Dr. Misola at the entrance of Alibaba Office.

Dr. Misola presents ISAT U’s e-commerce initiatives, perspectives in China

Dr. Misola at the entrance of Alibaba Office.

Dr. Misola at the entrance of Alibaba Office.

Dr. Nehema K. Misola, Vice President for Administration and Finance, presented the initiatives and perspectives of ISAT U on e-commerce during the International Seminar on E-commerce Training at Hangzhou, China on June 26-28, 2017.

The forum was organized by China National E-commerce Vocational Steering Committee (NEVESC) in collaboration with Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics (ZJTIE), a UNESCO-UNEVOC center . It aims to strengthen the relationship among partner institutions, consulting the e-commerce training for the young students throughout the world.

The delegates were policy makers, prominent entrepreneurs, and professionals in e-commerce. They discussed on how to share good educational resources and to train and reserve talents to meet the demand of global trade facilitation.


The participants take time to pose with Zhejian Institute of Economics in the background.

The participants take time to pose with Zhejian Technical Institute of Economics at the background.

Dr. Misola, also the UNEVOC Philippines-Visayas Center Coordinator and the only Filipino who attended the conference, presented the current state of E-commerce Law in the University, e-learning modules, Republic Act 8792 or the Philippines Electronic Commerce Act of 2002 and the challenges to be able to maximize such opportunities that e-commerce brings.

Aside from sharing ideas, the delegates were given a  chance to visit the China-based Alibaba Group Offices, one of the biggest e-commerce platform in the world.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong welcomes the students, faculty, staff and parents on the first day of classes for Academic Year 2017-2018 on june 7, 2017

Enrolment reaches 11, 000 for 1st Sem. AY 2017-2018

Dr. Raul F. Muyong welcomes the students, faculty, staff and parents on the first day of classes for Academic Year 2017-2018 on june 7, 2017

Dr. Raul F. Muyong welcomes students, faculty, staff and parents on the first day of classes for Academic Year 2017-2018 on June 7, 2017

The enrolment for all ISAT U campuses for the first semester of Academic Year 2017-2018 reached 11, 068. ISAT U La Paz Campus recorded 6, 387 enrolees; Miagao campus, 2, 572; Leon campus, 920; Barotac Nuevo, 630 and Dumangas campus, 559.

In La Paz Campus, the College of Industrial Technology has the most number of enrolees with 1,765. The College of Engineering and Architecture has 1,226 while the College of Arts and Sciences tallied 1,189. The College of Education recorded 946. The Secondary Laboratory School has 491 including 98 enrolees in the Senior High School’s initial implementation. There were 291 enrolees in the Evening Vocational Courses and 6 cross enrolees. In the Graduate School, 382 enrolled for Masters degree and 91 for the Doctorate degree.

The top five baccalaureate courses which have the most number of enrolees are the Bachelor of Industrial Technology (BIT) with 709; Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology, 633; BS in Hotel and Restaurant Technology, 507; BS in Secondary Education, 345 and Bachelor of Elementary Education, 307.

The BS in Architecture came in sixth with 278 enrolees and followed by BS in Automotive Technology with 277. The Bachelor of Arts in Community Development placed eight with 246 and the BS in Electrical Engineering, 245. The BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering landed in the tenth with 197.

Other courses with their respective number of enrolment are BS in Industrial Education, 160; BS in Mechanical Engineering major in Automotive Engineering, 133;  BS in Computer Science, 130; BS in Electrical Technology, 123; BS in Fashion Design Management, 83; BS in Information System, 72; BS in Electronics Technology, 66; BS in Mathematics, 57; BS In Community Development, 51; Bachelor in Teaching Technical Education, 36. The Enhanced Support Level Program for Marine Engineering (ESLPME) has 241 enrolees while the BS Marine Engineering has 132.

As to the enrolment by discipline, the courses under the engineering and technology cluster got the bulk of enrolment with 2,433. On the other hand, there are 1, 167 enrolees in the education science and teacher training and 909 in the Information Technology (IT) and related discipline. In other disciplines, the marine education has 373; social and behavioral sciences, 297; trade craft and industrial, 291; architecture and town planning, 278; and mathematics, 109.


1,956 graduates receive degree from ISAT U

gradgradOne thousand nine hundred and fifty six (1,956) graduates received degree from the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U)   during its 83rd Commencement Exercises held on April 5, 2017.

