February 16, 2021 – A virtual consultative meeting was conducted by ISAT University and its stakeholders in preparation for the fiscal year 2022 budget. Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre Jr., the VP for Administration and Finance, spearheaded the said consultation through the online platform Zoom.
“Our government is continuing the modernization of the national budgeting system to improve the efficiency of the underlying processes like planning, procurement, cash management and payment. These improvements in our public financial management systems are aimed at increasing the volume and enhancing the quality of our public services especially in the SUCs set-up just like ours. This gathering is very important and crucial as we prepare our budget for FY 2022 because we
wanted to involve all our key officials and stakeholders,” Dr. Salistre stated during his opening message.
Dr. Muyong, the university president, gave emphasis on the different achievements and milestones of the University despite the different challenges each department, college, and campus faced during the COVID-19 outbreak. The University continued giving its best especially for the students who are aiming to have quality education in the midst of different threats brought about by the COVID-19.
The meeting proper started with a plenary gathering and right after the messages from Dr. Salistre and Dr. Muyong, the breakout sessions commenced. ADCO members were identified to act as the main facilitators and moderators of the five different pre-assigned group – Faculty, Alumni, Students, Non – Teaching Personnel and Parents.
It all started with just a simple coffee session one chilly morning of December when the idea of organizing a biking group started brewing and came about in the year 2018.
Back in 2015, there’s already an existing bike group but it was not that visible yet and some members are in-active and not connected with the University anymore until after that informal meeting over a cup of steaming brewed coffee.
“It was just a very casual morning when we decided to go to a local coffee shop and hang out for a while since it was a Saturday and most of us does not go to work on that day. Out of the blue, we all agreed to regularize our bonding through biking and even invited our family members and friends to try out this kind of outdoor adventure since Iloilo is known to be the biking capital of the country” Engr. Zumel Cadenas shared their humble beginnings.
For over three years now the ISAT U bikers is continuously growing, expanding and welcoming new potential members who’s up for an outdoor adventure and those who are into taking the road less travelled. In fact, they have over 60 members now and the different colleges in the University is organizing also their own small biking group from beginners to advanced riders and whenever they hear the call for adventure, they simply meet and join the other groups.
“We are actually bringing our family members during our rides and even my wife is my co-rider. This is actually our form of bonding and de-stressing especially in this time of pandemic. If we will just dwell on the negativities of everything that is happening around, our well-being is at stake. That’s the main reason why we make it a point to go out of town for a ride every weekend, Dr. Rene Celda shared. Dr. Celda is one of the men behind this ISAT U bikers and currently he is the dean of the College of Industrial Technology.
“Actually, this activity does not only help us in maintaining our physical well-being but this is more on strengthening our bond of friendship outside of our work assignments. Sometimes during our ride, tires and breaks have the tendencies to break and mal-function and as a co-rider you have the responsibility to help each other, it is part of our mutual understanding actually…” shared Dr. Pablo Nierva, Jr.
In the future, the group looks forward to organizing a fun ride showing that ISATU is not just everything about aiming of becoming a leading science and technology University in Asia but rather an Institution where relationships, mental health and well-being is nurtured and fostered above all.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approves the Edutourism project of ISAT University under the Culture, Heritage and Museums (CHIM) category. The initiative is part of the Commission’s Study in PH – Edutourism program categorized further into Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery (AFF) and Environment and Natural Resources (ENR).
“Grantees were selected in areas identified as priority tourism areas under the National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2022 and Tourism Regional Strategic Action Plan, with a view towards the core principle of globalization of education taking advantage of the existing regional development efforts to integrate local cultural, indigenous, and heritage products and practices within the wider global context” according to CHED. Other grantees from the region include UP Visayas, ISCOF, University of Antique and Guimaras State College.
A three – storey cultural heritage and educational research center will soon rise at the University’s new site as part of the 9 MILLION worth project granted by CHED for its construction. This building will have 3 floors with different key functions such as; ELibrary, Museum, gallery and a roof top café among others. It will be also a one-stop shop that can cater local and foreign guests as well as students who might need to do cultural researches and exposures.
