mrs. Ruby D. Causing, Faculty, College of Maritime Education with her paper, “Awareness and Status of Compliance with the IEMP Environmental Policies.”
The most important part of the two-day activity was the research utilization workshop wherein department heads and employees concerned were formed into groups to brainstorm and draft their action plan or solutions to address the findings and recommendations of the studies presented. The entire activity was very productive and rewarding to the participants believing that once again they have lived up to their commitment to contribute through their effort in research to achieve excellence in maritime education and training.