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.








JBLCF-Bacolod Participants Elevate Skills through AI Training for Teaching and Research Management

Three participants from JBLCF-Bacolod attended the AI Application in Teaching and Research Management training which was held from November 27 to 30, 2023, at the City Garden Suites in Manila. The training aimed to provide educators with the fundamentals of managing research programs institutionally and by discipline, designing research programs for quality assurance requirements, and integrating AI in research management.

The training covered various aspects of research management, including the framework for research management, research program design for quality assurance requirements, and research management programs for faculty exchange with foreign universities and internationalization of research. It also introduced the use of AIs such as ChatGPT, Perplexity, Google Bard, and Consensus AI as useful tools in writing research-related tasks and other research management programs, plans, and reports.

Dr. Genaro V. Japos served as the resource speaker for the training, providing valuable insights and strategies to the participants. Among the participants sent by JBLCF-Bacolod were Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Miss Geneveve M. Aguilar, and Miss Alyn G. Libertad, who are all actively involved in research and education.








The training highlighted the increasing role of AI in education and research management, emphasizing the need for educators to establish clear boundaries anchored on ethical considerations when integrating AI into delivering quality education. It also showcased the potential of AI in improving university decision-making, efficient administration, and prompt regulatory compliance.

Overall, the training provided valuable insights, tools, and strategies for educators to leverage AI in teaching and research management, ultimately enhancing the quality of education and research outcomes.

Empowering Excellence: 2023-2024 Research Proposals Undergo Rigorous External Review

In a bid to foster innovation and research excellence, JBLCF-Bacolod recently concluded its 2023-2024 Oral Presentation and External Review of Research Proposals. The event, held over three days from October 19 to 23, 2023, showcased the culmination of extensive research efforts initiated after the successful Research Capability Enhancement Workshop conducted from September 6 to 8, 2023.

The culmination of these efforts saw the unveiling of these meticulously crafted proposals to a panel of esteemed external reviewers composed of Dr. Cindy P. Sison , MT II/Subject Group Head, Sum-ag National High School; Dr. Carmen Menes, Head, Research Accreditation and Quality Management Office, La Concolacion College-Bacolod; Capt. Jorge P. Aborde, Assesor/Course Developer, JBLFMU; Dr. Stephen D. Solidarios, Associate Prof 1, Carlos Hilado Memorial State University-Alijis; Dr. Angeli Sebastian, Dean, College of Business & Management, JBLFMU-Molo; and Dr. Rolando Alimen, Research Coordinator, JBLFMU-Molo. These reviewers, eminent figures in their respective domains, lent their expertise to assess the scholarly merit, methodological rigor, and potential impact of each proposal.

The process was marked by rigorous scrutiny and constructive feedback, providing invaluable insights to the researchers as they embark on their respective projects. The collaboration between the institution’s internal experts and external reviewers serves as a testament to the commitment of JBLCF-Bacolod to maintain the highest standards of quality in research.