15 programs pass AACCUP assessment

The accreditors check on the compliance of the different areas of accreditation.

Fifteen programs of the five ISAT U campuses pass the assessment of the Accrediting Agency for Chartered College and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc.  in a  survey visit   conducted on November 19-23, 2018.

At Iloilo City Campus, the Doctor of  Education major in Educational Management and the     Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant   Technology (BSHRT)  passed the Level III   (Phase I) accreditation.

On the other hand, the Master in Mathematics,  Doctor in Industrial Technology (majors in Electrical Technology, Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology), and the Master of Industrial Technology passed the Level II re-accreditation .

The BS HRT and Bachelor in Industrial Technology (BIT) majors in Automotive Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology, and Architectural Drafting Technology at Barotac Nuevo Campus  were awarded Level II re-accreditation status.

At Miagao Campus, the BS in Information Technology, BSHRT, BS in Electrical Technology, BS in Electronics Technology, BS in Automotive Technology, BIT (majors in Architectural Drafting Technology, Cosmetology, Fashion and Apparel Technology, Food Technology, HVAC-R     Technology, WAF Technology) passed the Phase I of two for Level III accreditation while the  Bachelor  of  Elementary Education passed the Level II re-accreditation.

The BS in Agriculture (majors in Agricultural  Education, Crop Science, Animal Science and Agro-forestry)  at Leon Campus was also awarded  a Level II re-accreditation status.


Beneficiaries receive RA 10931 education subsidy

One thousand and three hundred eighty (1,380) beneficiaries from ISAT U received the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017 or the RA 10931 on January 14, 2019.

Of the total beneficiaries, Miagao Campus has 630 recipients, Leon Campus, 440; Barotac Nuevo Campus, 209 and Dumangas Campus, 101. Each beneficiary received payment for June 2018  to January 2019 subsidy. RA 10931 grants Php 20,000 per semester (Php 4,000/month) to qualified beneficiaries.

Prior to the distribution, the beneficiaries and their parents were oriented on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of RA 10931.

In the orientation, (above photo) Dr. Raul F. Muyong emphasizes to use the money to where is it due and (below) a parent calls on all beneficiaries to use the money for poverty alleviation  for the needs of the students.

Ms. Donna Marie Magbanua, DSWD Institutional Partnership and Development Officer of NGAA , explained the manner of selection and the plans of the department for assessment and admission of additional beneficiaries.

UniFAST Coordinator, Ms. Christine A. Real, reviewed the qualification of the beneficiaries, the scope of free tuition and other fees and the duration of benefits of RA 10931. Satisfactory grades as retention requirement was also emphasized.

Ms. Real also recognized the quality education the university offers, “Congratulations again because ISAT U is offering quality education, lahat kasi ng courses approved and recognized by CHEd.” According to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR),  only students enrolled in courses recognized by CHED may avail the subsidy.

“Would there be any reason for you student not to pass with your subject and not to graduate? Education is the greatest tool against ignorance. Graduate. Graduate. Graduate,” was the challenge posed by Ms. Real after discussing the IRR of the TES.

Halungan ta ang kwarta nga ginhatag sang gobyerno kanaton. Gamiton ta ang kwarta para makalakbay sa kaimulon. Gamiton ta ti sakto, (We will take care of the money granted by the government. We will utilize it to the fullest to get out of poverty)” was the message of a parent to all the attendees of the orientation during the open forum.

This is relevant to the call of ISAT U President Dr, Raul F. Muyong for all students to study hard and make use of the opportunity given to them and for the parents to support their children. A total of 2, 690 parents and student beneficiaries attended the orientation.

Capacitating communities: ISAT U’s commitment to social responsibility

Prof. Rosanna R. Dureza, project leader, explains the progress of the program to Mr. Tim Sterwardson, New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission (2nd from right) and Ms. Gemma Regina Cunanan (left) of the Philippine Climate Change Commission on their monitoring visit.

True to its commitment to social responsibility, ISAT U developed a program  geared to prevent loss of lives, properties and resources due to climate change hazards specifically rain-induced landslides  and to strengthen efforts towards climate change adaptation, mitigation and  resiliency.

With a pool of faculty members who have undergone trainings with Project Rebuild of the Climate Change Commission  (CCC)  and the Department of the Interior and  Local Government (DILG), a three-year (2018-2021) program  “Capacitating Communities in Mitigating  Impacts of Climate Change (CCMICC)” was conceptualized.


ISAT U faculty members conduct community field work on landslide susceptibility assessment at Barangay La Consolacion, Miagao, Iloilo.

 The project  identified the Municipality of Miagao, Iloilo as the   partner Local Government Unit for implementation due to its vulnerability.  As of 2016, the Mines and  Geosciences Bureau (MGB)  Region 6 identified  Miagao as one of the municipalities in the Province of Iloilo  having many communities vulnerable to rain induced landslides.

