Lumauag assures ISAT U Dumangas Campus, It’s payback time


“What I am now and what I have achieved, I owe it to the university.”

This was the prevailing statement made by Dr. Ramil G. Lumauag, newly installed Campus Administrator of ISAT U Dumangas Campus during the Turnover Ceremony on January 3, 2023.

Dr. Lumauag added, “It’s now my time to create leaders of this campus,” as he acknowledged Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President for being his mentor and for creating future leaders like him.

Present also to witness the event were Dr. Corazon C. Corbal, VP for Academic Affairs; Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre Jr., VP for Administration and Finance; Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, VP for External Affairs; Vice Mayor Ronaldo Golez and SB Reynaldo Dusaran, representative from Municipality of Dumangas; Mrs. Jocelyn Q. Deygabi, PTA President; Dr. Rosemarie Bebera, Alumni President; Other university officials; Student Republic Officers; Dr. Lumauag’s Family Members; and, other guests.

In his speech, Dr. Lumauag re-emphasized his plans and projects during the presentation

for the search of new campus administrator to strengthen the research capability of faculty members, establish a sustainable extension program that will help community, promote and strengthen the partnership with the international, national and local partners and stakeholders.

As  an IT Professional, one of his priorities is geared towards technological advancement by strengthening the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for distance education and improving IT infrastructures to provide fast internet access for the faculty and staff, students and the operations of the campus.

The newly installed campus administrator also promised to give full support to the faculty members for their professional development and continued improvement of the curriculum and instruction; students for their activities that will promote leadership and academic excellence and gender equality. The Administrative Support Staff was also acknowledged for their essential role and contribution and assured that his administration will work its best to provide what is best for them.

He ended his speech by inviting everyone to join with him in his journey following the Roadmap I.S.A.T.U. which stands for Innovative Systematic Awesome Technological Transparent United Dumangas Campus.

Dr. Lumauag’s previous administrative assignments were former Head of Instruction and OIC Campus Administrator of ISAT U Miagao Campus and recently as VLE Director of the University.


Written by: Dr. Lowel De La Torre – PICO Coordinator, Dumangas Campus

Iloilo Startup Forum sparks technopreneurial spirit in youth

Key players in the innovation space in Iloilo City and their technopreneurship initiatives were showcased to students and academic and local government stakeholders at the recent Iloilo Startup Forum in Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U).

The Iloilo Startup Forum was part of the QBO x (Cities): Igniting Startup Cities, a roadshow led by the Manila-based incubator QBO Innovation Hub. The roadshow aims to spark the technopreneurial spirit among Filipinos, especially the youth.

Karla Legaspi, Startup Community program lead, presented to the audience various initiatives of QBO, which has recently integrated with IdeaSpace, a major private startup accelerator in the country. She also showed an overview of the startup ecosystem in the Philippines and where it is headed.

Their program associate Auguste Ku, meanwhile, discussed details about what makes a startup, the stages that these ventures go through, and the kinds of support that young founders can get from the private and government sectors, in a session that welcomed interactions from the mostly young audience.

A highlight of the Forum was the chat with “Iloilo Homegrown Heroes,” the key players enabling startup growth and development in Iloilo City.

They were Rayjand Gellamucho, General Manager of ISAT-U Kwadra Technology Business Incubator (KTBI); Krz Pareja, cofounder of workplace well-being platform Welby; Daryl Lasafin, program officer at FyrLab, the first private sector-led accelerator in Western Visayas funded by DOST VI; Ma. Lea Lara from the Iloilo City-Local Investment and Promotions Office and Secretariat of Innovate Iloilo; and Abraham Porcal, science research specialist at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 6.

They shared insights from their experience in the startup and innovation space in the region, including the characteristics that – in their view – will make young Ilonggos succeed in technopreneurship. They also announced the programs they are holding or involved in that support brilliant entrepreneurial ideas from talented founders.

