Archives for May 2019

1st reg’l yarn production and innovation center looms at ISAT U

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the establishment of the P41.57-million Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) was signed by (seated , L-R) Great Women Philippines Corporation President Jeannie Javelosa, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) President Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) Director Celia Elumba, Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan, and Department of Science and Technology (DOST-6) Director Rowen Gelonga .

Designed to revive and to develop the hand-loom weaving (hablon) and fiber industry, the country’s first Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) will soon emerge at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U).

The Memorandum of Agreement for the launching of the PHP 41.57 million facility was signed by ISAT U, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), the Municipality of Miagao, and the Iloilo Greatwomen Philippines Corporation (GWPhC) at ISAT U Miagao Campus on March 8, 2019.

Hand-loom weaving has been part of Miagao’s cultural and historical heritage. The once thriving hand-loom weaving in the region dates back in the 18th century. Mayor Macario Napulan recalled that Miagao was the center for the handwoven textile and there were almost 4,000 looms in the municipality then.

However, the migration of workers to the sugar industry in Negros and the availability of ready-to-wear caused the decline of the industry.

Ms. Celia Elumba, PTRI Director, explained how the project was formed. “We didn’t start with a concept, thinking that it is simply prototyping. Meaning we really insisted that this is going to be production and innovation. It was produced to fuel an industry,” she said.

On her visit at ISAT U on July 28 last year, Ms. Elumba said that fabrics made of indigenous materials and woven the traditional way are high-priced. “Hand woven-fabrics are more expensive, especially abroad, if made of native materials such as cotton, abaca or pineapple fibers” she explained. Giving importance to its social, economic, ecological and sustainability components, she also emphasized the use of dyes from local plants and materials that add value to the fabric. PTRI, the premier textile research and development arm of the DOST, set the goal of producing purely and uniquely Filipino products.

ISAT U’s challenges on research and development

Considering its thrust on research and development, ISAT U will act as Chief Coordinator among the parties. Aside from the production facility at Miagao Campus, the Iloilo City Campus will provide expertise in science, engineering and technology for the development of natural dyes and materials and for prototyping the loom machines.

Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut (right) enjoys the moment with Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan after the MOA signing at ISAT U Miagao Campus.

Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, ISAT U Vice President for Research and Extension Services, said that the University is challenged to create distinct and unique blends of cotton with other local fibers. “There are a lot of plants, like bamboo, that could be potential source of fibers. In research, everything is possible,” he said.

“We will also conduct ethnobotanical researches, cultivate and propagate raw fabric materials that was never used before. We will also develop equipment for pre-treatment, degumming and spinning to speed up production.” Dr. Ambut added.

He also divulged a plan of creating a “power loom” for mass production of indigenous fabrics. “Power looms will be used for mass production of polyester-free fabric and reduces the use of plastic. This contributes to environmental concerns.” He also negates the effect of power loom to hand-loom weaving. “Hablon produce by hand-loom will maintain its prestige and value since it is considered as special fabric and is not mass produced, “ Dr. Ambut explained.

A textile village is also envisioned to propel economy and boost the municipality’s tourism. This features a mini museum showcasing the hablon’s evolution, a training center and hands-on facility in hablon-making and a souvenir shop.

The University considers Dumangas and Leon Campuses’ potentials for cultivating raw materials. ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong said that the 85-hectare property in Brgy. Aglalana, Passi City will be developed to produce pineapples to be able to “supply the requirements of the center, both for production purposes of textiles and for research and development.”

Through the project, Dr. Muyong is also looking at the opportunity to open new programs on weaving and the fabric industry. The board has been discussing about opening a Certificate in Textile Technology that will train students on the textile process, later, Diploma in Textile Technology where research in natural fiber will be developed and the Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology to produce manpower.

He is optimistic that the center will bring back the interest of students in weaving. “ISAT U used to offer weaving as one of the electives sa girls trade but as the time goes, wala na sang nagka-interest, thus nagdeteriorate ang ila looms. But I hope that with this, we will be able to integrate into curriculum this program and bring back their interest,” said Dr. Muyong.

