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.

CHEd Chair De Vera talks on federal government’s impact to higher education

CHED Chair Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Consultative Commission on the review of the 1987 Constitution Commissioner Atty Antonio B. Arellano and CHED RO6 Officer-in-Charge Dr. Edilberto J. Orillos answer questions in the open forum.

“We are here this afternoon and we are targeting specifically the academic sector because you young people who will decide are the most skeptical voice if we’ll do change the constitution,” said Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) as he starts discussing the impact of the federal government to higher education. Organized by the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution and CHEd RO 6, the forum was held at Iloilo City on October 29, 2018.

De Vera emphasized that under the draft constitution the power on education will be shared by the federal and regional government. The regional government will be given power to make education more responsive to the local needs of the area. If given the mandate, regional governments could focus their materials (textbooks) on the local context of the region. He added that local government could also give more priority to the needs of the SUCs.

On the other hand, he mentioned some negative aspects of the system, “National standards will be lost if local is given exclusive rights. There will be also be disparities across nation-between the rich and the poor regional governments. There is also a tendency that ethnicity will be given more priority than nationality.”

Dr. Raul F. Muyong gives the opening remarks of the program.

In Malaysia, according to him, local governments do not have power over education, there are just implementing agencies. If that is done in the Philippines, other regions will not have priority, slow in decision-making and little resources will be allocated.

To maintain balance, it was proposed that the federal government will determine the quality standards, equivalencies and professional standards, science research and teaching, assessment of the performance of the educational system particularly on internationalization and policy direction. The accreditation of institutions for free tuition and financial assistance and loans of the students, recognition of safeguard institutions, open and distant learning, and recognition of foreign degrees were also included in the powers of the federal state. “Promotion of scientific of marine reserve and technological development including the promotion of other kind of research will be with federal government. State colleges do not have financial capacity and clout to invest in such substantial amount in science and technologies,” De Vera added.

Regional government, on the other hand, will have the power on governance and running of public institutions including research, libraries, archives, adult education, arts and culture, preservation of monuments, sports and youth welfare. Recognition and authorization of private higher education, admission policies, and administration were among the powers for the local government.

ISAT U faculty, staff and students join Dr. De Vera and Dr. Muyong for a photo op.

One of the crucial discussion was on the direction of the SUCs. De Vera said that the basic economic activity in the region will be highly considered in the changes in the educational system. Western Visayas is identified in agriculture, agroforestry and agro services. He clearly stated that, “we will now match the competencies of the state universities and the needs of the region. The local state and universities is to produce the manpower needed by the federal state. The program in connection to economic activities should be developed and put before other programs.”

Programs that are out in context on the economic activities will be affected, “yung mga programs na hindi naman kailangan ng federal state essentially, you start closing that out,” he advised. This is to safeguard cases of misdirection. “Example, the SUCs produces more teachers but the manpower needs of the region is more agriculture graduates. Cases that also leads to misdirected funding and government subsidy,” De Vera clarified.

University presidents, key officials, faculty, staff and students of the different state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and private higher educational institutions in Western Visayas attended the meeting.

The other speaker was Atty. Antonio B. Arellano, Commissioner of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution.

113th ISAT U Foundation Week Pahampang

Day 4 and 5

Pahampang 2018
September 5 and 6

The students released their energies in the Pahampang 2018. Disregarding the rain and the muddy field, athletes from the different colleges competed in the different ball games.


Mr. Cid Garret A. Jalandoni, famed triathlete and chef, was the invited guest speaker in the opening ceremony of Pahampang 2018. According to him being a chef and a triathlete is hard, “balancing work and play is not easy . . . but if there’s a will, there is a way.’

Mr. Cid Garret A. Jalandoni

He shared his outlook to sports when he was a student, “when I was still a student, I do not see the importance of sports.”But when he entered adulthood, which according to him is the real world, it is then he realized the importance of physical activities. “It is not always work, but we must take care of our physical being. And then, you see the importance of sports, “he said. Further, Mr. Jalandoni stressed the lessons out of sports. “As we know it, life is not always about winning. Sometimes we win, sometimes we don’t. And what is important is that we learn. I failed many times but I guess what always matters is how we get up every time we fall. ”

After an exhausting day of physical activities, the Student Republic held the Gig Sa ISAT U. The students recharged by singing and dancing with the beat of the music played by the different group bands.

