Western Visayas College of Science and Technology in its goal to support and strengthen government programs on science and technology, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 6 on December 17, 2013.
In this agreement, WVCST also signified its intention to run the food and innovation center at WVCIERD (Western Visayas Consortium on Industry and Energy Research and Development) sponsored by DOST.
This food and innovation center is a Php 9 Million project that will start on the first quarter of 2014. It will be accepting testing and processing of food products in Region 6. Part of it will also be placed in WVCST to accommodate more clients for better service.
The MOA signing was headed by DOST Regional Office 6 Asst Director Dr. Emelyn P. Flores and Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr., Presidnt, WVCST and witnessed by some representatives of DOST together with Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VP for Research and Extension of the College.
The WVCST Environmental Programs Disaster Risk Reduction Management on Conventional Safety and Health Standards Security and Safety Office conducted a workshop on Disaster Preparedness and Risks Reduction Management participated in by the College employees.
The workshop which was done on December 23, 2013, discussed safety practices and risks reduction in the workplace as well as environmental protection awareness. Engineer Christian Misola, the OIC Director of the said office emphasized that each one has a responsibility to strengthen the environmental programs of the school and the government because the results directly affect us individually. He added that it is essential to understand the rules and standards in risks reduction to avoid panic and the loss of control, property and life during disasters.
Prof. John Corona, who lectured on Disaster Preparedness, introduced and explained the different kinds of disasters as well. At the end of the workshop, an earthquake drill was conducted and was assessed.
The experience in the recent super Typhoon Yolanda has made everyone realized that it is crucial for all of us to be ready at all times especially during calamities. Because of this, the College of Education headed by its Dean, Dr. Ma. Asusina Asuncion E. Echaveria, held a two-day workshop and lecture on “Safety and Disaster Preparedness and Management” on December 13, 2013.
The training which was participated in by the faculty and staff of College of Education, aimed to keep them aware of the things to do during a disaster and develop skills in responding to disasters especially in the workplace. In the seminar workshop, the participants listened to lectures as well as to the personal experiences of the speakers during a disaster. Engr. Christian Misola , Director of Environmental Programs Disaster Risk Reduction Management on Conventional Safety and Health Standards Security and Safety Office lectured on Risk Reduction and later conducted an earthquake drill.
The second part of the workshop was handled by Prof. John Corona. In his lecture he shed light on technical terms used in weather forecasts and presented slides and videos.
Also present during the lecture were VP for Admin and Finance Dr. Nehema K. Misola AND Dr. Susan Marie De la Cruz, Director of the Office of Student Affairs.
Aside from the lectures, the workshop included a fellowship night for the faculty and staff of the College of Education. The participants also had the chance to rekindle their camaraderie in the said fellowship night.
On the second day, a morning exercise session was conducted and was later followed by the closing program.
The College Library – Phase 3 which was inaugurated on November 18, 2013 was formally open to WVCST Community after the unveiling ceremony which was headed by no other than CHED Chairman Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan on December 6, 2013.
A tour around the new building by the Chairman together with the WVCST President, Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. , the College Librarian, Dr. Nida T. Gomez and the key officials of the College followed after the short ceremony. The three-storey building was constructed in March of this year and was completed in June.
The ground floor of the College Library serves as the Instructional Media Center as well as the Cyber Library that features DOST’s STARBOOKS. The second floor is for the Graduate School and General Reference and on the third floor are the Filipiniana and Rizaliana sections.
Aside from the new library building, Dr. Patricia Licuanan also went around the old library building for a short glimpse.
The unveiling ceremony was part of Dr. Licuanan’s visit who at the same time came for the quarterly meeting of the WVCST Board of Trustees which she also chairs.
Western Visayas College of Science and Technology in collaboration with the HECKS Act Alliance, a Switzerland based Non- Government Organization and Task Force Mapalad, an organization of farmers in Negros Occidental heed the utmost needs of the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Capiz and other neighboring towns in a relief operation.