RYPIC and its impact to research, industry and economy

Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST RO6 Director, emphasized the importance of the yarn center. “This is one of the biggest facilities in terms of yarn production outside of PTRI. This is the first in the country. This will now be the basis for any possible subsequent projects in other parts of the Philippines,” he said.

The University key officials, representatives from different partner agencies dance and sing to show their full cooperation to the project.

Gelonga added that 29 million of the 41.57 million peso budget will be used for the equipment and the remaining for the supply and materials. The project will have 9 equipment and ancillaries for fiber pre-treatment and 18 for yarn production.

The project is also expected to strengthen research and development. “Our facility can be used by researchers and scientists to produce more technologies. They can experiment new types of yarns, although we are now focused on cotton,” said Engr. Gelonga.

On the same note, Dr. Muyong said that, “this will give opportunity to ISAT U to improve its research culture because we are the only science and technology university in the region. Our role in research development is very important.”

As to its impact to the community, Engr. Gelonga cited the benefits of the project to the locals. He stressed that  “we can be able to localize everything, we can plant our own cotton, we can produce our own thread and yarns and give it to our weavers, so more people can benefit.”

Mayor Macario Napulan said that the project is a big lift to the town’s hablon-making industry and could spur development in the country’s textile industry. “The regional center is an improvement not only in the weaving industry textile production in Maigao but also in the country, “he said. In 2013, Napulan started reviving the industry with only 50 weavers left and the number increased by 200.

Considering the sustainability of the project and the marketability of the products, the GWPhC in close coordination with the University will oversee the implementation of the project. At the lapse of the two-year period of the Agreement, it will take over the ownership and operation of the RYPIC.

University raises awareness on quality TVET programs

Dr. Raul F. Muyong gives emphasis on enhacing and giving quality to TVET programs .

Aimed to raise the consciousness of the University Academic Community on the revised guidelines on Unified TVET Programs Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) registration, scholarships and other programs offered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA),  a forum on  increasing awareness towards quality TVET programs was held at ISAT U Research Hub on March 22, 2019.

The salient features  of quality TVET programs was elaborated by Ms. Gina Sophia Mondejar, Technical  Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Iloilo Provincial Director. On the other hand,  Ms. Ofelia de la Cruz, TESDA Supervising Specialist, explained the scholarship guidelines.

Senior TESD Specialist  Shiela H. Judilla, on the other hand, discussed the Unified Program Registration and Accreditation (UTPRAS). The  impact of the Universal Access on Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA) to technical-vocational education was presented by Ms. Agnes Dimzon, TESD Specialist II.

Prof. Jeanneth Darroca, steering committee chair, said that registering under the UTPRAS  would  enable the students  to avail scholarships funded by TESDA and the faculty of training and scholarships.  “Our TVET courses would benefit not only on the scholarships and training but also on the facilities TESDA may give us, “ Darroca said.


ISAT U strengthens linkages and partnerships

Dr. Raul F. Muyong leads the key university officials in giving the certificate of recognition to representatives of different partner agencies and institutions during the Industry Linkages Recognition and Fellowship.

Believing  that stronger partnership is essential in students’ development and learning, an Industry Linkages Recognition and   Fellowship was held on March 12,  2019 at Diversion 21, Iloilo City

Through the years,  the University has been working with various companies and agencies for  students’ activities such as on-the-job trainings, industry immersion,  scholarships, job opportunities and other support services.   One hundred and twenty four (124)  partner companies were present to renew friendship and meet new acquaintances.

Initiated by the Industry Linkages and Development Office (ILDO), the affair also aimed to     strengthen industry linkages, enhance the students performance to the industry, and recognize and   renew partnership of industries.


GAD features women’s capacity to address climate change

Empowered women can  make change.

The Gender and Development (GAD)   celebrated the  International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018  with emphasis on the capacity of  women to address the problem of climate change.

The resource persons, all women,   rallied the faculty, staff and students to act and help in mitigating the effect of the climate change.

Ms. Katherine Firmeza, presented the different perspective of women’s role in her talk entitled Women in Climate Action.  She was the former Senior Program Coordinator of the Climate Change Commission-United Nation Development Program– New Zealand Assistance Program Project ReBUILD.