“We are very happy because finally after a series of meetings and presentations, we are set to start the project that will be very beneficial not just for our University but also for the edutourism industry here in the City. With this project, we look forward that it will bring a lot of possible opportunities for our students and different stakeholders. Also, it will be a one-stop shop for the local and international tourists visiting our City” Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, the project leader shared.
This project is set to start in the first quarter of this year.
January 25, 2021 – A total of 5,416 units of electronic tablets were distributed to the various colleges of the university. Students from the CIT, CEA, COE and CAS of Iloilo City Campus were the first ones to get hold of this brand-new gadget pre – installed with learning packets. An additional 493 units will soon be purchased to cover as many students as possible.
The distribution is part of the university’s commitment to bridge the gap for remote learning and to better prepare the students for the roll out of ISATU’s Virtual Learning Environment (ISAT U VLE). Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the University President gave emphasis that every student who received the tablet should take care of it because it is government’s property. Also present were the University key officials and the different deans of the mentioned colleges.
“Despite this very challenging time, the University is trying its best to provide you with the right facilities to make your learning enjoyable. I don’t want to use the word challenging because in as much as possible we wanted you all to have fun and enjoy in this new modality of learning. The tablets that will be provided to you is a big help in your remote learning starting this semester although as of now these units are not enough for everybody but we are trying to raise funds for us to purchase more units” Dr. Muyong during his opening message.
Dr. Ramil Lumauag, Director of the Virtual Learning Environment also gave an orientation on how to properly use and maximize the functions of the ETablets. All the applications will be installed and it can be accessed by an enrolled student provided that they have their user name and the password and the lectures and other class materials can be downloaded and be opened even offline.
“This tablet will be a big for me because in the previous semester, I was only using my cell phone and the struggle was so real, trying to read notes and other modules in a small screen caused me eyestrains. I am beyond happy and blessed because of this opportunity given to me by the University and of course, I commit to take care and value this because it is clear to me that this is not mine…” shared Khey, a first-year Community Development student.
It’s no coincidence that these two visionary leaders got the chance to work together for a mutually beneficial endeavour that could better the lives of the community they are serving, listening to their people and taking into consideration their welfare above all.
Yes, you’ve read it right! DR. RAUL F. MUYONG and HON. RAUL N. BANIAS are partners in doing public service and were both born to be the modern heroes in this time. Public servants with a heart, indeed!
“Rauls were really born handsome and intellectual…” Mayor Banias started his opening message with this island-ish punch.
“We are not made Raul for nothing!” Dr. Muyong responded with a humble tone that captured the heart of everybody and made them even more attentive to what he was saying.
It was in 2018 when the partnership started and the same thread of thinking connected them and made the partnership even stronger and communication lines were kept open. The good mayor recalled that since before he had already an engagement with the institution because he took his ROTC in the fields of the then Institute and it is so refreshing to be re-connected with its amazing people again.
The Citizen Satisfaction Index System which was funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government paved the way for this incredible encounter and partnership – the heart of it all.
“Rest assured that ISAT U will be here for you and we are really happy to be of service!” Dr. Muyong is always open for more collaborations in the name of public service.
Dr. Raul F. Muyong, university president, reiterated his message of development and inclusivity for all campuses during the pre – opening conference for faculty for the 2nd semester, academic year 2020 – 2021, held on January 15, 2021 via Zoom.
In his report, Muyong emphasized the various accomplishments of the university despite the prevailing pandemic. This includes the completion of student services center, university library, L – building and other infrastructure projects all across the system. He also mentioned about the distribution of 5, 416 units of electronic tablets with learning packets and the corresponding approval and purchase of additional 493 units this semester.
