Archives for June 2014

WVCST Key Officials Challenge CEA & CIT Freshmen

To welcome and make them comfortable in their new home, the College of Engineering and Architecture as well as the College of Industrial Technology conducted orientations in different schedules and venues to its freshmen for the academic year 2014-2015 on June 23, 24 and 25.

 In both orientations, Dr. Ambut, the WVCST OIC, challenged the first year students to work hard and concentrate on developing technology that would open more opportunities for them as well as fame and fortune not only for themselves but also for their families and even WVCST. He cited examples wherein technology and research were converted into dollars and millions of pesos. According to him, it’s high time that they consider these things rather than studying but heading nowhere because it only puts their studies in vain.

In addition, Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Administration and Finance, encouraged them to learn how to communicate very well in order for them to be competitive with people from other parts of the world especially with all the challenging demands of globalization. She reminded them of three important senses such as the sense of pride, belonging and accountability.

Meanwhile, Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr, OIC-VP for Academic Affairs and Campus Administration, advised the freshmen to study hard and be ready to face the challenges of the future for there are no others who will be doing it but them. He also reminded them of what Dr. Jose Rizal once said and ask them to ponder on it. “You are the hope of our country. The future lies on your shoulders and it is up to you on how you are going to face the future. So be prepared and the best preparation should start now.”

The members of the faculty were introduced by their deans and department heads during the orientations.  Also present to explain the programs and services of their offices were Dr. Susan Marie de la Cruz of the Student Affairs Office, the College Registrar, Dr. Leah Montinola, Dr. Nida T. Gomez, the College Librarian, Dr. Zenaida Java, the College Physician and Dr. Edna Sedonio, the College Dentist.

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Sen. Pia Cayetano Visits WVCST

                With the Senate sessions on recess now, Senator Pia Cayetano is taking the opportunity to visit State Universities and Colleges around the country and WVCST is privileged enough to be chosen as one of her destinations in Iloilo.

                The Senator, together with her staff came on Friday, June 20, 2014 and had a talk with the WVCST students.  According to her, she, too came from an SUC and had to work hard on her studies. She encouraged the students to train themselves well. “Put your best foot forward, never give up and you can never go wrong.” Senator Pia Cayetano also entertained a few questions from the students on some issues.

                As the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, Senator Cayetano goes around SUCs and campaigns for support on the Strengthening of the Ladderized Education which is the Technical-Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education. This system according to her addresses the present compartmentalization of tech-voc and college degree programs that hinders the recognition to accreditation of tech-voc competencies in college degree programs and vice versa. Fortunately, this system has been long practiced in WVCST through the effort of Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr, the former WVCST President, now the WVSU President.

                The lawmaker on the other hand had a short tour in the campus and was impressed with the research, innovations and technology of the College presented to her by the researchers, scientists and inventors of WVCST. Some of these are the bike with shock absorber generator, ISUY Robot, the animated program used by TESDA to teach mathematical concepts and many more.

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COE Conducts Orientation

                The College of Education conducted an orientation to its Freshmen on Friday, June 20, 2014 at the EdTech Center.

                Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Admin and Finance and at the same time a faculty member of the College of Education, encouraged the students to make their studies as their priority. She explained to them the importance of studying hard especially that in a couple of years, these students will become teachers.

                On the other hand, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, the OIC to the Ofiice of the President, stressed that they should follow four main goals in their life now that they are in WVCST and these are: to study, graduate, pass the board exam and lastly to aim high and become successful like their mentors.

                During the orientation, Dr. John Eric V. Juaneza introduced the members of the faculty. He also showed significant figures and data regarding the result of last year’s Licensure Exam for Teachers. In addition, he emphasized the substantial effect of the LET results to the image and credibility of the school since WVCST was recently acclaimed as one of the best schools for teachers after the College end up no. 8 in the nationwide result for LET. With this, he advised the freshmen that the College of Education expects a lot from them to study hard and give pride and honor to the school.

                Also present in the orientation were Dr. Susan Marie de la Cruz of the Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Leah Montinola of the Registrar’s Office, Dr. Nida T. Gomez, the College Librarian, Dr. Zenaida Java, the College Physician and Dr. Edna Cedonio, the College Dentist.

