City dad recognizes ISAT U in covid 19 control

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas recognized ISAT U’s contribution in the containment of covid 19 in the City of Iloilo.

In a letter sent to the University, Mayor Trenas acknowledged the impact of ISAT U’s support to the front liners by providing personal protective equipment (PPEs).

Since the start of the quarantine period, ISAT U produced and distributed face masks and improvised face shields to the Iloilo City government, the Iloilo City Police Office as well as private and non-governmental organizations. Intubation boxes were also distributed to different hospitals.

The university also partnered with civic groups in the city to produce innovative PPEs and other tools. 

ISAT U and  Iloilo United Hazmat Volunteers joined for the production of protective suits. Currently, the FabLab is also working on the design, prototype, and fabrication  UVC Room Sanitizing Lamp and  UVC N95 Sanitation Box in partnership with JCI Iloilo.


FabLab prototypes covid 19 prevention tools

Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VPRE (left) and the FabLab personnel develop the prototype of PPEs  for covid 19 pandemic.

The University’s Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) and the Research Department are currently working on the prototyping of ventilators, ultraviolet (UVC) sterilizers, and swab booth that can be used by medical frontliners in the fight against Covid-19.

“Being the host of the lone Fab Lab in Western Visayas, the university feels that it has a responsibility to help the government fight Covid-19,” ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong said in a telephone interview with the Philippine News Agency.  “The research department is currently prototyping the ventilators, ultraviolet (UVC) sterilizers, and swab booth for the front-liners,” he added.

“We are requested by Commission on Higher Education(CHED) Chairperson to work on this, being a university with facilities on fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab). Our Fab Lab here at ISAT-U is a shared service facility (SSF) provided by DTI (Department of Trade and Industry),” Dr. Muyong bared.

The UVC sterilizer is very significant for the frontliners who used to dispose used protective suits. The University President pointed out that with the UVC sterilizer, hazardous material suits (hazmat) can be reuse. It also addresses the shortage of protective suits.

Supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and CHED, the prototyping development spearheaded by the Office of Research and Extension is in full speed and is expected to end in December.

The study takes time, particularly for ventilators, which have to go through testing and analysis, as well as approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The researchers also need the input of medical professionals who would be the end-users of the study.
The University also initiated to produce washable face masks, face shields and aerosol boxes when the COVID-19 outbreak was declared in the country.

“We believe that ISAT U has a social responsibility to help our front-liners and health practitioners in fighting COVID-19. As a university of science and technology, we have the capacity to produce washable face masks, face shields, aerosol boxes,” Muyong said.
“We are very much positive that through this research, we can produce something for humanity,” he said. (With reports from the PNA)


Dr. Muyong speaks at SoKor UNEVOC network workshop

Dr. Raul Muyong discussing the Industry Involvement in TVET: The Philippine Experience.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong was one of the speakers in the East/Southeast Asia UNEVOC Network Workshop at Seoul, South Korea on October 23-24, 2019.

The conference looked into possibilities of sharing the TVET experiences among East and Southeast Asia Cluster Network countries and find the best solutions to the challenges posed by technological disruptions, fast-changing socio-cultural and economic conditions and global integration.

With the theme  “TVET for Tomorrow: Policies and Implementation,” the participants discussed issues in TVET facing the country and the region. Best practices and successive reform policies were also shared and the possibilities of transferring successful policies to other countries was also considered.

Dr. Muyong shared the industry involvement in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Philippines and the ISAT U Linkages Recognition and Fellowship program as one of the University’s best practices in strengthening industry partnership which is essential in students’ development and learning. The program recognizes the industry’s role in student’s activities such as on-the-job trainings, industry immersion, scholarships, job opportunities and other support services.

He also discussed the Philippine educational system; the highlights of the dual training system and its legal basis which are Republic Act No. 7796 ( The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Law) and Republic Act 7686 (Dual Training System Act of 1994). The student internship program and the industry involvement policy making, curriculum development, review and updating, scholarship, training and employment in the Philippine education system were also highlighted.

The delegates of the workshop from the East and Southeast Asia Region.

Other speakers who shared the TVET experience and practices in their countries were from different higher learning institutions and organizations of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Cambodia, Malaysia, UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Topics discussed were: TVET Policy Reforms in the East and Southeast Asia Region, Industry 4.0 and TVET, and Industry Involvement in TVET: Policies and Practices.


