Archives for March 2018

ESD reaps awards in PAEPI-GLOBAL confab

The  winning team: (from left) Engr. Jomar A. Dador, Prof. Edrienne D. Veloso, Dr. Corazon C. Corbal, Prof. Christine Jamela Valsado and Prof. Andres Ortega.

The  Extension Services Division (ESD) of the university garnered numerous awards in the paper presentation of completed extension projects during the 5th International Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers, Inc. (PAEPI-GLOBAL) Convention held at De La Salle University, Manila on February 24, 2018.

Dr. Corazon C. Corbal,  Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA)  and Prof. Adrienne D. Veloso, Head of the Extension Services Division,  took the Best in Paper Presentation Award for the study “Effects of Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program on Pupils’ Nutritional Status, Attendance and Academic Performance: Basis for Sustaining Collaboration.” 

On the other hand, the project Improving School Achievement Through Unlimited Power Provision in the Island Schools (ISAT U PPIS) collared the Best in Paper Content Award. ISAT U PPIS is an extension project of the CEA  that provides solar powered lamps to households in island-barangays in the Municipalities of Concepcion and Ajuy, Iloilo. Dr. Corbal and Engr. Jomar A. Dador, CEA Extension Coordinator,  presented  the project.

Meanwhile, the study Enabling Technology: Its Impact in Delivery of Lessons in the Classroom presented by Dr. Andres Ortega and Prof. Christine Jamela Valsado, extension coordinators of the College of Arts and Sciences and Computer Department respectively, was one of the finalists in the competition.

ISAT U upgrades internet connection, communication facilities

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Mr. Mitch Locsin, PLDT First Vice Pres. shake hands after the ceremonial contract signing on March 21, 2018. Also in photo are (L-R) Justine Elizabeth Morales, Hazel Amoyan, Head of Corporate Relationship Business Office, Jimmy Chua, AVP and Head, Corporate Relationship Management Office of PLDT, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr and Mr. Ned Cababasay.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company entered into an 18-million peso contract for the upgrading of the university’s internet connection and communication facilities. The upgrading will provide easier and faster access to the internet and efficient inter-office communications lines.

The five-year contract includes the installation of fiber optic backbone, the upgrade of the whole network infrastructure of the main campus, installation of the Internet Protocol-Private Branch Exchange (IP-IBX) and structured cabling for the internet.

According to Engr. Reynard Chu, Information Technology Officer I, part of the contract is for upgrading of the old copper-based UTP (unshielded twisted pair) main cables to fiber optics backbones. “The existing UTP cable is more than 25 years old and there is a need for an upgrade. The fiber optics will further accommodate wider band width considering the present and future expansion in the main campus and the new site.” Engr. Chu said.

The project will also bolster the inter-office communication facilities through the installation of an IP-IBX system. It brings with it many benefits and opens up possibilities, and the development of extensions and trunks, and other complex functions such as ring groups, digital receptionists, queues, voicemail and reporting.

Included in the contract are the subscription in the ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) and the increase in internet subscription from 10 MBPS to 20 MBPS for the next five years.

Members of ISAT U Administrative Council pose with PLDT Executives after the ceremonial contract signing.

The ISDN is a modern set of communication system for simultaneous digital transmission of voice, video and other network services. ISDN is far advanced over the traditional circuits of the public switched telephone network. The system could provide up to 30 trunk lines.

The upgrades will strengthen the school’s computer program, help the students in their assignments and research works, hasten transactions and provide dynamic communication among the offices.

Univ pushes for sustainable, renewable energy promotion

Dr. Nehema K. Misola raises a point in the presentation of the different focal persons during the workshop on February 28, 2018 at the New Board room.

An Institutional Sustainability and Adaptability through Technologies Utilization (ISAT U) Program  was created for  promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the university particularly on renewable energy and resource management.

