Archives for November 2019

ISAT U, DOST-PTRI inaugurate RYPIC to revive weaving industry

DOST Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena and CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the RYPIC. In picture are Great Women Phil. President Ms. Jeannie E. Javelosa, ; CHEd Chair De Vera;  ISAT U Pres. Dr. Raul F. Muyong; PTRI Dir. Celia Elumba; Sec. De La Pena; Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan; DOST  Usec Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra,  and Dir. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST RO6. 

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) inaugurated the country’s first Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) for the  revival of the native weaving industry with cultural, economic, environmental and tourism components.  The 42-million facility now produces yarns from blends of natural fibers such as abaca and pineapple, combined with cotton to be used in weaving fabrics.

DOST Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena  and CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III graced the RYPIC’s  inauguration at ISAT U Miagao Campus on November 6, 2019.

The RYPIC was conceptualized in 2016 through the collaboration of ISAT U with DOST-PTRI. Its objective is to provide technical support to micro-small-medium scale enterprises (MSME) involved in the manufacture of garments, textile, and allied products through the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarn.

Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena checks on the yarn produced at the RYPIC.

As one of the prime movers of the project, ISAT U sees the bright future of the industry by bringing back weaving courses in its programs. “Now, we are happy that we have this facility at ISAT U and this is an opportunity for us to offer new programs, the Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology and Design, “stressed ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

He added that faculty members were already sent to India to observe practices in weaving industry that could further enhance RYPIC’s  operation, promote its sustainability and in preparation for future curricular offerings.

Dir. Celia B. Elumba of the PTRI explained the environmental and cultural impact of the project, “Every time we wash our clothes with synthetic materials, there are micro-fibers left in the waters. One study has claimed that a liter of water contains seven to eight pieces of micron of polyester.” She asserted that blended yarn produce in the RYPIC does not contain polyester and has positive impact to the environment.

She also emphasized the value of fabrics from natural fibers and woven the traditional way. In her previous visits to ISAT U, she shared that it is more marketable abroad and with higher price compared to those made of synthetic materials.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan observes a worker doing the process of yarn production.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan also expressed his gratitude as the project complements his efforts of reviving a dying industry. Hablon once flourished in Miagao but due to ready to wear garments and the migrations of weavers to the booming sugar industry, hablon weaving dwindled.

Great Women Philippines through its President, Ms. Jeannie E. Javelosa, expressed full support to the project.  “We are excited how far we can help push this initiative,” she said. Great Woman Philippines is one of the partners and takes charge of the marketing of the products.

Dir. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST RO6 described RYPIC “as a major contribution not only in revitalizing the economy of Iloilo and its textile industry but more so in making Iloilo as an innovation landmark.” Recently, Innovation Iloilo was launched with DOST at the helm and RYPIC fits the intention of the movement to position Iloilo as a premier innovation hub of the country in 2030.

The facility is also seen to boost tourism in Miagao. Talking before the press during the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) at the Iloilo Convention Center on October 21, 2019, Sec. De La Pena shared his view on how technology could generate tourism, “ pagpunta ko halimbawa sa lugar kung saan pinapalaki ang mga isda, sa akin ay parang attraction na iyon, eh, . .ang pagkuha ng fiber ng pinya, yung makita mo na ginagawa yung mga local products, is in itself an attraction ” he said. Referring to the RYPIC,  Dir. Gelonga and Dr. Muyong shared the same outlook with the Secretary.


Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Dr. Gabriel M. Salitre, Jr. discuss some features of RYPIC facilities.

Sec. De La Pena divulged that he was part in the first round table discussion on the idea of a micro scale yarn spinning facility that gave birth to the RYPIC. He mentioned of the Philippine Tropical Fiber (PTF) Act which requires government employees to wear uniforms made of PTF. However, according to him there was no supply of fabrics for the purpose. There were little or no supply because no one was spinning the yarns necessary to weave the PTF and no one was extracting the textile fibers at a commercial scale.

The Secretary believes that the facility could “respond naturally to market demand.”

The same challenge was presented by DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra.  According to Dr. Muyong, in a meeting in Thailand USEC Guevarra challenged ISAT U to produce a fiber to be used for the uniform of all government agencies in the Philippines. “ It is a big challenge for ISAT U of course, but we take the challenge,” assured Dr. Muyong.

With this, ISAT U needs to innovate and develop new products and come up with a large scale fabric production.  “We have deliverables in the second phase of the project; we have to develop a volume of yarns based on different blends and combinations,” explained Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, ISAT U VP for Research and Extension.

To address the need of supply shortage, a prototype of a power loom for large scale production is also considered by ISAT U. The issue, however is the effect of mass production to the prestige and value of handwoven fabrics. Dr. Ambut nonetheless refuted the perceived implication. “There is no effect; the latter is special and for special occasions; its value and distinction remain,” he explained.