After an exploratory talks with the local authorities of the municipality and a series of meetings with the geologists of the MGB, a site inspection and documentation of communities  in Miag-ao  with slope failures due to rain induced landslide was held on October 22-24, 2018.

The university, in collaboration with Kalinga State University   (KSU),  started conducting trainings in mitigating disaster caused by landslides to 120  non-expert individuals  in 24 barangays on November 7.

The training utilized a guidebook  and a landslide susceptibility assessment material develop by KSU.  It introduces procedures, practical techniques and technologies and involves a knowledge set easily understood by the locals.

Training of communities and non-experts in reducing disaster caused by rain-induced landslides at Miagao, Iloilo.

Aside from training on risk reduction on rain-induced landslides, the project will also  conduct a vulnerability risk assessment for the enhancement of the local climate change action plan, formulate  project  proposals  geared towards  climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency  to  access    climate finance  subsidy  e.g. People’s Survival Fund, initiate  the conduct of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory in the  Poblacion area of the  municipality ,  and to initiate  activities and engagements towards the possibility of green energy utilization in the Municipality of Miagao.

On December 7,  New Zealand Head of Mission Mr. Tim Stewardson with Rune Raphael Ylade and,   Ms. Gemma Regina Cunanan of the Philippine Climate Change Commission    visited the university for complete monitoring  and project evaluation .  Through the Climate Change Commission, the Project ReBuild of the New Zealand government is providing the financial support to the Municipality of Miagao for program implementation.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan expressed his gratitude and support to the program.  Meanwhile, according to Dr. Raul F. Muyong “this project is a testament of ISAT U’s social responsibility to help build resiliency in the community.”

In 2017, similar project was developed to help mitigate the effects of flood to the people of the Municipality of Zarraga, Iloilo which is located adjacent to Jalaur River, one of the biggest rivers in Iloilo Province.


DTI turns over 7 million facilities to ISAT U for MSMEs

ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong and DTI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon sign the Memorandum of Agreement and Usufruct Agreement for the turn-over of shared services facilities.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) turned over  facilities worth seven million to the University through a Memorandum of Agreement and Usufruct Agreement signed at the Research Hub on December 21, 2018. The facilities consist of machinery and equipment such as laser cutter, plasma cutter, wood router, embroidery machine, thermal former, large scale tarpaulin printer, and laptop. It is part of DTI’s Shared Services Facilities (SSFs) “Shared Services for Filipino Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs)” program, which are expected to spur the growth of micro, small, and medium scale enterprises through the university’s research and innovation.

DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said that the university was chosen as beneficiary due to its accessibility and the full support of the administration, its relevance to the vision and mission of ISAT U in going for industry support through researches and in promoting the MSMEs. She also believes that not only the students will benefit from the facility but also the micro, small and medium enterprises, who will further avail of the services of ISAT-U.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, expressed his gratitude for being chosen as the project’s beneficiary. “This will help in our instruction and research especially on innovation and technology.  We are thankful that we were chosen by the DTI.” He added that “the facilities can assist our small and medium enterprises and assist in our innovation initiatives.”

The university president underscored the big advantage of the project to ISAT U. “It is very relevant since we offer engineering design. This will also help in promoting our research initiatives,” he said. Innovation and technology is part of the university’s vision and mission in helping the community. He believed that through the innovation initiatives it will help the MSMEs. “ I am sure this will help in improving lives of the people not only in the region but in the whole country,” he added.

The DTI provided the machinery and equipment for the Fabrication Laboratory at the Research Hub.

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Leon Campus prof cited for educational innovations

The students get hands-on training at the Student Field School in one of the pilot areas of the project. (Photo courtesy of Wenhui Award)

Prof.  Julito C. Aligaen of  ISAT U Leon Campus was cited by UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) in developing the award-winning Organic Agriculture Project Integration in Basic Education through Student Field School. The project emerged as winner in the 2018 Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation.

The project was awarded because it “demonstrated that experiential and discovery learning based on present socio-scientific issues is the most effective way for students to understand sustainable development issues.”

The project aimed at the sustainable production of healthy and nutritious foods without using synthetic fertilizers and harmful pesticides. Dr. Aligaen said that it focuses on “nutrient management, crop protection and environmental education.” The project targets the youth who are expected to be the next generation farmers.

It was chosen for the award as it reflects this year’s theme, Innovations in School, Family, and Community Collaboration for Quality Education which carries the important message that education is everyone’s responsibility.

Dr. Julito C. Aligaen

With collaboration from different government agencies, organizations and the local government unit of Davao del Norte, Dr. Aligaen took part in the project in 2014 while teaching at Asuncion National High School. He laid out the integration and strategies of promoting organic farming to English, Science and Math subjects in pilot schools of the region.

