ISAT U conducts strategic planning for internationalization

Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla talks on the leveling of internationalization expectation, institutional internationalization process and design, and CMO No.  55, s. 2016.

The University conducted a strategic planning for integration of programs and policies to enhance the 5-year plan for internationalization (IZN) on January 23-24, 2020.

Spearheaded by the National and International Affairs (NIA) Office, the two-day program enabled the different offices to collaborate and integrate their respective roles. The activity was guided by pools of Specialist from the Commission on Higher Education-International Affairs Staff (CHEd-IAS).

Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla, CHEd OIC Executive Director, discussed the leveling of IZN expectation, institutional internationalization process and design and the CHEd Memorandum Order No. 55 series of 2016. She gave particular emphasis on the internalization and to level up the curriculum as well as partnerships to create impact to international rankings of the universities.

Ms. Jennifer D. Montero (l) and Dr. Christine Ferrer appraise the University’s vision, mission and goals and conduct a workshop to strengthen the internationalization program.

With the support of the Commission, Atty. Milla also acknowledged the higher learning institutions’ contributions to the UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). “The universities contribute to all the 17; you are to facilitate localize and sustainable development goals so that they will not become ghost, they become reality in the locality, in the communities,” she said.

Atty. Milla also explained UNESCO key indicators for INZ, the INZ framework, the newly-developed IZN roadmap which includes creation a brand that will be put in the ASEAN region. The CHEd according to her, is supporting the different institutions in developing their brands and they develop a program called Fostering World-class Philippine Universities –Philippines HEIs program. Through the program, CHEd is giving support by providing SUCs with international benchmarking activities.

The presentation and appraisal of ISAT U Vision, Mission and Goals, Mandates and Institutional Programs in relations to INZ programs was conducted by Ms. Jennifer D. Montero, Project Technical Staff III, CHED-IAS. Meanwhile, Dr. Christine Ferrer, Director for External Linkages and international Affairs, Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), shared TAUs best practices in international programs, linkages and projects. Ms. Montero and Dr. Ferrer discussed the strategic planning process and accountability indicators of IZN and the SDGs. They also facilitated the workshop for enhancement of strategic INZ program of ISAT U which was participated by the Administrative Council members, external affairs coordinators, faculty and administrative personnel from different ISAT U Campuses.

The workshop on harmonization and calibration of IZN activities and framing the INZ roadmap of ISAT U centered on four areas, namely, IZN of the Instruction, curriculum and learning facilities, IZN and research collaboration, IZN and University social responsibility extension, IZN and quality assurance.

Employees’ forum on non-monetary benefits, wellness held

The resource persons: Atty. Alexis Palomar-Tabino and Ms. Florabel Santacera-Suarez. 

The non-monetary benefits and wellness were the focus of  the third  welfare lecture forum of the ISAT U employees held at  The Mansion on January 10, 2020 .

The activity was conducted for the enhancement of employees’ awareness on the privileges granted by the government and their rights as government workers.

This year, Atty. Alexis Palomar-Tabino discussed the latest updates and issuance of the Civil Service Commission on non-monetary benefits like Expanded Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave Rehabilitation Leave and Solo Parent benefits and other privileges. Atty. Tabino is the  Asst. Regional Director of Civil Service Commission Regional Office 6 and one of the resource persons of the forum.

Health and wellness in the workplace is another concern of the ISAT U administration. Stress management was given emphasis in the activity. Ms. Florabel Santacera-Suarez, University Psychometrician of the Central Philippine University lectured on “Work and Well-being: A Stress Management and Self-Care Seminar for University Personnel.” She discussed on stress and its factors, the effect on the performance and the coping mechanisms. A series of relaxing mental and physical exercises were also taught to the participants.

The meeting was also the venue for the University President, and the Vice Presidents for Administration and Finance, and the Research and Extension to update the employees on the status of the University and what direction it is heading to.

