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Five faculty members of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) completed the Training Workshop on Outcome-Based Quality Assurance conducted by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) on November 9-11, 2016 at the HRT Service Center.
The faculty members are Prof. George L. Lopez, II, Engr. Evan G. Daza, Engr. Rewil R. Tornelejo, Engr. Maria Analie M. Celda and Prof. Ma. Salome R. Magbanua. They were among the 83 trainees from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) from Bicol Region, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas who passed the evaluation and written examination. Prof. Lopez received a citation for ranking number 2 in the written examination.
A series of lectures equipped participants with knowledge on AACCUP accreditation system and the skills for accreditation works.
Dr. Manuel T. Corpuz, AACCUP Founding President and Executive Director, emphasized that excellence is a continuing process and accreditation and accreditors have a role to this never-ending quest. AACCUP, according to Dr. Corpuz, is the most professional accreditation unit in Asia and the Pacific and it demands dedicated and professional accreditors.
Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Training Director for Visayas, oriented the newly-trained accreditors on the conduct of the Three–Day Survey Visit and the Team Organization and Management. He challenged participants by saying, “He who dares accredit must never cease to learn.”
ISAT U Quality Assurance Chief, Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno discussed on the preparation for the actual rating, Review of Instrument, Review of PPP and Data Gathering.
The Rating System and Team Consultation Meeting were handled by Dr. Nenita L. Prado, AACCUP Training Director for Mindanao while the Team Decision Making was presented by Dr. Mario S. Suba AACCUP Training Director for Luzon. Prof. Ricky Abelena III lectured on how to make team reports.
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Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) received a certificate of recognition from the Government Quality Management Committee (GQMC) during the 4th Recognition Ceremony of Government Organizations with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certification on November 10, 2016 at the Land Bank of the Philippines Auditorium, Malate, Metro Manila.
The recognition was pursuant to Executive Order No. 605 (Institutionalizing the Structure, Mechanisms and Standards, to Implement the Quality Management Program). It recognizes public sector organizations that achieved the goal of the Government Quality Management Program (GQMP) to strengthen their institutional capabilities in delivering citizen-focused public services and in implementing international standards-based quality management system.
The University was recognized for its successful attainment of Quality Management System Certificate issued on November 29, 2012 in education services including academic program and general administration.
Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President, received the award from GQMC chaired by Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno and co-chaired by Sec. Ramon M. Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry. Members of the committee are DILG Sec. Ismael D. Sueno, Development Academy of the Philippines President Antonio D Kalaw and Alberto A. Bernardo, Deputy Executive Secretary, Office of the President-Internal Audit Office.
To update the faculty on the University’s achievements and plans, and to provide a venue for airing their concerns, a General Faculty Conference was held on November 4, 2016 at the Educational Technology (EdTech) Center .
The conference’s main agenda were the offering of nine new programs for school year 2018-2019, updates on the latest meeting of the Board of Regents (BOR), administrative, research, extension services and academic concerns, and the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).
Dr. Manuel K. Sanchez. Jr. announced that University will offer Bachelor of Arts in Guidance and Counselling, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, Bachelor of Science in Biology Technology, Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Bachelor in Cruise ship Management, Master in Information Technology, Master in Information System and Master of Science and Technology Livelihood Education as soon as all requirements are complied with the
Matters taken up during the last meeting of the Board of Regents (BOR) was presented by Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President. He informed the faculty that the proposed increase in students insurance, radio frequency identification or RF ID and the student teaching fee was deferred by the BOR for the next meeting pending compliance of some requirements. The BOR, on the other hand, approved the purchase of the service vehicle for the Barotac Nuevo Campus and the motorcycle requested by the Automotive Department.
Dr. Muyong also presented the 2016 State Universities and Colleges (SUC) leveling evaluation conducted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office VI. He said that ISAT U received 35.55 points which is above the minimum points required for a Level IV university. He also reported that the University’s over-all performance in the September 2016 Professional Licensure Examination for Electrical Engineers and Registered Master Electrician is higher than the national passing rate.
The President assured the faculty that infrastructure projects (research hub phase 2 and overpass to connect the main campus with the new site) and other developments will continue despite the 28 million decrease in the budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) for 2017. He further expressed his hope that Congress will consider the SUCs appeal to retain last year’s budget.
