Archives for August 2017

Oman Tourism College volunteer group tours ISAT U campuses

Samira Albalushi, Oman Tourism College representative visits the office of Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Also in picture are Dr, Nehema K. Misola, VPEA, Dr. Jeanneth Darroca, HRT Main Campus Head and a faculty member from ISAT U Dumanagas Campus.

Ms. Samira Albalushi, Oman Tourism College representative visits the office of Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Also in picture are Dr.  Nehema K. Misola, VPEA; Dr. Jeanneth F. Darroca, HRT Main Campus Head and a faculty member from ISAT U Dumangas Campus.

Fifteen members of the Oman Tourism College Noble Volunteering and Exchange Network engaged in a culinary tourism seminar with the Hotel and Restaurant Technology Department of the different ISAT U campuses on August 14, 2017.

Dr. Jeanneth F. Darroca, HRT Iloilo City Campus Head, explained that the visit’s theme, “Exploring Local and International Culture Through Food,” focused not only on food but in the context of cultures of the two nations. “The guests exchanged culinary ideas and shared their cultural practices with the HRT students and teachers,” she added. Both parties further shared their knowledge in culinary arts through a cooking demo. HRT students demonstrated the process of cooking chicken pancit molo while the Omanis cooked one of their specialties, “makbos digag”- a savory dish of chicken cooked with rice.

The volunteers also stayed in the Gawad Kalinga Village in Batad, Iloilo and constructed a footwalk as their goodwill gift to the residents. The Noble Volunteering and Exchange Network was founded by Dr. Don Anton Balida, Oman Tourism College Co-Corricular Activities Coordinator and a native of Batad, Iloilo.

A memorandum of understanding would soon be formalized between ISAT U and Oman Tourism College. According to Dr. Darroca, a lot of HRT students are now employed in Oman and the recent visit further enhanced the knowledge of the HRT students in international culinary arts.

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USAID-funded research project inaugurated at San Dionisio, Iloilo

The traditional drying facility (left) and the newly launched Multi-Porpuse

The traditional drying facility (left) and the newly launched Multi-Powered Drying System.

A Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing designed for all year round and all weather production of green seaweed- based food products of local residents of Brgy. Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo was inaugurated on August 15, 2017.

The one million pesos project will provide uninterrupted income generated from the industry  even during inclement weather. It utilizes the solar radiation as its primary source of drying energy assisted with electric energy in an event that the solar heat is insufficient. It is also controlled and monitored using an intelligent electronic control system.

Mr. Florello Abines, USAID/STRIDE Technical and Development Manager, emphasized that the project was one of his favorites because it is presentable and sustainable despite of its low cost. He further encouraged beneficiaries to utilize the project and is optimistic to see more drying machines in the future. He likewise pushed for ISAT U to be an entrepreneurial university.

In partnership with the local cooperative Magagmay nga Kristyanong Katilingban, the project was developed by Dr. Renerio S. Mucas, Principal Project Investigator; Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, Project Manager; Dr. Joel A. Ciriaco, Study Leader; and Dr. Rene L. Celda and Engineer Pablo N. Minerva, Jr. as Technical Investigators under the STRIDE Prototype Research and Innovation Grant (SPRIG), a USAID funded project.

According to Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, Vice President for Research and Extension (VPRE), the project was conceptualized by accident. The research team was heading to the town proper for a different study observed the abundance of the green seaweeds along the coastline of Brgy. Tiabas. However, the use of traditional drying system was noted. In the succeeding investigation, it was found out that the income generated from the industry was halted during inclement weather and the need to innovate the system was necessary. This situation prompted the researcher to submit the proposal to USAID, that, at the time offers to fund only ten selected researches. ISAT U proposal landed at number eleven in the ranking. By some twists of fate, one of the selected projects did not make it, giving way to ISAT U’s Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, explained that the university does not only engage in instruction but also in research and extension services as well. The project is part of ISAT U’s commitment to its social responsibility. Dr. Muyong is also positive that the project would bring changes in the lives of the beneficiaries. “I like to see your products in the malls and markets soon, “he said. He also shared some secrets to the success of cooperatives, “be united and do not get jealous.” To support the local industry, Dr. Muyong gave the instruction that the seaweed food products will be sold during the university foundation week and will be part of ISAT U’s booth in its succeeding engagement.


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Admin personnel goes ASEAN

asean3In line with the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017 and celebration of its 50th anniversary on August 8, the administrative personnel wore Asian–inspired uniform and displayed flags of ASEAN member nations in the different offices.

The wearing of Asian-inspired uniform by the ISAT U personnel is in compliance with  Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular (MC)  No. 7, s. 2017 issued on March 23, 2017 which  encourages officials, employees, stakeholders, clients and the general public  to wear  the national attire of any ASEAN Member State during  flag raising ceremony and in the activities of the agency requiring formal attire. The said MC  also encourages the posting of any or all of the ASEAN 2017 streamers/banners in conspicuous places within the agency premises; playing of the theme song, “ASEAN Spirit” during agency events and activities; and conducting of appropriate activity/ies to commemorate the 50th Founding of the anniversary of the ASEAN in August 2017 that will involve agency officials and employees, its stakeholders and clients.