The “Iloilo Homegrown Heroes” and the sectors they represent are part of Innovate Iloilo, a multisectoral movement that aims to make Iloilo a premier innovation hub by 2030.

Dr. Carmelo Ambut, vice president for research and extension of ISAT-U and Head of UMWAD Western Visayas Consortium, announced to the audience the university’s various programs for commerciable research, or “spinoffs,” and accomplishments in the field of technology transfer.

Under Ambut’s office is the ISAT-U Kwadra TBI, one of the dozens of university-hosted TBIs across the country supported by a DOST program on innovation and technopreneurship readiness among higher education institutions.

Noreen Bautista, marketing and programs head at Kwadra TBI and cofounder of sustainable textile sourcing platform Panublix, also spoke about startup life, giving the audience a glimpse of the journey of being a startup founder. Meanwhile, Velma Jane Lao, head of the Iloilo City Local Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office, spoke about the Innovate Iloilo movement.

ISAT U Kwadra TBI and Innovate Iloilo were co-organizers of the Iloilo Startup Forum.


ISATU celebrates 117th founding anniversary

The Iloilo Science and Technology University celebrated its 117th Founding Anniversary with a line-up of fun and educational activities for all.

The festivity started with a motorcade spearheaded by the University’s very own bike club. A thanksgiving mass was held at the University’s multi-purpose educational center officiated by Rev. Fr. Philip Vincent Sinco and was attended by the students, faculty members, external campuses and other stakeholders.

During the opening program, Honorable Mayor Jerry P. Treńas, gave his video message and congratulatory note to the entire ISATU system. This year’s theme is ISAT U @ 117: Championing Education an d Innovation in Science and Technology Beyond Borders.

“Throughout the years, ISATU has made a reputation as a good performing state University. Thus, let us remain committed to sustaining quality and excellence in our four major functions such as Instruction, Research, Extension and Production.

“This year we are fortunate to be included in the second batch of grantees of fostering world class Philippine University’s project of the Commission on Higher Education. Through this project, we received financial assistance for our application to the QS star University ranking.

With your full support and cooperation in this project, we are hoping and praying that in 2023 ISATU will be included in the QS world University ranking,” Dr. Raul F. Muyong highlighted these points during his opening message.

Series of activities commenced after the opening program such as the open house, robotics display, academic quiz bowl, alternative class, professional lectures, blood-letting activity, students’ day, testimonial dinner, family day, cosplay, alumni homecoming and community luncheon.

During the testimonial dinner held at Grand Xing imperial hotel, various plaque of appreciation and other awards were given to staffs and faculty members who have served the university for 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15 and 10 years. The said dinner also honored the retirees who in one way or another made an impact in the life and development of the entire system.

The week – long celebration officially concluded on Monday, September 19 and during the closing program, Dr. Rowena P. Calisara, dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture and also the over-all chairperson of the founding anniversary thanked everyone for their efforts and dedication extended during the preparations and implementation of the various activities.

“To the committee chairs and members, from the planning and meetings, be it virtual or face to face, motorcade down to this closing program, thank you for all the efforts, support, and commitment.  Thank you also to those who in one way or the other gave advice, and guidance. To my CEA family, thank you for your support and cooperation. My deepest thanks also to the external campuses. This activity will not be successful without your help and cooperation.”

7th Charter Day Founding Anniversary of ISATU

May 18, 2022 – Delegates and faculty from the different colleges and campuses celebrated the founding anniversary of Iloilo Science and Technology University themed, “ISATU: Transforming Lives Through Science and Technology.”

The 7th Charter Day founding anniversary of ISATU is a 1-day celebration packed with exciting activities.

The morning activities started with a mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Joaper G. Geraneo, the vice-chancellor of the Archdiocese of Jaro and was attended by the faculty, staff and students.