In the President’s time, Dr. Raul F. Muyong presented the need for curriculum and syllabus revision, program compliance with policies, standards and guidelines of the CHEd, updates on new courses and new CHEd issuances.  The granting by the Bureau of Immigration the authority to accept foreign students and the inauguration of the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center were also mentioned by the University  president.

Organized by the Human Resource Management Office, the ISAT U administration  holds the employees’ welfare and benefits lecture forum to enhanced the employees’ awareness on the privileges granted by the government and their rights as government workers. 

For the challenges, Dr. Muyong shared the strategic direction of every campuses. Miagao Campus is planned to become industrial creative design campus because of the RYPIC while Leon Campus is for agricultural engineering and smart farming. Iloilo City Campus is positioned to be center of education, science, engineering and technology. Due to their promixity to industrial hubs and ports, Dumangas and Barotac Nuevo Campus are developed for techno-preneurship programs.

Dr. Muyong divulged the plan to offer textile technology in the future. Talks and compliance are also being undertaken in preparation for the offering of environmental planning, environmental science, agricultural engineering, agri-cultural technology. ISAT U is also one of the few universities groomed to offer data science, bio-technology and Bachelor of Arts in English Language. The  Bachelor of Science in Meteorology is also included in the plan.

“Due to proper budget utilization, ISAT U is one of the universities granted with highest budget for fiscal year 2020,” announced Dr. Muyong. Equitable distribution of resources for more infrastructure projects and additional facilities are among the top priorities of the administration. “Our budget will be equitably distributed- no campus will be left behind, we will grow together,” he said.

For administrative concerns, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. discussed the latest guidelines as tool for measuring the performance of the individual and the different units.

Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, on the other hand, elaborated the need of every faculty to engage in research. He also presented the different fields of research needed by the community and the guidelines for research proposal, research presentation and the benefits of research to individual performance of the faculty.

Univ spearheads 2nd int’l research confab on Industry 4.0

Dr. Isagani D. Padolina delivers his keynote address at the plenary session.

The 2nd International Research Conference on Science and Technology spearheaded by ISAT U on November 27-29, 2019 focused on the development of Industry 4.0.

Themed “Advancing Scientific and Technological R&D Towards Industry 4.0,” the conference was participated by 89 national and international academician, researchers and scientists.

Dr. Isagani D. Padolina

Dr. Isagani D. Padolina, USAID STRIDE Senior Consultant Director of Research Development, delivered his keynote address entitled “Back to Basics: Tools in your Pocket to Meet Industry 4.0 Needs.”  Three foreign speakers also shared their ideas on industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 and TVET concerns in the plenary lectures.

Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput, Faculty Specialist, Colombo Plan Staff College for Technical Education talked on “Curriculum Delivery to meet Industrial Revolution Needs” while Engr. Saju Vincent, Director, Curicent Technologies and Infrastructure lectured on “ Industry 4.0 –Stepping Towards a more Integrated Iot Enabled e-Health Reality.”

On the other hand, the discussion on “TVET Competency Skills for Future Works Towards Industry 4.0” was delivered by Dr. Razali Hassan, Professor, Universiti Tun-Hussien. In another session, Dr. Margarita Pavlova, Director, UNEVOC Centre Hongkong talked on “Greening TVET towards Industry 4.0.”

The pleanary speakers:   Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput, Dr. Margarita Pavlova, Dr. Razali Hassan.

In the parallel sessions, 19 papers on technology, agriculture, food and environment were presented; 19 on technology, education and Social Sciences and; 16 on technology, environment and climate change.

In collaboration with Guimaras State College and Carlos Hilado Memorial State College the conference aims to bring together leading academicians, scientists, researchers, scholars, entrepreneurs and students to exchange and share their knowledge, experiences and research results on the aspect of advancements in Science and Technology. The forum may also provide network and discuss solutions in different concerns in different countries.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao and Dr. Richard De Leon (left) on a lighter moment with the speakers.