In support of the campaign, the faculty and staff of the different ISAT U campuses are assigned to wear the national attire of an ASEAN member country during the 112th ISAT U Foundation Anniversary on September 4-12 .

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ISAT U hosts first MMI Human Peace Sign

The Human Peace Sign at the ISAT U Football Field.

The Human Peace Sign at the ISAT U Football Field.

The Middle Way Meditation Institute-Iloilo (MMI), Inc. organized its first Human Peace Sign in the Philippines with more than one thousand volunteers at ISAT U Football Field in the morning of August 11.

With the National Youth Commission, the MMI organized the activity to  launch the Global Light of Peace 2017 among the young people of Iloilo City and in the observance of International Youth Day. It was participated by students of ISAT U, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Arevalo, Iloilo City National High School and members of the Philippine National Police.

A morning yoga and meditation yoga conditioned the participants’ physical and mental well-being before the messages of the different guests were delivered. Representing the university president, Dr. Nehema K. Misola, VP for External Affairs gave the welcome remarks.

Assistant Secretary Rhea B. Penaflor of the National Youth Commission delivered a short but clear message – peace is everyone’s responsibility.

Miss Kritanong Phiboonthanakiat, MMI Thailand, presented the Global Light of Peace (GLOP) 2017. GLOP is an online inner meditation activity that will be done simultaneously in Iloilo City, Philippines; Sydney, Australia; Barcelona, Spain; New York,USA; Maputo, Mozambique and Rio de Janiero, Brazil on Sept. 5, 2017. It will also attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest online meditation lesson.

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BSEd cum laude grad qualifies as TOSP reg’l finalist

saavedraCherie Mae E. Saavedra, a BSEd major in English graduate of Iloilo Science and Technology University Miagao Campus, qualified as regional finalist in the search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP)-Western Visayas last July 4, 2017.

The 16 finalists in Region VI, including Saavedra, were chosen by the Regional Screening Committee.

“I was lucky enough to find the best institution and organization where I really fit and where my skills were recognized and developed. That explains why I had a productive college life,” said Saavedra.

As significant achievements in the stint of her college years, Saavedra served as the two-term Editor-in-Chief and Layout Artist of the Techno Forum, the student publication of ISAT U-Miagao. She was also  was appointed Editor-In-Chief of Jambo Balita (2016), the official newsletter of BSP Iloilo (Confesor) Council Scout Jamborette and attended an International Water Conference in Makati after qualifying in an online Essay Writing Tilt of United States Agency for International Development.

Saavedra graduated Cum Laude, Most Outstanding College Graduate, Proficiency Awardee in Student Teaching and Excellence Awardee in Journalism.

“This current distinction as a TOSPian is not the end of my pursuit for nation-building and for the success of my advocacies for saving nature, water conservation and responsive writing. Indeed, this is just the start for my wider participation as leader and community servant now that I am greatly inspired by the TOSP community,” added Saavedra.

The TOSP Foundation, Inc. has been spearheading the said annual search to recognize students from different universities and colleges who not only excel in the academic field but also dedicate themselves as exceptional leaders and community                                                     servants. (Dr. Sandra T. Examen)

Dr. Muyong serves as ATEF panelist; inks LOI with UTHM

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, (left)

Dr. Raul F. Muyong (left) at the ATEF 2017, Johor Baru, Malaysia.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong served as a forum panelist of the Asia Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) of the Experts Forum (ATEF) 2017 on July 17 -18 at KSL Hotel, Johor Baru, Malaysia.

The ATEF 2017 was organized by Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (UTHM), the country‘s technical premier university in Engineering and Technology. It gives emphasis on the importance of TVET for nation building and strives to put TVET in the mainstream education with the goal of producing sustainable quality TVET graduates. ATEF served as a venue to discuss current issues for solution the problems of TVET in facing global changes and challenges. The members also shared their best practices and form an alliance to outline strategies and action plan to enhance mutual collaboration among participating universities. Common issues and opportunities for TVET that would further strengthen the roles and relevance of universities were also identified in the forum.

The Letter of Intent between ISAT U and UTHM.

The Letter of Intent between ISAT U and UTHM.

Dr. Muyong was one of the panelists on the topic “Strengthening ASIA University TVET Networking-The development of TVET Expert for Regional Members.” Other experts invited were from Germany, Thailand, South Korea, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore and host country, Malaysia.

A Letter of Intent (LOI)  between ISAT U and UTHM was also signed during the two day conference. Stated in the LOI is an active academic collaboration of both institutions and shall endeavor to carry out programs of mutual benefit on academic collaborations, through student exchanges, industrial training and any other areas of cooperation that are mutually agreed by the parties. Dr. Raul F. Muyong signed the LOI in behalf of ISAT U and Vice Chancellor Wahid Razzaly of UTHM.

