Archives for April 2014

WVCST Generates Income from Intellectual Properties

                Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) continually empowers its faculty and researchers through its Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO). These support offices enable them to maintain and improve research activities in the College.

 From 2008 to the present, the College has been able to generate a gross income of Php 5, 924, 848 from instructional materials and software-developed systems. The faculty authored twenty-eight (28) instructional materials that were published and commercialized by the College. At present, more instructional materials are being prepared for publication. The College is also expanding its sales not only to WVCST students but also to students of other higher education institutions in Region VI and hopefully, the whole country.

                Last October 2013, the College entered into an agreement with a higher education institution in Region VI, the University of Antique, on its use of the WVCST copyrighted management information system (MIS). This system provides an effective and efficient delivery of information services to the stakeholders in academic institutions. The agreement was signed last November 11, 2013 stipulating a total contract price of Php 2.5 million. The College estimates the potential market of this technology to include around one hundred (100) higher education institutions in the Philippines.

                WVCST credits the faculty and the external agencies for the attainment of its goals on intellectual property generation, protection, dissemination and commercialization. The untiring support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPhil), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) continues to inspire this academe to create intellectual properties and utilize them for the greater good. (Belinda G. Zamora)



K-12 Reg’l Mass Training Committees Meet

 The Department of Education will conduct a Regional Mass Training for Grade 9 Teachers in Mathematics. The training which will run for 5 days will be on May 19 – May 23, 2014 and will be facilitated by Western Visayas College of Science and Technology. In this connection, the different committees assigned meet today, April 29, 2014.

                The meeting was called by the over-all chairman, Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Administration and Finance, and Dr. Asusina Asuncion E. Echaveria, Dean of the College of Education, who is also the Training Director/ Implementer of the said activity. The budget and the immediate needs of each committee in the preparation for the training were discussed as well as some important issues to be clarified regarding the accommodation and transportation of the participants. Dr. Misola advised each committee chair to finalize the list of their committee members including the supplies and materials needed by their committees. She emphasized that there should be a well-coordinated plan in order to have a smooth deliverance of service.

                The different committees involved in the preparation for the Regional Mass Training are Finance – chaired by Mrs. Vicky Jeruta, Program and Invitation – Dr. Meriam Ohao, Secretariat & Registration – Mrs. Adrienne Veloso, Accommodation – Dr. Susan Marie de la Cruz, Instructonal Materials & Production– Dr. Richard de Leon, Training Kits & Materials – Dr. Merlinda Tucar, Food – Dr. Alma Palabrica, Facilitating team – Dr. Joh Eric Juaneza, Documentation, Sounds & ICT Facilities – Engr. Junifer Badoles and Transportation – Mr. Samuel Tamayor.

                Western Visayas College of Science and Technology has been the service provider for the trainings conducted by the Department of Education for its K-12 Program. Last year, WVCST also facilitated the Regional Mass Training of Grade 8 teachers in Mathematics and Technology Livelihood Education which was held on May 6 – 31, 2013.

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College Submits 2 Programs for AACCUP Accreditation

                Western Visayas College of Science and Technology submits today to AACCUP Accreditors two of its programs for preliminary Survey.

                One of the programs that will be under the survey is the Masters of Arts in Mathematics in the Main Campus and the other program is the Bachelor of Industrial Technology in Dumangas Campus.

                The OIC to the Office of The President, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, is very hopeful that these two programs will pass the accreditation and expects that before year 2014 ends, all the programs of WVCST will be completely accredited by the AACCUP.

                This undertaking, according to Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr., AACCUP President and at the same time the OIC, VPRE, is very important and should be done continuously to be able to achieve the vision and mission of the College in serving its clientele. On the other hand, Dr. Ester L. Forlales, of Romblon State University, the Team Leader of the survey group, appealed to the local Task Force to work hand in hand with them for the success of the survey visit.

                The other members of the AACCUP Team of Accreditors who will be working with Dr. Forlales are Dr. Genelita E. Hernandez and Dr. Pinky B. Carig, both from Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology.

                The survey starts today, April 28 and will be finished on April 30, 2014.

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WVCST Employees Attend Seminar and Team Building

                To break the monopoly of work, a seminar and team building was attended by the WVCST employees at Vista Veranda in Antique last April 11 and 12, 2014.

                The activity which was entitled “Strategic Planning Cum Team Building” started on the first day, April 11 and was well attended by the employees as well as some key officials like Dr. Luis M. Sorolla Jr., VP for Research and Extension. and Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Admin and Finance who gave the lecture on Strategic Planning.

                Bonfire, cocktails and socials as well as games were held in the evening that was enjoyed by everybody.

                On the next day, April 12, the group had their Hataw-Galaw sa Tag-Araw, a wellness activity which they did on the beach front led by Mr. Joel Talite.

                The elected officers of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology Employees Association were also inducted to office as part of the activity on that day.

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WVCSTEA Officers Take Oath

                The new set of officers of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology Employees Association sworn into office last Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Vista Veranda Resort in Antique.

                The officers who took oath were Mr. Bonie Arenal, President; Vice President – Ms. Nie Justalero; Secretary – Ms. Hazel Bautista; Treasurer – Ms. Ma. Celina Samis;  Auditor – Ms. Elbe Sotito;  Business Manager – Mr. Joel Talite and PRO – Ms. Alma Espora.

                Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Administration and Finance officiated the oath taking.

                Other Key Officials and employees were also present in the said event. The induction was a part of the joint activity entitled “Strategic Planning Cum Team Building” which was held last April 11 – 12, 2014 in Antique.

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Dr. Ambut is WVCST OIC

Based on CHED Special Order No. 36, Series of 2014, dated April 2, 2014, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut , WVCST Vice President for Research and Extension, was appointed as the Officer-In-Charge to the Office of the President of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.

This appointment is in pursuant to the pertinent provision of Republic Act No. 8292, known as the “Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997, Article VII, Section 30 of its Implementing Rules and Regulations and in the demand of service.

He was appointed OIC to the Office of the President effective April 5, 2014 and is directed to perform the routinary duties and responsibilities of the College President. He is also required to submit reports to the Board of Trustees regarding his actions taken in the performance of his duties as OIC and shall maintain stability and regularity of the academics and administrative operations.

To start with his new designation, Dr. Carmelo Ambut directed to retain all designated positions on a hold-over capacity and expressed his hopefulness for the cooperation, diligence and commitment of everybody in performing their usual tasks and functions in the WVCST.

Dr. Ambut will stay as OIC of the College until a new President is installed following the processes of selecting one.

College Wins BPSPA 2014

Western Visayas College of Science and Technology was declared winner in the 4th Best Public Sector Projects Award or BPSPA 2014.

The entry entitled “Community Welfare Through Culture of Collaboration” won in the category of the SUCs in which all 12 SUCs in Region 6 participated.

The project which is known as Busog Lusog Talino is a joint feeding program of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology, the Jollibee Group Foundation and the Local Government Unit. This was implemented to 21 public elementary schools in the city as well as to 9 municipalities in the Province of Iloilo for 136 days feeding cycle to Grades 1 and 2 pupils who were severely wasted. Because of the collaboration of the three sectors, the project became a success.

The College received a trophy and a cash award of Php 50,000.00. Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr., Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VPAF and Dr. Carmelo V. Ambot, VPRE and Engr. Cora Corbal, Director, Extension Services Program, were also given plaques of Commendation for their active involvement in the project implementation.

The awarding ceremony was held last April 1, 2014, at Smallville 21 Hotel. Secretary Florencio B. Abad of the Department of Budget and Management was the guest of honor during the ceremony.

The Best Public Sector Projects Award is given by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Regional Development Council (RDC) to the different sectors in the society through the three categories namely the SUCs, LGUs and Government agencies.

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CEA Holds BS Marine Engg CAR Launching

The College of Engineering and Architecture held yesterday, April 10, 2014 the launching of BS Marine Engineering CAR (Completed the Academic Requirements).

The launching was spearheaded by the OIC-President, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, WVCST Key Officials and the faculty and staff of the College of Engineering and Architecture, Marine Engineering Department.

This year’s guest speaker was 2/M Venerando V. Lamasan who is an alumnus of the Laboratory School of WVCST then ISAT. Lamasan shared his success story by emphasizing that it is not on someone’s built or height that one can become a successful seafarer rather it is on one’s ability, determination and discipline.

According to statistics, Lamasan reports that there is a great need for maritime officers now and Filipino seafarers are the most sought to fill in those positions. However, he said, “we cannot fill this up because most Filipinos seafarers finished only short courses instead of Marine Engineering or if not, most of them does not pursue an ambition to become officers.”

In the ceremony, it was also stressed by Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, that these candidates should finish their marine internship for at least a year and must come back to WVCST to be confirmed as graduates of BS Marine Engineering. After that, according to him, they have to strive to become officers on board because he believes that Filipino seafarers have the abilities and skills to man the ships and not just ordinary workers under the leadership of foreigners. The more they equip themselves with knowledge, the more they can uplift the image of Filipinos and most especially the lives of their families.

The candidates for having Completed the Academic Requirements leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering were led by Christian Jay Amolar, Axel Michael John Rey Calceña, Nickho Dapulano, Danrey Pagaypay, Gerald Prudente and Jerome Angelo Sorenio who were given the Academic Merit Awards.

Also present in the ceremony were the Industry partners who are working hand in hand with the College in facilitating the technical needs of the students.

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WVCST-QMS Hosts ISO In-House Training

                The Quality Management System of WVCST hosted an in house training for ISO 9001:2008 QMS Documentation for its employees and staff which was conducted in 2 batches in the new Board Room of the College on April 1-4, 2014. Mrs. Cynthia R. Ramirez, ISO Consultant, conducted the said seminar.

                Topics discussed in the training were ISO 9001 Documentation Requirement, Hierarchy and types of QMS Documents, Writing ISO 9001 QMS Documents, Controlling QMS Documents and Demonstrating QMS Documentation Adequacy and Implementation Effectiveness.

                The training was divided in 2 batches with the first session conducted for the 1st batch on April 1 & 2 and was participated by the offices of the VPAF, Student Affairs, Registrar, Library, Administrative Services, HRMO, Supply, Finance Services, IIRGP, Planning and MIS/EDP. The second batch which was composed of the offices of VPAA/CA, CAS, CIT, CEA, COE, President’s Office, Board Secretary, VPRE, Research, Extension, Placement/ILDO and Internal Auditors had their session on April 3-4.

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