7th Charter Day Founding Anniversary of ISAT U

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

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

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

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

 

Written by: Senator Kevin Rey Deanon


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…”

 

 

 

 

 


LANDBANK Miagao Branch finds new home

LANDBANK opened its doors anew to residents of Miagao and nearby towns with the blessing and inauguration  of its Miagao branch. The event was attended by the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) Chancellor Dr. Clement C. Camposano, Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) President Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Miagao Mayor Macario N. Napulan, MD, First Vice President for West Visayas Branches Group, LANDBANK Ms. Delma O. Bandiola and LBP Miagao Branch Manager Mrs. Rowena Areno.

Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has relocated its Miagao Branch to its present site as part of its strategic plan to serve more customers. It is a testament of its commitment in bringing a much safer and more convenient banking needs and financial services to business, various government agencies and private clients.

To recall, LANDBANK is a universal bank owned by the Philippine

Government with branches nationwide specializing on serving the needs of farmers and fisher folks.

Featuring a modern design, a comfortable working space and a good ambiance, LANDBANK Miagao Branch is now strategically located along the national highway beside the main gate of ISAT University Miagao Campus.

 

 

– Niño Legaspi – PIO, ISATU Miagao Campus


ISATU HOLDS BUDGET CONSULTATION

February 16, 2021 – A virtual consultative meeting was conducted by ISAT University and its stakeholders in preparation for the fiscal year 2022 budget. Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre Jr., the VP for Administration and Finance, spearheaded the said consultation through the online platform Zoom.

“Our government is continuing the modernization of the national budgeting system to improve the efficiency of the underlying processes like planning, procurement, cash management and payment. These improvements in our public financial management systems are aimed at increasing the volume and enhancing the quality of our public services especially in the SUCs set-up just like ours. This gathering is very important and crucial as we prepare our budget for FY 2022 because we
wanted to involve all our key officials and stakeholders,” Dr. Salistre stated during his opening message.

Dr. Muyong, the university president, gave emphasis on the different achievements and milestones of the University despite the different challenges each department, college, and campus faced during the COVID-19 outbreak. The University continued giving its best especially for the students who are aiming to have quality education in the midst of different threats brought about by the COVID-19.

The meeting proper started with a plenary gathering and right after the messages from Dr. Salistre and Dr. Muyong, the breakout sessions commenced. ADCO members were identified to act as the main facilitators and moderators of the five different pre-assigned group – Faculty, Alumni, Students, Non – Teaching Personnel and Parents.


ISAT U EDUTOURISM PROJECT receives green light

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approves the Edutourism project of ISAT University under the Culture, Heritage and Museums (CHIM) category. The initiative is part of the Commission’s Study in PH – Edutourism program categorized further into Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery (AFF) and Environment and Natural Resources (ENR).

“Grantees were selected in areas identified as priority tourism areas under the National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2022 and Tourism Regional Strategic Action Plan, with a view towards the core principle of globalization of education taking advantage of the existing regional development efforts to integrate local cultural, indigenous, and heritage products and practices within the wider global context” according to CHED. Other grantees from the region include UP Visayas, ISCOF, University of Antique and Guimaras State College.

A three – storey cultural heritage and educational research center will soon rise at the University’s new site as part of the 9 MILLION worth project granted by CHED for its construction. This building will have 3 floors with different key functions such as; ELibrary, Museum, gallery and a roof top café among others. It will be also a one-stop shop that can cater local and foreign guests as well as students who might need to do cultural researches and exposures.

 

“We are very happy because finally after a series of meetings and presentations, we are set to start the project that will be very beneficial not just for our University but also for the edutourism industry here in the City. With this project, we look forward that it will bring a lot of possible opportunities for our students and different stakeholders. Also, it will be a one-stop shop for the local and international tourists visiting our City” Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, the project leader shared.

This project is set to start in the first quarter of this year.