2 ISAT U campuses receive PNRC citation

red cThe ISAT U Iloilo City and Barotac Nuevo Campuses received Special Citation-Gold and Bronze, respectively, from the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Iloilo Chapter during the 19th Blood Donor Recognition and Awarding on August 4, 2017 at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.

A Special Citation-Gold is given to an institution which has conducted not less than five years of continuous blood donation program and has produced not less than 5,000 blood units. Special Citation- Bronze, on the other hand, is awarded to those that have contributed not less than 30 blood units.

Blood donation is one of the university’s commitments to its social responsibility. The Extension Services Division through blood donation program, “Dugo Mo, Kabuhi Ko,” has been conducting a twice-a-year bloodletting activity since 2007.

Dr. Muyong elected VP of ATEN


Dr. Raul F. Muyong (right) recieves the Certificate of Recognition from Dr. Wahid bin Razzaly, UTHM Vice-Chancellor at the Official Ceremony of the ATEF 2017.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong was elected Vice President of the Executives of the Asia TVET Experts Network (ATEN) during the Asia Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) of the Experts Forum (ATEF) 2017 held on July 17 -18 at KSL Hotel, Johor Baru, Malaysia.

The ATEN is an association that connects all experts in TVET in Asia. The joint body meet to discuss current issues related to TVET in higher education from time to time, and get involved in research grants or consultation projects related to TVET.

Other officers elected were President: Prof. Dr. Wahid bin Razzaly, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (UTHM); Advisor I: Prof. Dr. Georg Spottl of the GIZ; Advisor 2: Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane of Colombo Plan Staff College; and Secretary: Prof. Yusri Bin Yusof, UTHM.

HRT bags gold in reg’l culinary expo

Kenneth Gregg Bargo, Aldrin Cancillar and Christian Pacino proudly holds the ISAT U banner as they receive the certifificate of regognition as the champion of the culinary competition.

Kenneth Gregg Bargo, Aldrin Cancillar and Christian Pacino proudly hold the ISAT U banner after receiving the certificate of recognition as champion of the culinary competition.

The Hotel and Restaurant Technology Department culinary team of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) won the gold medal in the Regional Seminar and Sabor Bisaya Food Expo and Culinary Competition held at SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City on July 19-21, 2017.

The classic “Linagpang na Pasayan kag Pantat” (grilled prawn and catfish in shrimp paste broth), Buttered Poach Prawn in Adobado Sauce and “Aligi Rice with Prawn” concocted by Kenneth Gregg Bargo, Aldrin Cancillar and Christian Pacino, all fourth year students, outclassed nine other entries from the different colleges and universities in Region VI, Negros Island Region and Dumaguete City in the Chef Wars Category.

Dr. Noli A. Lallen, competition coach, explained that the students were given one hour to prepare a dish with prawn as the main ingredient. “I am proud of their achievement because they were all first timers in the competition and they only have three days to practice,” added Dr. Llalen.

The winning entry-“Linagpang na Pasayan kag Pantat” (grilled prawn and catfish in shrimp paste broth), Buttered Poach Prawn in Adobado Sauce and “Aligi Rice with Prawn”

The winning entry-“Linagpang na Pasayan kag Pantat” (grilled prawn and catfish in shrimp paste broth), Buttered Poach Prawn in Adobado Sauce and “Aligi Rice with Prawn”

With the theme “Getting the Perfect Combination, ” the event was organized by the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines Western Visayas (COHREP VI) and The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO).

The regional convention was also participated by ISAT U Professors Dr, Jeanneth F. Darroca, Prof. Aristeo V. Camis, Prof. Grace S. Valenciana, Prof. Mona Luisa C. de Guzman, Prof. Angeline E. Basco, Dr. Noli A. Lallen and 58 HRT students.

Admin employees get physical in Hataw Galaw program

ipipipiThe ISAT U Employees Association (ISAT U EA) sweated out in the first session of the weekly Hataw Galaw Fitness program on July 12, 2017 at the Multi-purpose Covered Gym.

Mrs. Hazel S. Bautista, ISAT U EA President, said that the Hataw Galaw was reintroduced to help the employees stay fit and healthy in carrying out their daily tasks. She added that this is in consonance to the Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 8, s. of 2011 reiterating the physical fitness program, “The Great Filipino Workout”, among government instrumentalities including State Universities and Colleges.

The Great Filipino Workout was made an integral part of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Development Program for government personnel by the Commission on April 20, 1995 through Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. of 1995.

The Hataw Galaw Fitness program, which includes a 45-minute non-stop sumba dancing and weight monitoring among the participants, is conducted every Wednesday at 4:00 P.M.. It is participated by university key officials, permanent and contractual employees.

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