Arsulo is new faculty regent

CHEd Chair Prospero J. de Vera III administers the oath of office of Prof. Samuel G. Arsulo.


By virtue of his election as president of the Faculty and Employees Federation, Inc. (FEFI), Prof. Samuel G. Arsulo now serves as the new faculty regent of the ISAT U Board of Regents (BOR), the university’s governing body. He took his oath of office during the BOR second quarterly meeting held at Seda Hotel, Iloilo City on June 26, 2019.

Upon assumption of office, his key areas of concern are the retirement (Pabaon) package for the FEFI members and the revisit to the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA). Also in the priority list of Prof. Arsulo is the review of Equivalent Teaching Unit (ETU) and the exploration of the faculty’s freedom to spend the extra 2 hours of the 8 hours they spend in school, which is beyond the daily actual contact time of 6 hours.

An alumnus of ISAT U, then Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST), Professor Arsulo started his career with the University on September 11, 1991. After 28 years of service, he attained the academic rank of Asst. Professor IV.

The love for electronics technology runs in Arsulo’s blood.  He started his electronics technology education at Don Bosco Technical Institute-Talisay City, Negros Occidental where he spent his high school days. After completing his secondary education, he earned a three-year Technician Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology at Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas in 1982. Lady luck smiled at him when he found a job at Frabelle Fishing Corporation. One year later, with an ardent desire for a higher education, Prof. Arsulo left his work and enrolled at WVCST.

He graduated with Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education major in Electronics degree in 1987, Magna cum Laude.

His track record of being a consistent honor student started in his elementary days.   Because of his intelligence, he was allowed to graduate at Banate Central Elementary School (BCES) at the age of 10. In 1979, Prof. Arsulo finished his secondary education when he was only 14 years old.

He started his teaching career at Banate National High School in 1998. After three years, he returned to ISAT U as an instructor.

His services in the different organization earned him the respect of his co-workers. He was a member of the governing board of the WVCST Alumni Association, Inc., WVCST Laboratory School Parent and Teachers Association (PTA), and the WVCST College PTA. He had been the Board Secretary of ISAT U and Community Multi-purpose Cooperative before  elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

He is also known to devout his time in different educational and community associations outside of the University.   Prof. Arsulo has been President of BCES Alumni Association (2004-present); President, BCES PTA (2004-2013) and member of the Municipal School Board of the Municipality of Banate (2002-2003 and 2005-2012). He was also actively involved as a convenor of the Banate Anti-Coal Coalition in 2003. which caused the rejection of the proposed coal-fired power plant in Banate, Iloilo.




ISAT U to support DOST’s ground satellite station

Satellite project initiator Prof. Takahashi (center) of  Hokkaido University, Ms. Eriko Momo-ta (left) of Japan Science and Technology  and Mr. Harold Bryan Paler of DOST-ASTI (2nd from left)  pays a courtesy call  at ISAT U Dumangas Campus during the on-site visit.  Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut (back on camera), ISAT U  Vice President  for  Research and Extension welcomes the project initiator and his team.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University will provide technical assistance and other necessary support in the operation and installation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 3.5 meter Automatic Satellite Tracking System in the Municipality of Dumangas, Iloilo.

The ground satellite data receiving station will be used to aid as tool for the project entitled “Development of Extreme Monitoring and Information Sharing System in the Philippines.” The project is an Official Development Assisted project of the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) with Hokkaido University.

The project is also promoted by Japan International Cooperating Agency under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development Program (SATREPS) as Grant –In-Aid Project “Understanding Lightning and Thunderstorms (ULAP)” which aims to improve short term weather forecast in the country.

The ground satellite will enable the download and provide wider coverage of data captured by Filipino-owned Diwata 1 and 2 and other satellite systems that DOST is subscribing to.

Dr. Enrico Paringit, Executive Director of the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology, Research and Development (PCIEERD), said that a similar facility is installed outside of National Capital Region for better coverage.

The project initiator and his team survey and determine the area for the installation of the 3.5-meter satellite project .

”There has to be a significant wider coverage so that it could cover the greater part of the Philippines. So we thought it would be best to place it somewhere in the center and essentially those are the features where Dumangas is most fitting, ” said Paringit.