Class 2017 was composed of graduates from the following disciplines:   1, 210- baccalaureate courses, 416- Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering , 257- Evening Vocational Course, 46- Master’s Degree, 16- Doctorate degree and 11- post baccalaureate (Diploma in Teaching) degree.

Sixty-two students were bestowed with Academic Honors (13 Magna Cum Laude and 49 Cum Laude).  74 graduates received academic Merit Awards and 272 were recipient of other Curricular Awards.







for Academic Year 2016-2017


CHED Commissioner De Vera

CHED Cmsr. De Vera addresses ISAT U 83rd commencement rites

CHED Commissioner De Vera

CHED Commissioner De Vera

Iloilo Science and Technology University was honored as the first and the only university whose invitation was accepted by Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner J. Prospero E.  De Vera III as the Guest Speaker of the university’s 83rd Commencement Exercises on April 5, 2017 .

“To tell you the truth, this is my first and only commencement address in a state university since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed me CHED commissioner in August 2016 and I have, as a matter of practice, declined all invitations to speak in graduation exercises because of my very tight schedules,” he said. “I decided to stay in the country because I had accepted your invitation today. Ganyan kayo kalakas sa akin. Pero huwag ninyo akong isusumbong sa Presidente baka utusan akong humabol sa Netherlands.” Commissioner De Vera was supposed to be in Amsterdam, Netherlands as an adviser of the Philippine negotiating panel with the National Democratic Front, New Peoples’ Army and Communist Party of the Philippines (NDF/CPP/NPA) to start the 4th round of talks.

The Commissioner started his address to the 1,956 graduating students giving emphasis to the role of parents in their success and the hardship they endure to make their children complete a course. He requested all graduating students to stand up, look and smile at their parents say thank you by a thumbs up sign.

The importance of how will the graduates use their diploma in the future was underlined by De Vera, “Like being given a stone or clay, nobody gets to appreciate your diploma unless you sculpt or mold it creatively into something of aesthetic or artistic value.”

Comissioner De Vera receives the Plaque of Aprreciation from ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Also in photo are (from left) VPRE Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VPAF Dr. Nehema K. Misola and VPAA Dr. Manuel A. Sachez Jr.

Commissioner De Vera receives the Plaque of Appreciation from ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Also in photo are (from left) VPRE Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VPAF Dr. Nehema K. Misola and VPAA Dr. Manuel A. Sachez, Jr.

The role of Philippine higher learning institutions like ISAT U as an instrument of every Filipino family in poverty alleviation and the CHED’s all out support of providing access to higher education was also given emphasis by the commissioner. “We at the Commission are fully support of the important role now being played by Iloilo Science and Technology University in promoting access for all students that seek it.”

He also called on the graduate to increase their competencies considering that employment opportunities are fast becoming a scarce resources. “Each graduate are a privileged few that completed higher education and it is their responsibility to make full use of their new knowledge and competencies,” he said.

Commissioner De Vera capped his message by challenging the graduating class to dare to dream and go for it, “You will never possess what you are unwilling to pursue.” He punched on the challenge to every graduate’s heart by saying: “So dare to dream and believe. Start now. Start today. I shall leave you with the challenge to make your life a masterpiece. “


ISAT U receives Php 19.5M USAID-STRIDE research grants


From left, Dr. Renerio S.  Mucas, ISAT U Pres. Dr. Raul F. Muyong,  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Sung Y. Kim,  Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut,  Prof. Hilario S. Taberna,  Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao,  Engr. Salvador M. Senorio, Dr. Richard C. de Leon pose for the camera during the awarding of scholarships and grants at Makati, Metro Manila.

The United State Agency for International Development-Science Technology Research, and Innovation for Development (USAID-STRIDE) awarded grants to four ISAT U researches under the Collaborative Applied Research with Industry (CARWIN) grant and STRIDE Prototype Research Innovation Grants (SPRIG)  on March 17, 2017 at the Gallardo Ballroom, Makati Diamond Residences, Metro Manila.

The CARWIN grantees were the studies on “Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid from Heads of Silver-Banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use: Characterization and Biocompatibility Assessment of the Extracted Hyaluronic Acid” and the “Valorization of Brown Seaweeds Through Alginate Extraction for Fruit and Fish Postharvest Preservation.”

The “Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing” and the “Design, Fabrication, and Evaluation of a Water Driven S-Turbine/Pump” researches were under the STRIDE Prototype Research Innovation Grants (SPRIG).

Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid from Heads of Silver-Banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use: Characterization and Biocompatibility Assessment of the Extracted Hyaluronic Acid



The CARWIN granted PhP 10, 990, 078 for the Phase II study of Dr. Bernadeth F. Ticar. The principal investigator will subject the hyaluronic acid (HA) extract from silver-banded whiting to further biocompatibility assessment and characterization. The HA has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and whitening properties. The study is perceived to help not only pharmaceutical companies but fish processing industries, small-scale fishing, fish brokers and fishing industries who will be interested in engaging in HA business.

Valorization of Brown Seaweeds through Alginate Extraction for Fruit and Fish Post-harvest Preservation



The project aims to initiate the creation of brown seaweeds industry that will contribute to the socio-economic development of coastal communities in the Province of Iloilo and in other parts of the country where brown seaweeds are abundant. With a PhP 6, 677, 591.40 CARWIN grant, Prof. Hilario S. Taberna, Jr. undertook a one year study utilizing  the brown seaweeds in coastal waters of San Dionisio Iloilo for this project. The brown seaweeds are the main source of alginate, a polysaccharide used by industries in the production of food, textiles, cosmetics, and biomedical and pharmaceutical products. Alginate could also be used as an edible coating to prolong shelf life of fruits and fishes. Through different processes, the project involves extraction and will ascertain the potential of different local brown seaweed as raw material for alginate production, and its specific industrial application. With Ephrathah Farms Corporation that produced organic fruits and vegetables and Unifish, Inc. the extracted alginate will be used as coating materials to mangoes and silver-banded whiting fish for preservation.

Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing



Dr. Renerio S. Mucas identified the problem faced by the residents of Bgy. Tiabas, San Dionisio on sustaining a substantial source of income from dried green seaweeds for Kropek production. The drying of seaweeds is through an open air method and during rainy and wet season the flow of income for marginalized seaweeds farmers is hampered. With a Php 1M assistance from the USAID-STRIDE, a multi-powered drying system for dried seaweed production was developed. The project helped the community in food production regardless of the prevailing weather conditions. The project will be developed in partnership with the Magamay nga Kristyanong Katilingban (MKK) Consumer’s Cooperative.

Design, Fabrication, and Evaluation of a Water-Driven S-Turbine Pump



Hydropower is a sustainable and renewable energy source that does not pose any danger to the environment. However, the progress of hydropower plants is impede by the high cost of its construction and maintenance. This concern is the focus of Engr. Salvador M. Senorio’s less costly and equally efficient S-turbine/pump that pumps water with a corresponding flowrate into turbines to generate electricity for hydropower applications. The USAID-STRIDE granted PhP 857, 850 for the fabrication, installation, testing, and evaluation of a pilot model water-driven S-turbine/pump system to be showcased in a village. The project is expected for the development of a new type of hydraulic turbine that will simply use water power to generate ample electricity in areas where there are available water rapids or streams, reduce in the dependence on the use of fossil fuels for potable water supply and irrigation projects to help address local food security and, electrification of homes.

The visitors from Nagoya University, Japan, pay a courtesy visit at the office Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President.

Osaka Kyoiku University students visit ISAT U

The visitors from Nagoya University, Japan, pay a courtesy visit at the office Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President.

The visitors from Nagoya Kyoiku University, Japan, pay a courtesy visit at the office of   Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President.

To foster inter-cultural and educational exchange between the Japanese and Filipino youth and international cooperation as well, 20 members of the Japan-based student organization My Education, Relations and Respect You (MERRY) in Osaka Kyoiku University visited Iloilo Science and Technology University on March 1, 2017.

An interaction between between visiting Japanese students and ISAT U students.

An interaction between  visiting Japanese and ISAT U students.

With the objectives to gain more knowledge about the educational system of the Philippines, to exchange ideas with Filipino students about the difference between Japan and the Philippines and to meet and interact with Filipino students, the guests engaged in different activities at the University EdTech Center.

After eating lunch with ISAT U students, the guests paid a courtesy call to Dr. Raul F. Muyong who later gave some lectures on ‘Achieving Quality Education for Global Integration: The Philippine Experience.” With the ISAT U students, the visitors enjoyed the pamphlet making and presentation activity.

The ISAT U visit was part of the Work Camp organized by the non-governmental organization Love Our Brethren (LOOB), Inc.

