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.


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 Celebrates Sharing of Knowledge and Best Innovative Practices during Unit Research Colloquium

The halls of HMA Function Hall, JBLCF-Bacolod, buzzed with intellectual enthusiasm on May 17, 2023, as the institution hosted a remarkable event – the Unit Research Colloquium & Sharing of Best Innovative Practices. Faculty, staff, and students converged to present their thought-provoking studies and revolutionary practices, highlighting the institution’s unwavering commitment to academic excellence and innovation.

The event featured an impressive lineup of studies, each exploring diverse facets of knowledge. Faculty and staff presented the following studies that underscored their dedication to enhancing education and pushing boundaries in their respective fields:

      1. Core Values Internalization among the Employees of JBLCF-Bacolod for the School Year 2021-2022 by Michelle Jean C. Villanueva, Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo
      2. Assessment of Students’ Internalization of the Institution’s Core Values by Mr. Rexenel S. Ibardolaza, Ms. Geneveve M. Aguilar
      3. Effectiveness of Online Learning on Students’ Actual Shipboard Training by Joanna S. Gudio, C/M Alex D. Tan (Awarded as Best Paper Presentation)
      4. Mathematics Literacy of Students: Basis for Maritime Program Module Enhancement by Erick June M. Arintoc
      5. Effect of Computer-Based Training and Engine Room Simulation on Students’ Familiarization with Marine Diesel Engines by 3/E Paul T. Olimpos (Awarded as Best Paper Presentation)
      6. Pre-Board Examination of BSMT Graduating Students on All Competencies Under Function 1 (Navigation at the Operational Level) by 2/M Rodney D. Fruto, 2/M Antonius B. Romo
      7. Assessing Maritime Students’ Knowledge of Basic Concepts in Seamanship and Navigation by 2/M Ranilo D. Young, 2/M Joseph Daiz

Students also made their mark with studies that explored pertinent topics and showcased their academic prowess:

      1. Lo-Fi, Study Concentration and Academic Performance of Second Year Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation Students by Gran Henrik D. Ibardolaza
      2. Technology Utilization and Academic Motivation of First-Year Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation Students by Paul Dominic L. Aguirre
      3. Motivations and Expectations of Female Students Pursuing a Maritime Career by Kyle Jenelle D. Salazar (Awarded as Best Paper Presentation)
      4. Spinach Booba Pearls by Aira Mae C. Honrado
      5. VEGGIETART by Alfredo P. Mangao, Jr.
      6. Challenges of the Pandemic to the Logistics Company in Bacolod City by Riza L. Porras (Awarded as Best Paper Presentation)
      7. Perception of Pre-Baccalaureate Maritime Specialization Students on Flexible Learning Modality by Angela Joy J. Tupas (Awarded as Best Paper Presentation)
      8. Numeracy Ability and Academic Performance in General Mathematics of Grade 11 Students by Janosh Dwight R. Moya
      9. Perceptions of Grade 12 Students on the Implementation of Mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps by Leo Mel E. Dalisay

The event also showcased best innovative practices, demonstrating JBLCF-Bacolod’s commitment to staying at the forefront of academic advancements:

      1. On-Board Training Office: “Utilizing Google Workspace in Monitoring and Updating Students’ Onboard Training” presented by 3/E Bernard M. Sorbito, Jr., OIC-Onboard Training Supervisor (Awarded as Best Presentation of Innovative Practices and Certificate of Commendation)
      2. Library: “Revolutionizing the Library Experience: A Closer Look at the Best Strategies and Technologies to Engage Users and Enhance Services,” presented by Elisa V. Garcia, Chief Librarian

This Unit Research Colloquium and Sharing of Best Innovative Practices exemplified the institution’s vibrant culture of inquiry, innovation, and progress. JBLCF-Bacolod continues to push the boundaries of academia, nurturing an environment where research, knowledge, and innovation intersect to shape a brighter future.

The event took a leap under the leadership of Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, Research Coordinator of JBLCF-Bacolod, and was graced by the presence of the JBLFMU Director for Research and Extension, Dr. Melchor M. Magramo; the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Capt. Luis G. Evidente; the Director for Academic Affairs, Dr. Elena Eleperia; and the Administrator of JBLCF-Bacolod, Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite. Gratitude and due recognition are also expressed for the men and women in Yellow, the members of the JBLCF-Bacolod Research Committee.

Empowering Excellence: System Research Colloquium and Sharing of Best Practices

The 2023 JBLFMU Research Colloquium & Sharing of Best Practices took center stage on January 12, 2023. This illuminating event, hosted by JBLFMU-Molo, was a key highlight during the commemoration of JBLFMU’s 75th Foundation Anniversary. Proudly representing JBLCF-Bacolod, a contingent of 20 participants actively engaged in the proceedings.

The first segment of the program, the Research Colloquium, featured a trio of JBLFMU Graduate School alumni presenting their research papers. The intellectual discourse enriched the atmosphere, fostering an environment of shared insights and discoveries.

Dr. Elisa V. Garcia, representing JBLCF-Bacolod, seamlessly transitioned into the subsequent Sharing of Best Practices session. Her presentation, titled “Research Made Easy: Streamlined Approaches for Literature Exploration and Effective Utilization of Online Resources in Research,” encapsulated the institution’s commitment to simplifying the research journey while harnessing the power of technology.











A pivotal element of this event was the acknowledgment of exceptional achievements in research by faculty and staff members. Distinctive awards were conferred, underpinned by four key criteria: citations, publications in ISI and non-ISI journals, research collaborations, and recognition from external entities. The following distinguished individuals from JBLCF-Bacolod were bestowed with honors for their outstanding research contributions:

Research Distinction Award

      1. Elisa V. Garcia
      2. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite

Certificate of Recognition

      1. 2/M Albert O. Grapa
      2. 2/M Edgar T. Lemoncito, Jr.
      3. 3/E Paul B. Tibo-oc
      4. Rogie E. Padernal
      5. Mark Anthony M. Apurado
      6. Irene C. Mamon
      7. Alyn G. Libertad
      8. Joecil T. Solidarios
      9. C/M John Erll N. Destacamento