                The COE Student Council was also introduced to the students as well as some members of the College Cultural group who performed during the program.

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CAS Orients Freshmen

                Spearheaded by its Dean, Dr. Rosemarie P. Prudente and Associate Dean, Dr. Alejo P. Biton, the College of Arts and Sciences conducted an orientation to its first year students for this academic year 2014-2015 on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

                The CAS faculty members as well as its staff were formally introduced by their department heads starting with the Math Department, followed by the Language, Social Sciences, Science, PE  and Computer Departments.

                Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, OIC to the Office of the President, graced the event and gave an inspiring message to the students. As an educator, he advised them to always bear in mind the essence of coming to school.

                The important offices and services of the College were likewise presented during the orientation. Dr. Susan Marie R. de la Cruz of the Office of Student Affairs oriented the students on the different scholarship programs and grants that may be able to help them pursue a tuition free Bachelor’s Degree.On the other hand, Dr. Leah P. Montinola of the College Registrar’s Office, gave reminders to the students regarding failing grades, incomplete, shifting of courses and other services pertaining to the students’ records. The College Librarian, Dr.Nida T. Gomez introduced the services and the rules of the College Library. To assist the students in their medical needs, Dr.Zenaida Java explained some important points they have to follow in medical check up, acquiring medical certificates or excuse slips in times of sickness. Similarly, the dental services were discussed by Dr. Edna Cedonio. She emphasized that all dental services provided by the school are free but should be scheduled ahead of time to accommodate everyone. In addition to the services given by WVCST, Prof. Lynn Marquelencia of the Student Guidance Services of the College of Arts and Sciences, cordially encouraged the students to come to her office and talk about their concerns and problems so they can help them.

                The Incumbent members of the student council of the College of Arts and Sciences also took the stage and urge the freshmen to participate in the next election and be a part of the council.

                The orientation program of the College of Arts and Sciences were conducted in two sessions to accommodate all their first year students at the EdTechCenter.

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WVCST Introduces Key Officials, Admin Staff and College Employees/SR Executive Officers Take Oath

                The Key Officials of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology as well as its Administrative Staff and other employees were introduced to the freshmen students during the Oath Taking Ceremony of the Student Republic Executive Officers on Monday, June 16, 2014.

                Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Admin and Finance, introduced the key officials followed by the Administrative staff and other employees who were also introduced by their respective Directors and Department Heads.

                In the said activity, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, OIC to the Office of the President and the VP for Research and Extension directed his speech to the students. He emphasized that being a college of science and technology students should live up to the name of this institution by concentrating on research about science and technology, developing more skills and venturing on new inventions. According to him, it is not enough that students come to this school and learn only the basic skills such as dancing and singing.

                On the other hand, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, inducted the Executive Officers of the Student Republic for Academic Year 2014-2015. The Executive Officers are headed by their President – Brandon P. Rivera, Vice President – April Ann Cenit and Senators – Aimee Balino, James de la Cruz, Joenel Arenga, Juven Tupas, Jethro Caigoy, Losette Dela, Aurelio John Salinas, Julie Mae Cao, Nancy Silaya, Kem Rovin Bacuta, Timothy Andrew Keng and Lauren Matutino.

                Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., OIC-VP for Academic Affairs and Campus Administrator reminded the SR Officers of their respective responsibilities and should be role models to all the students. Likewise, he challenged the freshmen to strive hard and give an extra effort to their studies because he, together with the other key officials, the deans and the professors, are looking forward to seeing them graduate four to five years from now.

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GFII Launches OJT Program to WVCST Students

                The Green Future Innovations Inc. or GFII, a manufacturing company located in San Mariano, Isabela that operates the largest bioethanol and cogeneration plant that utilizes sugarcane sources launched their On-The-Job Training Program to WVCST students on June 13, 2014.

                GFII produces anhydrous alcohol commonly called bioethanol, the “E” component in gasoline that displaces fossil fuel. It aims to become a world-class provider of alternative and renewable energy that is environmentally friendly.

