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.\

JB-Molo Personnel attend the Seminar-Workshop on Scopus Indexing

The administration of JBLFMU-Molo through the leadership of Mr. Robert O. Parcia, Administrator sent the 24 instructors and non-teaching staff to attend the seminar-workshop entitled “Achieving Excellence in Scientific Journal Publishing: A Seminar-Workshop on Scopus Indexing and Other Indexing Application Processes” at the JBL Hall of JBLFMU-Arevalo, Iloilo City last January 11-12, 2024. The research speaker was Prof. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III. The program started with prayer, the national anthem, and JBLFMU hymn. Dr. Melchor M. Magramo, Research Director of JBLFMU-Molo welcomed the participants coming from different academic units of the university. Dr. Rolando A. Alimen, Research Coordinator of JBLFMU-Molo introduced the resource speaker. Professor Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III leads a global initiative, “Achieving University Excellence through Research”, to address global research inequity.  The initiative engages in intensive research capacity-building of many universities in Asia and Africa.  Don is the Editor-in-Chief of Public Health Challenges (Wiley) and is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMC Global Health Research and Policy.  Don is a global health scientist whose works focus on health equity.  His scientific work is hinged on creating evidence to influence global health policy and practice, improve the health of populations, and achieve global health equity.  Don teaches Economics of Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and International Health at the University of the Philippines (Open University).  He was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Medical School and currently holds Adjunct and Visiting Professorship at Mahidol University, University of Botswana, Cardiff University, Wuhan University, Naresuan University, Astana Medical University, Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, Universidade da Paz, and Taipei Medical University.  He finished his Ph.D. at Cardiff University, MPH at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, MSc in Health Economics Policy and Law in Global Health at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and his BSc Psychology (cum laude) and Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines. His global work has been recognized through many awards he has received including The Outstanding Young Man of the Philippines in 2009 from the President of the country. Closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Ma. Elena J. Eleperia, Academic Affairs Director of JBLFMU.


Two researchers of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Molo presented the results of their studies at the University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the International Research Conference of SEAAIR (South East Asian Association for Institutional Research)  last September 26-28, 2023. Dr. Stella S. Cantor, a faculty member of the College of Business presented her study “English Teachers’ Out-of-Field” and Dr. Rolando A. Alimen, Research Coordinator also presented his study “Seafaring Profession: Edge of Filipino Seafarers” with delegates from different countries in this international conference.

The study of Dr. Alimen is about the Filipino country’s pride, attributes, and characteristics. Filipino seafarers are the most preferred seamen because of their many virtues and professionalism that significantly contributed to the Philippines and the global maritime industry. This qualitative phenomenological study was conceived to determine the edge of Filipino seafarers among other nationalities on board. The results of this study depict how Filipino seafarers work and respond to the seafaring world and their lived experiences while onboard. Through this phenomenological study, the lived experiences of Filipino seafarers in terms of the different concepts, themes, and personal stories will be derived from their lived experiences. The recruited seafarers were contacted through referral and were qualified on specific criteria, the source of information, and whose narratives were gathered and documented to establish the study’s objectives. The study of Dr. Cantor aimed to present the participants’ out-of-field teaching and their initiatives. The researcher used inductive thematic analysis to explore and generate “themes” from the interview. Different themes emerged from the monograph as an educational resource that would serve as a reference for researchers and educators who are interested in the field and wish to explore the context of out-of-field teaching.

42nd Thailand TESOL International Conference

The 42nd Thailand TESOL International Conference addressed a wide range of timely themes regarding innovation, engagement, and resilience for TESOL communities concerning the digital era’s impact on English teaching and learning during this ever-changing disruptive sociocultural and educational contexts. The paper presentation experience during the two-day conference of TESOL Thailand last January 27-28, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand has been a great opportunity for me to meet fellow educators and language enthusiasts all across the globe.

The conference commenced with the opening ceremony and Dr. Singhanat Nomnian president of the TESOL Thailand shared that there should be resilient ELT practices, processes and policies play significant roles to offer significant research for a better tomorrow. Meanwhile, the keynote speaker Dr. Phra Dhammavatjarabundit of Chulangkorn University, Thailand shared about English language teaching and learning in the future. Plenary talks of the invited plenary speakers were also shared about finding balance in the post-pandemic world, ideas for coping with stresses in today’s classroom, and enhancing teachers’ digital competence by focusing on the delivery of blended teacher education. Paper presenters like me were given an avenue to share our research with an audience and it was such a great experience having an exchange of ideas with fellow speakers of different cultures and beliefs to make difference in the world of language learning.

It was highlighted during the closing ceremonies that TESOL practitioners from a variety of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields to nourish insightful ELT ground-breaking research, pedagogies, materials, and innovations for current and future endeavors in local and global contexts. Existing challenges and new opportunities for teachers call for more innovative, engaging, and resilient ELT practices.

Patent Seminar at JBLFMU-Molo

The Research Department of JBLFMU-Molo conducted its First Training-Workshop on Patent Search and Patent Drafting last March 14-17, 2023, held at the Third Floor of the University Library. This seminar-workshop was attended by thirty (30) faculty and staff from JBLFMU-Molo and five (5) from JBLCF-Bacolod.

Mr. Robert O. Parcia, Administrator of JBLFMU-Molo, gave his welcome remarks. Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, Regional Director of DOST-Region 6, was the Inspirational Speaker, and Dr. Armando R. Reosura, Director of Intellectual Property Management at Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, was the resource speaker. On the last day of the workshop, the participants presented their respective inventions and utility models.