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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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.