                The company targets students of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Technology, Automotive, Architectural Drafting Technology, Construction Technology, HVAC Refrigeration Technology, Electric arc Welding, Industrial Electricity, Lathe Machine Operation, Milling Machine Operation and Automotive Mechanic.

                According to Mr. Romulo L. Panganiban, the Human Resources Division Manager of GFII, their company extends to technical students from different colleges and universities the opportunity to enrich their acquired academic knowledge, skills and abilities by providing them with industry fitting qualifications that would accelerate the possibility of would be graduates for greater chances of employment. He explained that the OJT Program of GFII does not let the trainees do the usual clerical works or photocopying, instead they will be exposed to actual manufacturing operations in areas like, Mill and Boiling House Operations, Power Generation (CoGen Plant & Boiler), Biomethanation and Biogas Technology, Quality Control, Mechanical Maintenance, Machining and Welding, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Vehicle Repairs/Maintenance and Industrial Engineering.

                Mr. Panganiban added that trainees will be given practical assignments, mentors, will be taught skills in customer service, personality development and other soft skills. OJTs must be physically, emotionally and mentally fit, flexible, hardworking, can work with a team and with good personality. The company will provide the trainees travel allowance from their point of origin to Isabela, food allowance, housing, transportation, certificates and recommendation.

                After the discussion, training information sheets were distributed and Mr. Panganiban assured that if they pass the screening, by next week they will be sent immediately to Isabela to start their On The Job Training.

In addition to OJTs, Mr. Romulo Panganiban advised that the Green Future Innovations Inc. is in need of the following: Manufacturing Planning Manager, Quality Planning Manager, Micro Biologistand Head of Manufacturing Division. For the farm, they need a Planting Division Manager, 3 Farm Managers and a Planning Manager for Farm Operations. For more details you may visit their website at

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College HRD Conducts Professional Enhancement Training-Workshop

                The Western Visayas College of Science and Technology Human Resource Department conducted a two-day training workshop to its newly hired faculty members on June 5 and 6, 2014.

                According to Mr. Bonie Arenal of the HR Department, they chose to train the new faculty members of the College because of the significant role they play in the delivery of quality education especially in the expected changes and development in the conversion of WVCST to ISAT-U.

The training aimed to make the participants learn new approaches, methods and instruments for classroom application, gain in-depth knowledge on teaching and learning theories, encourage innovation, teaching and learning process particularly in relation to the role of new technologies, facilitate student learning experience in the College-wide setting, develop and implement a behaviour change program and identify as well as adopt strategies for promoting self-management.

                Dir. Enieda G. Corona, Head of the HR Department, oriented the participants on the Norms and Conduct for public officials and employees as well as important laws and rules of the Civil Service Commission.

                Another topic discussed was Professionalism which was reviewed and explained by Dr. Hilda C. Montaño, Dean of the College of Education of WVSU. She reminded the participants that as faculty members, students look up to them and that their image also represents the institution and the profession they have.

                Dr. Ernesto S. Garin, now a new member of the WVSU Faculty, shared his knowledge on the Positive and Negative Side of Groupings and at the same time gave a short workshop on this matter. Other topics were Dealing with Adolescents, discussed by Dr. Rose Marie P. Prudente, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Outcome Based Education by Dr. Russ Allen B. Napud, Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. Mrs. Maila S. Alparaque and Mrs. Elbe J. Sotito shed light on the leave laws that are allowed and practiced by employees and faculty.

On the second day of the workshop, Dr. Meriam A. Ohao, Principal of the Laboratory School, discussed Teaching Strategies, emphasizing that in the K to 12 program, the teacher should not manipulate the whole class all the time but should be the reverse and participatory on the part of the students. Self-Introspection: Its Implication to the Institutional Performance was explained by Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for Admin and Finance. During her talk, participants were given a short group activity on the most important values they should adapt as a person and as a faculty member of WVCST. Dr. Georgia Demavibas talked about Test and Measurement.

