Best Innovative Practices and Faculty and Student Research Take Center Stage at 2023-2024 colloquium

JBLCF-Bacolod, June 5, 2024

The 2024 Unit Research Colloquium, an annual event of the Research Department under the leadership of Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, the Unit Research Coordinator, once again showcased a number of academic innovations and studies across various fields from exceptional JBLCF-B students and employees. This year’s gathering at the Main Library on June 05, 2024, focused on the theme, “Waves of Innovation: Advancing Technology Research in the Academe.”

The keynote address by Dr. Armando R. Reosura, Patent Specialist, IAP/WIPO Director IPMO/Manager, ITSO of Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, called for a continued investment in diverse research fields and emphasized the significant roles researchers play in shaping a better future for the society.


Well done and congratulations to the winning presentations:



Best Presentation of Innovative Practices

Certificate of Commendation:

The REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT–Facing the Challenges for Continuous Improvement



Best Paper Presentation (Employees Category)

Tracer Study of Bachelor of Science Marine Transportation Graduates of John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod

Co-author: Dr. Elisa V. Garcia



Best Paper Presentation (Student Category-College of Maritime Education)

Self-Efficacy and Career Aspiration of Marine Engineering Students: A Correlational Study

Co-authors: Janzent M. Balasabas, Christian Arjay A. Bunhan, Jason B. Jalbuena, Nhoryelle Jazon V. Yusoya



Best Paper Presentation (Student Category-College of Business and Education)

Coconut Sprout: A Meat Substitute

Co-authors: Joshua Jean S. Abad, Ma. Angel A. Barredo, Jhonna Marielle C. Golo, Madelyn M. Toledo



Best Paper Presentation, (Student Category-Basic Education Department)

Vaping among Senior High School Students

Co-authors: Lester Joy G. Villanueva, Kion Glenn A. Porras, Joesuair S. Rosales


The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, JBLFMU Director for Research & Extension, Dr. Ma. Elena J. Eleperia, JBLFMU Academic Director, Dr. Sylvino V. Tupas Administrator, JBLF Training Center, Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, JBLCF Administrator, 3/E Bernard Sorbito Jr., Unit QA Manager, Department Heads, Research Committee Members, judges, faculty, staff and students, and the guest presenters from the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod.


The successful 2024 Unit Research Colloquium paved the way for an era of collaborative technological breakthroughs within the academe. It highlighted the essential role that interdisciplinary partnerships play in fostering innovative research, driving advancements in technology that can address global challenges. /ICM

Joining Forces for Sustainable Development: JBLCF-Bacolod Engineers Join Symposium-Workshop on SDGs

John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation – Bacolod, represented by C/E JONI GAN, BSMarE Program Head, and 3/E PAUL OLIMPOS, Faculty, College of Maritime Education, was delighted to participate in the Symposium-Workshop on Mobilizing Universities and Colleges for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Problem Solving, held in Iloilo City on April 24-25, 2024. Hosted by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in collaboration with DOST Regional Offices VI, VII, and VIII, this event marked a pivotal moment for academia in the Philippines.

Driving Change Locally and Regionally

The primary objective of this gathering, organized under the auspices of the Future Earth Philippines (FEP) program, was to convene State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Regions VI, VII, and VIII. Together, participants engaged in constructive dialogues aimed at analyzing local and regional challenges. The overarching goal was to devise strategic pathways to address key issues crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Embracing Mission Science for Sustainability

Acknowledging society’s complex problems, the scientific community emphasized the imperative of transcending traditional boundaries. Moving away from working in silos, a transdisciplinary and inclusive approach involving communities and Local Government Units (LGUs) was advocated. This paradigm shift, termed “Mission Science for Sustainability,” underscores the necessity of collaborative efforts in tackling real-world challenges.

Establishing Universities SDG Action Networks

Moreover, the NAST-FEP initiative seeks to galvanize academic institutions into action by establishing Universities SDG Action Networks (USAN) within the three regions represented. Through these collaborative networks, SUCs and HEIs are poised to align their core functions—including teaching, research and development, and extension work—with the SDGs. By doing so, they aim to amplify their societal impact and contribute meaningfully to the global sustainability agenda. — PTO/04/26/2024


2024 JBLFMU Research Colloquium Highlights Innovation and Best Practices, JBLCF-Bacolod as Host

In a showcase of maritime innovation and research excellence, the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) recently held the 2024 Research Colloquium and Sharing of Best Practices with JBLCF-Bacolod as the host unit. This event was participated by the different units of the university, bringing together industry experts, academics, and students to discuss key issues and share best practices.

The event kicked off with the arrival and registration of participants, followed by an invocation and the rendition of the Philippine National Anthem and the JBLFMU Hymn. Mrs. Mary Anne Pasco, the Safety Officer, delivered a safety orientation to ensure a secure environment for all attendees.

Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, Administrator of JBLCF (Bacolod), Inc., extended words of welcome to the participants, setting the tone for the symposium. Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian, Chief Executive Officer of JBLFMU, delivered a message emphasizing the importance of research and development in advancing the maritime sector.





Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Director of Research & Extension, provided the rationale behind the symposium, highlighting its significance in driving innovation and addressing industry challenges. Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, Research Coordinator of JBLFMU (Arevalo), Inc., then introduced the keynote speaker, Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, CESO II, Regional Director and WVCIEERD Co-Chair of DOST Regional Office VI. Engr. Gelonga delivered a keynote speech, focusing on the role of research and innovation in shaping the future of the maritime industry.

