Archives for June 23, 2020

COVID-19 stranded students reunite with families

The stranded students boarding a chartered plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Thirty-seven students caught in lock down in the Provinces of Laguna and Cavite and Valenzuela City, Metro Manila reunited with their families after almost 60 days of separation due to covid 19 pandemic. 

The BS Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor in Industrial Technology major in Automotive Technology students from Iloilo City and Miagao Campus were on on-the-job-training (OJT) when Metro Manila and part of Luzon were placed under quarantine.

After coordinating with the authorities from the City and Province of Iloilo, the ISAT U administration successfully found a way to process their repatriation. Luck was on the side of the students when they chanced on a chartered plane from Metro Manila bound to fetch Overseas Filipino Workers in Iloilo.

With the persistence of the ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong and with the assistance of Representative Julienne L. Baronda,  the University  was able to strike a deal of Php 2,500/head airfare from a high of Php 9,000.

The students were made to comply with the requirements that includes a Php4,500/student RT-PCR test conducted by Red Cross in Metro Manila, medical certificates and certificate of residency.

The first batch of repatriates arrived  Iloilo City on May 31 and the second batch on June 9. A swab test was conducted before the students were brought to GO Hotel as part of the 14 days mandatory quarantine. The University paid the Php 1,400 per room for the daily accommodation of the  37 students at the hotel.

The University also provided the students with nutritious food prepared at the Hotel and Restaurant Technology Service Center by the BSHRT professors. The university spent almost a million pesos for the repatriation of the students.

“We do not look at the figures of how much we spent.  What we are giving importance is the safety of our students, “said Dr. Muyong.

Industry, Linkages and Development Office (ILDO) Director Remia L. Doctora also expressed her appreciation to the donors who sustained the food of the students prior to their going home. “We really appreciate the help of the donors for sustaining the food of the students before they were brought home, “ Dr. Doctora said, “we have gathered Php 188, 500. “  Dr. Doctora is in-charge for the welfare and repatriation of stranded students

Among the donors were ISAT U-CCPTA, ISAT-U Multi-purpose Cooperative, CIT Faculty Contribution, CEA Faculty Contribution, Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers,  Organization of Industrial Technology Students, PTA Miagao Campus,  Faculty-Miagao Campus, PTA Miagao Campus, Student Republic,  University Guidance Center, HRT Faculty. 

The faculty led by Dr. Raul F.Muyong likewise pooled their resources to augment the students’ needs. Those who helped were Dr. Pedro H. Fonatanalgo, Dr. Remia L. Doctora,  Dr. Alma Palabrica, Dr. Tracy Tacuban, Dr. Belinda Go, Dr. Rene Celda, Prof. Zumel Cadenas, Dr. Carlo Sira, Dr. Erman Gange, Dr. Pacifico N. Senador, Dr. Dominico Sergie O. Valencia, Prof. Femy Estecomen, Prof. Laroza,  Dr . Carlito P. Porras, Prof. Romulo D. Candoliza, Dr. Christian Lemarjo A. Caipang, Prof. Ana V. Ancheta, Dr. Jeanneth F. Darroca, Dr. Ernie Daitao, Dr.  Sammy Daitao,  Prof. Junry Ubag,  Prof. Zeum Abaygar, 

ISAT U conducts webinars for flexible learning

Dr. Raul F. Muyong gives the salient points in the online trainers’ training on the use of Facebook social learning platform..

To sustain quality education through flexible learning for Academic Year 2020-2021, a series of webinars were conducted and attended by the faculty and staff.

A webinar on social learning concept, a trainer’s training on the use of Facebook social learning platform and a forum entitled “Empowering Oneself Toward Embracing the New Normal,” were initiated by the University’s administration. The participants in the trainers’ training also shared their learning in their respective colleges and campuses.

On the other hand, the Gender and Development (GAD) hosted the webinar entitled, “Gender Perspective and Psychological Support and Well Being” and “Appreciative Resilience in Times of Crisis.” The online sessions were delivered by Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan and Dr. Emily D. Decolen of the UP Los Banos. More than 350 participants from the different ISAT U campuses, Ivisan National High School, Guimaras State College, Central Philippine State University, West Visayas State University, Hercor College, Inzo Arnaldo Village Integrated School, Lutogan Integrated School and Culasi National High School joined the discussions.  The forum aimed to help the participants cope with the challenges brought by the pandemic.

The technical team that facilitates the webinar of the GAD.

The ISAT U faculty also attended online training organized by other institutions. Among those were the “Certificate Course on Alternative Laboratory-Based” and “Simulation-Driven Learning Certificate Course on Flexible Learning Modalities,“ hosted by the National Teachers College. Dr. Edison A. Fermin conducted the training.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Regional Office 6 also hosted the online forum titled “Seminar on Flexible Learning on Technology/Engineering Education” with Dr. Merlinda Bandelaria.

Through the initiative of ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong, the Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges VI (RASUC VI) hosted the “Webinar on Flexible Learning.” A “Virtual Forum on Updates in Philippine Higher Education in the New Normal”with CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera, III as resource speaker was also conducted by RASUC VI attended by officials, faculty and staff of  State Universities and Colleges, Private Higher Education Institutions and Local Universities and Colleges in Western Visayas. Dr. Muyong  is also the Chair of RASUC VI.

Aside from seminars, online surveys were also conducted to know the different concerns of the students, faculty and staff. The results of the study will become the basis of the administration to formulate policies and implement programs to address the needs of every sector of the ISAT U academic community.

City dad recognizes ISAT U in covid 19 control

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas recognized ISAT U’s contribution in the containment of covid 19 in the City of Iloilo.

In a letter sent to the University, Mayor Trenas acknowledged the impact of ISAT U’s support to the front liners by providing personal protective equipment (PPEs).

Since the start of the quarantine period, ISAT U produced and distributed face masks and improvised face shields to the Iloilo City government, the Iloilo City Police Office as well as private and non-governmental organizations. Intubation boxes were also distributed to different hospitals.

The university also partnered with civic groups in the city to produce innovative PPEs and other tools. 

ISAT U and  Iloilo United Hazmat Volunteers joined for the production of protective suits. Currently, the FabLab is also working on the design, prototype, and fabrication  UVC Room Sanitizing Lamp and  UVC N95 Sanitation Box in partnership with JCI Iloilo.

COE, CIT launch health-centered projects

The College of Education (COE) and the College of Industrial Technology (CIT) launched health-centered projects to help control the spread of covid19.

In response to Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan Act placing the entire country under the state of emergency and enjoining all government agencies to contribute in addressing the pandemic, the COE launched the Community Kitchen for the front liners at Brgy. Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo during the quarantine period.

The program provided nutritious lunch and extended moral support for the barangay tanods, health workers and volunteers assigned at critical areas of the barangay. Brgy. Ungka is ISAT U’s partner for community and extension services.

The CIT, on the other hand, developed  a foot-operated hand wash facilities in preparation for the opening of classes.

The innovations are designed to minimize hand contact while maximizing the hygiene practice of the students.

The University is currently constructing 10 new hand wash facilities inside the campus while the existing lavatories  will be modified to suit the less contact standards of the newly built facilities. 

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