ISAT U, DOST-PTRI inaugurate RYPIC to revive weaving industry

DOST Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena and CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the RYPIC. In picture are Great Women Phil. President Ms. Jeannie E. Javelosa, ; CHEd Chair De Vera;  ISAT U Pres. Dr. Raul F. Muyong; PTRI Dir. Celia Elumba; Sec. De La Pena; Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan; DOST  Usec Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra,  and Dir. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST RO6. 

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) inaugurated the country’s first Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) for the  revival of the native weaving industry with cultural, economic, environmental and tourism components.  The 42-million facility now produces yarns from blends of natural fibers such as abaca and pineapple, combined with cotton to be used in weaving fabrics.

DOST Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena  and CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III graced the RYPIC’s  inauguration at ISAT U Miagao Campus on November 6, 2019.

The RYPIC was conceptualized in 2016 through the collaboration of ISAT U with DOST-PTRI. Its objective is to provide technical support to micro-small-medium scale enterprises (MSME) involved in the manufacture of garments, textile, and allied products through the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarn.

Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena checks on the yarn produced at the RYPIC.

As one of the prime movers of the project, ISAT U sees the bright future of the industry by bringing back weaving courses in its programs. “Now, we are happy that we have this facility at ISAT U and this is an opportunity for us to offer new programs, the Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology and Design, “stressed ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

He added that faculty members were already sent to India to observe practices in weaving industry that could further enhance RYPIC’s  operation, promote its sustainability and in preparation for future curricular offerings.

Dir. Celia B. Elumba of the PTRI explained the environmental and cultural impact of the project, “Every time we wash our clothes with synthetic materials, there are micro-fibers left in the waters. One study has claimed that a liter of water contains seven to eight pieces of micron of polyester.” She asserted that blended yarn produce in the RYPIC does not contain polyester and has positive impact to the environment.

She also emphasized the value of fabrics from natural fibers and woven the traditional way. In her previous visits to ISAT U, she shared that it is more marketable abroad and with higher price compared to those made of synthetic materials.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan observes a worker doing the process of yarn production.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan also expressed his gratitude as the project complements his efforts of reviving a dying industry. Hablon once flourished in Miagao but due to ready to wear garments and the migrations of weavers to the booming sugar industry, hablon weaving dwindled.

Great Women Philippines through its President, Ms. Jeannie E. Javelosa, expressed full support to the project.  “We are excited how far we can help push this initiative,” she said. Great Woman Philippines is one of the partners and takes charge of the marketing of the products.

Dir. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST RO6 described RYPIC “as a major contribution not only in revitalizing the economy of Iloilo and its textile industry but more so in making Iloilo as an innovation landmark.” Recently, Innovation Iloilo was launched with DOST at the helm and RYPIC fits the intention of the movement to position Iloilo as a premier innovation hub of the country in 2030.

The facility is also seen to boost tourism in Miagao. Talking before the press during the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) at the Iloilo Convention Center on October 21, 2019, Sec. De La Pena shared his view on how technology could generate tourism, “ pagpunta ko halimbawa sa lugar kung saan pinapalaki ang mga isda, sa akin ay parang attraction na iyon, eh, . .ang pagkuha ng fiber ng pinya, yung makita mo na ginagawa yung mga local products, is in itself an attraction ” he said. Referring to the RYPIC,  Dir. Gelonga and Dr. Muyong shared the same outlook with the Secretary.


Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Dr. Gabriel M. Salitre, Jr. discuss some features of RYPIC facilities.

Sec. De La Pena divulged that he was part in the first round table discussion on the idea of a micro scale yarn spinning facility that gave birth to the RYPIC. He mentioned of the Philippine Tropical Fiber (PTF) Act which requires government employees to wear uniforms made of PTF. However, according to him there was no supply of fabrics for the purpose. There were little or no supply because no one was spinning the yarns necessary to weave the PTF and no one was extracting the textile fibers at a commercial scale.

The Secretary believes that the facility could “respond naturally to market demand.”

