ISAT U and UPM Exchanges Possible Through Erasmus+ Program

Erasmus+ is one of the largest scholarship programs worldwide geared towards the promotion of education and sports to the youth in the European Union (EU). The program has become one of the popular channels through which the EU developed good cooperation and collaboration between countries that promote and support academic mobility for students, faculty and staff. The Erasmus+ program offers stakeholders many opportunities to gain valuable academic, cultural and practical experiences beyond the walls of their school.

Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) has signed an inter-institutional agreement with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain through the Erasmus+ program for student and faculty exchange. Selected fourth year BS Architecture students from the ISAT U College of Engineering and Architecture, Frexie Jan G. Lorca, Lara A. Taclima, Krisha Angeli P. Raquiz, are in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain, as of this writing, for their internship from June 1 to July 31, 2022. Architect Regina Falconite – Head of the Architecture Department will be joining the students on July 8, 2022 and will teach in the College of Architecture until her scheduled return to the country on July 31, 2022. Furthermore, Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao – Vice President for External Affairs and Dr. Juniffer B. Badoles – Director of the National and International Affairs Office have recently arrived from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid from their two-week faculty mobility program.

The students and faculty members of ISAT U received a mobility grant from Erasmus+ which made their travel to Madrid, Spain possible. The selected architecture students have been introduced to some faculty members of the College of Engineering and Architecture of UPM who will serve as their supervisor and overseer for the rest of their stay in the University, while the ISAT U faculty representatives were given a chance to benchmark some of the best practices of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and to establish linkages with other colleges and programs in the University.

 

For an Erasmus+ grant, the students have to be regular students at a university. Erasmus+ enables students to complete parts of their studies abroad at a university in participating countries. Their study achievements abroad will be credited towards their regular studies if they correspond to the study plan. This student and faculty exchange program between ISAT U and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is the start of future collaborations made possible by the Erasmus+ program.

 

-Jieza J. Napone, LPT, MA.Ed.

 

 

 


ISAT U Fostering Gender Sensitivity in the workplace

The office of the President and its different units convened to attend a 3-day training workshop at Damires Hills Resort in Janiuay Iloilo last June 8-10, 2022.

The Gender and Development Office of Iloilo Science and Technology University spearheaded the said training-workshop through its director, Ms. Emily A. Dela Cruz.

A total of 25 participants attended the said training-workshop with the aim to mainstream gender into all operations of the University in order to meet the provisions of RA 9710 otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women. Series of activities and lectures were given to better understand what the law requires and how as public servants one can contribute to its attainment.

Ms. Dela Cruz gave a lecture on the important of being gender sensitive in dealing with the different stakeholders of the university most especially in identifying terms that are not biased but instead sensitive.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the university president handled the team-building part to highlight the 3-day gathering. He gave emphasis on the importance of finding one’s purpose in the different assigned tasks each individual is called to serve. He facilitated different group activities to further engage the participants and enabled them to find their core strength as individuals.

“This team-building activity will gauge how well you know each other and this will also strengthen your   capability as an individual, as public servants serving our university. You may all have different personalities and field of expertise but as one community we are called to serve with outmost integrity and we are called to unite as one ISAT U family.”


RASUC VI holds Orientation on NBC 461 8th  Cycle Evaluation

June 13, 2022 – The Iloilo Science and Technology University hosted the Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges (RASUC) VI for the orientation on DBM-CHED joint circular No. 01, series of 2022 regarding the guidelines for the implementation of the 8th evaluation cycle of the National Budget Circular (NBC) no. 461, series of 1998.

Representative from the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Budget and Management Regional Offices attended the said gathering with the aim to help clarify some gray areas in the guidelines for the NBC 461 8th evaluation cycle implementation.

Sixty (60) delegates from the different state universities and institutions in the region attended the said gathering. Dr. Bobby Gerado, President of NISU, Dr. Emily Arangote, President of ASU, Dr. Nordy Siason, Jr., President of ISCOF, Dr. Editha C. Alfon, President of CAPSU and Dr. Pablo S. Crespo Jr., President of UA were among the University Presidents who attended the said meeting.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the ISAT U President and also the chair of the RASUC VI, Inc. welcomed the delegates during the orientation proper and he discussed the guidelines for the Implementation of the 8th evaluation cycle.