On the same year, he transferred to ISAT U Leon Campus. Even with his new assignment, he continued in developing the project.

One of its innovations is the Student Field School. “We utilize Student Field School system in this project,” Aligaen explained, ‘hands-on education in organic farming is practiced in the production center or laboratory of participating schools.” Another innovation is the Stand Alone Lesson Plan for teachers who had not undergone formal training. A Teacher’s Guide, “the Bible” of the project, is also developed.

“In one of our pilot schools, the vermi-compost production is now stable and they were able to market some of their products,” Aligaen shared on the success of the project.

Aside from the Certificate of Excellence, a 20, 000 US dollar prize will be given. The Technical Working Group decided to use the money for the improvement of the program. “ I am now in the process of conceptualizing a possible collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Department of Education. A course in BS Agriculture major in Organic Agriculture is also considered,” said Dr. Aligaen.

In 2010, Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation was established by UNESCO APEID and the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO to emphasize the capacity of education and the human innovative spirit to address and resolve pressing issues and problems.

ISAT U produces another art champion

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Students Affairs Director Dr. Ma. Asusena Asuncion E. Echaverria  present Red Duane V. Oligo  before the  faculty and students during the flag ceremony at the Multi-purpose Educational Center.

The university continues to produce winners as Red Duane V. Oligo bagged the grand prize in the T-shirt Art Design Category of the 2018 Vision Petron National Student Art Competition.

Kultura ni Juan, Oligo’s winning entry that detailed the different Filipino cultures captured the votes of the judges.  “I just think of different Filipino cultures that goes with the theme,” he said in a short interview. This year’s theme is Tuklas Kultura– experience and rediscover Filipino culture at its best.

He is taking up Bachelor in Industrial Technology major in Civil Technology. He persistently pursued his passion after failing once. “I did not make it when I was still in high school, I tried again and I made it this time. I am happy that my work was chosen among 306 entries nationwide, “he said.

Oligo received cash prize and Napoleon Abueva trophy during the awarding ceremony at Metrotent Convention Center, Metro Manila on November 28, 2018.

This is the second consecutive year that ISAT U students brought home major awards in this competition. Last year, the BS in Architecture students took the grand prize in Video-making Category and were semi-finalists in Painting-water based media and T-shirt Art Design categories.


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ISAT U prexy joins UNESCO-UNEVOC Asia-Pacific cluster workshop

The delegates of the workshop gather to support global TVET in addressing pressing issues on skills, opportunities and initiatives. 

Dr. Raul F. Muyong  attended the United Nation Education Scientific and Cultural Organization-International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) 2018 East and Southeast Asia Cluster Network Consolidation Workshop at Seoul, South Korea on October 24-25, 2018.

The UNESCO-UNEVOC and Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) organized the meeting to create opportunities to strengthen the Asia-Pacific Regional Network. It also aimed to unite the experiences, capacities and potential in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the region with the global TVET. The move supports the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Center for TVET’s medium-term strategy (2018-2020) to guide and gather potentials and create opportunities for individual UNEVOC network members to address common issues faced by TVET Institutions.

Among the issues dealt with are the growing concerns of adapting to the multiple demands associated with increased employment and relevance of skills and qualifications to the labor market and technological revolution. Other tackled issues are on sustainable development, technological advancement and the demand for skills.

Dr. Muyong presiding at the group discussion with delegates from other UNESCO-UNEVOC Centers.

In the workshop sessions, Dr. Raul F. Muyong was elected Chairman of the group that handled TVET Attractiveness and Quality, Career Guidance. He led  the discussion and made sure that the issues to be addressed  were identified as well as the potential collaboration projects that the UNEVOC Centers can develop and its modality for collaboration, projected output, capacities built and opportunities created.

Dr. Mabaquaio presents UNESCO-UNEVOC Visayas Center best practices in Greening TVET.

Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao Director for National and International Affairs, also joined the meeting and actively participated in the topic Greening TVET. Dr. Mabaquiao said that ISAT U committed to promote Greening TVET plan for 2019-2021. “For our part, we will submit available teacher standards and share best practices, Training Methodology by TESDA used in teaching TVET and push for a Skills Olympics as part of our commitment to the network, “she said. “ ISAT U is also facing a tough challenge of holding the International Conference 2019 with the Colombo Plan Staff College in July next year. “ Dr. Mabaquaio added.

The ISAT U as UNESCO-UNEVOC Visayas Center was the only UNEVOC Center in the Philippines to participate along with representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. KRIVET is the Cluster Coordinating center in the region.

17 profs present papers in Indonesia confab

Professors from different countries gather to explore ideas on teaching science, technology and mathematics. 