The same challenge was presented by DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra.  According to Dr. Muyong, in a meeting in Thailand USEC Guevarra challenged ISAT U to produce a fiber to be used for the uniform of all government agencies in the Philippines. “ It is a big challenge for ISAT U of course, but we take the challenge,” assured Dr. Muyong.

With this, ISAT U needs to innovate and develop new products and come up with a large scale fabric production.  “We have deliverables in the second phase of the project; we have to develop a volume of yarns based on different blends and combinations,” explained Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, ISAT U VP for Research and Extension.

To address the need of supply shortage, a prototype of a power loom for large scale production is also considered by ISAT U. The issue, however is the effect of mass production to the prestige and value of handwoven fabrics. Dr. Ambut nonetheless refuted the perceived implication. “There is no effect; the latter is special and for special occasions; its value and distinction remain,” he explained.

The different facilities for yarn production.

The university is also tasked to discover new blends of fibers. Dr. Ambut highlighted the different topography, climatic situation and different species to consider in choosing a plant fiber. “It may be the same material but where it grows significantly spell out an output; and we are targeting to utilize any local plants provided that its fiber length is not shorter than 2 inches,” he explained.

Research and development play a role in proving and producing new materials. “We need to utilize research to develop and use new combination of fibers native to Region VI and distinct from what the RYPIC is producing right now,” he added. Currently, the yarns are produced from common materials.

A different name for the new fabric is also considered to add value and to establish its uniqueness. “Our product is not hablon,” said Dr. Ambut, “we need to have a branding to our fabric since it is unique and made of local and new fibers.”

The birth of RYPIC also opens more opportunities on research and development for ISAT U. Dr. Ambut toyed the idea of a Balik Scientist Program for textile. He said it would encourage researchers to develop technology, circuitry, ceramics and other areas that could make a difference in textile industry.

Sec. De La Pena with DOST 6 officials and SUCs Presidents.

Sec. De La Pena cites ISAT U programs for SDGs

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Pena leads the ceremonial launching of the ULAT Project during the Regional Science and Technology Week. With the Secretary are (l-r) Mayor Ronaldo Golez of Dumangas, Iloilo; Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ASTI representative (partly hidden) Sec. De La Pena and Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST 6 Director.

Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) mentioned ISAT U’s Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) and the Understanding Lightning and Thunderstorm (ULAT) Project as among the DOST-assisted programs for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the present administration during the Regional Science and Technology Week at the Iloilo Convention Center on October 21-25, 2019.

“There are two major programs of the ISAT U, and these are the RYPIC, and then we will have very soon a ground receiving station for satellite images; we call it ULAT dito sa Iloilo,” Secretary De La Pena said. He added that ULAT will provide useful data for different agencies, “it is a receiving, processing, and transmitting information for remotely sense images for use by our national government agencies; it can be used for agriculture, environment and defense purposes.“

Sec. Fortunato T. De La Pena

In his keynote address, Sec. De La Pena underscored the importance of partnership with HEIs in research and innovation. Science and Technology, according to him, plays a role in the sustainable development goals of the present administration. “From my own count, 13 (of the 17 SDGs), were we can directly contribute from the science and technology community,” he said.

ISAT U’s projects along with programs from other SUCs and private institutions were the contributions in science and technology according to the Secretary. The programs are the products of DOST’s efforts to reduced inequalities in research and innovations by partnering with higher educational institutions (HEIs).

The University is also involved in other DOST’s programs enumerated by Sec. De La Pena.  One of these is the agency’s initiative of smart cities and choosing the City of Iloilo as the pilot city in the Visayas. The University partnered with DOST to establish data science in this project.

To promote and encourage innovation and research, he highlighted the achievement of Ilonggo Dr. Ramon Gustilo for inventing the knee replacement design for Asian population, and the bio kit for rapid dengue infection testing (in an hour) and smart surface technology which won gold at Geneva Expo.