Prof. Rosanna R.Dureza, over-all coordinator, distribute goodies to the female staff and faculty members to mark the International Women’s Month Celebration.

The women in science and technology was discussed by Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) President Dr. Godelyn G. Hisole. She also underscored womens’ capacity to make changes. Dr. Hisole was a faculty member and the first Dean of the College of Engineering of ISAT U before  becoming president of the Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF), Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.

To stress  the power of women in environmental awareness,  Ms. Flosyl Piad-Almirante was invited as resource person in the Lecture-Forum on the Youth and Climate Change. Ms Almirante is the Environment and Natural    Resource Officer of the Municipality of Dumangas Iloilo.  She accentuated   that the Philippines is fourth of the most affected  country by climate change  and the role of Filipino youth and women to help heal the environment.

Aside from lectures,  free blood sugar testing, health check-up, free massage and health lectures were  given to the faculty and staff as part of the International Women’s Month celebration.


ISAT U showcases researches in CHEd’s techno fair

ISAT U research projects are some of the products of the State Universities and Colleges of Western Visayas  featured in the regional techno fair.

With its mandate in science and technology, ISAT U showcased its researches in the Regional State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) Products and Technology Fair 2019 at the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Central Office, Quezon City on May 6-10, 2019.

The product and technology expo is part of the Commission’s 25th Founding Anniversary on May 18, 2019. The Commission was created as an attached agency to the Office of the President through the passage of Republic Act 7722 or the Higher Education Act in 1994.

In response to the objectives to showcase the regions products and technology which the State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) have invented, created, developed and produced, ISAT U presented projects that reflect the University’s thrust in research and development. The projects also help in the socio-economic and technological advancement of the region.

CHEd Chair J. Prospero De Vera reads on the details of  ISAT U’s researches presented by Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Among those are the USAID-RTI funded researches. The Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing utilizing solar power and alternative electric energy which has already provided a continuous livelihood activity to seaweeds farmers even during inclement weather. On the other hand, the research on “Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid (HA) from the Heads of Silver-banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use,” confirms the bioactive compounds with high anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and high moisturizing properties beneficial for cell regeneration in the HA extracts of the fish. Meanwhile, the Valorization of Brown Seaweeds Through Alginate Extraction promises an added shelf life to post-harvest mango and silver-banded whiting.

Other researches showcased were The Valve Spring Remover with Seal Puller that remove defective valve spring and valve seal from a cylinder head without pulling out the assembly from the engine; the Egg Incubator that utilizes power from solar and electrical grid, thus minimizing energy consumption; and the Coffee Pulper that decreases the damage coffee bean to at least 10%, thereby, increasing its selling price.

Attuned to the theme, ”Celebrating 25 Years towards Access, Equity, and Global Excellence in Higher Education,” ISAT U’s presentation reflects its goal of providing excellent education in science and technology.

ISAT U ranks 3rd in accredited programs nationwide

A pose with CHED Commissioner Perfecto A. Alibin (fourth from left). In photo are (l-r) Dr. Ramil Lumauag, Dr. Merlinda C. Buenviaje, , Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Dr. Raul F. Muyong Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Noel Quidato, Dr. Armi A. Alimoot and Ms. Wynona C. Caldito.

Iloilo Science and Technology University  continues its culture of  excellence .  With 98.33% rating,  it was recognized as  the  Top 3 among the nation’s State Colleges and  Universities (SUCs) in terms of percentage  of accredited programs  for the period of 1992-2018.

The  award was given by the Accrediting Agency of  Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) on its 32nd Annual National  Conference at the Century Park  Hotel, Manila on March 6, 2019.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong is one of the invited speakers of the AACCUP 32nd Annual National  Conference.

Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Quality   Assurance  Director, said that the number of   programs accredited  reflects the  University’s commitment to bring quality tertiary education and it is a testament of hard work to achieve the quest for excellence.

As per AACCUP consolidated list of  institutions and programs granted accreditation status (1992-2018), ISAT U has 13 Level III re-accredited programs, 30 Level II  re-accredited and 1 Level I accredited.

Previously, ISAT U was also ranked  3rd in the AACCUP Search for Outstanding State  Colleges and Universities on February 201


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