The DOST hopes to complete its installation, including the commissioning for a period of one year. It targets to launch the satellite data receiving station early next year.

Aside from providing technical and operational support, ISAT U will also extend the use of utilities to DOST-ASTI as project implementer. The University will also provide satellite image data from the System upon request for educational purposes.

DOST-ASTI Acting Director Joel S. Mariano, Jr., DOST Region VI Director Rowen R. Gelonga, Municipality of Dumangas Mayor Hon. Rolando Golez and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of the ground satellite data receiving station.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong said that the undertakings is a welcome development for ISAT U. The university president is looking into possibilities of opening a program on meteorology.

DOST, ISAT U collaborate for data science program and Smart Cities

DOST 6 Regional Director Rowen R. Gelonga (3rd from left), PCIEETRD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit (c) and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong join hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the  research equipment and facilities portal for Program on Data Science for Good Governance. Witnessing the signing of the MOU are (l-R) Engr. Emelyn P. Flores, DOST 6 ARD  for Technical Operation:  Dr. Rowena Christina L. Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development; Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, ISAT U VPRE and Engr. Naci John C. Trance, IPMO Director.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEETRD) and the Department of Science and Technology through Western Visayas Consortium for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (WVCIEETRD) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to maintain and develop research equipment and facilities in the area of data science and smart cities.

Under the agreement, ISAT U can provide the necessary expertise and facilities needed for the collaboration to complement the PCIEETRD science and technology sectoral plans and programs on its delineated sector which includes Data Science and Smart Cities.

As defined by DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit, a smart city harnesses the use of science and technology and innovation to deliver good governance and services to be public.

Paringit explained the concept of the portal for Program on Data Science and Good Governance which is also in line with ISAT U’s thrust in research and development, and computer studies. “They (ISAT U) will have to train a pool of students and people working at the local governments in order to apply data science techniques”.

DOST Region VI Director Rowen R. Gelonga added that the purpose of the collaboration between DOST and ISAT U is to create a pool of experts on data science or data analytics.

Gelonga also passed on the challenge to ISAT U to probably open degree programs or even post-graduate programs related to data science, which is a multi-disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge.

He emphasized the importance of collaboration in the growth of smart cities. Gelonga also divulge “Innovate Iloilo” which is a master plan to position Iloilo as an innovation hub by 2030. “This is a broad-based multi-stakeholders effort involving the local government units, the business sector, the government, the academe and the research institutions and other stakeholders’ collaboration of the local government units and other stakeholders,” he said.

The MOU was signed by Engr. Gelonga, Dir. Paringit and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong was held during the ninth anniversary of DOST-PCIEERD held for the first time in Iloilo City on June 13, 2019.

CHEd recognizes ISAT U’s achievements

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Regional Office 6 recognized the  achievements of  Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) during the Commission’s 25th Founding Anniversary on May 18, 2019.

Aside from being recognized as a state university with a Level III status, the University was awarded for having the most number of certificate of program compliance (COPC) and  the most number of accredited programs of  a higher educational institution (HEI) in Western Visayas . The recognition for having the Excellent Environmental Education Program and Excellent Gender and Development Program was also given to ISAT U.

The University was also awarded as the HEI with the 7th Highest Number of Board Passers in Region VI and with Board Topnotchers for the past five years.

The College of Education as a Center of Development was also acknowledged.

As to student services, the University was adjudged as the CHEd-Friendly HEI in the Implementation of STUFAP, UNIFAST and other related programs for tertiary students.

The Commission likewise gave commendation to the State Universities and Colleges Association of Tourism and Hospitality Educators of the Philippines (SUCAHTEP), a national association initiated by ISAT U instructors.

In the Exhibit Contest participated by HEI in Western Visayas, ISAT U displayed the University’s profile, achievements in research and in specialized fields in science and technology. Though declared as second runner-up by the judges, the booth of ISAT U romped off with  the People’s Choice Award. It received the most number of stickers showing the audience’s preferred exhibit. ISUY and an unmanned robot was an attraction that also showed ISAT U’s focus on robotics.

