A testimonial program will be held on January 12, 3:00 PM at the Zuri Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo City to honor the visionary leadership of Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Dr. Luis M. Sorolla Jr., former presidents of the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U).
The event, organized by the university administration, aims to recognize the instrumental contributions of Dr. Muyong and Dr. Sorolla during their respective terms as university president. Dr. Sorolla served as president from 2006 until April 2014. Under his administration, ISAT U saw the establishment of new colleges, courses and research facilities, rapid growth in enrolment, and greater industry linkages.
During the incumbency of Dr. Sorolla, R.A.10595 was signed into law, converting WVCST into a university but implementation was withheld pending compliance of new additional CHED requirements which eventually, were also complied.
Dr. Muyong succeeded Dr. Sorolla, serving as the last College president from April 23, 2015 to May 17, 2015. On May 18, 2015, WVCST was converted into Iloilo Science and Technology University, making Dr. Muyong as its first University president. He served until his 2nd term ended in August of 2023. Thus, he holds the distinction as the last College President of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) and the first University President of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U).
Building on early successes, Dr. Muyong focused on enhancing ISAT U’s quality education and global competitiveness. This includes elevated rankings among Philippine universities, 3 – Star QS Rankings, DILG Institutional Accelerator Award, ISO Certification and Recertification, a streak of board topnotchers, national and international winners in sports and arts and numerous recognitions from agencies and award giving bodies.
Their terms as president guided ISAT U through formative decades, paving the way for its current stature as a premier science and technology institution.
The ceremony will celebrate the two leaders for their vision, progressive thinking and steadfast dedication to making ISAT U a leading source of innovations and talent. It will highlight their legacy of excellence, which continues to inspire the university community.