The NGO’s chose WVCST as their partner to do the repacking and at the same time the covered gym is used as the depot of the goods that are repacked and distributed to areas affected by typhoon Yolanda especially in Capiz and the 5th district of Iloilo Province . The group is helping out residents from the different towns and municipalities in Capiz by giving them packs of goods that include 25 kilos of rice, 2 kilos of monggo, 1 kilo of dried fish, 1 kilo of salt, and 5 cans of sardines. One Thousand families who were already identified will receive the goods. Some volunteer students from the NSTP, ROTC, CWTS, MTS and BSEd students do the repacking facilitated by the faculty like Prof. Andres Ortega, Jr., Prof. George Lopez and Prof. Cherry Pink Barredo. Some of them also join in the delivery of the goods. According to Prof. Ortega, he and his students already went to the 5th District recently to do the assessment of the damage in terms of livelihood and housing as part of their responsibility in the collaboration wherein WVCST will also provide research or knowledge transfer regarding the relief operation.
Aside from Task Force Mapalad, another NGO – Task Force Masipag also collaborated with the College with the same purpose in their relief operation. They will also be giving out food like rice, sardines, monggo, dried fish and mineral water to name some. The group also targets 1,000 families as their recipients for the next batch of goods that will be delivered this week. Task Force Masipag is a local non-government organization composed of farmers in the Province of Iloilo.
In line with its vision, mission and core values, Western Visayas College of Science and Technology submits 4 programs for accreditation, 1 of which is Doctor of Education – Educational Management for its second survey and another program for the College of Industrial Technology – Bachelor of Fashion and Apparel for its 1st survey. The two other programs are under the Barotac Nuevo Campus which will have the first survey on Bachelor of Secondary Education and BS Information Technology.
In his speech during the opening program, Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. emphasized that the task of the Accreditors is to help us comply with the quality and excellent standard in higher education. He encouraged everyone to always do what is best. Dr. Sorolla also expressed his thanks to the AACUP Accreditors for their presence especially in their responsibility which at the end of the survey, will lead to a productive and improved institution. According to the President, this activity also helps in the goal of the country to become more competitive by providing our students quality and excellent education.
The Accreditation Survey Visit started on December 10, 2013 and will end on Friday, December 13 in which the general assessment and comments will be presented. The team of accreditors is headed by Dr. Hedeliza A. Pineda, CTU – Over-all Coordinator, Dr. Francisco G. Corpin, LNU, Coordinator for the Main Campus and Team Leader for BFAT, Dr. Candido Kinkito, (NOrSU, Team Leader Ed. D.), Dr. Hubert Quiniones- CTU, Dr. Marilou C. Gravador – NOrSU- Dr. Edgar A. Solana – CTU and Prof. Elenita B. Academia (Library)- NOrSU.
For the survey in Barotac Nuevo Campus, the Coordinator is Dr. Jean F. Puerto and joined by Dr. Rey C. Roxas – CTU (Team Leader- BS InfoTech), Dr. Marilyn P. Macapagal – NorSU, Prof. Monico G. Acas – Siq SC, Prof. Sotera C. Cagang- NOrSU and Prof. Elenita B. Academia (Library) – NorSU.
The Western Visayas College of Science and Technology Research Division wasrecently given the award “Bibo sa Ulat” by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for having religiously submitted their monthly and annual reports and providing inputs to IPOPHL’s studies, surveys and plans. Likewise, WVCST, being identified as an ITSO institution, received the “Bukas Palad” award for its generosity in hosting seminars, trainings and other events of the ITSO (Innovation and Technology Support Office).
Aside from the awards that the College and the Research Division received, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, Vice President for Research and Extension was also awarded as the “Ulirang Guro ng ITSO”. Dr. Ambut, who has been trained on Intellectual Property, was commended for sharing his knowledge on the different aspects on Intellectual Property and by that it helps in increasing the multiplier effect of the ITSO training program and supporting the vision of IPOPHL of demystifying and democratizing Intellectual property.