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WVCST-LNCA Holds Groundbreaking Ceremonies

                The Western Visayas College of Science and Technology – Leon National College of Agriculture, Leon Campus, held the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Clonal Nursery Complex that will soon rise in the said campus. The event took place last March 26, 2014.

                This project is in connection with the National Greening Program of President Aquino’s Administration together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and with the help of the State Colleges and Universities in the country. It aims to protect the environment and likewise to share responsibilities in protecting Mother Earth to State Universities and Colleges in the Philippines.

                Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, Regional Technical Director, ERDS, DENR REGION 6, was pleased that WVCST conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for the Clonal Nursery Complex. According to her, despite that Region 6 has the most number of Clonal Nurseries in the country, the College is the first to have the groundbreaking for its building. She only hopes that the construction will be started soon and be finished before the year ends.

                Presently the DENR has already put up 22 Clonal Nurseries throughout the country and 27 more nurseries are also existing through the help of the SUCs. In Region 6, based on the report of Dr. Lustica, 3 nurseries were put up by the DENR and 7 by the SUCs. The National Greening Program has a 6 year plan to continuously develop the entire Philippines by planting 1.5 million seedlings to a 1.5 million hectares of land for the reforestation program. Aside from this, they also target to assist in the food security, biological diversity, poverty reduction and climate change.

                For this year 2014, WVCST-LNCA is expected to produce 60,000 high quality seedlings that will also be the start of the regreening of Leon. In line with this, Dr. Luis M. Sorolla promised that the college will continuously breed seedlings that will help achieve the goals of DENR and the Philippine government. He assured that the college will be planting high quality seedlings of different fruit trees and come up with a genetic ID or brand. This, he said will surely make Leon popular, as well as energy efficient, environment conscious, would be able to preserve energy and would become disaster free. The building will not only serve as demonstration area but also a training venue for quality planting.

                Also present in the ceremony were Mr. Porferio Candado, Executive Assistant to the office of the Municipal Mayor, as well as some DENR personnel.

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Lab School Seniors Graduate

A total of 92 seniors from WVCST Laboratory School marched for the Commencement Exercises for this academic year 2013-2014 last Monday, March 31, 2014.

Thankful to what they have achieved, the class Valedictorian as well as the Salutatorian gave honors to the Laboratory School teachers whom they considered as their second parents in school. They emphasized that despite their attitude as teenagers, the Lab School teachers were very patient with them and molded them to be strong individuals ready to go to College, a statement which was also concurred by the commencement speaker, Mrs. Liberty P. Lego.

As an alumna of Iloilo School of Arts and Trades Laboratory School (Elementary & High School), Mrs. Lego, now Principal III of Jalandoni Memorial National High School, believes that graduating from this institution means being academically ready coupled with an extra advantage of having technical and technological skills. She recalled having been underestimated because of the conventional impression that students from WVCST (then ISAT) were only good at skills rather than academics. However, after achieving her dream of becoming a teacher, Mrs. Lego had proven even to her late father that “success cannot be measured by quantity but rather in what the individual believes he could achieve.” “It is in you on how to make your dreams come into realization, but remember, sometimes God has His own plans and that later we will realize that these are even better plans for us. We should know when to embrace it and be thankful.” She also reminded them to stand for whatever decision they make and work hard for it so there will be no room for regrets.

The Laboratory Class of 2013-2014 is led by their Class Valedictorian Diane Rose H. Pagal and Trixie M. Lao, Class Salutatorian. Other students in the honor roll are Marinel E. Ilaya, 1st Honorable Mention; Efren Q. Bartolome, 2nd Honorable Mention; Mary Ella Mae E. Ilustre, 3rd Honorable Mention; Zilfah Denyce R. Lao, 4th Honorable Mention; Carmela E. Escanlar, 5th Honorable Mention; Jason D. Rodrigo, Ruby Anne S. Espino and Nicole Grace P. Condes – With Honors.

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WVCST Holds 80th Commencement Exercises

Western Visayas College of Science and Technology held its 80th Commencement Exercises last Friday, March 28, 2014. Congressman Jerry P. Treñas of the Lone District of Iloilo was the invited guest speaker.

Treñas who is the proponent of the Republic Act 10595 or the Conversion of WVCST into ISAT-U acclaimed the school as one of the oldest in the entire country yet it is known for appraising progressive programs and teaching modern courses. He emphasized that once the graduates leave WVCST, they will bear the pride and distinction of a well-educated graduate of the best science and technology school in the Visayas. According to him, the College has equipped them the tools needed to succeed. He assured the graduates that their degree is their passport to the countless opportunities that they will encounter. He added that being a graduate of this College they have the power to improve the life of their respective families.

As a gesture of gratitude to the lawmaker, WVCST presented a plaque of appreciation and a token which was made by the college especially for him.

On the other hand, the total graduates for academic year 2013-2014 of WVCST is 1,058 – 33 coming from the Graduate School, 114 from CEA, 282 from COE, CAS- 193 and CIT – 436. This year, Western Visayas College of Science and Technology has one Summa Cum Laude (BSHRT), 7 Magna Cum Laude from different colleges and 34 Cum Laude.

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BFP Chief Returns to Alma Mater on Recognition Day

C/Supt Samuel R. Perez, Deputy Chief for Administration of Bureau of Fire Protection, National Headquarters was back to his Alma Mater, WVCST, as the guest speaker for this year’s Recognition Day. Perez finished his Secondary Education in WVCST which was then called ISAT, as First Honors.

In his message to the graduates, C/Supt. Perez encouraged them to continue learning new things, to hone their skills and enrich their values and intellect. According to him, it is in this school that teachers taught them how to prepare for the future and not just surviving for one day. Because of this, he also gave reminders to inspire and encourage the graduates to do much better, not just for themselves but also for their families and countrymen.

On the other hand, the institutional linkages that also served as partners of WVCST in achieving their community service, projects and scholarship grants to the studets were also given recognition.

Excellence, Academic & Achievement awards were as well given to the students. The members of the faculty who excelled in their field were also recognized and were given certificates of award.

Meanwhile, this year’s Most Outstanding Graduate Award was given to Tristian Jay Bayotas of the College of Engineering and Architecture who is also a Magna Cum Laude.

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