1st reg’l yarn production and innovation center looms at ISAT U

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the establishment of the P41.57-million Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) was signed by (seated , L-R) Great Women Philippines Corporation President Jeannie Javelosa, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) President Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) Director Celia Elumba, Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan, and Department of Science and Technology (DOST-6) Director Rowen Gelonga .

Designed to revive and to develop the hand-loom weaving (hablon) and fiber industry, the country’s first Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) will soon emerge at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U).

The Memorandum of Agreement for the launching of the PHP 41.57 million facility was signed by ISAT U, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), the Municipality of Miagao, and the Iloilo Greatwomen Philippines Corporation (GWPhC) at ISAT U Miagao Campus on March 8, 2019.

Hand-loom weaving has been part of Miagao’s cultural and historical heritage. The once thriving hand-loom weaving in the region dates back in the 18th century. Mayor Macario Napulan recalled that Miagao was the center for the handwoven textile and there were almost 4,000 looms in the municipality then.

However, the migration of workers to the sugar industry in Negros and the availability of ready-to-wear caused the decline of the industry.

Ms. Celia Elumba, PTRI Director, explained how the project was formed. “We didn’t start with a concept, thinking that it is simply prototyping. Meaning we really insisted that this is going to be production and innovation. It was produced to fuel an industry,” she said.

On her visit at ISAT U on July 28 last year, Ms. Elumba said that fabrics made of indigenous materials and woven the traditional way are high-priced. “Hand woven-fabrics are more expensive, especially abroad, if made of native materials such as cotton, abaca or pineapple fibers” she explained. Giving importance to its social, economic, ecological and sustainability components, she also emphasized the use of dyes from local plants and materials that add value to the fabric. PTRI, the premier textile research and development arm of the DOST, set the goal of producing purely and uniquely Filipino products.

ISAT U’s challenges on research and development

Considering its thrust on research and development, ISAT U will act as Chief Coordinator among the parties. Aside from the production facility at Miagao Campus, the Iloilo City Campus will provide expertise in science, engineering and technology for the development of natural dyes and materials and for prototyping the loom machines.

Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut (right) enjoys the moment with Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan after the MOA signing at ISAT U Miagao Campus.

Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, ISAT U Vice President for Research and Extension Services, said that the University is challenged to create distinct and unique blends of cotton with other local fibers. “There are a lot of plants, like bamboo, that could be potential source of fibers. In research, everything is possible,” he said.

“We will also conduct ethnobotanical researches, cultivate and propagate raw fabric materials that was never used before. We will also develop equipment for pre-treatment, degumming and spinning to speed up production.” Dr. Ambut added.

He also divulged a plan of creating a “power loom” for mass production of indigenous fabrics. “Power looms will be used for mass production of polyester-free fabric and reduces the use of plastic. This contributes to environmental concerns.” He also negates the effect of power loom to hand-loom weaving. “Hablon produce by hand-loom will maintain its prestige and value since it is considered as special fabric and is not mass produced, “ Dr. Ambut explained.

A textile village is also envisioned to propel economy and boost the municipality’s tourism. This features a mini museum showcasing the hablon’s evolution, a training center and hands-on facility in hablon-making and a souvenir shop.

The University considers Dumangas and Leon Campuses’ potentials for cultivating raw materials. ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong said that the 85-hectare property in Brgy. Aglalana, Passi City will be developed to produce pineapples to be able to “supply the requirements of the center, both for production purposes of textiles and for research and development.”

Through the project, Dr. Muyong is also looking at the opportunity to open new programs on weaving and the fabric industry. The board has been discussing about opening a Certificate in Textile Technology that will train students on the textile process, later, Diploma in Textile Technology where research in natural fiber will be developed and the Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology to produce manpower.

He is optimistic that the center will bring back the interest of students in weaving. “ISAT U used to offer weaving as one of the electives sa girls trade but as the time goes, wala na sang nagka-interest, thus nagdeteriorate ang ila looms. But I hope that with this, we will be able to integrate into curriculum this program and bring back their interest,” said Dr. Muyong.