Dr. Raul F. Muyong reappointed ISAT U President

Dr. Raul F. Muyong visits the office of CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III after his reappointment as ISAT U President.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong was unanimously reappointed President of the Iloilo Science and Technology University for another four-year term  by the Board of Regents  upon the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee that assessed his performance from 2015 to 2018.

With no objections, the Board of Regents passed Special Board Resolution No. 01, Series of 2019 for his reappointment. CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III signed the reappointment for four years commencing on August 5, 2019 to August 4, 2023.

ONE SYSTEM, ONE POLICY
When he was installed as the first president of the institution after its conversion into a University, Dr. Raul F. Muyong made a promise to unite the different campuses of ISAT U under one system.

In his address during his investiture rites on September 2015 he said, “My dream is to have one ISAT U. We maybe have different campuses, colleges, or departments, but we are ONE ISAT U with ONE Vision and aspirations.”

Under his leadership, “One System, One Policy” was implemented. Infrastructures and physical development was visible in all campuses. The equitable distribution of the university budget was also implemented. Opportunities for faculty and staff development were also strengthened to benefit more employees. Active involvement of the external campuses in decision making was also intensified.

The external campuses lauded the efforts of Dr. Muyong for the uniform benefits in the implementation of the Collective Negotiation Agreement incentives.

INFRASTRUCTURE AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
The four years of the Muyong administration saw a tremendous  infrastructure, physical and students’ development  in all campuses.

The Research Hub not only establishes the identity of ISAT U as the only science and technology university in the region but also added a boost to research and development goal of the university. The 45-million facility now houses the USAID-granted facilities and the fabrication laboratory of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The completion of the University Library (above) and the ongoing construction of the Student Service Center are two of the major infrastructure projects of the ISAT U under the leadership of Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Other facilities are the 3-storey New Science Building or the N-Building (Php 38.6 million) that houses the College of Education; the Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) Building (Php 24.5 million) that serves  as instructional facility and laboratory of Hotel and Restaurant Technology and TLE Students.

Two other facilities are on their way to completion. Dr. Muyong initiated the construction of the Student Service Center (Php 48, 164, 706.08), a one-stop-shop enrolment to employment facility. Once completed, the Student Service Center will house all offices that cater to frontline services of the students and facilities for students’ activities and programs. On the other hand, the completion of the state-of –art library (Php 42.3 million) is within reach. It features modern facilities for learning.

A 14-million pesos access route was also constructed and will soon connect the main campus to the new site.
The idle space in the third floor of the administration building was also converted into offices of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Bids and Awards Committee, Internal Audit Office, Legal office and Public Information Office.

The major projects at the external campuses are: Barotac Nuevo – Industrial Technology Building; Dumangas- Administration Building and Mini-hotel; Leon- Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Library; Miagao- PE Fitness center and HRT Service Center. The University also procured 2 service vehicles for Barotac and Dumangas Campuses.

The Integrated Income and Revenue Generating Projects (IIRGP) was also intensified. When Dr. Muyong started as President in 2015, the income of the University soared from Php 9,826,939.00 to Php 15, 420, 231.77 (63.73%) in 2018. Part of the proceeds from the IIRGP was used to purchase a Php 5.5650 6-seater school bus, the first in ISAT U.

STRENGTHENING ADMINISTRATION AND LINKAGES

Under the Muyong administration major offices were created and linkages were broadened.

The Office of the Vice President for External Affairs (VPEA) was created and tasked to take charge of all International and National Affairs of the University. Under the VPEA are the offices of the International and National Affairs, Alumni Affairs and the Industry and Linkages Development Office.

To ensure management control and to conduct operation audit, the University created the Internal Audit Service Office (IAS). Among other functions, the IAS conducts management performance audit of the functions, programs, projects, activities of the University and its compliance. The office is also tasked to analyze and evaluate management deficiencies and assist top level management by recommending realistic course of action.

The Legal Services Office and the Public Information Office were additional units formed to beef up the University operations.

RESEARCHES AND THE IMPACT TO THE COMMUNITY

The Multi-powered Drying System for Food Processing (right) has provided uninterrupted production of seaweeds crackers even during the rainy days as compared to the traditional ways (left).

As one of the major areas of services, Dr. Muyong gives emphasis to the impact of researches to the community.
Two of the four USAID funded projects were already turned over to the community and had already created significant contributions to the livelihood of the beneficiaries.

