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

12th JBLFMU-A Research Colloquium Honors Top BSMT Student Researchers in Oral and Poster Presentations

Written by: Mdpn. Alexis Carl Tabasin

Reinforcing the University’s commitment to world-class research, Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) from John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime Univeristy (Arevalo), Inc.’s students showcased their research prowess at the 12th Student Research Colloquium held at the JBL Lobby last May 24, 2024.

Overall Ranking Awards:

First Place:
“Students’ Self-Regulated Learning Strategies through the Lens of Blended Learning: Basis for the Development of an Intervention Program”

  • This study also received the Best Paper award and Mdpn. Francis C. Baldemor was recognized as the Best Oral Presenter
  • Research Leader: Mdpn. Mark Daniel Z. Pragale
  • Members: Mdpn. Kerrei N. Adurante, Mdpwn. Thea Marie S. Aldamar, Mdpn. Ryean Phep A. Bacayo, Mdpn. Francis C. Baldemor, Mdpn. Jan Ernie A. Cabe, Mdpwn. Jannah Mae S. Pidoy, Mdpn. Marc Jesfer M. Villanueva
  • Adviser: Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas

Second Place:
“Level of Psycho-Social Adjustments among Ilonggo Seafarers: Post-Pandemic Analysis”

  • Research Leader: Mdpn. Christian Emilbert C. Coo
  • Members: Mdpn. Septer John T. Alfaro, Mdpn. Joshua Andrei B. Aspero, Mdpn. Joshua M. Avila, Mdpn. Prince Leman G. Bullos, Mdpn. Lloyd Mclaine Y. Eradio, Mdpn. Shadrach T. Jondanero, Mdpn. Jowell B. Surmieda
  • Adviser: Dr. Emilie C. Coo

Third Place:
“Extent of Female Students’ Acquired Skills: Basis for Program Enhancement”

  • Research Leader: Mdpn. Antonio F. Montalban Jr.
  • Members: Mdpn. J P. Aguadera, Mdpn. Luke Gerald B. Altura, Mdpn. Ernesto H. Ciriaco III, Mdpn. John Kennith O. Concepcion, Mdpn. Mark Anthony C. Ranises, Mdpn. Dinwel M. Rondael, Mdpn. Arcyne John N. Sermeno
  • Adviser: Dr. Roderick R. Germo

Poster Presentation Awards:

First Place:
“The Use of Algae as an Alternative Biodegraders of Plastic”

  • Research Leader: Mdpn. Kent RD S. Questorio
  • Members: Mdpn. Carl Jullian A. Alidron, Mdpn. Arnold S. Bugna Jr., Mdpn. Ceejay Mykel S. Camprecio, Mdpn. Jeush Joel G. Mañosa, Mdpn. Angelo P. Pedines, Mdpn. Junnel H. Retirado, Mdpn. Reynald E. Tejero
  • Adviser: Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas

Second Place:
“Challenges and Coping Mechanisms of Female Maritime Students: Basis for Enhancement Program”

  • Research Leader: Mdpn. John Euclid P. Parreño
  • Members: Mdpn. Gerard Kristiene M. Alagos, Mdpn. Joemar Raey L. Batallones, Mdpn. Johnner V. Bela-Ong, Mdpn. Augustine Leonard B. Denila, Mdpn. Charles P. Magos, Mdpn. Alexis Carl B. Tabasin, Mdpn. Jhon Erick F. Zapanza
  • Adviser: Dr. Roderick R. Germo

Third Place:
“Coping Mechanisms and Difficulties of Maritime Graduates from Online Classes to Face-to-Face Trainings”

  • Research Leader: Mdpn. Lorenz Andre B. Solano
  • Members: Mdpn. Cean David D. Barrion, Mdpn. John Walter G. Chua, Mdpn. James Alwyn G. Gandecila, Mdpn. Charles Micko A. Genodia, Mdpn. Kiel John C. Guerrero, Mdpn. Zyian Bryle V. Luces, Mdpn. Joannes Mykhelle Yxl P. Pauya
  • Adviser: Dr. Roderick R. Germo


The esteemed panelists for the oral presentation were Dr. Rolando A. Alimen; Capt. Jorge P. Aborde; and Dr. Nenita V. Quinon. Meanwhile, the poster presentation judges were 2/M Loren Steve G. Glumalid, Mrs. Clarence Kay S. Gabasa, and 2/M Aldin L. Turija.

This annual colloquium exemplifies the University’s dedication to academic excellence and continuous research improvement.


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


MOA Signing with DOST

The JBLFMU-Molo Research Team proposed a “Water Desalination System” for the UNISAN Island of the Province of Guimaras, Philippines. This project was qualified under the DAGAT Project of DOST (Department of Science and Technology) and NEDA (National Economic Development Agency). The DAGAT means “Driving Advancement, Generating Access, and Transforming Small Island Communities” and the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian, CEO of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, and Mr. Robert O. Parcia, MMM, Administrator of JBLFMU-Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines together with Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, CESO II, Regional Director of DOST 6, and Engr. Naomi Cossette R. Luis, DIT, Asst. Regional Director for Technical Operations, DOST Region 6. The MOA signing ceremony was held on the Third Floor of the University Library of JBLFMU-Molo last March 7, 2024. Marine engineering students, marine officers, instructors, and staff attended the MOA signing.\

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.