After the mass, the blessing of the administration building followed. The University’s key officials headed by, President Raul F. Muyong, the Vice Presidents of the ISAT U system, 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 was held in the afternoon. Selected students from the colleges and campuses of ISAT U showcased their talents and skills in the various competitions such as the Binalaybay Contest, Dayaw and Hiphop Dance Competition.

For seven years now, the University has been faithfully and dedicatedly living by its virtues,  “Labor is Honor.”


Written by: Senator Kevin Rey Deanon

ISAT U Leon Campus Multiplier Farm for Native Swine and Goats is on its full swing

November 4, 2021 – the Department of Agriculture Regional Office VI has officially turned over the “Multiplier Farm for Native Swine and Goats” to Iloilo Science and Technology University Leon Campus.

Director Remelyn R. Recoter led the turning over of the One Million and Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php. 1, 350,000.00) project funded under the DA National Livestock Program.

In her message, Director Recoter mentioned that the project includes the provision of stocks of native swine and goats with facilities. She also emphasized that the project will serve as complementary to the agricultural marketing facilities in Leon.

Meanwhile; Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President indicated that through this project the University will be able to realize its vision for the ISAT U Leon Campus to be the center of smart agriculture and agri-eco tourism. Moreover, this project addressed other sustainable development goals such as poverty, hunger, quality education, and partnerships.

Hon. Ma. Lina C. Holipas, MunicipalMayor and Hon. Michael B. Gorriceta, 2nd District Representative  extended their support to the University by committing to continuously provide programs for the development of the municipality not only in terms of infrastructures and farm to market roads but also providing livelihood to the people of Leon.

Fir his response, Dr. Julito C. Aligaen,  assured that the whole ISAT U Leon Campus will work hand in hand in sustaining the project for the benefit of Leon and other nearby municipalities.

With this, ISAT University remains true to its mission of undertaking sustainable production and extension services. The Multiplier Farm for Native Swine and Goats will not only serve as venue for hands-on training during instruction, research and production activities of students and external clients but it will also benefit the community through its various extension programs like dispersal of stocks to qualified farmer beneficiaries.

The Multiplier Farm for Native Swine and Goats is only one of the many projects and collaborations the University hopes to undertake.

The Turning Over Ceremony culminated with the cutting of ribbon at the project site by ISAT U officials along with the invited guests.


-Keith Guantero

ISAT U External Affairs Achieves New Milestone with 15 International Partners

The External Affairs Office of Iloilo Science University has achieved a new milestone in the internationalization agenda of the University through 15 formalized international partnerships with various academic institutions from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Approved Minutes of the Meeting (AMM) Signing Ceremony was done virtually and was led by ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, Vice President for External Affairs served as witness during the online event supported by the rest of the Vice Presidents of the University, Campus Administrators, Deans, Directors and External Affairs personnel.

The MOU and AMM Signing Ceremony was done on three separate days which started on October 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM Philippine time with Pangkep State Polytechnic of Agriculture (PSPA) in Indonesia. On October 25, 2021, there were 13 international institutions that took part in the ceremony with  nine (9) Indonesian institutions: Bina Insani University (BiU), Institut Teknologi dan Bisnis Asia Malang (Institut Asia), Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya (PENS), Sekolah Tinggi Informatika dan Komputer Indonesia (STIKI), Universitas Muhammadiyah Pontianak (UM Pontianak), Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha (Undiksha), Universitas PGRI Madiun (UNIPMA), Universitas PGRI Semarang (UPGRIS), Universitas Tidar (UNTIDAR); one (1) from Laos: Dongkhamxang Agriculture Technical College (DATC); two from Malaysia: Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan and Politeknik Mersing Johor; and one from Thailand:  Chiang Rai Rajabhat University (CRRU). The online event was capped with the MOU signing of ISAT U and Institut Pertanian Bogor University (IPB) on October 26, 2021.

