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







JB Program Head for BSMT shines at the 1st Regional GS Multidisciplinary Research Colloquium

The JBLCF-Bacolod community and the JBLFMU Graduate School take pride in the success garnered by C/M John Erll N. Destacamento, Ph.D. as a paper presenter in the 1st Regional Graduate School Multidisciplinary Research Colloquium virtually held on November 19, 2022. His study entitled “Students’ Competence Based on BSMT Competency Mapping towards the Development of an Intervention Program” was his dissertation for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Education which he completed at the JBLFMU Graduate School in 2022.


His JBLCF-Bacolod family is happy to witness a rising leader, not just in academics but also in research. May his example inspire more professional instructors in Maritime Education and Training to engage in research. Dr. Destacamento was awarded the Best Paper Presenter for the Science, Technology, and Maritime Students cluster.

Unit Research Colloquium ‘22 features ‘adaptive and responsive’ studies

This year’s Unit Research Colloquium and Utilization Workshop highlighted studies that are responsive to the needs of the time and adaptive to the change of times. The said affirmation came from the paper reactors during the colloquium conducted last September 23, 2022, as stated by Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (Arevalo), Inc. Research Coordinator. He indicated further that there is certainly a need to produce high-caliber outputs in the landscape of the new normal, worthy of research expert’s recognition, and relevant to the educational context we are experiencing today.

The studies presented were: Faculty and Students’ Feedback on the Use of JeL and the Academic Performance of Students in Navigation 1 (Navigation Instruments with Compasses) by C/M Kristoffer G. Pulmones; Faculty and Students’ Feedback on the Use of JeL and the Academic Performance of Students in Nav 3 (Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation 2) by 2/M Nicolas M. Tuares; JBLFMU Core Values: Application and Life Inculcation Among Students, Faculty, and Staff by Ms. Richen Mae M. Taba; Health-related Problems among Seafarers in a Shipping Company by 2/M Renan G. Mojo; and COVID-19 Protocol: Level of Implementation and Opportunities for Improvement in a Maritime University by 2/M Frank Adrian C. Lavega.

Moreover, Dr. Aurora Fe C. Bautista, a retired professor of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), and Dr. Nenita V. Quiñon, a retired professor of the University of San Agustin (USA) served as the paper reactors.

“It was a worthwhile and challenging experience for me when I presented my study. This is my fair share to my Lacsonian community, especially the students, in improving their academic performance,” said 2/M Tuares. The outputs after the paper presentation and critiquing showcasing faculty studies last school year 2021-2022 will be published in the Institutional Research Journal.