October 28, 2022 was a challenging but memorable day for the faculty and staff researchers of JBLCF-Bacolod as, finally, the proposals they have conceptualized since August 2022 and written for two months since then were presented and reviewed by external experts. The 2022-2023 Oral Presentation and External Review of Research Proposals virtually took place thru Zoom with the researchers themselves, the Administrator, and some members of the Unit Research Committee and Department Heads in attendance.
Dr. Dennis V. Madrigal, Dean of the Recoleto de Bacolod Graduate School of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, and Dr. Carmen C. Menes, Head for Research, Accreditation, and Quality Management Office, served as this year’s external reviewers/experts. As outstanding research leaders of their respective institutions, Dr. Madrigal and Dr. Menes shared their vision of elevating the papers in terms of quality, making them worthy of international publication. The process was tedious yet gratifying as both experts scrutinized the areas that needed to be strengthened, improved, or even revised while offering helpful suggestions to the researchers.
Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, who remained attuned in the day-long activity, was all praises for having witnessed the entire exercise. He expressed his gratitude to the external reviewers for their patience in sharing their expertise and declared his all-out support to the researchers.
This activity articulates JBLFMU’s unrelenting quest for excellence in the field of research, making it part of the research process that researchers undergo, from the conceptualization to the completion of their papers.
This year’s research proposals deal with research topics in various disciplines in the context of Maritime Education and Training, as well as other issues and concerns affecting seafarers and the industry, and the physical and social environment.