The Multi- powered Drying System for Food Processing helped in providing a continuous production of seaweeds crackers among the locals of Brgy Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo even during inclement weather. On the other hand, the S-Turbine project augment the water supply of the members of Cabacanan Multi-Purpose Farmers multi-Purpose Cooperative at Alimodian, Iloilo.

Meanwhile, the study on the Extraction of Hyaluronic Acid on Silver Whiting Head is completed and on the process of technology transfer while the Research on Valorization of Brown Seaweeds is on the process of completion.
The DOST has also funded three projects  and these are the Design and Development of Programmable Dehydrator Machines for Herbal Tea Products (P4,993,905.00), Development of Food and Health Supplements and Bioactive Fucoidants (P235, 000.00), Development of Green Packaging Technology Using Eco-Friendly Materials for Rice and Other Commodities (P4, 929,172.00).

The 13 externally-funded researches have  a total grants of Php 99, 225,713.00.
Seven researches were given Best Paper Award while 1 invention, 3 utility models, 7 industrial designs and 9 copyrights were registered with Intellectual Property Office.

On extension services, 280 extension programs were organized and conducted with 293 partners that trained 32, 321 clientele. Since 2015 until 2018 the budget allocation for extension services was Php 21, 418, 613.82.

RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP

Research and innovation is always in the bucket list of the university president. Two major partnerships that focused on research and innovation are being undertaken.

The ISAT U and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched the first Western Visayas Fabrication Laboratory. The 7-million Iloilo Center for Design, Prototyping and Modelling Equipment sits at the Research Hub.

Recently, the university partnered with the DOST-PTRI for the establishment of the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC). The RYPIC is the first regional facility of the PTRI.

ACADEMIC REFORMS AND INITIATIVES

Academic programs were revised and aligned with the new Policies, Standards and Guidelines issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

New programs were offered and approved. The offerings of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, Bachelor in Human Services, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education and the Bachelor of Technology and Livelihood Education were already implemented. The proposed BS Biology will be subjected to CHEd evaluation.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong untiringly pushes for quality education. His effort paid off as the University produced four (4) PRC licensure examination topnotchers. ISAT U institutional performance is mostly higher than the national passing percentage.

Aside from academic excellence, the University displays its dominance in the field of arts. In 2018, three major awards were bagged in the MetroBank Arts and Design Excellence (MADE) Awards and the Grand Prize in the T shirt Design Competition of the 2018 Vision Petron National Student Art Competition.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

The teacher education program was recognized as the Center of Development by the CHEd in 2016. Recently, ISAT U

Dr. Raul F. Muyong receives the Plaque of Recognition from then CHEd Commissioner Patricia B. Licuanan for the teachers education program as Center of Development.

received the Certificate of Recognition as the Higher Education Institution with the most number of Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) in the region.

Last year, the Civil Service Commission awarded a Certificate of Recognition to the University for achieving the Maturity Level II of the PRIME HRM Program.

The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. awarded ISAT U a Special Citation as Rank No. 3 in terms of percentage of accredited programs (1992-2008).

A Certificate of Recognition was also awarded by the Government Quality Management Committee on 2016 for achieving the goal of the Government Quality Management Program (GQMP) to strengthen the institutional capabilities in delivering citizen-focused public services and in implementing international standards-based quality management system.

ISAT U is also a recipient of the Emerald Award by AJA Registrars, Inc. .

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

Under the leadership of Dr. Muyong, the University obtained Level III status of the AACCUP and all its campuses the ISO 9001:2015 Certification.

To assure delivery of quality education regular accreditation of different programs were also conducted. Currently, 4 programs were submitted for Level IV accreditation. 13 programs are Level III accredited, 29, Level II and 1 program in Level 1 status.


Suarez wins SR elections, joins BOR

Student Regent Adeline E. Suarez

“My passion is to be the voice of my fellow ordinary students,” was the quick response of Miss Adeline Espulgar Suarez when asked after being elected President of the Federated Student Republic (SR) on August 29, 2019. Suarez will represent the students in the ISAT U Board of Regents (BOR).

Her track record earned her the respect of fellow student leaders in different ISAT U campuses. “ I enter ISAT U as an ordinary student in 2016, and since then I joined the Chess Varsity Team,‘ she narrated. The next year, Suarez served the University as a student laborer.

