ISAT U hosts Int’l Day of Peace events

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Senator Cynthia Villar (7th from left), Iloilo City Mayor Joe Espinosa  and  representatives from other countries and religions prepare to lead the Light of Peace ceremony at the ISAT U grounds.

The university hosted the Middle Way Meditation Institute’s (MMI) activities and the American Field Services (AFS) “Peace Crane Project” in the celebration of the International Day of Peace.

The ISAT U was the venue in Asia for MMI’s Light of Peace, Forum on Inner Peace and Wellness and concert for the promotion of world inner peace on September 22, 2018.

The (MMI) and ISAT U collaborated to hold the activity in line with the celebration of the International Day of Peace. Ms. Mazel May Jeongco, MMI coordinator, said that the event “also aimed to promote the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and the Inner Peace Education. “

Similar activities were also conducted in New York City (USA), Lisbon, Portugal (Europe), Maputo Mozambique (Africa), and Sydney Australia (Oceania). Jeongco added that representatives from Thailand, Laos, Solomon Island and from different religious denominations joined in the different activities.

After the Forum for Inner Peace and Wellness and while waiting for twilight, the ISAT U Performing Arts and the PNP Band perform the concert for peace.

Earlier, the American Field Services (AFS) through the ISAT U Office of the Internal and External Affairs spearheaded the “Peace Crane Project and the “Peace Statement” to celebrate the International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21, 2018.

The Peace Crane Project (Courtesy of The Technovator)

With 150 students, the crane, an international symbol of peace, was formed at the school football field.

The students also voiced their sentiments through the “Peace Statement”. In a piece of paper the participants wrote, “I AM A GLOBAL CITIZEN AND I WILL STAND UP FOR PEACE” to communicate their stand.

Numerous activities relating to music, meditation, and arts were also held in different countries to advocate peace.


BSA grad is 10th placer in PRC SPLE

A Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate landed in the 10th place of the Professional Regulations Commission Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE) for Architects in August 2018.

Armando Titular Tayoba II is an addition to the long list of achievers ISAT U produced. With 80. 30 % rating, he belonged to the cream of the crop among the 326 examinees.

He graduated on 2013 and was the first to receive the Magna Cum Laude honors for the BS in Architecture program.

After graduation he ventured to the Middle East to support his family before taking the licensure examination.

He decided to take the SPLE at Qatar. The examination was also conducted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al-Khobar, Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; Kuwait; Oman and in Singapore .

In his social media post he never forgot ISAT U for their achievement:

 “We will be forever blessed for this milestone achievement! Thank you so much ISAT U FAMILY esp to CEA-     ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT. Without our great mentors and educators we will be no longer in our shoes today. The learnings you taught us will be here forever in our hearts, the experiences you’ve shared with us will be a lifetime treasure. Congratulations ISAT University and to new architects! Let us continue to inspire the aspirants in our profession by our faith, love in our chosen career, and by our experiences in every battles in life. Cheers architects!. Cheers ISAT U!.”

Three other ISAT U alumni also passed the examination. Arch. Esther Sol Antopina, Gaudy Rafante and Elmo Palma, Jr. joined Tayoba in this feat.

This year, ISAT U produced 17 Electronics Engineers, 20 architects, 22 mechanical engineers and a whooping 100% performance for 38 electrical engineers.

Three Architecture alumni also won major awards in Metrobank Arts and Design Excellence (MADE) 2018 competition.


Int’l, local youth gather for Pure Love

Dr. Raul F. Muyong lead the university in supporting the Pure Love Campaign.

One in advocating love and purity, youth from around the world gathered at ISAT U for the Pure Love Campaign of the 6th International Youth Assembly on September 22, 2018.

With the theme, Peace Loving Global Youth: Bridging Gaps Towards Sustainable Peace, the Universal Peace Federation and Youth, and Students for Peace (YSP) organized the event aimed at uplifting the moral principles of the youth.

Delegates from Albania, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji, Korea, and Japan joined the Filipino youths in shouting “Proud to be a Virgin” and in condemning immorality in the society.

The World Collegiate Association for Research of Principles-ISAT U (WCARP-ISAT U) and the university administration is in full support of Pure Love Campaign. ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong welcomed the participants and reminded them the sanctity of marriage.

The participants affix their signature to to condemn immorality, to end teenage pregnancy and promote Pure Love. (Photo courtesy of The Technovator)

The WCARP-ISAT U is the first of the three university affiliates in Western Visayas.

