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.

ISAT U hosts Int’l Day of Peace events

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Senator Cynthia Villar (7th from left), Iloilo City Mayor Joe Espinosa  and  representatives from other countries and religions prepare to lead the Light of Peace ceremony at the ISAT U grounds.

The university hosted the Middle Way Meditation Institute’s (MMI) activities and the American Field Services (AFS) “Peace Crane Project” in the celebration of the International Day of Peace.

The ISAT U was the venue in Asia for MMI’s Light of Peace, Forum on Inner Peace and Wellness and concert for the promotion of world inner peace on September 22, 2018.

The (MMI) and ISAT U collaborated to hold the activity in line with the celebration of the International Day of Peace. Ms. Mazel May Jeongco, MMI coordinator, said that the event “also aimed to promote the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and the Inner Peace Education. “

Similar activities were also conducted in New York City (USA), Lisbon, Portugal (Europe), Maputo Mozambique (Africa), and Sydney Australia (Oceania). Jeongco added that representatives from Thailand, Laos, Solomon Island and from different religious denominations joined in the different activities.

After the Forum for Inner Peace and Wellness and while waiting for twilight, the ISAT U Performing Arts and the PNP Band perform the concert for peace.

Earlier, the American Field Services (AFS) through the ISAT U Office of the Internal and External Affairs spearheaded the “Peace Crane Project and the “Peace Statement” to celebrate the International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21, 2018.

The Peace Crane Project (Courtesy of The Technovator)

With 150 students, the crane, an international symbol of peace, was formed at the school football field.

The students also voiced their sentiments through the “Peace Statement”. In a piece of paper the participants wrote, “I AM A GLOBAL CITIZEN AND I WILL STAND UP FOR PEACE” to communicate their stand.

Numerous activities relating to music, meditation, and arts were also held in different countries to advocate peace.

Int’l, local youth gather for Pure Love

Dr. Raul F. Muyong lead the university in supporting the Pure Love Campaign.

One in advocating love and purity, youth from around the world gathered at ISAT U for the Pure Love Campaign of the 6th International Youth Assembly on September 22, 2018.

With the theme, Peace Loving Global Youth: Bridging Gaps Towards Sustainable Peace, the Universal Peace Federation and Youth, and Students for Peace (YSP) organized the event aimed at uplifting the moral principles of the youth.

Delegates from Albania, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji, Korea, and Japan joined the Filipino youths in shouting “Proud to be a Virgin” and in condemning immorality in the society.

The World Collegiate Association for Research of Principles-ISAT U (WCARP-ISAT U) and the university administration is in full support of Pure Love Campaign. ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong welcomed the participants and reminded them the sanctity of marriage.

The participants affix their signature to to condemn immorality, to end teenage pregnancy and promote Pure Love. (Photo courtesy of The Technovator)

The WCARP-ISAT U is the first of the three university affiliates in Western Visayas.

Imee Tanan, WCARP-ISAT U President, said that “the activity is an awareness to make one an active individual; instead of becoming a problem, the youth will be made a solution to the problems of the society. “ She added that Pure Love is not only about sex. “Pure Love is an education. It is an awareness not only on pre-marital sex but on all problems on morality confronted by the youth today, “ Tanan explained.

The Pure Love Address of Dr. Robert Kittel, YSP International President and Pangasinan Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil underscored the importance of love and marriage.

Prof. Ritchell Jalipa, President of YSP Asia-Pacific led the campaign for 20 million signatures to promote Pure Love Education among the youth to end teenage pregnancy and HIV in the Philippines. The signature campaign is also was one of the purpose of the activity .

113th ISAT U Foundation Week – Employees and Alumni Day

Day 6 and 7

Faculty and Employees Day, Search for Miss and Mr. ISAT U and Alumni Day
September 7                                                                                                        

ISAT U faculty and employees from all campuses opened the day with a Zumba Dance session at the Multi-Purpose Hall.


After sweating out in the Zumba, everyone enjoys the Larong Pinoy. Sack race, kadang (stilt walking using coconut shells) , tumbang preso, planting rice, sipa and patentero (below) are participated in by delegates from all campuses.

A simple lunch was shared by faculty and staff at the Multi-purpose Center after the games. It was a way of bonding, recharging and getting away from every day’s normal routine.

In the afternoon, a professional lecture on the Impact of Industry 4.0 to Education was held. Engr.  Erwin U. Que, President of the Alpha Centauri Electrical Services, shared his ideas on the concept of Industry 4.0.