Mr. Ned P. Cababasay, ISAT U’s MIS Director and Director for the WV NBC 461 Zonal Computerization Center discussed the Common Criteria Evaluation (CCE) and Qualitative Contribution Evaluation (QCE) guidelines. He also answered some concerns during the open forum.

The said cycle evaluation period will cover July 1, 2016 to July 30, 2019.

 

 


7th Charter Day Founding Anniversary of ISAT U

May 18, 2022 – Delegates and faculty from the different colleges and campuses collectively celebrated the founding anniversary of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology as it gained its university status since 2015 and it is now called Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) as it is popularly known as ISAT based on its previous name in 1939 – 1983, Iloilo School of Arts and Trade (ISAT).

The 7th Charter day founding anniversary of ISATU is a one-day celebration where it is also an event that is momentous because since the pandemic started in 2019, it had become the first hybrid program conducted at the ISATU Lapaz Campus. The morning activities started with a mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Joaper G. Geraneo and was attended by the faculty, staff and students physically or virtually present. After the mass, the blessing of the newly finished administration office followed. The university’s key officials; President Raul F. Muyong, the Vice Presidents of the ISATU system, the Student Regent, John Joseph Tabladillo and the representatives from the colleges and external campuses of the institution were present during the event.

The President’s Cup: A sociocultural activity followed in the afternoon and select students from the colleges and campuses of ISATU displayed their talents and skills in the various competitions such as the Binalaybay contest, Dayaw and the Hiphop Dance Competition. The activity was full of excitement and longing of the students to again have physical programs such as the activity that was pushed through; colors, cheers and chances to again go back to the previous normal filled the atmosphere of the ISATU gymnasium.

“Labor is Honor”, the school’s motto truly was felt during the afternoon activities, the performances of the students were truly remarkable.  Labor is not only a term isolated for the commitment in industry but labor is also a term that defines – in all aspects that a Tradean is challenged to do which he or she displays passion and dedication is also labor that consequently gives pride and honor not only for his or her represented college and campus but it is the victory of ISATU as a whole, where we are proud, strong and strengthened as Tradeans as what we should be.

 

Written by: Senator Kevin Rey Deanon


DOST turns over P42-million worth RYPIC to ISAT University

May 24, 2022 marks the significant event as the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) turns over the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) facility to Iloilo Science and Technology University. This momentous event was graced by the presence of DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, DOST-PTRI Director Celia Ilumba and DOST VI Director Rowen Gelonga.

Notably, RYPIC is the first micro-scale yarn spinning facility established outside the National Capital Region. Its main objective is to provide technical support to micro-small-medium scale enterprises who are involved in garments industry and share to them technical know-how on the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarn. Also, it aims to boost tourism in the municipality of Miagao. This was conceptualized in 2016 as a fruit of collaboration between ISAT U and DOST.

 

In his speech, Dr. Muyong, ISAT U President expressed his appreciation to the action of DOST to formally entrust the facility to ISAT University. “DOST and ISAT U achieved so much success in this partnership and that is because we have a clear shared purpose, well-defined roles, and effectively structure the partnership,” he said.

Meanwhile, Secretary dela Pena emphasized the importance of science and technology to revive the native weaving industry for the economic development in the region.

Present also during the turnover ceremony are Dr. Ricmar Aquino, President of Isabela State University, Ms. Noreen Marian Bautista of Panublix, Hon. Macario Napulan, Mayor of the municipality of Miagao, Miagao Mayor-Elect Oscar Garin, Jr., DTI  6 Regional Director Rebecca Rascon, PCCI Iloilo Gov  Jobert Penaflorida and RYPIC Brand Ambassador Vanessa Caro.

 

-Nino Legaspi I PICO, ISAT U Miagao Campus


The University’s limited face-to-face classes officially opens

 

April 25, 2022 -The university opened its gate and welcomed over a hundred students from the different colleges during the F2F classes kick-off flag ceremony after many months of shifting to online classes.