Despite her hectic schedule, service is still in the priority list of the lady. In the same year, she run and was elected as Class Mayor . Greater opportunity came and she was elected as Student Republic Senator where she was awarded as the Most Outstanding Student Leader in AY 2018-2019. Miss Suarez was also designated as the Ambassadress of the Freedom of Information for AY 2019.

“This time responsibility and task are knocking the door of my leadership career, how could I say no?” was all she said when she won the election.

Among her plans is to reinforce the approval of the university president for students to attend programs sanctioned by the university. “ The problem is dehado ang mga estudyante, some instructors will not allow students to attend programs even if there are memos from the president, “ Suarez lamented. “I’ll be proposing a resolution that will oblige teachers to extend remedial activities for students who are excused in classes to attend programs and to give instructors corresponding sanctions for disallowing students,” she added.

A Bachelor of Information Technology senior, she plans to exploit the net for students information, “if by chance I will push through the first ever ISAT U Info Board Application, where all applicable information are directly seen and disseminated to the students,’ Suarez explained.

The famous words of US President John Quincy Adams which says, “ If your action inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader, “ inspired Miss Suarez and made her believe that “being a leader does not only possess the willingness to serve but also the willingness to help and inspire others.”


Dr. Muyong participates in TVET leadership training

Participants from other countries listen to the discussions of Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong attended the 2019 UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme for Asia and the Pacific at Bangkok, Thailand on September 2-9, 2019.

The program aims to strengthen the leadership skills of the TVET leaders across the globe. It is  also part of the UNEVOC program to strengthen the TVET in the region.

Dr. Muyong is one of the 16 mid-to senior-level TVET experts who participated in the event. Other participants are from Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Maldives, Bhutan, Malaysia, Nepal, Republic of Uzbekistan, the Philippines.

As head of the UNEVOC center, he provides the leadership direction in planning, implementing, cascading, monitoring and reporting the various projects, programmes of ISAT U and UNEVOC Center. He is also engage in strengthening the collaboration and international linkages to help address various gaps and issues. At present. UNEVOC is confronted with concerns on greening TVET institutions, access and equity, graduate mobility, changes in the world of work, TVET teachers’ qualifications and certifications.

The participants engaged in thorough discussion on the SDGs UNESCO normative instrument and regional strategies or TVET; impulses from the Asia-Pacific region; equality and fairness-protecting both genders; analyzing TVET systems through policy review; financing work-based learning; move to action; transforming TVET to contribute to sustainable and digital economies and societies; partnering with the private sector; quality assurance in TVET; leadership for change; and change management.


114th Foundation Anniversary Highlights

EMPLOYEES and ALUMNI DAY

FEFI DAY

A time for bonding and camaraderie, the faculty and administrative personnel from different campuses savor the moments of togetherness in the Faculty and Employees Federation, Inc. (FEFI) Day.

A day of fun, stress free and away-from-computer-and-classroom activities, the faculty and staff bond together regardless of their campus and work.

The faculty and staff enjoy the Patintero, Videoki Contest and the Amazing Race.

The Amazing Race made the representatives from different campuses connive with each other to finish the task assigned in every station. Aside from jumping ropes and face painting, the players also expanded their network of friends from other ISAT U campuses.

The Patintero, a Laro ng Lahi, made the faculty and staff remember their youthful days. Before the students, the professors and employees tried to revive the native game that are slowly brushed aside by modern gadgets and smart phones.

A modified Videoke Challenge was another new to a lot of ISAT U employees. No need to get a perfect 100 to win; just hit or get near the designated score and you pocket home the prize.

The sharing and giving during the community luncheon brought the members of FEFI closer and made their bond stronger.

The faculty of the College of Education entertains their co-employees. The COE Dancers are the champs of the Retro Dance Contest during the Testimonial Dinner.

FEDERATED ALUMNI DAY

One of the major activities of the celebration is the Federated Alumni Day.

Atty. Leo S. Sombiro

During the opening program, Dr. Raul F. Muyong reiterated that the Alumni is one of the major stakeholders of the University. He considered them as “the number one marketer of the University in the global society and partners in the development of ISAT U.”

Federated Alumni President Atty. Leo S. Sombiro acknowledged the role of the Alumni Association in promoting the University,  “The alumni is the major stakeholder of the University; we are the people who is outside looking inside of our Alma Mater, we are actually the Ambassadors of the University because what we exhibit outside of the portals of our Alma Mater reflects the image of ISAT U.”