In his message of commitment, Dr. Raul F. Muyong – ISAT U President, promised international partner institutions to uphold the commitment toward international higher education mobility and internationalization of education among ASEAN partners. He wished good health, reinforced commitment, strengthened motivation and enthusiasm to students, faculty, staff and international affairs personnel. According to him, these people are the prime movers of the each school’s goal to internationalize education. Dr. Muyong also emphasized that partnerships do not only aim at sharing knowledge and expertise, and provide avenues for growth and development, it is also an opportunity for appreciation of values and uniqueness amidst cultural diversity in the academe.

The international partner institutions agreed to collaborate with ISAT U in collaborating with each other on various mobility programs like international credit transfer program, guest lecturer exchange, co-curricular and extra-curricular online activities, summer programs, short courses and the like.


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

ISAT U Miagao Campus ramps up flexible learning initiatives with distribution of free pocket WIFI

Committed to provide essential services and assistance to the students, ISAT U Miagao Campus has started the distribution of 3, 314 free pocket-wifi as part of efforts in the shift to online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Administration said that it has allocated P2, 982, 600 for the said project.

Over the past years, ISAT U has been able to respond to the needs of its stakeholders especially the students with care, dedication, flexibility and delivered quality education under challenging conditions. The University has spent the past few months preparing to ensure that each student will receive quality education and will have a meaningful experience learning online.

“Let us use this pandemic as an opportunity to become creative and not a reason to quit,” Dr. Raul Muyong said in his virtual message during the Ceremonial Distribution of Pocket WIFI held last October 19, 2021 which was attended by the members of the Administration and Student Republic officers.  The University President also thanked all those behind him in realizing this project.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ramil Lumauag, Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Campus Administrator, ISAT U Miagao Campus thanked Dr. Muyong,  members of the Administration, faculty, staff and students for the usual support. “To our students, may you utilize these gadgets efficiently as you strive for excellence in attaining your goals,” he said.

Before receiving the pocket wifi, students were asked to sign an Affidavit of Undertaking, stating that they will take care of the gadget and that the same will be returned to the University after they graduated or leave the campus.



-Nińo Legaspi, MPA – ISATU Miagao

ISATU marks 116th founding anniversary with virtual performances


The celebration kicked off on September 8 with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Fr. Rex Fedelicio held at the Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish in Lapaz. It was then followed by an opening program featuring the rich history of the institution and its present trailblazing efforts. Day 1 ended with a Mathematics and Science Quiz Bowl in the afternoon.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the university president, gave emphasis that though the pandemic brought many changes and challenges in the educational landscape, the University will continue to thrive and remain relevant in the post-COVID scenario through the collective efforts of every member of the educational community in sustaining the culture of excellence.

“The whole ISATU community must wholeheartedly commit to a vision that stretches us to surpass ourselves and work together by imbibing and sustaining a culture of excellence in everything that we do,” said Dr. Muyong during his opening message.

The usual week-long celebration was reduced to three days but nonetheless showcased a number of virtual spectacles that generated thousands of Facebook and YouTube engagements as per report.  On September 9, day 2, the ISAT University Gender Center in partnership with the Alumni Affairs and Relations office presented a webinar on “Fostering Mental Health at Home” which featured veteran actress Sharon Buencamino as one of the resource persons.

On the same day, The ISAT U KWADRA TBI, the technology business incubator of the University also conducted virtual sessions with emphasis on start – ups, design thinking, pitching and incubation among others.

The last day of the event started with the digital design competition which displayed the creativity, skill and innovativeness of students in graphic and digital designs. It was then followed by the highly anticipated “Tradeans Got Voice” singing contest with participants coming from all across the system. The celebration culminated on September 10 with the University giving tribute to the retirees, loyalty and posthumous awardees.

