Formerly John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, it is the first maritime university in the Philippines.

Humble beginnings

The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University was born from the vision of a young man who pursued his goal with a remarkable passion and zeal that set the tone of leadership in this institution. Master Mariner Juan Bautista Lacson, the founder, first started with a review school for marine officers in May 1931, thus foreshadowing the birth of the Iloilo Maritime Academy in 1948. When it first opened with 60 enrollees, the Academy offered a two-year regular course for cadets in the nautical profession leading to the acquisition of a Third Mate license for merchant marine officers as well as reserved naval officers in the Philippine Navy. By the time it was granted permit to operate in 1949, the school had 150 junior students and 54 seniors. The following year, it was granted government recognition and registered as a non-stock corporation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. To accommodate its growing population, the Academy transferred locations a couple of times before it settled along Muelle Loney Street in 1953.

The height of activism, strikes, pickets and labor unrest in the country in 1971 did not spare the Iloilo Maritime Academy from the fury of the times. In 1972, there was a change in leadership of the institution as Capt. Lacson’s youngest daughter, Mary Lou Lacson, took over and was welcomed and accepted even by union members. The year marked the beginning of the expansion of IMA to JBLCF, i.e., JBLCF – Arevalo in 1973, JBLCF – Bacolod in 1974, JBLCF – Molo in 1976, and JBLCF – Puerto del Mar Training Center in Guimaras in 1995.

Present times

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.

Recognizing the need to have its programs accredited for it to be at par with international standards for maritime education and training, JBLFMU immersed itself into accreditation concerns and was instrumental in the formulation of the instrument of accreditation for maritime education under the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA). It became the pilot school for maritime accreditation in 1985, and actively participated in the revisions of the instrument in 1992, 1995 and 1999. It is not surprising therefore that it became the first maritime institution to be accredited by the PACU-COA in March 1986. It is the first and the only maritime educational institution to be granted Level III accredited and re-accredited status in the Philippines – a distinction which it holds up to this day.

The JBLFMU has earned many distinctions like being the first and the only maritime educational institution to be granted an autonomous status by CHED (October 2001). It is also the first maritime educational institution in the Philippines to attain an international accreditation, the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certification, for its Quality Assurance, the first in the Philippines, the second in Asia and the third in the world to have such a distinction.

Of the first three educational institutions to be awarded the Philippine Quality Award for Management Excellence in 2006, the JBLFMU is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa, an international association of professional educators, and is among the key chapters in the world.

The JBLFMU Training Center is accredited by the Panama Maritime Authority and recognized by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD), Maritime Training Council (MTC), Department of Trade (DOT), and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Class Project has selected more scholars from JBLFMU than from any other NSA recipient schools in the country, starting with the 1st batch (Class ’93 – ’97) to the 14th batch presently enrolled.

The university was given recognition by the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) as the first maritime school in the Philippines to have formulated and adopted an enriched CHED curriculum incorporating the IMO Model Courses (June 1995).

It has produced two students in the roster of Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in 1989 and 2002.

It was endorsed by manning and shipping companies and by highly knowledgeable personages in the industry for the competence of its graduates.

It was authorized by CHED as a provider of the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) for Engine and Deck, and the only one in the country. It was declared by assessors from CHED to have established the best system for equivalency evaluation.

It is the first to publish a Maritime Education Review and the first to establish a maritime high school in the country and was nominated by CHED as having one of the best HEI Research Programs for 2006.

It is the first private school to have obtained a MOA with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) Project to improve maritime training for inter-island shipping (1995) and 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, JBLFMU accounted for three slots, one for each of the three campuses.

The JBLFMU is the first to advocate the use of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Modules, and STCW competencies in the maritime curricula. It is also the first institution with a Center for Review and Competency Assessment (CRCA) that evaluates documentation and the skills proficiency gained during the shipboard phase (1998).

The university established the Academic Audit Center (AAC) for the entire institution, and in the units, put up the Academic Assessment Office (AAO) that conducts assessment of skills following the Instructor’s Guide (IG) and in preparation for Standards for Training, Certification and Watch Keeping (STCW) requirements.

Other distincitions of the university are:

• It is the first and the only school in the country to have a Phi Delta Kappa Chapter, an international professional association of educators (2002).

• It is the first maritime school that has an Environmental Marine Research Library and Laboratory (2006).

• It is the first to publish a journal on maritime education entitled the JBLF Maritime Education Journal that first came out in SY 1989-1990.

Its responsiveness to community concerns is demonstrated in the assistance it gives to the economic growth of the province through eco-tourism by way of its extension service to the barangays of Nueva Valencia. Its dynamic research undertakings attest to this responsiveness, addressing such concerns as the barangay needs (by JBLFMU Arevalo), mangrove rehabilitation (by JBLFMU Bacolod), coral reefs (by JBLFMU Molo) and inland fisheries, particularly bulgan and tilapia (by JBLFMU)

The university was among the first to respond to the Guimaras oil spill for which it innovated indigenous materials as boom spill barriers to protect mangrove seedlings.