The MERRY list of Japanese Campers who visited the University were  Ms. Nao Nahada, Ms. Shoko Okamura, Ms. Yurie Aomutsu, Ms. Akiko Fukumoto Ms. Marina Adachi, Ms. Ayame, Mawatari, Ms. Ayaka Kono, Ms. Juria Takahashi, Ms. Yuna Onishi, Ms. Chihiro Horio, Ms. Chiho Ikeda, Ms. Misa Okazaki, Ms. Kae Masuda, Mr. Shuto Takamari, Mr. Taichi Ibaraki, Mr. Shunsuke Nakayama, Mr. Masashi Takemoto, Mr. Shoya Okayama and Mr. Hidesato Watanabe,

Dr. Raul F. Muyong

Dr. Muyong elected to the AACCUP Board of Trustees

Dr. Raul F. Muyong

Dr. Raul F. Muyong

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, was elected as member of the 11-man Board of Trustees of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) during the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference held at the Century Park Hotel, Malate, Manila on February 15-17, 2017.

The 11 Trustees for 2017-2019 were elected from three (3) Categories: Category I (Presidents/ Vice Presidents/Chancellors), Category II  ( Deans/Directors) and Category III (Faculty).

Other elected Board of Trustees are as follows:Picture5

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Dr. Renelda Nacianceno (6th and 5th from right) with other awardees at the

ISAT U is rank 3 in AACCUP 2017 Outstanding SUCs; QAC Director ranks 5th Outstanding accreditor

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Dr. Renelda Nacianceno (6th and 5th from right) with other awardees at the

 Dr. Raul F. Muyong ( fifth from left)  receives the award at the Grand Ballroom, Century Park Hotel, Manila.  Also in photo are Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Quality Assurance Director, VPAA Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Ma. Eugenita Capaciete, Dr. Dominico Sergie O. Valenciana and Dr. Alejo P. Biton

Iloilo Science and Technology University ranked 3rd in the 2017 Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) Search for Outstanding State Universities and Colleges while Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Quality Assurance Director, ranked 5th in the Search for Outstanding Accreditors.

The Plague for Quality Service Award for Top Ranking SUCs and Quality Service Award for Outstanding Accreditors were given during the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference on February 15-17, 2017 at the Grand Ballroom, Century Park Hotel, Malate, Manila.

Picture3ISAT U garnered a total of 92 points in the following criteria: (1)  Accredited Programs, which includes the level of program accreditation (from Candidate to Level IV and to Institutional) and the number of accredited programs per level; (2) cooperativeness in sending accreditors during survey visits; (3) Internal Quality Assurance Unit whether it exists as a task force, formally organized, with staff, budget, and special orders; (4) participation to AACCUP Trainings, the number of participants and the frequency; (5) participation of SUC to the Mid-Year and Annual Conferences; (6) awards as Top 10 for the past 5 years as to the level of awards.

Meanwhile Dr. Nacianceno got 85 points in the following criteria for the Search for Outstanding Accreditors: (1)  role in the Accreditation across levels of accreditation; (2) participation in AACCUP Conferences, participation in the trainings; (3) research and paper presentation; (4)and participation in the QCBA instrument.

The criteria for the mentioned awards were approved by the AACCUP Board per Resolution No. 097, s. 2016 during its meeting held last December 16, 2016.

The technical evaluators for the awarding were AACCUP Executive Director Manuel T. Corpuz  as Chair and Dr. Riceli C. Mendoza, Dr. Nenita I. Prado, Dr. Samson L. Molao and Dr. Ricky G. Abalena,  as members.


ISAT U GAD joins campaign to EVAWC


In support to the annual 18-day campaign to End Violence Against Women and their Children (EVAWC), the ISAT U Gender and Development (GAD) program organized a series of activities that simultaneously kicked off with a caravan in all campuses of the ISAT U system on November 25, 2016.

The 4th GAD Hataw to Fight AIDS was part of the campaign and supports the World Aids Day celebration on December 1. Clad in red shirt, students and ISAT U personnel sweated out in the early morning Sumba at the Multi-purpose Educational Center.

A film showing featuring BOSES, a Tagalog indie film, was held to help students visualize the realities of child abuses in a Filipino community.

ASEC Ma. Francia M. Laxamana

ASEC Maria Francia M. Laxamana

The GAD Public Forum on VAW was also facilitated to give significance to the campaign’s theme “VAW Free Community Starts with Me.” Dr. Maria Francia M. Laxamana, Department of Health Assistant Secretary on Technical Services, was the resource speaker and emphasized in her message the role of the victims of sexual abuses to help end violence. Dr. Laxamana encouraged the audience not to fear but to come out if they were victims of abuses. The students were also reminded of the effects of social media on their perception towards sexuality. The influence of pornographic sites were found to be one of the causes of sexual violence and pre-marital sex among the youth. RA 9262 or the Anti-violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 and the Reproductive Health Bill were also discussed in the forum.