Seventeen professors of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) presented 12 research papers in the 1st Universitas PGRI Yogyakarta (UPY) International Conference on Applied Science and Education (1st UPY-INCASE) & 2018 International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (5th ICESDev) at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on October 24-26, 2018.

The conference was also a venue for networking and partnership among the higher education institutions.  Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr.,  Vice President for Academic Affairs, signed an agreement for educational collaboration with 22 Indonesian  colleges and universities.

With the theme, “Integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Future Education”, the conference was co-sponsored by the Association of Science and Mathematics Coaches of the Philippines (ASMAC Philippines). Dr. Jasper L. Pastrano, ASMAC President and ISAT U professor was the first keynote speaker. He talked on “The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education: A Vital Approach to Sustainable Development in the Philippines.”

Delegates from ISAT U shared their studies relevant to the activity’s theme. Below are the different presenters and their respective researches.

PCOO staff commends ISAT U’s compliance with FOI

Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. asks for some clarifications on the responsibilities of ISAT U as a receiving agency.

Ms. Kate B. Refendor, Creative Communications Officer, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), congratulated the university as the first agency in Iloilo to get on-board of the FOI portal during the Freedom of Information (FOI) enhancement training for administrative council members at the HRT Service Center on October 31, 2018.

She also acknowledged the university’s promptness in complying with the FOI Manual, providing the list of all information the agency records, stores and control, and for posting of FOI logo at the agency official website.

The speakers. Ms Kate B. Refendor and Mr. Kristian Veil Nierves.

Miss Refendor talked on the salient features of the FOI Program. She gave attention on the concept of access to information, requirements for FOI request, obligations of ISAT U and the parameters of disclosure of requested documents and the FOI workflow. It was also made clear that FOI is different from other services such as the 888 hot line of the Civil Service Commission, Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA), and the law governing ease of doing business.

On the other hand, the eFOI Portal (electronic FOI portal) and its functionalities and technicalities was elaborated by Mr. Kristian Veil Nierves, Planning Officer II, PCOO. Mr Nierves also underscored the flagging system as the internal warning system for the FOI officer in complying with the time requirement for the requests as provided by the FOI law.

Univ conducts employees’ welfare, benefits forum

 ISAT U employees from different campuses listen to the discussion of the resource speakers.

The University conducted an employees’ welfare and benefits forum focusing on membership benefits from the Social Security System (SSS), Home Mutual Development Fund (Pag-ibig) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)  on October 30, 2018.

Mr. Conrad S. Chiongson, Marketing and Sales Department Head of the Home Development Mutual Fund discussed the latest programs and benefits for Pag-ibig members. He gave emphasis on provident savings and shelter financing as the agency’s primary services.

The resource persons : Mr. Conrad S. Chiongson of HDMF, Geena Caro of PhilHealth and Mr. Arnel Genova of SSS.

Meanwhile, Ms. Geena Caro from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) offered the agency’s Expanded Primary Care Benefits (ePCB).

Mr. Arnel Genova, OIC team head of the Social Security System (SSS), on the other hand, encouraged non-members and even the government employees to enroll as voluntary member and avail the services of the SSS. He also mentioned that the Memorandum of Agreement for membership of JO and CS employees is properly implemented.

Different issues are raised in the open forum.

The meeting was also an opportune time for the school administration to update the employees of what is in store for them.

During the president’s time, Dr. Raul F. Muyong announced that the NBC 461 Cycle 7A will pushed through as per decision of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) to prioritize the human resource of the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).  The  Php 1.2 billion capital outlay (Php10 million/SUC) will be utilized for the promotion and salary adjustments of the faculty. “We give importance to the human resource. The infrastructure projects can wait, “said Dr. Muyong.

The university president also disclosed that PASUC has forwarded a position paper to the Civil Service Commission, Commission on Audit and the Department of Budget and Management to reconsider the CSC- COA-DBM joint circular No. 1, s. 2017 governing the outsourcing of job orders and contract of service employees among the SUCs.

He also congratulated the employees for the university’s achievement of being an ISO 9001:2015 certified and enjoined them to work harder for the coming accreditation visit.

On plans and projects, Dr. Muyong announced that the university will enter into agreement with two agencies for textile development- the Project HABI with HABI Foundation and the 40 million hablon development project with the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI). ISAT U Dumangas Campus also submitted a business plan including an eco- tourism development at the 80 ha. lot at Brgy. Aglalana, Passi City.

Aside from benefits, the proper completion of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) form was also discussed by Ms. Maila S. Alparaque, HRMO II.

Finding the importance of updating the employees of their welfare and benefits, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. announced that this will be made an annual undertaking. The same activity was held last year with representative from the Government Service Insurance System.