Its strong community outreach programs include literacy, coastal cleanup, blood donations and MT solar and oil spill cleanup.

Its greatest achievement by far is its having been granted university status, making it the first maritime university in the country.

As a university, the JBLFMU, more than ever, stands committed to sustaining its strong and dynamic culture of research with a pool of academic and non-academic researchers constantly demonstrating high-level research capabilities aided by the latest in technology in their conduct of research significant to academe, business and industry, the entire country and the world community. All JBLFMU research endeavors are supportive of the University’s quality policy “to comply with national and international standards and strive to exceed stakeholders’ expectation.”

With the three academic units in place, i.e., Arevalo, Molo and Bacolod, the JBLFMU continues not only to sustain its programs but to nurture and develop all aspects of the school’s facets and concerns , particularly the academics, students, faculty, facilities, focusing on its goal toward attaining and maintaining international standards, through internal and external monitoring, assessment and interventions, and linkages. Its linkages include 165 shipping companies, both international and domestic. With a student population numbering 8,000, a faculty force consisting of 314 out of which 123 are deck and engine officers, and sustained by its flagship courses and the consistent adherence of its programs to international standards, the JBLFMU has indeed become a force in the maritime industry as a provider of excellent seafarers worldwide.

Flagship courses

he flagship courses of the university include the GRADUATE SCHOOL where Curricular Programs leading to doctor’s degree and master’s degree are designed for maritime practitioners, institutional managers and educators as well as allied professionals who want to pursue systematic professional study beyond the master’s or bachelor’s degrees to enrich their knowledge and skills in their respective careers or professions.

It offers Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Education (Ph. D. M.E.) Program which is designed for professionals in maritime education and the maritime industry, who want to undertake doctoral-level study to improve the quality of their services as educators and leaders to expand their theoretical understanding of maritime education and industry and how these relate to the improvement of life to the global society, the Master in Maritime Education (M.M.E.) courses which is strictly a thesis program and the Master in Maritime Management (M.M.M.) and Master in Ship Management (M.S.M.) may be taken under the thesis or non-thesis stream.

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) which is a four (4) year degree program which provides knowledge, skills and values to students aspiring to become competent engine officers in the future is also another flagship course of the univeristy.

Offered in JBLFMU-Molo, the BSMarE program is designed with an enriched curriculum that is responsive to the needs of the shipping industry following closely the curriculum design of the Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSG) of CHED for Maritime Programs. Engine simulator courses, computer-based training, safety courses, orientation on tankering, and ship security awareness courses are some of the enrichment courses that are integrated to the education and training at JBLFMU on top of the regular navigational trip practicum.

The BACHELOR OF SCIENCE in Marine Transportation, offered in JBLFMU-Arevalo offers studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT). This degree involves a three-year Theoretical Academic studies in its Arevalo campus and a 12 month apprenticeship period on vessels either of near sea or international trade. This is the preparatory course for Deck Officers, for the country’s merchant marine fleet. It is supervised by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

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39 Responses to “John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University”  

  1. 1 hanz_dxl

    wow ha?? im proud to be a lacsonian!!! jeje

  2. 2 Maricel Javedra

    i just want to ask your sched for trainings in Basic Support and crowd management so with solas and other requirement for seamans book. Kind send me sched to my email add as well as the fees. If there is schedule for sat and sunday much better. Thank you very much

  3. 3 lyn

    im proud to be lacsonian…hehhehe!!! kep up a gud work….

  4. 4 LORZ

    hi…just want to ask information about the e-learning website of JBLFMU Arevalo…thank u…

  5. 5 ryan

    just want to know more information about taking the masters degree. thanks very much.

  6. 6 jundee roxas


    I need your assistance because I would like to request for my credentials as master in maritime education major in administration and supervision. Today I will pay my remaining balance through your school account. Kindly send it to me your bank account number through this number 09107889714 so that I can send my payments. I need my credentials because currently I am applying for job in maritime institution here in Davao City. However, they need to see my credentials. I need to have it by Monday or Tuesday.

    For your consideration and immediate attention.

    Jundee Roxas

  7. 7 jon

    ..i’ll just want to asked??? the tuition fees???

  8. 8 ralph..^^

    hehe^_^ nice school

  9. 9 Lil_lien'z

    …nice school..
    .. keep a gud work..

  10. 10 Carmela navarse montealegre

    hello lacsonian…..i came from VMA by the year 2001 and im here in abroad now….i plan to take more courses and i want to know some info about ur university….i plan to take BASIC SUPPORT and crowd management with SOLAS and other requirement for SEAWOMANS BOOK.kindly email me as well as how much will be the tuition fees….any training certificate and required duty……thanks……

  11. 11 Jonathan T. Jimenez

    I’m a graduate of Ass. Marine Engineering in NAMEI Polytechnic and I’m presently a Chief Engineer on International tanker vessels. I would like to pursue my education to BS degree. Kindly furnish me all the requirements needed, schedules, procedures and the tuition fees for my BS degree.


    how can I have my mastererals degree? I am a graduate of associate in nautical science 1965, I took up my BSMT in \\\\\\enverga university, lucena City – through ETEAP program. can you help me with my problem?