Recently, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) handed the PRIME HRM Maturity Level 2 (Bronze Award) to the university with the distinction as the first SUC in Panay to receive the award. The ISAT U – DTI Fablab was also recognized by the Department of Industry (DTI) as the best fabrication laboratory in the country in Covid-19 responses and innovations and the “people’s choice” awardee during the annual Fabsiklaban: Fabricating the New Normal event. This is a validation to the efforts of the university in producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and innovative, science based – based projects in partnership with DOST, LGUs, and other public and private organizations.
The university also trail blazed the conduct of webinars designed to address the pressing concerns of students and other stakeholders during this pandemic. “No matter how difficult the situation is, just go, go, go,” Muyong added in his speech.
“Survey done scientifically is very important because it helps us better understand people’s perception of how we implement our local projects and initiatives to better our services for our people,” Hon. Raul Banias said during his message on the recently concluded Citizen Satisfaction Index System Results (CSIS) held in Concepcion, Iloilo.
The ISAT U team headed by Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the University President, worked hand in hand with the local government unit of Concepcion, Iloilo under the leadership of their town Mayor, Hon. Raul Banias to discuss the results of the survey and provide support in the crafting of their citizen – priority action plan through the conduct of a focus group discussion among the registered civil society organizations in the municipality.
The primary goal of doing this survey is to know the citizens perception to the various local government services of the LGU and further enhance their delivery in the process.
In January 13, the team visited Concepcion again to present the survey results before the constituents, municipal department heads and CSOs among others.
“Public institutions should help each other and as your partner, rest assured that ISAT U will be always here to support you!” Dr. Muyong said on his message.
The CSIS is a landmark and funded project of the DILG. This is now the third time that the university was engaged to conduct the study after LGU Zarraga and Dumangas, Iloilo.
ISAT U – DTI FabLab grabbed first place and was consequently declared as the people’s choice awardee in the recently concluded “Fabsiklaban: Fabricating the New Normal”, held last January 7 – 9, 2021.
The national competition sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry and DOST’s Advance Manufacturing Center (AMCEN) featured thirteen (13) participating fabrication laboratories in the country, with each one showcasing their various responses and innovations during this pandemic through a 5- minute video.
ISAT U – DTI FabLab was first place in the COVID-19 Response Innovations category which is a recognition of its relevant and innovative products as contributions to health workers, front liners, LGU’s and other institutions. It was also hailed as the “People’s Choice” from among the contestants which clearly shows the support of the public at large.
The other participating FabLabs include, UP Cebu, UP Los Banos, Cebu Technological University – Tuburan, USeP DigiHub, CTU – Danao, Fablab BISCAST, Fablab Bohol, Fablab Bicol, Fablab DHVTSU, Fablab JHCSC, St. Louis University and Fablab Siquijor State College.
December 14, 2020 – Hon. J. Prospero De Vera III, CHED Chairperson led the orientation and distribution of the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) which took place at the Regional Office of National Economic Development Authority in Iloilo City. Different SUC Presidents, CHED personnel and student beneficiaries were present during the said event.
Despite the challenges and threat of the current pandemic, it did not stop Hon. De Vera III to be physically present and be that beacon of hope to the lives of the students who dream of having a bright future. “Supposedly this occasion will be done through zoom only but being here physically makes a difference!” Hon. De Vera said during his speech.
This year, thousands of deserving students received an amount of P40,000 for the entire school year 2019-2020. The subsidy will be of help for their school fees, school requirements and other projects especially in this time.
“The student beneficiaries were carefully chosen and evaluated based on their family’s income and those who are poorest of the poor but deserving students. They will be qualified after a series of background checking and confirmation” said Mrs. Adeliada Tabud, the University Scholarship Coordinator.
In an interview with ISAT U president, Dr. Raul F. Muyong, he stated that the subsidy will be of big help for the students in improving their way of life particularly in the context of flexible learning modalities.
“On top of availing free higher education, the TES beneficiaries will be able to buy their own gadgets and cell phone load for connectivity purposes which will be used for the new normal way of learning.” Dr. Muyong said.
“There’s no reason for the students not to finish their education due to poverty because of this opportunity given to them…” the president added.