Engr. Erwin U. Que (left)  exchange ideas and answers questions from Dr. Russ Allen B. Napud, Prof. Grace Edmar E. Del Prado and Dr. Bernie F. Piad during the buzz session.

The cool and rainy afternoon turned warm as candidates of the Search for Mr. and Miss ISAT U displayed their charms and wits before the cheering and giggling crowd. Miss Jovi Marie Cordero of the College of Education was crowned as Miss ISAT U 2018 and Mr. Jonathan Palabrica, Jr. of the College of Arts and Science was Mr. ISAT U 2018.


Alumni Day
September 8

The Alumni Day was one of the highlights of the week-long celebration.  It is a way of recognizing the importance of the alumni as one of the pillars of the institution.

The alumni gathered to cherish the memories of their college days at ISAT U. Varied activities were conducted to reminisce the happy moments with their classmates.

Atty. Leo S. Sombero (right) , ISAT U Alumni Association President, and other officers pose for the camera after the oath taking ceremony.  Dr. Raul F. Muyong (left) administered the oath of office of the elected officers. Atty. Sombero in his capacity as Alumni Association President will be one of the members of ISAT U Board of Regents


Alumni from different campuses prepare for the ballgames.


Players from different campuses rub elbows in the basketball games. Aside from basketball, there were also badminton and karaoke singing and a luncheon shared by different batches.








113th ISAT U Foundation Week Skills Olympiad and Lit-Mus Contest

Day 3

Skills Olympiad and Literary-Musical Contest
September 4

The third day of the celebration was filled with fun and challenges as the students competed in the different trade areas in the Skills Olympiad and in the Literary-Musical Competition.

(Clockwise) Regents Joel S. Adrias and Christia de la Cruz are amazed by the creativity of the participants in the Skills Olympiad. SEA TVET and SEA Teachers exchange students enjoy viewing the entries and take a pose with Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President (lower photo).

Combining their learnings with their innate abilities, the students poured their best in 25 skills test in 10 trade areas of the Skills Olympiad. SEA TVET and SEA Teachers exchange students observing the competition gave some touch of internationalization to the activity.

The students applied theories they learned in school to the actual performance in the different areas.


The students’ literary and musical abilities were also measured in the Literary-Musical Competition. Dr. Raul F. Muyong said that the competition “aims for the holistic development of the students.” He added that, “we would like to focus not only on your academic development but also on your talents.” The university president also reminded the students to be humble in their victory and accept defeat wholeheartedly.

113th ISAT U Foundation Week Testimonial Dinner and Ball

The Testimonial Dinner and Ball
September 3

The Testimonial Dinner and Ball was one of the highlights of the celebration.

The activity was held to acknowledge the sacrifices, services and loyalty of the faculty and staff to the institution.

The retirees and the loyalty service awardees were given recognition during the program. A posthumous award was also given to Dr. Nehema K. Misola who served for 32 years and 10 months and was the Vice President for External Affairs when she passed away.

The loyalty awardees with key university officials.

The honorees (foreground from left) who spent years and retired from service at ISAT U.  Prof. Godofredo P. Defensor rendered service for 43 years, Ms. Lilian S. Baguio, 32 years; Engr. Christian D. Misola and daughter Khristian Katrina K. Misola who receive the posthumous award of Dr. Nehema K. Misola; and Mr. Esmael P. Tayona who served for 36 years and two months. Other honorees who are not in photo are Dr. Zenaida J. Java  and Prof. Gil S. Libutaque.

The night was also filled with fun and excitement. The university key officials and selected faculty and staff danced the waltz.



Later, the employees filled the dance floor and show their poise and grace.

The Human Resource Department also chose the best dressed employees of the night.

Most Goodlooking:Prof. Heinz Gumaguil; Best Couple of the Night: Engr. Pablo and Lota Minerva; Best Dressed- Dr. Ernie Daitao and Prof. Glenda D. Nakila.

Most Appealing-Ms. Candelaria Diamante and Dr. Ramil Lumauag; Most Bizarre Attire-Prof. Ronnel Dominez and Prof. Grace Edmar Prado; Most Stunning-Dr. Russ Allen B. Napud; Most Glamorous- Ms. Besilda G. Bearneza; Eyecatchers of the Night: Prof. Gina Haresco and Prof. Jose Abrian D. Casela.



113th ISAT U Foundation Week opening day highlights

Day 1 and 2
Sept. 2, 2018

Motorcade, Project Runway and the Opening Program

The university key officials, faculty, staff and students joined in the motorcade along the major streets of the city to signal the start of the celebration. It ended up at SM City Iloilo where the “Project Runway” was held.