RYPIC and its impact to research, industry and economy

Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST RO6 Director, emphasized the importance of the yarn center. “This is one of the biggest facilities in terms of yarn production outside of PTRI. This is the first in the country. This will now be the basis for any possible subsequent projects in other parts of the Philippines,” he said.

The University key officials, representatives from different partner agencies dance and sing to show their full cooperation to the project.

Gelonga added that 29 million of the 41.57 million peso budget will be used for the equipment and the remaining for the supply and materials. The project will have 9 equipment and ancillaries for fiber pre-treatment and 18 for yarn production.

The project is also expected to strengthen research and development. “Our facility can be used by researchers and scientists to produce more technologies. They can experiment new types of yarns, although we are now focused on cotton,” said Engr. Gelonga.

On the same note, Dr. Muyong said that, “this will give opportunity to ISAT U to improve its research culture because we are the only science and technology university in the region. Our role in research development is very important.”

As to its impact to the community, Engr. Gelonga cited the benefits of the project to the locals. He stressed that  “we can be able to localize everything, we can plant our own cotton, we can produce our own thread and yarns and give it to our weavers, so more people can benefit.”

Mayor Macario Napulan said that the project is a big lift to the town’s hablon-making industry and could spur development in the country’s textile industry. “The regional center is an improvement not only in the weaving industry textile production in Maigao but also in the country, “he said. In 2013, Napulan started reviving the industry with only 50 weavers left and the number increased by 200.

Considering the sustainability of the project and the marketability of the products, the GWPhC in close coordination with the University will oversee the implementation of the project. At the lapse of the two-year period of the Agreement, it will take over the ownership and operation of the RYPIC.

University raises awareness on quality TVET programs

Dr. Raul F. Muyong gives emphasis on enhacing and giving quality to TVET programs .

Aimed to raise the consciousness of the University Academic Community on the revised guidelines on Unified TVET Programs Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) registration, scholarships and other programs offered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA),  a forum on  increasing awareness towards quality TVET programs was held at ISAT U Research Hub on March 22, 2019.

The salient features  of quality TVET programs was elaborated by Ms. Gina Sophia Mondejar, Technical  Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Iloilo Provincial Director. On the other hand,  Ms. Ofelia de la Cruz, TESDA Supervising Specialist, explained the scholarship guidelines.

Senior TESD Specialist  Shiela H. Judilla, on the other hand, discussed the Unified Program Registration and Accreditation (UTPRAS). The  impact of the Universal Access on Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA) to technical-vocational education was presented by Ms. Agnes Dimzon, TESD Specialist II.

Prof. Jeanneth Darroca, steering committee chair, said that registering under the UTPRAS  would  enable the students  to avail scholarships funded by TESDA and the faculty of training and scholarships.  “Our TVET courses would benefit not only on the scholarships and training but also on the facilities TESDA may give us, “ Darroca said.


ISAT U strengthens linkages and partnerships

Dr. Raul F. Muyong leads the key university officials in giving the certificate of recognition to representatives of different partner agencies and institutions during the Industry Linkages Recognition and Fellowship.

Believing  that stronger partnership is essential in students’ development and learning, an Industry Linkages Recognition and   Fellowship was held on March 12,  2019 at Diversion 21, Iloilo City

Through the years,  the University has been working with various companies and agencies for  students’ activities such as on-the-job trainings, industry immersion,  scholarships, job opportunities and other support services.   One hundred and twenty four (124)  partner companies were present to renew friendship and meet new acquaintances.

Initiated by the Industry Linkages and Development Office (ILDO), the affair also aimed to     strengthen industry linkages, enhance the students performance to the industry, and recognize and   renew partnership of industries.


GAD features women’s capacity to address climate change

Empowered women can  make change.

The Gender and Development (GAD)   celebrated the  International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018  with emphasis on the capacity of  women to address the problem of climate change.

The resource persons, all women,   rallied the faculty, staff and students to act and help in mitigating the effect of the climate change.

Ms. Katherine Firmeza, presented the different perspective of women’s role in her talk entitled Women in Climate Action.  She was the former Senior Program Coordinator of the Climate Change Commission-United Nation Development Program– New Zealand Assistance Program Project ReBUILD.

