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.

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. 

BOR approves modification of academic policies

The ISAT U Board of Regents approves the implementation of modified academic policies amidst COVID-19 pandemic during the virtual 1st Quarter Meeting.

In view of  Covid 19 pandemic and in compliance with CHEd-COVID Advisory No. 6, the ISAT U Board of Regents (BOR) approved Board Resolution No. 10-2020 for the Modified Academic Policies for Implementation for the 2nd Semester of Academic Year 2019-2020.

The resolution schedules the last day of classes for the 2nd Semester of AY 2019-2020 on May 29 this year. Faculty members are also directed to conduct work from home arrangement utilizing alternative modes of teaching and assessment while the students remain in their respective homes.

The faculty are also instructed to exercise maximum consideration and leniency in giving grades with modified requirements without compromising the learning outcomes.

See Office Memo No. 089 s.2020

Summer and mid-year classes will not be offered on June-July 2020 both for undergraduate and graduate programs. Regular summer classes for undergraduate programs will be offered during the AY 2020-2021. Pre-requisites maybe considered as co-requisites. Students will also be allowed maximum overload during AY 2020-2021.

For Thesis/ Dissertation requirements for undergraduates, the pre-oral defense grade will be the basis in giving the final grade and final defense is no longer a requirement. The Thesis/Dissertation final defense for graduate studies programs is extended until May 29, 2020. Submission of hard bound copies of Thesis/Dissertation prior to graduation is suspended. However hard bound copies will be required for the release of Transcript of Records (TOR), Diploma and Exit Clearance.

For, the internship program, the Student Internship Program (SIP) Coordinator is assigned to assess and evaluate the performance and outputs of student trainees and in computation and submission of their grades. The maximum residency requirement for students is suspended for this semester only.

As to the graduation ceremonies, no in-person Commencement Exercises will be conducted for this Academic Year. Virtual Commencement Exercises across campuses is also considered. Graduating students are also allowed to join the Commencement Exercises during the AY 2020-2021. Academic honors will still be awarded to qualified graduating students.

Univ takes protective measures against covid 19

University physician Dr. Robert S. Jacobo (back) and Mr. Reich Dexter Famucol demonstrate the use of the thermal scanner to Dr. Raul F. Muyong during the Administrative Council meeting in March 2020. Observing the procedure are (l-r) Ms. Enieda G. Corona, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. and Prof. Samuel G. Arsulo.

Prior to the declaration of the covid 19 as a world pandemic, the University has already taken measures and put in place the internal guidelines to safeguard the ISAT U academic community.

Aside from massive information campaign,  Dr. Muyong also issued memoranda for the suspension of the use of biometric machines and RFID, mass gatherings and flag ceremonies; modified work schedules and modified admission procedures. The Administrative Council also doubled their efforts in formulating policies geared towards the safety of the academic community.

Ten thermal scanners were procured and used for body check in going to the different ISAT U campuses. Alcohol and hand sanitizers,  foot bath and the disinfection of incoming vehicles were some of the precautionary measures taken by the University.

In preparation for the possible opening of classes, the face masks and other PPEs for students, faculty and staff were already distributed to the different campuses.

ISAT U shows bayanihan spirit amidst pandemic

As part of its social responsibility, ISAT U responded  to the call to support the battle against COVID 19 pandemic. The University key officials, faculty and staff showed the spirit of volunteerism and service amidst the threat  of  COVID 19. The University produced aerosol boxes for intubation and personal protective equipment (PPEs).

As of press time, thousands of face mask,  improvised face shields and protective suits were already distributed to frontliners through the City and Provincial Government of Iloilo,  the Philippine National Police and other agencies.

Aerosol boxes were also delivered to different hospitals. Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital (Barotac Nuevo) and Western Visayas Medical Center got 2 each, Iloilo Mission Hospital OB Delivery Room (1), and Palawan Provincial Hospital (2).
Extension Services Division Dir. Adrienne D. Veloso said that the production of PPEs was in partnership with community partners. She recognized Angel Cris Calaboa Dressmakers Association, Calaboa Dressmakers Association (Leganes, Iloilo) and Oton Dressmakers Association, Inc. in helping in the production of the face masks.

The production of face shields and aerosol boxes, on the other hand, is being undertaken at the FabLab at the University Research Hub.
ISAT U Pres. Dr. Raul F. Muyong said that the distribution and production of protective suits, aerosol boxes, face masks and face shields is ongoing. The University targets to produce 14,000 pieces of face masks, 500 face shields and 150 units of aerosol boxes to augment the needs of front liners handling the COVID 19 pandemic.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong hands over the boxes of face masks to Iloilo Provincial Administrator Atty. Suzette Mamon (l) and the face shields to P/Captain Sheila Mae Sangrines of the Iloilo City Police Office (middle). He also leads the team that turned over the boxes of face masks to the Office of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas .

ESD holds bloodletting activity

The Extension Services Division (ESD) conducted a blood-letting activity dubbed “Dugo Mo, Buhay Ko” at the New Board Room on February 24, 2020. A total of 21, 150 cc of blood donation was gathered from the the students, faculty and staff.

“Dugo Mo, Buhay Ko” started in 2007  in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). Since then, ISAT U conducts a twice a year bloodletting activity as part of its social responsibility.

The program has already earned recognition from PRC. In 2016, the university received a Platinum Service Awards for sponsoring mass blood donation for five consecutive years with a minimum cumulative total of 500 units donated. A Special Citation-Gold was bestowed on ISAT U on 2017 for conducting not less than five years of continuous blood donation program and has produced not less than 5,000 blood units.

A volunteer receives a blood card and t-shirt as token from ESD Director Adrienne D. Veloso (left). Middle and right photo show medical student volunteers and  Red Cross personnel check on potential donors.