The College of Engineering and Architecture emerged as Champion in the Pahampang 2018. Trailing behind closely was the College of Industrial Technology. The College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education came in 3rd and 4th places respectively.

ISAT U receives Red Cross meritorious service award

Iloilo Science and Technology University received a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on the 20th blood donors recognition and awarding ceremony, “Dugo sang Dungganon : 20 years of Honoring Ilonggo Blood Donors.”  This was held at the Iloilo Convention Center on August 3, 2018.

The award acknowledged ISAT U for continuous and outstanding support, valuable assistance, and unstinted cooperation extended to PRC with more than five years of service and have already received special citations.

For three successive years, PRC has recognized ISAT U’s continuous support to blood donation program. In 2016, the university received a Platinum Service Awards for sponsoring mass blood donation for five consecutive years with a minimum cumulative total of 500 units donated. A Special Citation-Gold was bestowed on ISAT U on 2017 for conducting not less than five years of continuous blood donation program and has produced not less than 5,000 blood units.

Director  Adrienne D. Veloso, Director, Extension Services Division, receives the award from Philippine Red Cross officials.

The university also received a Scroll of Honor award in 2014 for four years of distinguished service  in providing a minimum of 200 units of cumulative total.

The partnership for blood donation is a continuing program through the “Dugo Mo, Kabuhi Ko” bloodletting activity of the Extension Services Division which started in 2007.

Ombudsman-WV updates ISAT U Key Officials on ITAPS

Atty. Pio R. Dargantes  points out situations that breach integrity and accountability  in government service and are common to government employees.

The Administrative Services Division in coordination with the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas conducted a seminar-workshop on Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in Public Services (ITAPS) among university key officials, directors, department heads, college deans, campus administrators and selected employees on July 25, 2018.

“This seminar-workshop will provide deeper understanding of our accountabilities in order to be corrupt-resistant officers whose guiding intention is to do what is right/legal for the benefit of the public, “ emphasized by Mr. Donald U. Daboy, Associate Graft Investigation Officer I, who talked on the topic Understanding Corruption.

The Speakers. (L-R) Atty Pio R. Dargantes, Regional Director, Office of the Ombudsman RO VI, Mr. Donald U. Badoy and Ms. Abigail R. Tan Yau,  Associate Graft Investigation Officers I.

A point of reflection was presented by Atty. Pio R. Dargantes, Director, Office of the Ombudsman RO VI. He cited situations common to government employees that breached integrity and accountability in government service. In his deliberation on the topic, Answering to the People: Accountability of Public Officers, he mentioned of intolerable acts like waiting at the biometrics five minutes ahead of dismissal period, having a cup of coffee or doing personal business with somebody during office hours, soliciting and receiving lechon from suppliers or contractors, or even bringing home two pieces of bond paper from the office supplies for a child’s assignment. He further elaborated on the repercussion of such acts on the topic Penalizing Corruption.   The regional director also accentuated RA No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees that upholds the time-honored principle of public office being a public trust.

A challenging call was delivered by Miss Abigail R. Tan Yau, Associate Graft Investigation Officer I. In her presentation on Self: Making a Difference in Public Service, she directed participants to examine themselves on what have they done and what should they do as public servant.

“This is the first time that we conducted such workshop,” said Mrs. Enieda G. Corona, Chief Administrative Officer, “but we will plan for another session for the faculty because the college deans recognized the importance of ITAPS to reinforce the commitment of the teachers in their service.”

S-Turbine project augments farmers’ water supply

The S-Turbine installed at Brgy. Cabacanan, Alimodian, Iloilo.

After passing a series of tests and evaluation, the S-Turbine research project was inaugurated and turned-over to the Cabacanan Farmer Cooperative, Alimodian, Iloilo on March 28, 2018. It  now helps supply water for the irrigation and household needs of the cooperative members.