Going with the celebration’s theme “Science for the People,” ISAT U displayed researches, innovations and projects with has impact to the community, robotics and other science and technology products. The ceremonial launching of the ULAT was also one of the highlights of DOST-assisted projects.

After his message, Sec. De La Pena gamely interacted with the students. Three students from ISAT U received an early Christmas gift after answering correctly science and technology related questions from the Secretary.

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University observes ASEAN Celebration

Dr Raul F. Muyong and designated officials, faculty and staff in ASEAN attire raise the ASEAN and member-nation flags.

The University observed  the ASEAN Celebration by holding different activities that heightened the awareness of the cooperation and collaboration of ASEAN-member nations towards quality education.

The university started the ASEAN Celebration on  September 2, 2019  with a video presentation at the Multi-purpose Educational Center during the flag ceremony. Students are also involved by letting them answer trivia questions related to the celebration every first Monday of the month.

Dr. Nemia H. Mabaqiuao, Director for International and National Affairs, said that part of the ISAT U commitment to the ASEAN is the wearing of ASEAN attire. “The wearing of the national costume and the raising of the flags of member nations and the ASEAN flag will be held during the flag ceremony every first Monday of the month up to the month of December. Monthly winners for the best ASEAN attire from different departments and the administrative staff will also be rewarded,”  Dr. Mabaquiao said.

The university is also actively involved in cross-country training of students with partner institutions in the ASEAN region as well as participation in the different academic endeavors and activities of the ASEAN.

Int’l welding tech center to rise soon

Iloilo Science and Technology University and Lincoln Electric Company entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will establish an International Welding Technology Center/Program. Dr. Muyong and Mr. Nahanni Nagle, Managing Director of Lincoln Electric Company (Asia-Pacific), signed the MOU on June 20, 2019 at MIRDC Compound, DOST, Taguig City.

The University develops the skills of the students in the field of welding.

The center is perceived to have world class welding technology training programs and will efficiently use site resources, accelerate student learning, and result in student highly employable in global and local industries, promote and develop research, technical cooperation and community services.

During the Skills Olympics of the University Foundation Week Celebration, Dr. Raul F. Muyong gave emphasis to welding. “Here in the Philippines, welding is just a course, but in other countries it is a profession,” he said. He also challenged the College of Industrial Technology  dean and the department heads to propose for a state-of-the-art welding laboratory which is relevant to the MOU. In the agreement, the University is tasked to provide site, welding curriculum and laboratory subject to recommended modifications by Lincoln Electric.

Lincoln Electric, on the other hand, will provide consultation services to develop an outcomes-based curriculum to meet local industry needs. The company will develop skill profile templates for selected welding technology occupations related to the content and quality of ISAT U industry partners.

It is also set to introduce approaches that will minimize cost of the laboratory and make the most efficient use of ISAT U funds. Among which are the specification of curriculum and hands-on equipment laboratories for the welding technology facility and compliance to the engineering education accords and an individualized learning delivery.

The development of faculty is also stipulated in the MOU. Lincoln will develop a master teacher program to ensure that ISAT U has a staff prepared to produce outcomes-based welding technology training programs and effective assessments for students to assure program quality.

The MOU also offers opportunity to students to access to industry-relevant international certifications by introducing ISAT U welding technology program teams to Lincoln’s certification-based partners.

Lincoln Electric is a reputable firm founded in 1895 with its head office in Ohio, USA and is registered with laws in Singapore for its Asia Pacific operations.

114th Foundation Anniversary Highlights


Mayor Jerry P. Trenas receives the Plaque of Appreciation  from ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Iloilo Science and Technology University goes global in the celebration of its 114th Foundation Anniversary on September 9-13, 2019. This year’s theme is “ISAT U @ 114: Building Global Partnership for Inclusive Sustainable Development.”