On August 3, 2018, the University also received a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on the 20th blood donors recognition and awarding ceremony, “Dugo sang Dungganon : 20 years of Honoring Ilonggo Blood Donors.”

Recognizing the demand for blood supply, the ESD pushed for the conduct of the activity. “We need more volunteers, so we campaigned to all colleges, the faculty and employees. The outcome is commendable,” said ESD Director Edrienne D. Veloso.

One Billion Rising on Valentine’s Day

The Physical Education instructors lead the students (left) in the One Billion Rising dance at the Dr. Renato V. Alba Football Field.  The students continue their advocacy in the dance competition at the Multi-purpose Educational Center.  One Billion Rising is simultaneous conducted in all ISAT U Campuses.

More 2,000 students filled the Dr. Renato V. Alba Football Field to highlight the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women and children (EVAWC) on February 14, 2020.

The traditional celebration of Valentine’s Day was spiced up by students, Physical Education Instructors, Gender and Development (GAD) core group and peer advocates dancing to the tune of ‘Sang Bilyong Babae ang Babangon (One Billion Rising Philippine Theme).

Prof. Emily de La Cruz, GAD focal person , laid down the rationale of the activity. She that the activity wants to sshow the world that women should be free from exploitation. She added that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. The OBR shows further our determination to create a new kind of consciousness where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

The students continued the activity through a dance contest with the theme on campaign for EVAWC and women empowerment.

“We have the biggest number of participants this year compared to previous years, “ Prof. de la Cruz observed.
One Billion Rising was also celebrated simultaneously in all ISAT U Campuses

Research products, innovation make wave at CHEd expo

Rizal Technological University President Ma. Eugenia M. Yangco, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon  M. Lopez, Ambassador-Designate of the Canadian Embassy to the Philippines HE Peter MacArthur, CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III and ISAT U Pres. Raul F. Muyong pose for a photo opportunity at the entrance of ISAT U booth. Dr. Muyong holds the yarn produce at rhe RYPIC . Aside from the yarn, the ISAT U booth also features (right photo) the bangus polvoron, banana peel cookies, herbal tea and other research and innovation products.

The latest products of research and innovations of ISAT U and other State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) of the country were the focus of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) 2020 State Universities and Colleges (SUC) Expo at the Activity Center, Ayala Malls, Trinoma on March 9-11, 2020.

Dubbed The Art of SUCCESS, ISAT U along with other SUCs exhibited distinct products showing their involvement to the development of science and technology that could provide impact on the socio-economic sector in their locality.

Attuned to the theme, “Passion, Innovate, and Connection,” ISAT U presented its produce from research and innovation. The university booth offered the yarn and fabrics generated at the newly-launched Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC), bangus hopia and cookies, banana butterscotch and chips a peel (made from banana peel flour), stuffs from the Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) and the tea products from the dehydrator machine, an ISAT U research innovation.

CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III and Dr. Raul F. Muyong (back on camera) present the yarn generated at the RYPIC to Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon  M. Lopez (left) and Embassy of Canada Ambassador-Designate to the Philippines HE Peter MacArthur.

The yarn from the RYPIC aims to revive the native weaving industry and to develop tropical fibers native to the region. In collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) the project will also provide technical support to micro-small-medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) in textile and allied products through the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarn. The RYPIC is the first regional yarn innovation center in the country.

The output of the FabLab, on the other hand, jumpstarts the expectation that the facility will spur the growth of micro, small, medium scale enterprises through the university’s research and innovation. The equipment and facilities of the FabLab granted by the Department of Trade and Industry at ISAT U is the only fabrication facility in the region.

Meanwhile the materials for herbal tea  are results of development in research and technology. In October last year, the Dehydrator Machine for Herbal Tea Products was launched. The dehydrator is the latest of the two ISAT U research projects for food processing.
In 2018, a Multi-powered Drying System for Food Production was launched and has been creating impact to the livelihood of the seaweeds farmers. It was also presented by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) to the Senate to support the SUCs budget proposal for research.

The Commission on Higher Education launched the “The Art of SUCCESS: 2020 State Universities and College Expo” to ensure that the Higher Education Act of 1994 continues to promote the country’s research culture and relative functions.
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez was the guest of honor. Invited guests were HE Peter MacArthur, Embassy of Canada Ambassador-Designate and Ms. Crista McInnis, Senior Trade Commissioner Counselor . Rizal Technological University is this year’s host.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong visits the ISAT U booth. With the University President are (l-r) Mr. Julius Dagohoy, Prof. Frisian Causing, Prof. Shailini Gestosani, Engr.Santos James Emmanuel Malunda and Jed Pormon (CEA student/robot operator).

Stakeholders discuss 2021 budget

Dr. Russ Allen B. Napud and Ms. Jieza J. Napone read on the metacards the recommendation of the stakeholders in the different areas . This year, the budget consultation was localized and the external campuses were given a chance to have their proposed budget.

A consultative stakeholders consultation for Fiscal Year 2021 was held simultaneously in all ISAT U campuses on January 30, 2020.

The meeting was pursuant to National Budget Memorandum NO. 133 directing the agencies to conduct consultation with RDC’s, CSO’s, Student/Faculty Associaition and PASUC and other stakeholders on the proposed strategies of the agency for new and expanded programs and projects.

Aside from the students and faculty, representatives from the administrative staff, alumni, College, Community, Parent and Teachers Association (CCPTA) were also invited. “Suppose to be, this is only for students and faculty but we also need the inputs of all the stakeholders, “ said Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

The consultation covered the areas of General Administration and Support Services, Support to Operation, Operations which include advanced education program, higher education program, research program and technical advisory extension program.