Dr. Nehema K. Misola, Vice President for External Affairs, spearheaded the initiative as part of her output in Community Engagement Workshop in Centre Des Congres de la Gespesie at Carleton Sur Mer and study visit on Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Waterloo-Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy, Waterloo, Canada.

With the support from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension (VPRE) and the Planning, Development and Auxiliary Services (PDAS) Office, a number of university professors were tapped to conduct researches, develop projects and make recommendations relative to climate action and UNESCO-UNEVOC greening TVET institutions initiatives.

The five areas of ISAT U program with corresponding project components are the Energy Management Systems, Renewable Energy, Water Demand Management Program and the Greening and Climate Resiliency Advocacy, and Advocacy Campaign and Curriculum Development.

The group headed by Dr. Roger P. Balderas will frame The Energy Management Systems program.  It seeks to utilize and maintain effective use of energy throughout the institution, reduce energy costs/wastes without sacrificing the school’s entire operation and ensure reliable, efficient and safe power system.

The Water Demand Management Program is undertaken by Engr. Rewil R. Tornalejo and his group. It proposes the ISAT U Institutional Water Audit Project that will establish a baseline data and other critical information requirements for institutional water demand requirements.  Specifically, it promotes water demand management as a response to water shortage and climate change, develop water impounding systems, increase water security using sustainable and resilient approaches/ innovation and integrate water demand management principles into the plumbing code for old and new structures compliant to Green Building Code.

The researchers for Renewable Energy led by Dr. Renerio S. Mucas are working on a project model:  Design and Installation of a Tie Grid Solar Power System to the N-Building. The project is designed not only for school’s consumption but also for income generation.  The group targets to develop a system that will sell sun-generated power to local power service provider in case of excess in the supply for the school facility.

On the other hand, the group of Prof. Rossana R. Dureza that works on Greening and Climate Resiliency Advocacy proposes a Hydrologic Study: Basis for Water Management and Flood Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation. The study aims to identify natural source of water at the university site and the surrounding communities, assess flooding due to precipitation and propose water impounding and water catchment facilities.



After the signing of the MOA, the check to be used for the project amounting to Php 195, 195. 00 was turned over by Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda (center) to Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. , VPAF. Also in photo are Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VPRE; Ms. Teodora P. Sumagaysay, Provincial Director, DILG-Iloilo; Mr. Heinz Gumaguil, PIO-ISAT U and DILG personnel.

A Memorandum of Agreement to conduct the 2018 Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) was entered into by ISAT U and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on March 7, 2018 at the Conference Room of the office of the University President.

As DILG’s feedback tool, CSIS is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizens’ feedback on local government’s service delivery performance and on the citizens’ general satisfaction.  According to  Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, Regional Director, DILG RO6,  CSIS is used to check from the people if the local government unit delivers its services and it promotes transparency as well.

Pursuant to Memorandum Circular 2018-164, the DILG will conduct the CSIS to 35 municipalities nationwide for year 2018. Four municipalities were chosen in Region VI, one each for the Provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz and Antique.

Under the agreement, Iloilo Science and Technology University through the Research and Extension Services will conduct the survey, present result and make recommendations for the improvement of services of the local government unit subject to CSIS in Iloilo Province, in this case the Municipality of Dumangas.

ILDO, Guidance Office hold Career Education and Job Fair

Dr. Remia L. Doctora and Prof. Karen C. Daraug (first and second from left) supervise the students as they  listen to the presentation of a Philippine Coast Guard Personnel.

The ISAT U Industry, Linkages and Development Office (ILDO) and the Guidance Office  held a Career Education Program and Job Fair for graduating students of the different ISAT U campuses at the Multi-purpose Gym on February 27, 2018.

Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, Director for National and International Affairs, laid down the objectives of the activity. “This is an opportunity for students to get better orientation from various companies to better understand the needs and future development in the workplace. You will be guided in making smart choices as you move forward to the work life.”

