Archives for February 2014

HRT Holds Tourism Planning and Development Culminating Activity

The HRT Department of the College of Industrial Technology held its culminating activity on February 27, 2014 entitled “Banwa ko, Ipabugal ko!”

A Food Fair featuring delicacies and other products from the different towns and municipalities in the Province of Iloilo were sold by HRT students. In this activity, the students will have the chance to practice their skills in entrepreneurship and their creativity in putting up their kiosks.

According to Dr. Dominico Sergie Valenciana, Dean of the College of Industrial Technology, to be able to become a successful entrepreneur one must be matured and ready to grow. However, there is always the tendency to decline if one do not possess determination. He also pointed out that in preparation there should be focus, creativity and punctuality.

Before the food fair started, Dr. Dominico Sergie Valenciana did the cutting of ribbon assisted by Dr. Maria Riclie A. Mucas, Head, HRT Department and Mrs. Mary Jean Nobleza, the College Budget Officer to officially open the activity.

Students, faculty and employees of WVCST flocked the different kiosks to buy which affirmed another year of a successful activity for the HRT students.

The Tourism Planning and Development Activity- “Banwa ko, Ipabugal Ko”, has been on its 5th year.

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WVCST Graduate School Conducts Field Study

The WVCST Graduate School Class of IE-508 (School Site and Properties) under Dr. John Eric V. Juaneza conducted a field study on selected schools in High School and Elementary in Iloilo City on February 22, 2014.          

The study was done to identify the effectiveness of a school site development plan in terms of its relevant formulation and implementation, to understand the trends, issues and problems pertinent to the formulation and implementation of the same and for the students to gain insights in the related formulation and implementation of an appropriate and realistic school site development plan.

            Five elementary schools and four high schools were visited by the class namely CPU Elementary School, Tacas Elementary School, Jaro I and II Elementary Schools and WVSU Elementary School. For the high school, they went to CPU High School, Jaro High School, WVSU High School and Iloilo National High School. These schools were chosen to be the subject of study for their historical values, building designs and were DepEd declared winners of beautification program. The class specifically focused on the school sites, buildings, library, library facilities, tools and machineries, equipment and other properties.

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WVCST ROTC Unit Goes Under Tactical Inspection

The Western Visayas College of Science and Technology ROTC underwent the Regional Annual Administrative Tactical Inspection yesterday, February 26, 2014.

Before the ceremonial parade, a briefing was conducted between the College Administration headed by VP for Admin and Finance, Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Research and Extension, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut and OIC VP for Academic Affairs and Campus Administrator, Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr. and other key officials and the RAATI Team, headed by Capt. Annie Rose Puno, who represented Col. Pascual Luis D. Bedia, CAV MNSA (GSC) of the Philippine Army. Engr. Christian Misola of the Environmental Safety and Security Department, gave a presentation of the history and background of the WVCST-ROTC Unit.

The main objectives of the Tactical Inspection according to Capt. Puno, is to determine the existing condition of ROTC Units in terms of Administration Personnel, facilities, training aids, equipment and support extended by the school authorities. It is also done to evaluate the degree and quality of the training obtained by the cadets in relation to its performance.

After the ceremonial parade and tactical inspection, Capt. Puno explained the point system in the Regional Annual Academic Tactical Inspection that was conducted. There are 2 aspects considered in the point system, 1 is the administrative and the other is the tactical inspection. The administrative aspect is divided into 7 (office organization and management, filing system, completeness of records, training aids and reference materials, briefing of ROTC commandant, MOI of Organic NC or Reservists and cadet organization or attendance. Out of 25 points, the WVCST ROTC Unit got 24.55 points.

For the tactical aspect which is divided into 3, the drill test (composed of ceremonial parade, company drill, inspection in ranks, and school support & participation) which is 30 points, theoretical test which is 20 pts, the WVCST ROTC Unit got 13.919pts, and the military stakes composed of military courtesy and discipline, assembly/disassembly of calibre 5.56 M16 rifle, assembly/ disassembly of calibre .45 pistol, map reading, DRRO or First Aid demonstration and small unit leadership and practice)- out of 25 points, the College ROTC garnered 23.409pts. For the over-all score, the WVCST ROTC Unit got a total 90.848 points.