Prof. Rosanna R.Dureza, over-all coordinator, distribute goodies to the female staff and faculty members to mark the International Women’s Month Celebration.

The women in science and technology was discussed by Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) President Dr. Godelyn G. Hisole. She also underscored womens’ capacity to make changes. Dr. Hisole was a faculty member and the first Dean of the College of Engineering of ISAT U before  becoming president of the Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF), Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.

To stress  the power of women in environmental awareness,  Ms. Flosyl Piad-Almirante was invited as resource person in the Lecture-Forum on the Youth and Climate Change. Ms Almirante is the Environment and Natural    Resource Officer of the Municipality of Dumangas Iloilo.  She accentuated   that the Philippines is fourth of the most affected  country by climate change  and the role of Filipino youth and women to help heal the environment.

Aside from lectures,  free blood sugar testing, health check-up, free massage and health lectures were  given to the faculty and staff as part of the International Women’s Month celebration.


ISAT U showcases researches in CHEd’s techno fair

ISAT U research projects are some of the products of the State Universities and Colleges of Western Visayas  featured in the regional techno fair.

With its mandate in science and technology, ISAT U showcased its researches in the Regional State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) Products and Technology Fair 2019 at the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Central Office, Quezon City on May 6-10, 2019.

The product and technology expo is part of the Commission’s 25th Founding Anniversary on May 18, 2019. The Commission was created as an attached agency to the Office of the President through the passage of Republic Act 7722 or the Higher Education Act in 1994.

In response to the objectives to showcase the regions products and technology which the State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) have invented, created, developed and produced, ISAT U presented projects that reflect the University’s thrust in research and development. The projects also help in the socio-economic and technological advancement of the region.

CHEd Chair J. Prospero De Vera reads on the details of  ISAT U’s researches presented by Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Among those are the USAID-RTI funded researches. The Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing utilizing solar power and alternative electric energy which has already provided a continuous livelihood activity to seaweeds farmers even during inclement weather. On the other hand, the research on “Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid (HA) from the Heads of Silver-banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use,” confirms the bioactive compounds with high anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and high moisturizing properties beneficial for cell regeneration in the HA extracts of the fish. Meanwhile, the Valorization of Brown Seaweeds Through Alginate Extraction promises an added shelf life to post-harvest mango and silver-banded whiting.

Other researches showcased were The Valve Spring Remover with Seal Puller that remove defective valve spring and valve seal from a cylinder head without pulling out the assembly from the engine; the Egg Incubator that utilizes power from solar and electrical grid, thus minimizing energy consumption; and the Coffee Pulper that decreases the damage coffee bean to at least 10%, thereby, increasing its selling price.

Attuned to the theme, ”Celebrating 25 Years towards Access, Equity, and Global Excellence in Higher Education,” ISAT U’s presentation reflects its goal of providing excellent education in science and technology.

ISAT U ranks 3rd in accredited programs nationwide

A pose with CHED Commissioner Perfecto A. Alibin (fourth from left). In photo are (l-r) Dr. Ramil Lumauag, Dr. Merlinda C. Buenviaje, , Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Dr. Raul F. Muyong Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Noel Quidato, Dr. Armi A. Alimoot and Ms. Wynona C. Caldito.

Iloilo Science and Technology University  continues its culture of  excellence .  With 98.33% rating,  it was recognized as  the  Top 3 among the nation’s State Colleges and  Universities (SUCs) in terms of percentage  of accredited programs  for the period of 1992-2018.

The  award was given by the Accrediting Agency of  Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) on its 32nd Annual National  Conference at the Century Park  Hotel, Manila on March 6, 2019.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong is one of the invited speakers of the AACCUP 32nd Annual National  Conference.

Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Quality   Assurance  Director, said that the number of   programs accredited  reflects the  University’s commitment to bring quality tertiary education and it is a testament of hard work to achieve the quest for excellence.

As per AACCUP consolidated list of  institutions and programs granted accreditation status (1992-2018), ISAT U has 13 Level III re-accredited programs, 30 Level II  re-accredited and 1 Level I accredited.

Previously, ISAT U was also ranked  3rd in the AACCUP Search for Outstanding State  Colleges and Universities on February 201