Other matters discussed were the scheduled Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) accreditation training and the in-house trainings specifically on the transition from International Standard Organization (ISO):2008 to ISO: 2015. The university also gears for the application of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) as Center of Development.
Discipline and responsibility were also emphasized. Vice President for Administration and Finance Dr. Nehema K. Misola encouraged all teachers to observe orderliness in the laboratory room, strictly switch off electric lights and facilities after classes, properly monitor classes, wear ID at all times, properly dispose garbage and park motorcycles in parking areas and submit bids documents and quotations on time.
Vice President for Research and Extension Services (VPRE) Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut reminded the faculty on the importance of research in any science and technology institutions. He shared his experiences and gave the overview of researches and research facilities of higher learning institutions abroad. Dr. Ambut was saddened that the Philippines lagged behind from other countries in research undertakings.
Dr. Ambut also highlighted ISAT U’s efforts to conduct studies during the meeting. The on-going funded research programs being conducted are the Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid from Heads of Silver Whiting for Nutraceutical Use” Phase II (P6.2 millon, USAID-STRIDE); Valorization of Brown Seaweeds Through Alginate Extraction for Fruit and Fish Postharvest Preservation (P6.2 million, USAID-STRIDE), S Turbine Development Project ( 1 million, USAID) ; Prototype Rescue Boat (P200 thousand, DOST).
Dr. Muyong added that the University Research Services Division organized the First International Research Congress set on November 30- December 2, 2016. It is expected that the conference will become a venue for local and international researchers to share their knowledge for the advancement of science and technology.
The collective negotiation agreement (CNA) between the administration and the employees union was another highlight of the meeting. After a series of negotiations, Dr. Raul F. Muyong representing the administration and Engr. Jonathan Antiqueira, President of the Faculty Employees Federation Inc. (FEFI), signed the CNA.
Two professors brought honors to the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) during the Western Visayas Agricultural Research and Development Consortium (WESVAARDEC) 26th Regional Symposium on Research and Development on October 21, 2016 at the West Visayas State University (WVSU).
Prof. Francis S. Legario emerged as champion with his research on “Extracellular Enzyme and Antimicrobial Activities of Cellulolytic Bacteria from the Gut of Black Sturgeon” besting 12 other entries. Prof. Legario’s study attempts to discover beneficial bacteria in the diverse microflora of the gastrointestinal tracts of the fish.
Prof. Joselito Trandeo P. Mendoza, who was a part of a team of faculty members from the West Visayas State University (WVSU) consisting of Pastor Jones T. Denusta, Bernice P. Maliao and Edna P. Abunal, placed first runner-up. The team’s collaborative study on “Species Composition and Length-Weight Relationship of Fishes in Tigum River,” will provide data helpful for the fish conservation in the river.
Completing the top three researches was the study on “Biological Control of Fruit Flies Using Beauveria bassiana through Autodissemination.”
University President Dr. Raul F. Muyong and eleven ISAT U professors attended the 4th International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ICESDev) on October 25-27, 2016 at Penang, Malaysia. The theme of the activity was Collaboration and Linkages: “Keys for Global Educational Integration”.
Dr. Muyong, one of the two keynote speakers, highlighted quality education and excellence as major concerns of Philippine Higher Education. His message, “Achieving Quality Education for Global Integration: The Philippine Experience,” stressed on the establishment of Quality Assurance System that constantly checks and develops the institution’s system of improvements, and the role of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. in evaluating the quality of higher education.
In the plenary session, Prof. Jasper L. Pastrano, National President of the Association of Science and Mathematics Coaches of the Philippines (ASMaC Philippines), discussed the role of educational leaders in establishing linkages and initiate activities that will enhance and develop the teaching skills of the teachers . He shared his ideas on the topic: Building Bridges for Sustainable Education: A Four Years of Collaboration.
The conference was organized by (ASMaC Philippines) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO-RECSAM) Malaysia and provided venue for teachers and professors to present findings of their researches. It also created an opportunity for linkages and collaborations between education ministries, colleges, universities and other institutions around the world and a place for the student to showcase their study.
ISAT U instructors and delegates from other countries shared their respective researches in the parallel sessions.
The following are ISAT U instructors and the research/study they presented in the conference:
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