By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—The country’s only maritime university launched its P230-million training ship to enhance skills and capabilities of future Filipino seafarers.
John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) has the distinction of owning the country’s first privately-owned training ship, the M/V John B. Lacson. The ship is named after the school’s founder.
Dr. Mary Lou Lacson-Arcelo, JBLFMU president emeritus, said the training ship is the realization of the vision of her father, Capt. Lacson, in providing quality maritime education.
Capt. Vicente Fedelicio, chairman of university affiliate JBL Maritime Vanguard Inc., said the ship is equipped with latest technology for hands-on training of maritime education students. It can also cater to hotel and restaurant management students for onboard training.
The former cargo ship was refurbished in Bataan before it sailed to Iloilo City, its home port and where the main campus of JBLFMU is located.
Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III said the training ship of JBLMFU boosts Iloilo’s standing as an educational center in the region, especially as training ground for skilled seafarers.