“We are ASEAN citizens, we are global citizens,” was the call of ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong during the celebration’s opening program. “In our vision, we aim ISAT U as a leading science and technology university in Southeast Asia by 2030. We can only attain this if we actively involve ourselves in the global economy, global education, and if we participate our activities outside the country,”

Looking back at the person instrumental for ISAT U’s university status, the organizers invited Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas as the guest speaker. Mayor Trenas, then Iloilo City lone district representative, sponsored RA No. 10595, converting Western Visayas College of Science and Technology into Iloilo Science and Technology University.

A sea of blue and gold filled the Multipurpose Educational Center after the celebration was formally opened by Dr. Raul F.Muyong. 

Mayor Trenas gave importance to formal education in the development of an individual. “It gives us the knowledge of the world around that changes into something better; it broadens our perspective about life and helps us build a strong sense of opinion,” Trenas said.

Education, according to Trenas,  plays a role in the development of people and society and it is part of the wheels for inclusive development of Iloilo City. He acknowledged ISAT U as an institution that is committed “to bettering the lives of each students and creating better opportunities and brighter future for everyone.”

The mayor also recognized ISAT U’s contributions in fostering better future through quality education, as a community that ensures holistic learning and development among Ilonggo students and the empowerment to effect positive change in the society. He also mentioned the university’s intervention as training ground and in the development of the Uswag Scholars of the city government.

The members of the Administrative Council in global attire.

A resounding applause filled the hall when Mayor Trenas signifies his support to ISAT U. “I am very proud of what this institution has become . . . from an institute to a college, and now to a University…you have my 150 % support.”

Mayor Trenas also included ISAT U in his dream to LEVEL UP ILOILO, “ bilang amay sang Iloilo, when I say Level Up Iloilo kita tanan ululupod agud mag Level Up. LEVEL UP ISAT UNIVERSITY. (as the father of Iloilo, when I say Level Up Iloilo, together we will Level Up. Level Up ISAT University.”

Setting the tone for globalization, the faculty and staff from different campuses wore global attires: the Non-Teaching Personnel-Asian; College of Arts and Sciences-South America; College of Engineering and Architecture-Oceania; College of Education-North America; College of Industrial Technology-Central America; Barotac Nuevo-Eastern Europe; Dumangas- Middle East; Leon-European Union; Miagao-The Carribean; alumni-Africa.

The faculty and staff from different campuses wear global attire representing the different regions of the world.


114th Founding Anniversary Celebration Highlights


Miss Lourdes A. Gapasin receives the Plaque of Appreciation from Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Joining the University president are (l-r) Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., VPAA; Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VPRE; and Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. ,VPAF.

A Testimonial Dinner on the night of the opening day was held to recognize the retirees, loyalty service awardees, best researches of the faculty and special awardees for exemplary deeds. Hon. Julienne Baronda, Iloilo City Lone District Representative was  invited  as guest speaker.

Due to prior commitments and the busy schedule in the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives, Hon. Baronda was not able to attend the Testimonial Dinner. Her message, however, was read by Miss Lourdes Advincula Gapasin, one of Baronda’s consultants.

The RETIREES (above photo). Engr. Jonathan Antiquiera, Profs. Sammie Billanes, Rolando Jacuman, Rosario Mosquera and Engr. Dorothy S. Sorolla. Not in photo is Engr Editha S. Arguelles. Below are the outgoing department heads.

Cong. Baronda lauded the teachers’ commitment in bringing the welfare of the students, the well-being both inside and outside of the classroom, and the meaningful relationship in every aspects of the students’ lives.

She praised the teachers’ effort to survive despite of so many challenges and urged them to be catalyst of change in this great nation. Cong. Baronda also assured ISAT U academic community of legislation that will support the university’s program and activities. “Ang office ni Congresswoman Baronda, bukas gid sa inyo tanan (The office of Congresswoman Baronda is always open for you.”), says the message of the solon.

Six professors were honored as they closed the book of their teaching profession. The retirees were Engr. Jonathan C. Antiquiera, Profs. Editha S. Arguelles, Samie M. Billanes, Rolando  F. Jacuman, Rosario G. Mosquera, and Engr. Dorothy S. Sorolla.  Engr. Antiquiera was also recognized for his service as Faculty Regent of ISAT U.