Emphasizing that quality education prepared them for employment, Dr. Raul F. Muyong reminded students to stay competitive by equipping themselves not only with hard skills but also with soft skills. Hard skills give them opportunity to be employed and soft skills which include good human relations, communications and leadership and the attitude of being a team worker keep them employed. As to their career path, the university president  steered the minds of the students by quoting the line of the song, “Do you know where you’re going to?”

The career talk and job fair open the opportunities for students to learn the different aspects of the job world.

The guest speakers for the career education were Mr. Danny S. Leonor and Mr. Jean Lito Isapol from the Philippine Statistics Authority and Ms. Glenn Mar C. Padios, DOLE Labor Employment Officer III. Mr. Leonor and Mr. Isapol explained the implications to job applications of common errors in the Civil Registry and its remedies as well. The trend in the demand in the job market was also discussed. Mrs. Padios, on the other hand, talked and gave tips on pre-employment, during employment, post- employment stage and the entrepreneurial engagement of a worker. She likewise emphasized on the rights and privileges of a worker and the responsibilities and obligations of an employer.

Thirteen companies including the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection gave orientation on their company’s profile, services and the compensation package they offer.

Dr. Remia L. Doctora, ILDO/PESO Director, said that her office plans more career education fora in the future. “We will spend more time to educate the graduating class to make them prepare as they step out of the university.” Seeing the current plight of Overseas Flipino Workers (OFWs), she mentioned of inviting the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). “The students’ skills should be complemented with awareness of their protection when they work abroad, “ Doctora added.

ISAT U engages in SEAMEO SEA Teacher Program

(From Left) Dr. John Eric V. Juaneza, ; Dr. Nehema K. Misola; Jeng Anggi Priyatni, Yohana Nenes Talia, Dr. Raul F. Muyong,  Uswatun Hasanah and Nutthapong Yodboonheang during the send-off ceremony for Indonesian students.

Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) sent three fourth year education students to Thailand for their practicum under the Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia (SEA Teacher) Program.

Sent to Thailand as pre service exchange student teachers were Ma. Sheila Glenda F. Ramos  (BEED) , Yvonne Panghari (BEED)  and Kesser John S. Sibonga (BSE, Physical Science).

Ramos and Panghari conducted their teaching experiences at Changrai Rajabhat University and Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University from Jan. 22 to Feb. 20, 2018.  Sibonga, on the other hand, trained at Buriram Rajabhat  University from  Jan. 29 to Feb. 27, 2018.

Per agreement signed for the exchange of pre-service student teachers under the Southeast Asia Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange Program of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), ISAT U hosted  three Indonesian students  and  one Thai for their teaching experiences.

The orientation for ISAT U pre-service teachers bound for Thailand. (From left) Ma. Sheila Glenda F. Ramos, Yvonne Panghari and Kesser John S, Sibonga (partly hidden).

The Indonesians were Jeng Anggi Priyatni and Uswatun Hasanah from Tanjungpura University and are taking up Faculty in Teacher Training and Education major in English. Yohana Nenes Talia, another Indonesian from Lambung Mangkurat University (UNLAM), Pontianak City, West Borneo, is taking up Primary Teacher Education. Jeng Anggi and Hassana were assigned at the Laboratory School while Yohana  at Graciano Lopez Jaena Elementary School.

On the other hand, Nutthapong Yodboonheang, who is from Thailand and  taking up Faculty of Education Major in Science Education (Chemistry) at Khon Kaen University, conducted his pre-service training at the Laboratory School from Feb. 1 to 28, 2018.

Aside from classroom activities, the exchange students were also exposed to different activities like the Dinagyang Festival and Salakayan Festival in Miagao and were tripped to different tourist and historic spots of Iloilo and Guimaras.

The SEA Teacher Project or the “PreService Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia” aims to provide opportunities for pre-service student teachers whose major are mainly in English, math, science and pre-school to conduct their practicum  in other Southeast Asian countries for one month.


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