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DSWD-WVCST 4Ps Recipients Graduate

                The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) project on ”The Enhancement of 4Ps Program (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) through Science and Technology” in collaboration with Western Visayas College of Science and Technology –Extension Services Division concluded their 5 month skills training and 235 recipients graduated last February 20, 2014.

                Held at WVCST Covered Gym, the graduates who were composed of 149 trainees (in 5 batches) for Commercial Cooking, 58 for Beauty Care (3 batches), 15 for Residential Building Wiring and 13 for Carpentry expressed their gratitude to DSWD as well as to the WVCST Professors who trained them. According to the graduates, the skills that they have learned will definitely help improve their lives and will surely give a good future to their respective families.

                In the speech of Ms. Rebecca Guimala, Division Chief of DSWD – IDU (Institution and Development Unit), based on her family success story, it is very important that parents involved in the 4Ps program, should teach their children values especially honesty, determination and hard work. Through these and the skills they have learned from the training, they can help each other in building their good future. At the same time, she conveyed her happiness that finally the trainees have finished their courses and that she is looking forward to their success.

                On the other hand, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VP for Research and Extension of WVCST emphasized to the 4Ps recipients that all these skills will be in vain if they will not use it in earning money. He reminded them that a lot of millionaires in the world did not finish their education. However, through their skills they became successful. Dr.Ambut added that all they need is a strategy on how to convert these skills into peso plus determination, and the rest will follow.

                The Enhancement of 4Ps Program through Science and Technology started on September 20, 2013 with a 10 day duration (Saturdays, Sundaysand Holidays) for each training. Engr. Corazon Corbal, WVCST-Extension Services Division Director, thankedWVCST and GAD (Gender and Development) Office for providing a budget of Php362, 676. 80 as the financial counterpart for this project, and DSWD Regional Office 6 for allocating the amount of Php613, 800. 00 bringing it to a total project cost of Php976, 476. 80.

 She also expressed her gratitude to the faculty who trained the recipients as well as to the faculty of CAS, CIT, COE and CEA of WVCST who helped sustain the program by providing technical assistance and ensuring smooth implementation of the trainings. The monitoring and facilitating of the trainings were done by the staff of the Extension Services Division.

                The trainers were Dr. Alma C. Palabrica, Dr. Frisian Y. Causing, Dr. Merlinda M. Tucar, Prof. Maria Arlyn Jimenez, Prof. Chito T. Tuminez, Dr. Rene L. Celda, Engr. Pablo N. Minerva, Mr. Vicente Aranga, Mrs. Jennifer D. Que, Dr. Pacifico N. Senador and Mr. Ronald D. Robles.

                Meanwhile, the facilitators for this project are Dr.Noli R. Mandario, Dr. Gerry B. Rojo, Dr. Andres B. Ortega, Jr., Engr. Albert Z. Janapon, Suzette B. Aparicio, Mary Margaret C. Coo, Audrey Marie Cagayao, Jasper Ann J. Gonzales, Liza Mae Mospa, Elizabeth Geromiano and John Ray Monte.

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CHED/MARINA/PRC Evaluate WVCST BS Marine Engineering

                A team of four composed of representatives from CHED, PRC and MARINA came today, February 20, 2014 to evaluate the programs of BS Marine Engineering of the College.

                In the opening program, it was emphasized by Dr. Greg Perez, Jr., Supervisor, Marine Engineering, CHED, Regional Office 6, that the visit does not mean they will police on the Marine Engineering Department and find loopholes but instead help improve the system of education in the said department. This was also seconded by Chief Engr. Eldifonso Uba from the Philippine Regulations Commission when he said that if we follow what is required, there is nothing to fear especially if your system is already aligned. The monitoring will also find out whether the expertise of the professors was passed on to the students. He then requested everybody involved in the evaluation to cooperate with the team.