Engr. Sobrejuanite led the awarding of a Certificate of Appreciation to Engr. Gelonga, acknowledging his valuable contribution to the symposium. Dr. Rolando A. Alimen, Research Coordinator of JBLFMU (Molo), Inc., then laid out the house rules and guidelines for the paper presentation session. The session featured three papers presented by esteemed industry professionals:

    1. “Modernization of Domestic Fleet in Western Visayas: Basis for Safety and Service Enhancement Program” by Engr. Rufina A. Aquino, Ph.D.
    2. “Seafarer’s Engagement, Work Attitude, and Work Performance: Bases for Retention Program” by Dr. Emmanuel B. Carpio
    3. “Life skills, Technological Awareness, and Attitude of Maritime Students toward Emerging Technologies: Basis for a Proposed Academic Intervention Program” by Capt. Luis G. Evidente, Ph.D.

After the paper presentations, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of exhibits showcasing innovative projects and research initiatives of the academic units of the university. Dr. Sebastian and Dr. Magramo, along with the Unit Administrators, Research Coordinators, and Executive Council Officers, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Following a lunch break, the symposium resumed with a session on sharing best practices, featuring presentations on various topics including physical activity towards health and fitness, legacy fitness programs, and the utilization of Google Workspace in monitoring and updating students’ onboard training.

The event concluded with the announcement and awarding of winners of the JBLFMU-RDC Digital Logo Making Contest, followed by closing remarks from Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Research Coordinator of the host unit, JBLCF (Bacolod), Inc.

A photo opportunity was provided for all participants, marking the end of a successful symposium aimed at promoting innovation and collaboration in the maritime industry.

JBLCF-Bacolod Marine Engineering Students bag the First and Second places in the JBLFMU-RDC Digital Logo-Making Contest

The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Research and Development Center recently concluded its highly anticipated Digital Logo-Making Contest aimed at creating an official emblem that embodies the center’s commitment to innovation and research excellence. The contest was participated by six final entries from across the university and was held during the System Research Colloquium and Sharing of Best Practices held on February 7, 2024. The panel of esteemed judges comprised DR. MELCHOR MAGRAMO, Research Director, DR. MA. ELENA ELEPERIA, Academic Director, and MR. ARCHIE AMPARO, IT Director of the University.

JOSEPH DARL MASILAM, a third-year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering student of JBLCF-Bacolod from section Polaris, clinched the prestigious First Place with his exceptional design.


KENNETH R. CARIO, a fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering student from section Ares, also from JBLCF-Bacolod, secured Second Place with his creative and innovative entry.

The winning entries were selected based on specific criteria outlined by the judging panel, including reflecting key concepts such as Research and Development, Innovation, incorporation of JBLFMU’s logo and logos of all units, and adherence to the university’s core values.

Joseph Darl Masilam’s design stood out for its creativity, relevance, and visual impact, earning him the top prize of 3,000 pesos along with a Certificate of Recognition. Kenneth R. Cariom received 2,000 pesos and a Certificate of Recognition for his outstanding contribution.

In addition to the top prizes, the third-place winner, JBLFMU-Arevalo’s entry, received 1,000 pesos along with a Certificate of Recognition, while consolation prizes of 500 pesos and a Certificate of Participation each were awarded to non-winning participants.

(The winners, Left to Right: JBLFMU-Arevalo, Third Place; JBLCF-Bacolod, First Place; and JBLCF-Bacolod, Second Place)

The winning logo design, crafted by JOSEPH DARL MASILAM, will now become the official trademark of the Research and Development Center of JBLFMU. By winning First Place, Masilam has granted the JBLFMU-RDC the right to utilize the logo in various promotional materials, including Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaigns, official university merchandise, program covers, and certificates issued by the JBLFMU-RDC, thus solidifying his contribution to the university’s branding efforts.

The success of the Digital Logo-Making Contest underscores JBLFMU’s dedication to fostering creativity, innovation, and research excellence among its students, further solidifying its position as a leading institution in maritime education and research.

JBLFMU on Maritime Research: Treading the Road toward Greater Global Visibility and Impact

Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo
Research Coordinator

Is JBLFMU ready to produce more impactful maritime research worthy of publication in Scopus-indexed journals?


The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) is making significant strides in enhancing its research capabilities and international recognition. The recent seminar-workshop on Achieving Excellence in Scientific Journal Publishing on Scopus Indexing and Other Indexing Application Processes, hosted by JBLFMU, demonstrates the institution’s commitment to producing high-impact maritime research worthy of publication in Scopus-indexed journals.

The event, held at the JBLFMU-Arevalo campus, was a collaborative effort involving key individuals such as Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Director for Research and Extension; Unit Research Coordinators, Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo of JBLCF-Bacolod, Dr. Rolando A. Alimen of JBLFMU-Molo, and Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas of JBLFMU-Arevalo; and Mrs. Leonora Lucia G. Saul, Integrated Management Representative.

The event would not have been a success if not for the support and inspiration of Dr. Ma. Elena J. Eleperia, Academic Director; Engr. Archie P. Amparo, IT Director; Unit Administrators, Mr. Robert O. Parcia, Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, and Capt. Alfred D. Espinosa; and the university’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian. The presence of an esteemed resource speaker like Prof. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III further enriched the event, providing valuable insights and inspiration to the participants.

Overall, JBLFMU’s proactive approach to research and internationalization, as well as its commitment to excellence in scientific journal publishing, positions the university as a key player in the field of maritime research and education. The institution’s collaborative and multidisciplinary efforts bode well for the future production of impactful research worthy of publication in prestigious, Scopus-indexed journals.