The different facilities for yarn production.

The university is also tasked to discover new blends of fibers. Dr. Ambut highlighted the different topography, climatic situation and different species to consider in choosing a plant fiber. “It may be the same material but where it grows significantly spell out an output; and we are targeting to utilize any local plants provided that its fiber length is not shorter than 2 inches,” he explained.

Research and development play a role in proving and producing new materials. “We need to utilize research to develop and use new combination of fibers native to Region VI and distinct from what the RYPIC is producing right now,” he added. Currently, the yarns are produced from common materials.

A different name for the new fabric is also considered to add value and to establish its uniqueness. “Our product is not hablon,” said Dr. Ambut, “we need to have a branding to our fabric since it is unique and made of local and new fibers.”

The birth of RYPIC also opens more opportunities on research and development for ISAT U. Dr. Ambut toyed the idea of a Balik Scientist Program for textile. He said it would encourage researchers to develop technology, circuitry, ceramics and other areas that could make a difference in textile industry.

Sec. De La Pena cites ISAT U programs for SDGs

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Pena leads the ceremonial launching of the ULAT Project during the Regional Science and Technology Week. With the Secretary are (l-r) Mayor Ronaldo Golez of Dumangas, Iloilo; Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ASTI representative (partly hidden) Sec. De La Pena and Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST 6 Director.

Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) mentioned ISAT U’s Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) and the Understanding Lightning and Thunderstorm (ULAT) Project as among the DOST-assisted programs for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the present administration during the Regional Science and Technology Week at the Iloilo Convention Center on October 21-25, 2019.

“There are two major programs of the ISAT U, and these are the RYPIC, and then we will have very soon a ground receiving station for satellite images; we call it ULAT dito sa Iloilo,” Secretary De La Pena said. He added that ULAT will provide useful data for different agencies, “it is a receiving, processing, and transmitting information for remotely sense images for use by our national government agencies; it can be used for agriculture, environment and defense purposes.“

Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena

In his keynote address, Sec. De La Pena underscored the importance of partnership with HEIs in research and innovation. Science and Technology, according to him, plays a role in the sustainable development goals of the present administration. “From my own count, 13 (of the 17 SDGs), were we can directly contribute from the science and technology community,” he said.

ISAT U’s projects along with programs from other SUCs and private institutions were the contributions in science and technology according to the Secretary. The programs are the products of DOST’s efforts to reduced inequalities in research and innovations by partnering with higher educational institutions (HEIs).

The University is also involved in other DOST’s programs enumerated by Sec. De La Pena.  One of these is the agency’s initiative of smart cities and choosing the City of Iloilo as the pilot city in the Visayas. The University partnered with DOST to establish data science in this project.

To promote and encourage innovation and research, he highlighted the achievement of Ilonggo Dr. Ramon Gustilo for inventing the knee replacement design for Asian population, and the bio kit for rapid dengue infection testing (in an hour) and smart surface technology which won gold at Geneva Expo.

Going with the celebration’s theme “Science for the People,” ISAT U displayed researches, innovations and projects with has impact to the community, robotics and other science and technology products. The ceremonial launching of the ULAT was also one of the highlights of DOST-assisted projects.

After his message, Sec. De La Pena gamely interacted with the students. Three students from ISAT U received an early Christmas gift after answering correctly science and technology related questions from the Secretary.

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Univ launches Programmable Dehydrator Machine for Herbal Tea Materials

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Engr. Ed Roderick V. Canuto sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the turn-over of the Programmable Dehydration Machine  for Herbal Tea Materials. Members of the research team witness the ceremony.

“This is a milestone in research initiatives,” said Dr. Raul F. Muyong during the launching of the Programmable Dehydrator Machine for Herbal Tea Materials at Ephrathah Farms, Inc., Brgy. Sariri, Badiangan, Iloilo on October 25, 2019.

Dr. Juanito C. Batalon, Director for Agricultural Resource Management Research Division (ARMRD), also lauded the project as an advancement and a milestone in agriculture. ARMRD is one of the five technical research divisions of the   Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD). It is responsible for two commodities: Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Ecosystem.

Dr. Batalon                                   Dr. Mucas                                     Engr.  Canuto 

Funded by the DOST-PCAARRD, the project addressed the issue on production cost of drying and the quality of the dried materials.

Project leader Dr. Renerio S. Mucas said that the machine minimizes the cost of the drying process. “The machine is multi-powered and solar power is main power source to maintain temperature; it is renewable so it lessens the production cost,” he explained.