                Meanwhile, on the part of Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VP for Research and Extension, he conveyed his hope that the evaluation of CHED and MARINA will boost the morale of poor people to aspire for good and quality life for acquiring quality, relevant education yet affordable to public education. If ever the College falls short to the standards, he assured the team that WVCST is willing to embrace needed improvement just to be of service to the poor yet deserving students. Dr. Ambut believes that Western Visayas College of Science and Technology is the one which will articulate the notion that education is a social equalizer.

                Other members of the evaluation team are Miss Ma. Cristina Fleras of MARINA and Miss Lovette Jardiolin of CHED Central Office.

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SCUAA Concludes: CPSU General Champion, WVCST Bags 3rd Place

                After 5 days of exciting sports events, SCUAA (State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association) was concluded in a closing ceremony yesterday afternoon, February 19, 2014. Central Philippine State University (CPSU) was declared as the general champion after finishing with 75 Gold medals, 35 Silvers and 37 Bronzes.

                The men swimming event was the main contributory factor for winning the championship after it garnered 30 gold medals as well as the women athletics in which they earned 19 Golds.

                On the other hand, emerging 2nd was the West Visayas State University (WVSU) with 55 Gold medals, 52 Silvers and 31 Bronzes. WVCST (Western Visayas College of Science and Technology) which came 3rd, earned 32 Golds, 25 Silvers and 34 Bronze medals.

                The following is the over-all performance of the other State Colleges and Universities.


                                                GOLD                    SILVER                  BRONZE

ASU                                       27                           50                           39

CHMSC                                 23                           29                           54

ISCOF                                    19                           14                           3

CAPSU                                  15                           34                           52

UA                                          12                           22                           27

NONESCOST                       8                              3                              6

GSC                                        6                              3                              13

NIPSC                                    5                              0                              0

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SR Holds Election

                The Student Republic of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology held its election of new set of officers for the academic school year 2014-2015, yesterday, February 17, 2014.

                The election followed the Grand Rally which was held in the morning at the EdTech Center. Dr. Georgia Demavibas, the SR adviser, explained to the candidates and the students the responsibilities of being student officers as well as its advantages and disadvantages during the said grand rally.

                At 1:00 pm, students started to queue to exercise their right to suffrage and were assisted by the students COMELEC through secret balloting.

                The following is the new set of officers of the Student Republic for Academic Year 2014-2015.


PRESIDENT                                          :            
Brandon P. Rivera

VICE PRESIDENT                               :              
April Ann Cenit

SENATORS                                          :              

  1. Aimee Balino
  2. James de la Cruz
  3. Joenel Arenga
  4. Juven Tupas
  5. Jethro Caigoy
  6. Losette Dela
  7. Aurelio John “Bornok” Salinas
  8. Julie Mae Cao
  9. Nancy Silaya
  10. Kem Rovin Bacuta
  11. Timothy Andrew Keng
  12. Lauren Matutino

Governor                                            :

COE                                                        :           
Evangeline Gangoso

The previous set of officers will finish their term in May 2014 and come June, the new SR Officers will  take over.

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SCUAA OLYMPICS 2013-2014 Officially Open

                The Regional SCUAA Olympics 2013 was officially opened last Saturday, February 15, 2014. In contrast to its original plan, the Olympics is still hosted by the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College but is being held in Iloilo Sports Complex. The damage brought by Typhoon Yolanda made it impossible for the host College to accommodate the delegates as well as to provide the venue for the sports events. However, with the help of Gov. Arthur Defensor of the Province of Iloilo and the determination of the participating State Colleges and Universities, this Regional SCUAA Olympics was realized.

                According to Dr. Joel P. Limson, President of the Association of State Universities and Colleges, he is very thankful that despite the storm surge that brought damages to the northern part of Iloilo, Gov. Defensor was very supportive. He emphasized that this is the first in the history of PASUC to have 2 regional games in one year and this February Olympics is only a prelude of the December 2014 SCUAA Olympics.