The GAD quiz bee was organized to create learning experience among the students. Eddie Bert Hechanova, Raichelle Solivio and Derwin Lapating of Barotac Nuevo Campus took home the championship certificate and the P 7, 000 cash prize. The team from Miagao Campus received P4, 000 and certificate as second place winners while the College of Arts and Sciences, Main Campus received certificates and pocketed P 3,000 as  third place winners.

The 18- day campaign ended with the 1st GAD Song Writing Contest. Prof. Emelie A. de la Cruz, ISAT U GAD focal person, said that the students wrote songs inspired by love, respect, end to violence and the importance of gender equality. Diskriminasyon composed by Vincent Carl Elipe, BS Information Technology (Main Campus), bested all other entries and won P 7, 000 cash prize. Respeto at Paggalang sa Mga Kababaihan by Kevin Cloyd Subosa and Dominic Paul Balinsoy, BS Electrical Engineering (Main Campus), won as first runner-up and a cash prize of P 6, 000. Meant to be Loved by Andy Josh Sondia, College of Arts and Sciences (Main Campus),  landed third place and won  P5, 000.

Other entries that received consolation prizes were The Value of Her Beauty (Jan Christian Palma), Set Me Free (Angel Faith Poblacion), Kontra Abuso (Stephen Palabrica), Respeto (BIT- Miagao) and Pagbabago (Glenn P. Sumbanon-BSIT Dumangas).


2016 SCUAA kicks off; ISAT U vies in 16 events

The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) VI presidents at the opening program of SCUAA 2016. From left, Dr. Theresa Palmares-Nothern iloilo Polytechnic State College, Dr. Percy Perez, tate College of Fisherires, Dr. Luis T. Sorolla- West Visayas State University, Dr. Danilo E. Abayon, Aklan State University, Dr. Victor E. Navarra, University of Antique, Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Dr. Editha C. Alfon-Capiz State university.

The presidents of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) VI  at the opening program of SCUAA 2016. From L to R:  Dr. Percy P. Perez-OIC-President, Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Dr. Ma. Theresa G. Palmares-Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College,  Dr. Luis T. Sorolla, Jr.- West Visayas State University, Dr. Danilo E. Abayon-Aklan State University, Dr. Victor E. Navarra- University of Antique, Dr. Raul F. Muyong- Iloilo Science and Technology University and  Dr. Editha C. Alfon-Capiz State University.


Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and seven State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region VI compete in the 2016 State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Regional Games on December 19-22 at the Province of Aklan.

With sixty (60) university officials and coaches, the two hundred sixty-two (262) athletes vie in the men and women categories of Arnis, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Chess, Karatedo,Lawn Tennis, Pencak Silat, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, football (men) and sepak takraw (men).

The 2016 SCUAA Sports Olympics hosted by Aklan State University (ASU) is also participated in by West Visayas State University (WVSU), University of Antique (UA), Capiz State University (CapSU), Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF), Guimaras State College (GSC) and Nothern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC). The theme for this year’s event is “Strengthening the Spirit of Sports in Public Higher Education Institution.”parade

The sports competition kicked off with a parade around the town of Kalibo on a lightly showered morning of December 19. The opening program followed at the ABL Sports Complex, Kalibo, Aklan and was attended by athletes, tournament officials, and university presidents and officers of member schools of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges  (PASUC) VI. Local government leaders also  graced the event.

Through Atty. Sylvano Sarabia, Kalibo Mayor William S. Lachica sent a message that strongly encouraged the athletes to make the sports competition an opportunity and an experience to develop not only the physical capability but also the well-being of an individual. He further advised not to take losing as a bitter experience but a lesson to develop strength.

In his keynote address, Aklan Lone District Representative Carlito S. Marquez congratulated the PASUC VI for holding the regional sports competition. He emphasized that the sports event is a venue for equality between the rich and the poor. Congressman Marquez pointed out that most students in the State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) come from poor families. He, however, stressed that poverty is not a hindrance to excel. He exemplified himself and other achievers who defied poverty, never gave up and eventually achieved their goals.

Coaches, tournament officials and officers of different institutions of PASUC VI got a chance to   enjoy each others company on a solidarity meeting and a fellowship night on December 18  at the Aklan State University campus .

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