JBLFMU Then and Now


JBLFMU Then & Now

Today, the JBLFMU, as an institution for higher learning that has gained recognition as having pioneered in undertakings for the development of maritime education and training, propelled by a strong, dynamic and proactive leadership, has become a premier maritime institution in the country. Its innovativeness in many ways distinguishes it from the rest of the maritime institutions. It has made remarkable strides as an educational institution particularly in the maritime field through the years, most of which were achieved during the last four decades. Having pioneered maritime education in the Visayas and Mindanao, it has constantly led the way by consistently providing competent seafarers since 1948, becoming a major supplier of Filipino marine officers, with a contribution of about 12% annually. The highlights may be seen in 2001 when JBLFMU supplied 12.47% of the deck and 12.35% of the engine officers of the Philippines, and in 2005 with 12% of the new entrants to the profession.

In the process of producing qualified and competent manpower for the seafaring world, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University  has achieved the following recognitions:

  • The first maritime institution to be accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA).    (March 1986)
  • The first and the only maritime educational institution in the Philippines that has a Maritime High School. (1990)
  • The first maritime school in the Philippines that have formulated and adopted the Enriched CHED Curriculum incorporating the IMO Model Courses (June 1995)
  • The first maritime educational institution granted Level III accredited and re-accredited status, the distinction which it holds up to this day. (October 1995)
  • It is the first maritime educational institution in the Philippines to attain an international accreditation, the DNV Certification for its Quality Assurance System--- the first in the Philippines, second in Asia and third in the world to have such a distinction. (November 1997)
  • It belongs to the first cluster of 11 maritime educational institutions that have complied with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements, for the inclusion of the Philippines in the “White List”. Of the 11 schools, JBLCF was counted 3 times for its 3 campuses. (1998)
  • The first maritime educational institution granted an Autonomous Status. (October 2001)
  • The first maritime institution whose graduate program was subjected to the PACUCOA preliminary visit for Level 1 accreditation. (2004)
  • The first maritime institution to be a recipient of the Philippine Quality Award (PQA). (2005)
  • The first maritime university in the Philippines. (2007)
  • The first maritime school with a second re-accredited status for level III by Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). (2007)
  • The first maritime school granted level IV accreditation by PACUCOA. (November 2008)
  • The first institution to be granted PACUCOA  Institutional Accredited Status in Region VI. ( December 2011 ) 

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