Project Runway is a yearly showdown of creations of the Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising (BSFDM) students. This year’s theme based on the school’s celebration is futuristic. Ten groups of students presented 20 collections in the runway.


The Opening Ceremony
September 3

The university focused on the global trend of the fourth industrial revolution in its 113th Foundation Week Celebration on September 2-10, 2018. This year’s theme is “ISAT U @113: Advancing Science and Technology Towards Industry 4.0.”

Dir. Gelonga speaks before the crowd amidst the heavy downpour in the opening program.

In the opening ceremony, Director Rowen R. Gelonga, Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 6, was the invited guest speaker to grace the celebration.   The broad knowledge of Dir. Gelonga on the different scientific advances such as 3D printing, robotics, creation of new materials through technology, the use of internet in manufacturing and the breakthrough in genetics, precision medicines and bio-printing gave a clear picture on the concept and characteristics of Industry 4.0. He elaborated on the stages of industrial revolution from steam engine to digitized manufacturing.

He challenged ISAT U to make changes to embrace this development, “it is also very imperative to review our degree programs, and perhaps close some while opening new degree programs” he said.

Dir. Gelonga also acknowledged the school’s direction to utilize research in changing the society. “I am particularly glad that ISAT U has deepened its focus on research. We have now the Research Hub which houses the different laboratories such as robotics, 3D printing and natural sciences among others.” He also lauded the recently approved textile research project of the school.

“We must start now. Industry 4.0 has come, “was the final challenge of Dir. Gelonga before the academic community of ISAT U.

The heavy downpour did not hamper the flow of the opening program. Dripping wet, students under the Physical Education classes performed a spectacular mob dance that awed the crowd.

The day’s activity continued with the Robotics Showdown, Academics Quiz Contest and opening of exhibits of the different colleges and the external campuses.

43 local, foreign studes undergo cross-country internship

The exchange students witness the signing of Memorandum of Agreement of ISAT U partner institutions to formalize their internship.

To fulfill its commitment to the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Polytechnic Network and to continue in the SEA Teachers Exchange Program, the university sent 22 students to different partner institutions in Indonesia and Thailand to undergo internship. In exchange, 21 foreign students were accepted for cross-country training here for the period of August 11-September 10, 2018.

Of the 22 outbound students, 14 were sent as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) internship exchange students to the different colleges and universities in Indonesia. Assigned  to Bogor Agricultural University are 4 ISAT U students; to State Polytechnic of Sriwijaya, 2; to Politeknik Piksi Ganesha Bandung, 2;  to STIKI Malang, 2; and to Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya, 1. A total of 21 foreign students from the above mentioned schools were admitted for internship at the different partner institutions of ISAT U.

The SEAMEO-Polytechnic Network aims to promote the internationalization of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and leverage the global competitiveness and 21st century skills of TVET students in Southeast Asian countries. The engagement in cross-country internship placement program and other collaborations aims to enhance internationalization and partnership of TVET institutions.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong welcomes the exchange students under the SEA TVET and SEA Teachers program during their courtesy call.

On the other hand, the university sent eight students to Indonesia and Thailand under the South East Asia (SEA) Teacher Project or the Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia. Assigned to the University Widya Gama Mahakam are 2  students,  to Unibersitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta, 1; and to Lambung Mangkurat, 1, in Indonesia.  Two are assigned to Loei Rajahbat University and  to Chang Mai University, 2, in Thailand.

As counterpart, ISAT U accepted eight students with 6 coming from Indonesia and  two from Thailand.  The Indonesian exchange students come from University of Jember, 2; Tidar University, 2; Universitas PGRI Madiun, 1; State University of Makasar, 1.  Two come from  Chiang Rai University in Thailand  and are assigned at the Laboratory School and Graciano Lopez Jaena Elementary School for their training.

This is the second SEA Teachers exchange since the College of Education obtained its Center of Development status in 2016.

During the welcome program, ISAT U and partner agencies signed an agreement to formalize the internship of the foreign students in their respective agencies.  These are  University of the Philippines in the Visayas, DepEd Division of Iloilo City, Toyota Iloilo, Inc., AMF Metal Industries Corporation, JOSMEF Medical Corporation, ISAT U and Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Codenbrew Inc., Govesmart Solutions, Inc. and Molave Studio.

Aside from their internship schedules, the foreign students were toured to the different scientific, tourist, business, historical and cultural sites in the city and province of Iloilo. They also joined in the street dance parade to celebrate the Charter Anniversary of Iloilo City on August 25.

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