    My full adress: Capt. Cesar A. Nerpio
    111 Camella road, Camellia Homes I, Las Pinas Metro Manila Philippines

  13. 13 broken_sentient

    go JBLFMU,, proud gd ya nga lacsonian…

  14. 14 marygrace zausa

    hello! i wanted to have my seaman’s book,what is the schedule for your training for waitress,crew etc. schedule of trainings and fees,emailed me everything,thanks

  15. 15 jonnald

    d best gd ya,, ang john b. arevalo go! go! Blackwall,,

  16. 16 jonnald

    d best gd ya ang john b. arevalo,, (we are 2nd to none) go! go! go! Blackwall

  17. 17 mackie

    im proud to be a lacsonian student…
    jblfmu is the best maritime school…

  18. 18 baldemor kenneth

    i’m very proud of my self bcoz i was the first graduate of jblmu-molo. i’m very thankfull
    for jblmu that i was been trained to b a good/competent engineer.





  20. 20 CAPT. VIC G. MORENO


  21. 21 ruben ramirez jr.

    I would like to ask if working students are also required or have the privilege to get the Maritime School Assessment Program 2011 this coming February 11, 2011?
    I am a 2nd Year student of John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod taking up BS Marine Transportation.

  22. 22 Rogelio B. Carullo

    I’am GMDSS Radio officer Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nautical Studies presently teaching in one of the Marritime School in Bicol How could I enroll my masteral degree are offering distant learning please keep in touch with the requirements if ever . Thank you more power to your school

  23. 23 cathy

    hi to all lacsonians… sa molo branch ko nag-grad.2005..long live lacsonians.




  25. 25 jjg

    im a cg officer and assign in an isolated area. i already hev 1 yr in masters in maritime management but because i was reasign again i was not able to pursue the cors. r u ofering the same cors through distant learning? hoping 2 hear from u soon.tnx alot…

  26. 26 Clyde

    Around the globe, to lands and nation.. your flug unfurl oh, JBLC….

    Lacsonian Batch 2009

  27. 27 Elmerado Lediac

    15 years at sea with the position of wiper incinarator and motorman and waste disposal supervisor operator as promotion .How long it take me to take ETEEAP program i have already BASIC SEAMAN COURSE AND 1ST YEAR MARINE ELECTRONIC

  28. 28 rayz

    greetings from the NIS 7th batch Arevalo-JBLMU… all for one,one for all…

  29. 29 bob

    wala ba manila campus for masteral???

  30. 30 kyc

    where can i see the tuition fees?

  31. 31 cesar g sulit

    sir/ma am,

    I am willing to pursue my studies of master in maritime management on line. please send some of the requirements and
    payments. My Add. B11 Lt 9 NHA, Buhangin Davao City 0919-6183-679

  32. 32 chef conrado n. bolanio


    LUCKY EIGHT MARITIME SERVICES is an organized firm which aims to provide quality documents assistance to every individual with highest value of integrity and to promote excellent service at all times.

    We are committed and dedicated to uplift the standard of services and assistance we render to our clients to reach full potential which will support both domestic and international requirements for Seafarers & Land base workers, such as TESDA COC, TESDA NC II, Apprenticeship, Trade Test, Training Endorsement, and In-house Training for Messman & Household.

    Please allow us to be part of your reputable institution in building up competent & qualified Filipino worker to ensure success in the pursuit of the individual’s quest for personal achievements and professional excellence.

    We thank you in advance for your interest in our company services.
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  33. 33 Ma.Israel C.Irabon

    I would like to ask when is the solas training starts for hrm?

  34. 34 Sydalg A. Rodinas

    JBLFMU was indeed a good university for those students who tend to take maritime courses but I guess aside from maintaining the quality education that they’re rendering, they must also focus on the students behaviour and attitudes for they still carry the name of the university even if they were done with their bachelor’s degree. Good moral values, were in the way they interact with people is being measured is also important aside from the academics. :)

  35. 35 claire

    hi! good Day. i would like to ask about the solas training? enrollment starts when? the total fees for solas training? i hope you could send me an email as soon as possible regarding this matter.. Thank you!

  36. 36 Maximil Ma. R. Ganaganag

    Goodday ! I would like to inquire in your good maritime university if offer’s Ship’s Security Awareness (SSA) training /siminar . Please send complete information. Thank you very much.

    maximil Ganaganag

  37. 37 jaime

    I would like to ask when is the solas training starts for hrm?

  38. 38 ADONIS

    I would to ask when is the schedule of solas training on january 2013 starts for seaman ? thank you very much

  39. 39 Elizalde R. Estigoy

    i would like to inquire if you are still offering the eteeap program for marine engineering degree..i am an electrician for 10 years onboard the tanker ship and would like to avail eteeap program and i have a degree in bs electronics and communications engineering with electronics engineer license and registered master electrician license..what are the requirements for me to qualify the program..thank you for your assistance regarding this matter

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