Combining the principles of hydraulics, physics and engineering, the device controls and magnifies the speed and power of rapids or streams. It has the potential to supply water for irrigation canals for improved food production and for micro-hydropower system to energize homes without smoke emissions.

The main purpose of the project is to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel to pump potable water supply for household and irrigation projects or to generate micro hydro-power plants. The mechanical hydraulic machine was designed by Engr. Salvador Senorio.

The S-Turbine is  among the three completed out of the four projects funded by USAID. The other two are the Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing which was turned-over to the Magagmay nga Kristyanong Katilingban organization at Brgy. Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo and the Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid from Heads of Silver-Banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use: Characterization and Biocompatibility Assessment of the Extracted Hyaluronic Acid which is under negotiation for technology transfer to a private nutraceutical company.

Enrolment hits 11 thousand

Considering the inflow of the students who completed the K-12 Program, the enrolment for  all ISAT U campuses for tertiary education for the First Semester, Academic Year 2018-2019 reached 11, 776.

Iloilo City Campus has recorded 6,916 enrollees while the external campuses has 4,860 (Miagao Campus- 2,828; Leon Campus-1,006; Barotac Nuevo Campus-532; and Dumangas Campus- 494).

At Iloilo City Campus, the College of Industrial Technology has the highest number of enrollees at 1,938, followed by the College of Arts and Sciences with 1,278; College of Engineering and Architecture 1, 226 and the College of Education, 1,070.

When clustered as to discipline,   Engineering and Technology courses has the most number of enrollees (4,544).  It is followed by Education Science and Teacher Training (2,141), Information Technology and Related Discipline (1,840), Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (1,006), Business Management (548), Architecture and Town Planning (363), Social and Behavioral Sciences (326), Trade Craft and Industrial (273), Mathematics (140) and Maritime Education (138). The Junior and Senior High School accounted for 898 students.

It was also noted that the full implementation of Republic Act 10931 or The Universal Access to Free Higher Education has attracted students to enroll at ISAT U. The data showed that total applicants for AY 2018-2019 were 6,848 which is the highest in the last five years. However, due to the university’s strict admission policy, only 2,401 freshmen were admitted which is the lowest in percentage over the same period.


ISAT U upgrades internet connection, communication facilities

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Mr. Mitch Locsin, PLDT First Vice Pres. shake hands after the ceremonial contract signing on March 21, 2018. Also in photo are (L-R) Justine Elizabeth Morales, Hazel Amoyan, Head of Corporate Relationship Business Office, Jimmy Chua, AVP and Head, Corporate Relationship Management Office of PLDT, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr and Mr. Ned Cababasay.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company entered into an 18-million peso contract for the upgrading of the university’s internet connection and communication facilities. The upgrading will provide easier and faster access to the internet and efficient inter-office communications lines.

The five-year contract includes the installation of fiber optic backbone, the upgrade of the whole network infrastructure of the main campus, installation of the Internet Protocol-Private Branch Exchange (IP-IBX) and structured cabling for the internet.

According to Engr. Reynard Chu, Information Technology Officer I, part of the contract is for upgrading of the old copper-based UTP (unshielded twisted pair) main cables to fiber optics backbones. “The existing UTP cable is more than 25 years old and there is a need for an upgrade. The fiber optics will further accommodate wider band width considering the present and future expansion in the main campus and the new site.” Engr. Chu said.

The project will also bolster the inter-office communication facilities through the installation of an IP-IBX system. It brings with it many benefits and opens up possibilities, and the development of extensions and trunks, and other complex functions such as ring groups, digital receptionists, queues, voicemail and reporting.

Included in the contract are the subscription in the ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) and the increase in internet subscription from 10 MBPS to 20 MBPS for the next five years.

Members of ISAT U Administrative Council pose with PLDT Executives after the ceremonial contract signing.

The ISDN is a modern set of communication system for simultaneous digital transmission of voice, video and other network services. ISDN is far advanced over the traditional circuits of the public switched telephone network. The system could provide up to 30 trunk lines.

The upgrades will strengthen the school’s computer program, help the students in their assignments and research works, hasten transactions and provide dynamic communication among the offices.