 “It’s been more than two years since the fateful day when we sent you home in March 2020 because of the COVD-19 pandemic. And it hasn’t been the same ever since. More than two years of flexible learning, online classes and using of our virtual learning environment. I am so excited and delighted today to welcome you all, our faculty and students back in the University”, Dr. Muyong, the University president said during his welcome message.

The students, faculty and staff gathered at the covered gym for the flag ceremony and kick-off activities on the said date. Select students and faculty members showcased their dance prowess once again during the intermission number organized by the Student Republic officers.

Dr. Muyong constantly reminded the students to be diligent in their studies and be serious in the performance of their duties and responsibilities while they are in school.

“While you are here in the university, focus on what you are learning because it has been said that neither intelligence nor talent ensures your success in school. Focus, concentration and perseverance are essential for you to succeed.”

 

VPs and other university key officials were also present during the said kick-off ceremony.

 


43 EE studs’ shines in REE board exam 2022

The ISAT U Electrical Engineering Department proved their top-level performance as 38 out of 65 first timer EE students passed the Licensure Examination for Registered Electrical Engineer conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) held last April 26-27, 2022.

Out of the 3,029 passers of the April Registered Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination, 43 ISAT U Alumni successfully obtained their license.

PRC Board of Electrical Engineering Chairman, Engr. Francis V. Mapile and Engr. Jaime V. Mendoza and members administered the licensure exams.

The coverage of the REE exams; Mathematics (20%), ESAS (35%) and EE Professional Subjects (45%). (The REE board examinations have been conducted at different PRC testing centers located in the NCR, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legaspi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

I am very happy to the result. Despite of the pandemic, we surpass the national passing percentage. The review preparation is not easy to the students especially the review is online platform. Many factors that can affect to our students during their review. It can affect their discipline, hard work and perseverance. I know if the review is face-to-face, there is a tendency we can get 100 percentage passing rate. Congratulations to our new batch of REE. Thank you to the support of the Faculty and Staff of the CEA-EE Dept and to the ISAT U Administration.” said, Engr. Ferdinand Pedrajas, EE Dept. Head

ISAT U got the passing percentage for first takers of 58.46%; over-all passing rate 58.90% (43 out of 73) and the National Passing Percentage of 54.41%. The university produces most number of passers in Region 6.


HRMO conducts skills enhancement and employee development seminar-workshop

April 18 & 19 – The Human Resource Management Office facilitated a two-day training workshop entitled “Skills Enhancement and Employee Development” with the aim to help the University stay more competitive by reducing skill gaps and increase contentment and satisfaction at work and highly-motivated translated into performance and morale.

One hundred select employees from the different campuses and offices participated in the said 2-day event held at Punta Villa Resort and Convention Center, Arevalo Iloilo City. Different topics such as Understanding Work Values and Communication Etiquette, Personality Traits in the Workplace, among others were discussed and the participants learned how to write, communicate well and dress appropriately in their respective workplaces.

Resource persons from the different fields of expertise were invited to discuss things and helped the employees better understand their significance in the current position they are called to serve.

During the president’s time, Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the university president encouraged all employees to work diligently and with integrity in their respective posts.

 

“Your job performance speaks of yourself. All of you are encouraged be efficient and effective in delivering work and service to our clients” Dr. Muyong stated.

The Human Resource Management Office of the university is a recipient of the PRIME – HRM award of the Civil Service Commission.


Building it bigger, better

The Iloilo Science and Technology University – Lapaz Campus has four (4) ongoing major projects being rehabilitated and constructed to cater the different growing needs of its stakeholders. Now, that the university is gearing towards limited face-to-face mode of learning the said constructions will mutually benefit not just the administration but most especially the students.

Rehabilitation of the Civil Technology Building. This three-storey building is already 53.13% completed and this will cater all civil technology and civil engineering courses in the conduct of lecture and laboratory classes. This will also provide the faculty, students, and all stakeholders with conducive and safe civil technology building to enhance the teaching learning process in conducting academic activities particularly for civil technology and civil engineering courses. With the construction of the new building, the faculty can deliver quality and efficient instruction that will expose the student in scientific and technological education.