“Research and experiment was also used to increase the quality of drying to optimize retention of phytochemicals and nutrients,” added Dr. Mucas. A comparative test to determine the level of nutrients was conducted between the raw materials and its products dried the traditional way. “The result shows that most phytochemicals are lost due to either over exposure or too much heat, so the tea drinkers could not avail the nutritional value of the herb,” he said.

“So we established the right drying temperature for a specific material to keep its highest level of phytochemicals, “he continued, “thus, we develop the machine with programmable temperature to dry herbs with minimal cost but retains its highest nutritional and medicinal value.”

The machine was built for malunggay, guava, guyabano, and roselle tea.

Above photo shows Engr. Canuto, Dr. Batalon and Dr. Muyong with the products ready for the market; below, the features of the dehydration machine.

“This project is in the priority area of smart farming, precision agriculture and automation in agricultural productions,” described Dr. Batalon. He also shared some of the projects and programs funded by the ARMRD and encourages more research and innovations geared towards the advancement of agriculture.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, on the other hand, committed to develop more projects and envisions ISAT U to be a research university. The university president punctuated the importance of research and innovations and its impact to the community. He cited the Multi-powered Drying Machine for Food Processing, a similar project which was launched in 2018. The project has already created impact to the livelihood of seaweeds farmers in Brgy. Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo. According to him, it was presented by the PASUC in the Senate budget hearing to support the budget for research activities of the State Universities and Colleges.

Engr. Ed Roderick V.Canuto, General Manager of Ephrathah Farms, Inc. is positive that the project benefits more beneficiaries and could create more linkages. He also emphasized on values, character and attitude needed to create an impact and outcomes. Ephrathah Farms is the partner of the project.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong reappointed ISAT U President

Dr. Raul F. Muyong visits the office of CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III after his reappointment as ISAT U President.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong was unanimously reappointed President of the Iloilo Science and Technology University for another four-year term  by the Board of Regents  upon the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee that assessed his performance from 2015 to 2018.

With no objections, the Board of Regents passed Special Board Resolution No. 01, Series of 2019 for his reappointment. CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III signed the reappointment for four years commencing on August 5, 2019 to August 4, 2023.

When he was installed as the first president of the institution after its conversion into a University, Dr. Raul F. Muyong made a promise to unite the different campuses of ISAT U under one system.

In his address during his investiture rites on September 2015 he said, “My dream is to have one ISAT U. We maybe have different campuses, colleges, or departments, but we are ONE ISAT U with ONE Vision and aspirations.”

Under his leadership, “One System, One Policy” was implemented. Infrastructures and physical development was visible in all campuses. The equitable distribution of the university budget was also implemented. Opportunities for faculty and staff development were also strengthened to benefit more employees. Active involvement of the external campuses in decision making was also intensified.

The external campuses lauded the efforts of Dr. Muyong for the uniform benefits in the implementation of the Collective Negotiation Agreement incentives.

The four years of the Muyong administration saw a tremendous  infrastructure, physical and students’ development  in all campuses.

The Research Hub not only establishes the identity of ISAT U as the only science and technology university in the region but also added a boost to research and development goal of the university. The 45-million facility now houses the USAID-granted facilities and the fabrication laboratory of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The completion of the University Library (above) and the ongoing construction of the Student Service Center are two of the major infrastructure projects of the ISAT U under the leadership of Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Other facilities are the 3-storey New Science Building or the N-Building (Php 38.6 million) that houses the College of Education; the Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) Building (Php 24.5 million) that serves  as instructional facility and laboratory of Hotel and Restaurant Technology and TLE Students.

Two other facilities are on their way to completion. Dr. Muyong initiated the construction of the Student Service Center (Php 48, 164, 706.08), a one-stop-shop enrolment to employment facility. Once completed, the Student Service Center will house all offices that cater to frontline services of the students and facilities for students’ activities and programs. On the other hand, the completion of the state-of –art library (Php 42.3 million) is within reach. It features modern facilities for learning.

A 14-million pesos access route was also constructed and will soon connect the main campus to the new site.
The idle space in the third floor of the administration building was also converted into offices of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Bids and Awards Committee, Internal Audit Office, Legal office and Public Information Office.

The major projects at the external campuses are: Barotac Nuevo – Industrial Technology Building; Dumangas- Administration Building and Mini-hotel; Leon- Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Library; Miagao- PE Fitness center and HRT Service Center. The University also procured 2 service vehicles for Barotac and Dumangas Campuses.

The Integrated Income and Revenue Generating Projects (IIRGP) was also intensified. When Dr. Muyong started as President in 2015, the income of the University soared from Php 9,826,939.00 to Php 15, 420, 231.77 (63.73%) in 2018. Part of the proceeds from the IIRGP was used to purchase a Php 5.5650 6-seater school bus, the first in ISAT U.


