JBLFMU-A’s Faculty Research Recognized as Top 10 in CHED’s ASEAN Research Conference

In a significant achievement, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. has garnered recognition from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in Region VI. Their faculty research paper, titled “The Extent of Application on Hard and Soft Skills Onboard Ship: Basis for Development of Program to Enhance Seafarers’ Skills,” authored by 2/M Jester B. De la cruz and co-authored by Capt. Nestor L. Baluya and Capt. Kester R. Ledesma has been honored as one of the top 10 research papers at the 1st Region VI ASEAN Research Conference 2023.

2/M De la cruz expressed their gratitude for the recognition, saying, “We are beyond blessed because our work has been recognized by experts in the field and that it has the potential to make a significant contribution to the maritime perspective.”

“When we were talking about this topic, we didn’t just talk about what interests us, but also about what can benefit the industry we chose,” said Capt. Kester R. Ledesma.

Dr. Brian Gil Sarinas and the members of the Research Committee played a pivotal role in supporting the research team throughout this journey, offering valuable insights and guidance.

This achievement is particularly noteworthy, given that their paper was selected from over 50 manuscripts submitted to CHED Regional Office VI.

The research not only provides a platform for faculty researchers to share their work but also fosters collaboration, networking, and the exchange of insights on ASEAN-related research trends.

JBLFMU-A sparks educational innovation through research, best practices workshop

The faculty and staff of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. converged for the Unit Annual Research Colloquium, Sharing of Best Practice, and Research Utilization Workshop 2023.

This event was a showcase of innovative research presentations in the morning session, underlining the interplay between theory and practicality in maritime education.

Instructors delved into creative methodologies for implementing research findings into their teaching approaches and decision-making processes.

Furthermore, during the afternoon session, the Senior High School department exhibited successful practices that have led to concrete improvements led by their Principal, Mrs. Mary Mae Jun P. Esmaya. The study, “INFIT: The Legacy of the Infinite Fitness Program,” served as inspiration for instructors to explore inventive approaches to enhancing student well-being.

Moreover, the event underscored the significance of “collaborative learning, effective research application, and pioneering best practices.”


JBLFMU-A hosts successful Research Capability Training, fosters a culture of research excellence

In a productive start to the week, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. organized its annual Research Capability Training for 2023. The event saw active participation from Department Heads, Faculty Researchers, as well as selected students from Graduate School, BS Criminology, Bachelor of Science Marine Transportation (2nd year), Grade 11, and Grade 12, all gathered at the JBL Hall on October 23.

The program opened with a warm welcome from the school administrator, Captain Alfred G. Espinosa, Ph.D. Following this, Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Director of JBLFMU Research and Extension, presented a compelling case for the importance of research at JBLFMU. The event was further enriched by the presence of Dr. Lovella S. Divigrancia, a distinguished Professional Educator, Trainer, and Researcher, who served as the guest speaker.

The research review segment of the event featured an interactive examination of survey research, along with an engaging open forum that delved into the cutting-edge issues in education. Notably, one faculty member highlighted a pressing concern, describing a “mismatch” problem where certain graduates or students struggled to pass company examinations.

Dr. Lovella S. Divigrancia stressed the pivotal role of research in informed decision-making, particularly within the university. She emphasized, “Research can guide us in reviewing and making well-informed decisions for the betterment of the university.”

The event underscored the indispensable value of research, especially for students, in molding world-class seafarers capable of delivering knowledgeable performance at the highest standards. It encouraged the cultivation of creativity, complexity, and collaborative efforts among teachers, promoting essential qualities in students.

Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, in his closing statement, wholeheartedly encouraged fellow department heads, faculty members, and administrative staff to actively participate in research efforts aimed at enhancing the university’s quality and overall performance.

The program reached its conclusion with Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas expressing heartfelt appreciation for all the participants, acknowledging their dedication, even amidst busy schedules.

JBLFMU Researchers Excel with Top Honors, Best Paper at NOSTE 2023 Conference

Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, the Research Coordinator at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. secured the title of “Best in Oral Presentation” at this virtual conference, held from September 22 to 24, 2023. His presentation, part of a collaborative research paper titled “Selected Water Physico-Chemical Characteristics of Iloilo Batiano River, Philippines,” alongside co-authors Bartimeues Nathan Wiederhold, Tom Lichtenberg, and Engr. Roderick R. Germo, Ph.D., also claimed the “Best Paper” award.

This acknowledgment highlights not only Dr. Sarinas’ achievements but also JBLFMU’s commitment to advancing knowledge and education through a meaningful research.

In parallel, Engr. Roderick R. Germo, a faculty member of the Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation (BSMT), with his research, “Effectiveness of Problem-based Learning (PBL) on Maritime Courses in a Blended Learning Modality” was a collaboration with C/M Virmari S. Tan, Ph.D., and 3/O Angelo F. Casañare.

2/M Karl Danielle H. Sira, Head of the Academic Affairs Office (AAO), addressed the critical issue of students’ mental health during the pandemic. His research paper, “Status of Students’ Mental Health during Pandemic: Basis for the Development of Student Enhancement Program,” in collaboration with Brian Gil S. Sarinas, Ph.D., and Rohena Z. Miranda, M.A.Ed., RGC, added depth to discussions on students’ and teachers’ well-being and learning during these challenging times.

The JBLFMU community takes pride in these notable accomplishments, recognizing the significance of contributing meaningful research to the broader academic community.

2/M Aldin Turija (JBLFMU Arevalo) wins the 2nd Best Paper Award for Education and Educational Innovation during the 3rd UMRCI

A BSMT Professional Education Faculty of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc., 2/M Aldin Turija, won the 2nd Best Paper Award for Education and Educational Innovation during the 3rd UNIFFIED Multidisciplinary Research Conference International (UMRCI) given during the Awards and Gala Night of the UNIFFIED International Summit Iloilo City held last July 25, 2023, at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

His paper entitled “The Use of Moodle and Students’ Performance in Protection of Marine Environment” ranked 2nd among the 24 papers coming from various respected universities and institutions. His paper was also presented in Parallel Session 4 of the event last July 24, 2023, at JBLFMU (Molo), Inc.

2/M Turija is a Maritime Instructor at JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc. under the Maritime Program where he is also assigned as a Simulator Assessor. He was a former seafarer who ventured into teaching in 2016.

The research conference is part of the 3-day activity of the UNIFFIED International held in the city of Iloilo. Other activities include Salindunong (transfer of knowledge to Filipino educators), awards and gala night and an educational tour. UNIFFIED, which stands for United Federation of Fil-Am Educators, is a SEC- registered non-profit organization of educators in the USA and the Philippines. It aims to unite educators who share the vision of dedicating skills in promoting excellence in teaching and providing community service through projects that will benefit the community.