Rehabilitation of the L-building. Currently, this four-storey building is 78.47% completed. This will then cater the conduct of lecture and laboratory classes of HRT students. Also, this will provide students with a more conducive and safe classrooms and learning space for knowledge and skills development.

Rehabilitation of the ground floor administration building.  The major rehabilitation is currently 73.48% completed.  The President’s office together with the office of the board secretary will be relocated in this area. The renovation also includes the office of the cashier, accounting and finance. In addition to such offices, there will be a board room with lounge area and a President’s function room. The façade and entrance of the University is included in the said project.

Construction of the University four-story library.  This building is already 93.47% completed and it will provide more space and conducive place for students to study, do research and engage in academic investigations and learning through books and internet.

With all these on-going developments in the main campus, the students will now have something to look forward to when they come back to the university for the conduct of the limited face-to-face classes after two years of online modality of learning.

 

 

 

 


Up close and personal with the man behind the MUCAS Project

He is known for his dehydrator machines. Now, he is into smart hydroponics. Let us get to know the man, the project, and his dedication to science and the community.

 

“I grew up in the farm and farming is very close to my heart. This is the very reason why I ventured in this kind of project despite the different challenges me and my team encountered along the way.”

 

PICO: Please tell us more about yourself.

Dr. Renerio S. Mucas: I graduated Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education mayor in Electronics and took up my Master of Industrial Education major in Electronics here in our university. I am a loyalist so to say because my PhD in Educational Management was done here also.

PICO: How did you end up doing developmental research?

Dr. Renerio S. Mucas: It was during our National Budget Circular review that Innovation surfaced as one of my weak points so I challenged myself and focused on research. Also, it was in 2010 when I attended a training in Singapore for 2 months and a half. New technology was introduced and it was basically more on computer controls and my interest in this kind of field grew.

PICO: Many would express that research is a complicated field. What are your thoughts on this?

Dr. Renerio S. Mucas: Research is not that complicated at all. Its only in the mind actually. You will enjoy research because you will learn a lot and it is a continued process. You will discover more and upon discovering more, you will have this driving force to advance your readings and generate more ideas along the way.

PICO: The MUCAS project is quite interesting. What is the inspiration behind this?

Dr. Renerio S. Mucas: Okay, MUCAS or Management of Unified Control and Automated Systems is a one-year project funded by the Department of Science and Technology. My motivation of doing this project is actually to use my knowledge in the control systems in agriculture since I am into electronics. You know, I grew up in the farm and farming is very close to my heart. Nowadays, our farmers are ageing and only a few young people wanted to venture in this kind of hard work. With this MUCAS, I wanted to introduce smart farming to the community. Venturing in high valued crops is another way to improve the way of farming here in the Philippines specifically here in Western Visayas.

PICO: What is the main function of this MUCAS?

 Dr. Renerio S. Mucas: I came up with a system, the IoT wherein the water, temperature and nutrients parameters for hydroponics will be controlled automaticallyso that you can assure of the growth and progress of your plants. Traditionally, farm owners tend to their farms through manual and hard labor especially when it comes to monitoring and securing the water and Ph levels of the plants. With this breakthrough, farm owners can now simply program everything and monitor the progress wherever they are for as long as the application is installed in their mobile devices.

PICO: What are the challenges you encountered along the way?  

 Dr. Renerio S. Mucas: When the unit was already installed in the site, I thought its already good but upon observation and monitoring, the project still needs to be upgraded. Good thing I have my team with me in the persons of Mr. Hilario S. Taberna Jr., Ms. Vanessa Mae D. Supapo who also worked tirelessly to improve and enhance this project.

PICO: Lastly, what is the main ingredient in doing this kind of project and your take away for our young researchers? 

Dr. Renerio S. Mucas: I don’t want the output to be not of a value. I want it to be of use especially in the community. More readings and determination are the key in this kind of work. If possible, I want to perfect my projects but along the way, there’s still a lot of things to be done. Never stop learning and always challenge yourselves to do better.