                There were 64 participants in this said workshop, 40 coming from the Main Campus, 7 from Barotac Nuevo Campus, 10 from Dumanggas Campus and 7 from Leon Campus.

Mr. Bonie Arenal of the HRD and Mrs. Hazel Bautista of the Registrar’s Office facilitated the training-workshop.

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WVCST-ESD Holds BLT Partners Meeting and Workshop

The Western Visayas College of Science and Technology Extension and Services Division held a year end meeting and a seminar workshop for its partners in the Busog Lusog Talino Program in Magic Island, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras on May 27-28, 2014.

According to Engr. Cora Corbal, this activity is also a thanksgiving party to the partners of the Extension Division in the successful implementation of Busog Lusog Talino Program in the city and province of Iloilo. “This was scheduled late last year but unfortunately, some of the municipalities involved were hit by Typhoon Yolanda so we decided to postpone it. This is also timely because we have new BLT guidelines for the next implementation of the said program.” She added that Busog Lusog Talino will be again implemented soon with a new batch of beneficiaries.

During the seminar, Mr. Art Jhon Caliste, BLT Cordinator of Lemery, discussed personality profiling, while Engr. Cora Corbal gave the new BLT Guidelines.

Some parts of the activity were the BLT video presentation, team building and island hopping.

Participants to this year-end meeting and seminar workshop were representatives from 91 BLT Public Elementary Schools in the city and province of Iloilo, 7 municipal representatives, MSWDO, BLT coordinators, school principals and district supervisors, the COE Faculty and the Extension Division staff.

BLT or Busog Lusog Talino Program is a feeding program implemented to elementary pupils in the public schools in the city and province of Iloilo, sponsored by the Jollibee Group Foundation, together with the Local Government Unit, DepEd and WVCST.

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COE Conducts Student Teaching Orientation Seminar

The WVCST College of Education conducted a Student Teaching Orientation Seminar to its 4th year students for the first semester of Academic Year 2014-2015.

In the opening program held on June 3, 2014 at the EdTech Center, Dr. John Eric V. Juaneza, COE Associate Dean, gave the students reminders on how to be effective student teachers. ALERT, he said is the key word in student teaching. He told them that they have to avoid gimmicks, limit backlogs, do an extra mile to achieve excellence and they should always be result oriented and time conscious. He added that student teaching is a big opportunity for everyone to shine and impart their knowledge and skills to the students or pupils that they will cater.

Also present during the program were Dr. Susan Marie Pagunsan and Prof. Gloria Oscares, the teacher supervisors of the student teachers who also gave their pieces of advice. Composing the group who will be doing their student teaching are the BEEd, BSEd TLE, BSEd BioSci, BSEd Math and DIT.

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Pre-Opening Conference Initiates Academic Year 2014-2015

WVCST classes for the academic year 2014-2015 was initially opened by the pre-opening conference between the faculty and the WVCST Administration.

Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, WVCST OIC to the Office of the President, headed the conference together with VP for Administration and Finance Dr. Nehema K. Misola and Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., OIC VP for Academic Affairs and Campus Administrator. As a tradition, the conference started with the performance reports from academic year 2013-2014 and followed by the plans and good news for 2014-2015.

As the VP for Research and Extension, Dr. Ambut gladly announced that the Intellectual Property Office Institute and the US Patent Office in collaboration with the White House will be sending Dr. Richard Cahoon to WVCST to work on 4 technologies ready for commercialization. Likewise, WVCST will be sending exchange students for the International Student Scholarship to Jeong, South Korea as part of their Memorandum of Agreement. In addition, the Research and Extension Division has come up with a prospective design for the Research Center to be put up in WVCST.

Meanwhile, Dr. Misola promised that Academic Year 2014-2015 will be full of good news and surprises if everybody works hard. According to her, there are lots of infrastructure projects in WVCST that will soon be started. These, according to her, aside from improving the physical aspect of the College, will also encourage more students to come and enrol.

Deans from the different Colleges also presented their accomplishments as well as their proposals for 2014-2015.

An open forum was conducted before the morning session of the conference came to an end. However, an extension of the conference was later conducted by each College to discuss further some important matters.

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