Just recently, a press conference was held within the premise of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University in line with the recent claim that the university is included in the 61 schools recommended for closure.
The press conference clarified that the management of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, the sole maritime university in the Philippines and recently awarded the Autonomous Status for all its units by the Commission on Higher Education and a Level 4 PACUCOA accredited institution, is not closing.
Here John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ronald Raymond Lacson Sebastian shares his official statement regarding the alleged closure of the university.
“In light of the recent news circulating on social media where there was an insinuation that our university could be recommended for closure due to alleged noncompliance with MARINA regulations and the upcoming European Maritime Safety Agency Audit (EMSA), I would like to clarify certain key points that our Lacsonian community be put at ease:
The recommendation for the closure of the MARINA as stated herein of the 61 schools is a different matter to the EMSA audit where JBLFMU is mentioned to be included. We have always been compliant with the MARINA standards and in fact, we remain as a benchmark for maritime education for the agency.
On the other hand, EMSA is a European Union agency charged with reducing the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships and the loss of human lives at sea by helping to enforce standards peculiar to the European Union. This means that EMSA takes the responsibility of checking if manpower deployed to vessels of its member countries are qualified to meet these standards.
Since JBLFMU is one of the leading maritime schools in the Philippines that provide manpower to its vessels, it regularly audits the university as part of its measures in ensuring the safety of its vessels. In fact, this would be the third time the agency has audited the university and as of the past two audits, we have had no problems meeting the standard.
JBLFMU has always been open to audits. We would not reach where we are now were it not for these external audits that we willingly submit to. It is my belief that this is instrumental in ensuring that our vision to be a globally leading institution providing high-quality training and education be met. For the record, we are PACUCOA Level 1V accredited, the highest accreditation in the country for an educational institution, more so, for a maritime educational institution.
Allow me then to close this issue by saying that we are confidently committed to producing globally competent professionals in the service of maritime. This we do to continue the legacy of my grandfather, Capt. John B. Lacson. A legacy to make the maritime profession honorable and noble.
We are afer all, the Maritime Vanguard.”