Under the Muyong administration major offices were created and linkages were broadened.

The Office of the Vice President for External Affairs (VPEA) was created and tasked to take charge of all International and National Affairs of the University. Under the VPEA are the offices of the International and National Affairs, Alumni Affairs and the Industry and Linkages Development Office.

To ensure management control and to conduct operation audit, the University created the Internal Audit Service Office (IAS). Among other functions, the IAS conducts management performance audit of the functions, programs, projects, activities of the University and its compliance. The office is also tasked to analyze and evaluate management deficiencies and assist top level management by recommending realistic course of action.

The Legal Services Office and the Public Information Office were additional units formed to beef up the University operations.


The Multi-powered Drying System for Food Processing (right) has provided uninterrupted production of seaweeds crackers even during the rainy days as compared to the traditional ways (left).

As one of the major areas of services, Dr. Muyong gives emphasis to the impact of researches to the community.
Two of the four USAID funded projects were already turned over to the community and had already created significant contributions to the livelihood of the beneficiaries.

The Multi- powered Drying System for Food Processing helped in providing a continuous production of seaweeds crackers among the locals of Brgy Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo even during inclement weather. On the other hand, the S-Turbine project augment the water supply of the members of Cabacanan Multi-Purpose Farmers multi-Purpose Cooperative at Alimodian, Iloilo.

Meanwhile, the study on the Extraction of Hyaluronic Acid on Silver Whiting Head is completed and on the process of technology transfer while the Research on Valorization of Brown Seaweeds is on the process of completion.
The DOST has also funded three projects  and these are the Design and Development of Programmable Dehydrator Machines for Herbal Tea Products (P4,993,905.00), Development of Food and Health Supplements and Bioactive Fucoidants (P235, 000.00), Development of Green Packaging Technology Using Eco-Friendly Materials for Rice and Other Commodities (P4, 929,172.00).

The 13 externally-funded researches have  a total grants of Php 99, 225,713.00.
Seven researches were given Best Paper Award while 1 invention, 3 utility models, 7 industrial designs and 9 copyrights were registered with Intellectual Property Office.

On extension services, 280 extension programs were organized and conducted with 293 partners that trained 32, 321 clientele. Since 2015 until 2018 the budget allocation for extension services was Php 21, 418, 613.82.


Research and innovation is always in the bucket list of the university president. Two major partnerships that focused on research and innovation are being undertaken.

The ISAT U and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched the first Western Visayas Fabrication Laboratory. The 7-million Iloilo Center for Design, Prototyping and Modelling Equipment sits at the Research Hub.

Recently, the university partnered with the DOST-PTRI for the establishment of the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC). The RYPIC is the first regional facility of the PTRI.


Academic programs were revised and aligned with the new Policies, Standards and Guidelines issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

New programs were offered and approved. The offerings of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, Bachelor in Human Services, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education and the Bachelor of Technology and Livelihood Education were already implemented. The proposed BS Biology will be subjected to CHEd evaluation.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong untiringly pushes for quality education. His effort paid off as the University produced four (4) PRC licensure examination topnotchers. ISAT U institutional performance is mostly higher than the national passing percentage.

Aside from academic excellence, the University displays its dominance in the field of arts. In 2018, three major awards were bagged in the MetroBank Arts and Design Excellence (MADE) Awards and the Grand Prize in the T shirt Design Competition of the 2018 Vision Petron National Student Art Competition.


The teacher education program was recognized as the Center of Development by the CHEd in 2016. Recently, ISAT U

Dr. Raul F. Muyong receives the Plaque of Recognition from then CHEd Commissioner Patricia B. Licuanan for the teachers education program as Center of Development.

received the Certificate of Recognition as the Higher Education Institution with the most number of Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) in the region.

Last year, the Civil Service Commission awarded a Certificate of Recognition to the University for achieving the Maturity Level II of the PRIME HRM Program.

The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. awarded ISAT U a Special Citation as Rank No. 3 in terms of percentage of accredited programs (1992-2008).

A Certificate of Recognition was also awarded by the Government Quality Management Committee on 2016 for achieving the goal of the Government Quality Management Program (GQMP) to strengthen the institutional capabilities in delivering citizen-focused public services and in implementing international standards-based quality management system.

ISAT U is also a recipient of the Emerald Award by AJA Registrars, Inc. .


Under the leadership of Dr. Muyong, the University obtained Level III status of the AACCUP and all its campuses the ISO 9001:2015 Certification.

To assure delivery of quality education regular accreditation of different programs were also conducted. Currently, 4 programs were submitted for Level IV accreditation. 13 programs are Level III accredited, 29, Level II and 1 program in Level 1 status.

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