                For him, conducting of sports competition does not only showcase the skills but above all will reflect the kind of behaviour and attitude of the coaches, officials and the entire state universities and colleges in Region 6.

                The opening ceremony started with a parade from the West Visayas State University to the Iloilo Sports Complex. It was participated in by the athletes, coaches, officiating officials, muses and the presidents of the different state colleges and universities.

                The Pep Squad of the West Visayas State University performed a spine-tingling cheer dance to spice up the audience and a MOB Dance participated by the delegates.

                Governor Arthur Defensor was the invited guest speaker for the ceremony. In his speech he pointed out that in sports, there is no place for rhetorics… only performance. However, he said, that it is not only about winning medals but it is also about honesty, accuracy, promptness and other virtues. He also confessed that at first he didn’t encourage the PASUC to continue with the regional olympics because of the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. On the other hand, he changed his mind and instead endorsed and supported it because sports is indispensable especially in acquiring national discipline. So, for him, whatever the calamity is, the sports event must go on. In closing, he vowed to continue supporting sports events for personal good and the good of the nation.

                The SCUAA Regional Olympics will finish on 19, 2014 with its events onducted in different venues such as the Iloilo Sports Complex, La Paz Plaza, Punta Villa, WVCST and the venue for the Search of Mr. & Miss SCUAA is the WVSU Cultural Center.

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Regional SCUAA VI Olympics

            The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) VI – Western Visayas is happy to announce that the Regional SCUAA VI Olympics 2014 is all set on February 15, 2014. The event which will be held from Frebruary 15-19, 2014 has the theme “SCUAA VI Olympics: Getting Stronger, Soaring Higher”.

                Participating SUCs are Aklan State University, Capiz State University, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Guimaras State College, Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Central PhilippinesState University, Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, University of Antique, Western Visayas College of Science and Technology and West Visayas State University. Delegates are scheduled to arrive on February 14-15, 2014.

                There will be a Solidarity Meeting of all tournament managers, coaches, chairpersons and officiating officials at 9:00 am on February 15 to be followed by the opening parade in the afternoon from WVSU grounds to Iloilo Sports Complex. The opening program is set at 3:00 pm. A fellowship/solidarity night with Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor will be held at 6:30 pm at the Iloilo National High School Multi-Purpose Hall. A showcase of talents and a cultural presentation will be the highlight with the theme “Ka PASUC ko, Responsibilidad ko”. The closing and awarding ceremonies will be held on February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm at the Iloilo Sports Complex.



WVCST Students Join Inner Peace Preview

                Following the Guinness World Record breaking Light of Peace Event in Miag-ao, Iloilo on May 24, 2013 by flying simultaneously 15,185 sky lanterns, the Middle Way Meditation Institute Iloilo, will be hosting the Light of Peace 2014 in Savannah City, Oton, on April 14, 2014. In this connection, a preview on Inner Peace, was conducted at the EdTech Center yesterday, February 13, 2014.

                WVCST students came to participate in the hope that they could also be a part of the amazing event. The Middle Way Institute needs 10,000 volunteers to work with the team and 100,000 participants to join in the said event – an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record. The people -behind the Middle Way Institute believe that through inner peace, World Peace can be achieved.

                Volunteers for the event will have the chance to work with different organizations including the International Media. Aside from the experience, they will also receive a certificate of appreciation and a t-shirt. Meanwhile, for the participants they have to get a ticket for Php200.00 in order to join the said event.

                The activity on April 14 will involve a 30 minute-meditation which will be followed by the lighting of the largest flaming image that will depict the Light of Peace event’s logo and motto “World Peace through Inner Peace”, with the Philippine map. A memorial service for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda will also be held.

                In support to the Light of Peace in the Philippines 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by 7 organizations on December 22, 2013. The 7 core organizers of the Light of Peace (LOP) 2014 include Thailand based Middle Way Meditation Institute (MMI), Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro, the Province of Iloilo, the City of Iloilo, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education.

                For those who wish to join the event, the Middle Way Meditation Institute Iloilo can be reached through  or You can also call through their mobile number 09071517931.

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