He also expressed joy of what the University has achieved, “I am very happy that the impression and the image for ISAT U has radically change, we are now being looked up by other people as a booming university. “ Atty. Sombiro also welcomed the challenge to level up ISAT U.

One of the highlights of the day is the turning over of a school bus to Miagao Campus. The acquisition of the 3.6 million pesos school bus donated by Vallacar Transit  is one of the major achievements of the Federated Alumni Association. The donation was through the efforts of Alumni Class 81.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Atty. Leo S. Sombiro lead the turn-over ceremony of the school bus donated by Vallacar Transit to ISAT U Miagao Campus.

The University is currently organizing new chapters of the alumni. “This is to strengthen the local chapters before reaching out to other areas,” said Dir. Luz F. Cabalfin of the Office of Alumni Affairs. The new chapters are CAS Alumni, CEA Alumni, CIT Alumni, COE Alumni and High School Class 89. Officers of the five new alumni chapters were also inducted into office.

The alumni renewed their friendship and reminiscence the good old days through parlor games, ball games and team building activities.

The alumni test their skills in the different games and activities.


Foreign studes on OJT, immersion at ISAT U

The exchange students witness the signing of agreement of ISAT U with partner agency for industry immersion. 

 Five foreign students are on their cross country training and immersion at ISAT U. Four are under the SEAMEO TVET Student Exchange Program while one is a recipient of the American Field Service Scholarship.

The SEAMEO TVET students from Indonesia are Gilang Pangestu and Helmi Taufiq Alhakim who are taking up Informatics Management from Institute Pertanian Bogor University. The other two are Nabila Rozqia Novianda and Aulia Rizky Utami from Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya who are pursuing their Telecommunications and Mechatronics studies, respectively.

Italian Matilde Rou, on the other hand, is from Liceo Melchiorre Gioia, Italy. She joins the Philippine History and Filipino classes of the Laboratory School for her cultural immersion.

Given the chance to talk during the opening program, Miss Rou emphasized the opportunity to learn with the new students amidst different cultures, “meet them, talk to them and learn from them; share your opinion, ideas and culture.” According to her, communication is also important in bridging culture gaps. “The difference in culture is something we really need to look after. There are no impedes between cultures as long as people talk clearly and directly,” she added.

Trying to speak the native tongue, the Indonesians created an aura of lightness and a happy environment. Greeting the audience with “ Maayong aga,” Mr. Gilang Pangestu shows appreciation of a warm ISAT U accommodation he experiences, “the people in here are nice and kind also.” His expectations also generated smiles and giggles from the audience, “I did not expect the people here are so kind and so attractive; it must be fun to be with you and so much to learn from you and from the University.” Pangestu and Alhakim are assigned at the Management Information Service of ISAT U Miagao Campus.

The Memorandum of Agreement with the Sky Convergence, was also held during the opening program on September 3, 2019. Sky Convergence is the partner agency for Novianda and Utami’s training.

The University also sent two  students to Malaysia and seven to Indonesia recently.  Of the nine students, two are taking up Bachelor of Science in Education, four in BS Fashion Design and Merchandising,  one  in Bachelor in Industrial Technology major in Mechanical Technology and  two in BS Food Technology from Miagao Campus.


ISAT U, DOST-PCIEERTRD to establish data science for good governance

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

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

A smart city harnesses the use of science and technology, and innovation to deliver good governance and services to the public.

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

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

DOST Region VI Director Rowen R. Gelonga added that the purpose of the collaboration between DOST and ISAT U is to create a pool of experts on data science or data analytics. Gelonga also passes on the challenge to ISAT U to probably open degree programs or even post-graduate programs related to data science, which is a multi-disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge.

He explicitly implied the importance of collaboration in the growth of smart cities like Iloilo City. Gelonga also divulge “Innovate Iloilo” which is a master plan to position Iloilo as an innovation hub by 2030. “This is a broad-based multi-stakeholders effort involving the local government units, the business sector, the government, the academe and the research institutions and other stakeholders’ collaboration of the local government units and other stakeholders, “he said.
The role of scientists and researchers who “present their technologies and research outputs that can potentially solve some of the problems as a growing community or as we continue to grow and prosper is important,” Engr. Gelonga added.

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


Arsulo is new faculty regent

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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