All virtual activities were officially streamed live at the ISAT U – Public Information and Communication Office (PICO) official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

“This occasion remarks the success of our university in sustaining excellence in culture through nurturing skills and development throughout the years. We are very thankful that we have the benevolent support system coming from our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders. This celebration would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of every individual that dedicated so much for the success of this event,” Dr. Gabriel Salistre said during his closing message.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “ISAT U at 116th: Sustaining the Culture of Excellence in Higher Education in the New Normal.” Dr. Tracy Tacuban, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) spearheaded the event together with the different committees created for the purpose.

Happy Anniversary to the entire ISAT U family! Mabuhay!

ISAT U Alumni Affairs and Relations Office Launches I-Connect

The second week of September 2021 marks the 116th founding anniversary celebration of ISAT U.

I-Connect is one of the events that transpired in the founding anniversary celebration of the University and was streamed through the official Public Information Office page. It featured alumni from various Colleges including the Laboratory School, Graduate School and the External Campuses of ISAT U in Barotac Nuevo, Dumangas, Leon, and Miagao. Each college and campus had its respective premiere date.

The I-Connect initiative provides linkage from the past and present Tradeans which advocates a sense of belongingness and community, especially for the first-year college students, giving them a glimpse of their present and future. The video messages from the alumni included insights into the education in ISAT U and how the University contributed to the person they are now. Also, some shared tips on how to survive undergraduate studies and how to be successful in their respective fields, others reminisced what was, and all had expressed gratitude to their beloved alma mater. The I-Connect initiative unequivocally serves as a homage to the Iloilo Science and Technology University.

The first I-Connect video premiered on September 7, 2021 highlighted the alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Architecture particularly Kristian Rey Trinidad of BSIT class of 2005, Randy S. Tolentino of BSIT class of 2003, Rayjand T. Gellamucho of BSCS class of 2009, JC June N. Garanchon of BSEE class of 2008, Rea Rose S. Pedrajas BSA class of 2009, Rocky S. Alegrado of BSEE class of 2014, Rona R. Malquerido of BSEE class of 2012, George Vincent C. Cagape of BSEE class of2013, and Alecar S. Prado of BSE class of 2008.

You can still catch more premiers of the I-Connect on September 13-14, 2021 on the ISAT U Public Information Office Page.


– Dessa Quinto, LPT

ISAT U celebrates 6TH anniversary


The Iloilo Science and Technology University celebrated its 6th years as a University despite the many threats brought about by the pandemic with the theme, “ISATU: Upholding Quality and Excellence in Higher Education amidst COVID-19 Pandemic”. As part of the anniversary celebration, different infrastructure was inaugurated and blessed.

These projects include the Access Route amounting to P14,959,567.28; Student Services Building worth P47,564,708.80; and the ISAT U Gender Center amounting to P3,078,170.70.

The virtual event was graced by the presence of the University’s Alumni Association President, Atty. Leo S. Sombiro.  Dr. Gabriel Salistre Jr., Vice President for Administration and Finance together with the University President, Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Also present were Mr. Jahleel Arizala, President of the Federated Student Republic from Dumangas campus, Campus Administrators, deans and the VPs of the University.

Right after the inauguration and the blessing, the Eucharistic Celebration followed and it was officiated by Rev. Fr. Marcelino Cortez, Jr and was attended by the different University staff.

The virtual celebration highlighted not just the newly constructed infrastructures but also the President’s State of the University Address wherein Dr. Muyong discussed the different programs and initiatives, achievements, projects, and important University updates. Select students also showcased their talents in music through a virtual intermission number.

The City Mayor, Hon. Jerry Treńas congratulated the entire ISATU community in his video message. Mayor Treńas is considered as the father of the University because he is one great influence why the then WVCST was converted to ISATU today.

Dr. J Prospero De Vera III, CHED’s chairperson joined the celebration virtually as well and he gave emphasis that for six years, ISATU has achieved a lot as a leading Science and Technology University in the region.

“History must have changed your name but the reputation of being innovative par excellence surely remains. I salute you for all your work, achievement and your continuing perseverance to deliver quality education to the students…”