Imee Tanan, WCARP-ISAT U President, said that “the activity is an awareness to make one an active individual; instead of becoming a problem, the youth will be made a solution to the problems of the society. “ She added that Pure Love is not only about sex. “Pure Love is an education. It is an awareness not only on pre-marital sex but on all problems on morality confronted by the youth today, “ Tanan explained.

The Pure Love Address of Dr. Robert Kittel, YSP International President and Pangasinan Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil underscored the importance of love and marriage.

Prof. Ritchell Jalipa, President of YSP Asia-Pacific led the campaign for 20 million signatures to promote Pure Love Education among the youth to end teenage pregnancy and HIV in the Philippines. The signature campaign is also was one of the purpose of the activity .


CHEd Chair De Vera talks on federal government’s impact to higher education

CHED Chair Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Consultative Commission on the review of the 1987 Constitution Commissioner Atty Antonio B. Arellano and CHED RO6 Officer-in-Charge Dr. Edilberto J. Orillos answer questions in the open forum.

“We are here this afternoon and we are targeting specifically the academic sector because you young people who will decide are the most skeptical voice if we’ll do change the constitution,” said Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) as he starts discussing the impact of the federal government to higher education. Organized by the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution and CHEd RO 6, the forum was held at Iloilo City on October 29, 2018.

De Vera emphasized that under the draft constitution the power on education will be shared by the federal and regional government. The regional government will be given power to make education more responsive to the local needs of the area. If given the mandate, regional governments could focus their materials (textbooks) on the local context of the region. He added that local government could also give more priority to the needs of the SUCs.

On the other hand, he mentioned some negative aspects of the system, “National standards will be lost if local is given exclusive rights. There will be also be disparities across nation-between the rich and the poor regional governments. There is also a tendency that ethnicity will be given more priority than nationality.”

Dr. Raul F. Muyong gives the opening remarks of the program.

In Malaysia, according to him, local governments do not have power over education, there are just implementing agencies. If that is done in the Philippines, other regions will not have priority, slow in decision-making and little resources will be allocated.

To maintain balance, it was proposed that the federal government will determine the quality standards, equivalencies and professional standards, science research and teaching, assessment of the performance of the educational system particularly on internationalization and policy direction. The accreditation of institutions for free tuition and financial assistance and loans of the students, recognition of safeguard institutions, open and distant learning, and recognition of foreign degrees were also included in the powers of the federal state. “Promotion of scientific of marine reserve and technological development including the promotion of other kind of research will be with federal government. State colleges do not have financial capacity and clout to invest in such substantial amount in science and technologies,” De Vera added.

Regional government, on the other hand, will have the power on governance and running of public institutions including research, libraries, archives, adult education, arts and culture, preservation of monuments, sports and youth welfare. Recognition and authorization of private higher education, admission policies, and administration were among the powers for the local government.

ISAT U faculty, staff and students join Dr. De Vera and Dr. Muyong for a photo op.

One of the crucial discussion was on the direction of the SUCs. De Vera said that the basic economic activity in the region will be highly considered in the changes in the educational system. Western Visayas is identified in agriculture, agroforestry and agro services. He clearly stated that, “we will now match the competencies of the state universities and the needs of the region. The local state and universities is to produce the manpower needed by the federal state. The program in connection to economic activities should be developed and put before other programs.”

Programs that are out in context on the economic activities will be affected, “yung mga programs na hindi naman kailangan ng federal state essentially, you start closing that out,” he advised. This is to safeguard cases of misdirection. “Example, the SUCs produces more teachers but the manpower needs of the region is more agriculture graduates. Cases that also leads to misdirected funding and government subsidy,” De Vera clarified.

University presidents, key officials, faculty, staff and students of the different state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and private higher educational institutions in Western Visayas attended the meeting.

The other speaker was Atty. Antonio B. Arellano, Commissioner of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution.


Natural science profs notch research awards

Prof. Mellissa H. Arganoza and Dr. Joselito Trandio P. Mendoza from the Natural Science Department , College of Arts and Sciences, received awards in separate research conferences.

Arganoza collaborated with Prof. Jane S. Geduspan of the UPV to take home the Best Paper Award (Agri-Fisheries Category) in the 2nd International STEAM Research Congress at Summit Hotel, Tacloban City on August 30, 2018.

Her research title is “Induced Spawning of the mudclam Anodonia Edentola (Bivalve Lucinidae).

Meanwhile, Mendoza’s research on “ Environmental Literacy and Citizen Capability among Grade Six Learners in Schools Located along Tigum River Basin”, was awarded the Best Paper Award in the NOSTE 2018 National Research Conference & Training Workshop at Baguio City on May 20, 2018.