This year there were 46 Loyalty Service Awardees. The awardees for best researches were also the firsts to be given recognition in the Testimonial Dinner.

The University also awarded a Huwarang Kawani Gantimpala to Ryan John A. Amarador, agency guard, for his honesty and integrity. Mr. Amarador returned the duffle bag containing millions of pesos that was left accidentally by a bank personnel in the campus premises.

Faculty Regent Engr. Jonathan C. Antiquiera and Student Regent Miss Christia Mae S. de la Cruz, were also acknowledged for their dedication and service as members of the Board of Regents, ISAT U’s governing body.

The outgoing department heads of the different colleges given recognition were: Engr. Ben Jesus U. de los Santos, Prof. Samuel G. Arsulo, Prof. George L. Lopez II, Prof. Renato T. Torreres, and Dr. Georgia D. Demavibas as outgoing principal of the laboratory school.

The talent-laden faculty and staff also displayed their poise and grace in the inter-department Retro Dance Competition. The College of Education was declared Champion. The College of Arts and Sciences took the second place while the Administrative Staff landed third. The College of Industrial Technology and the College of Engineering and Architecture were the fourth and fifth placers, respectively.

The best dressed employees of the night were also given recognition.




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114th Foundation Anniversary Celebration Highlights


The Skills Olympiad tested the students’ ability in putting into application the theories they learned in the classroom. Twenty-four skill categories in 11 trades areas were participated by the students from different ISAT U campuses.

“Winners should have gone further,” was the challenged of Dr. Raul F. Muyong. He emphasized that the Skills Olympiad could be a gateway for participation in much higher and bigger skills competition in the country and even abroad. “The University is also preparing for your competencies that could come toe-to-toe with the global standards,” he added.

A strong advocate of TVET courses, the university president also pointed out that lesser number of students are taking programs that would land on  3D (dirty, dangerous and difficult) jobs. He said that “many focused on computer programs. No one is taking civil technology or courses which are considered as dirty and we really lack workforces in this field of specialization.”

Dr. Muyong challenged the professors as well to include in their plans the upgrading of facilities, “Our laboratories should be smart laboratories in the future, I hope that this will be considered by the department heads for next year. “

“Let’s get out of ISAT U. Let’s showcase our talents outside of this University.  Our target is we have to join the national skills competition. We have to join the ASEAN skills competition or if we can make it, the global skills competition,” was the call of Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

In the Skills Olympiad, the students apply the theories they learned in the classroom.



The 1st GAWAD TASI was held to recognize and appreciate the partnership and the role of the local media in promoting ISAT U’s activities, programs and services.

“TASI” is the inverted acronym of ISAT. The name started when University was named Iloilo School of Arts and Trades or ISAT in 1939. Since then, even after its conversion to Western Visayas College of Science and Technology and into a university, the institution is popularly known as ISAT. TASI is also the moniker of the statue in front of the administration building.

The different local media outfit recognized were ABS-CBN TV Patrol Panay, GMA-One Western Visayas, Aksyon Radyo, Bombo Radyo, RGMA Super Radyo, RMN, The Daily Guardian, Iloilo Metropolitan Times and Panay News. The government run Radyo Pilipinas, Philippine News Agency and Philippine Information Agency were also given recognition.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong with representatives from different local media outfits.  (L-R) Mr. Jonathan Cabillon, GMA TV 6; Mr Lawrence  Fernandez, The Daily Guardian; Mr. Eduardo Coo, RGMA; Mr. Rene Monteclaro, Radyo Pilipinas; Miss Bing Pabiona, Capitol Press Corp; Mr. Jaime S. Cabag, PIA RO6; Miss Mae de la Cruz-Ortega, Aksyon Radyo; Miss Perla Lena, PNA; Mr. Roger Gencianeo, Bombo Radyo and Mr. Clark Antiquiera, Iloilo Metropolitan Times.