University appoints new OSAS director

Dr. Ciasico is the University’s newly designated director of the Office of the Students’ Affairs and Services (OSAS). He was sworn into office by ISAT U President, Dr. Raul F. Muyong along with the four Vice Presidents last January 3, Monday. He will serve as the OSAS director from January until October 2022.

As a true-blooded tradean (since grade school until post graduate studies), Dr. Ciasico envisions to strengthen the area of research involving the students’ services. He looks forward to collaborate with the University Office of External Affairs for the international engagements of students.

“I want to improve the students’ community engagements which was part of the result of my dissertation…” Dr. Ely Ciasico said during an interview.

Prior to his appointment at the main campus, Dr, Ciasico or Sir Ely was with the Miagao Campus for 17 years serving OSAS and he did a lot of research engagements and collaborations back then. Apart from that, he also served at the Bids and Awards Committee office (BAC) for 15 years long years.

“I have been with ISAT University for how many decades now and I can truly claim that I am a true-blooded tradean, tested by times. I am very happy to be part of the main campus family and I look forward to start conceptualizing spiritual and behavioral activities for students which I believe an important aspect of one’s life especially in this challenging times.”


Emmanuel takes oath as the new campus administrator

Dr. Ramon Emmanuel, Jr., the newly designated Campus Administrator of ISAT U Miagao Campus took his oath of office before ISAT U President Dr. Raul Muyong last January 3, 2022.

Dr. Corazon Corbal, VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gabriel Salistre, Jr., VP for Administration and Finance, Dr. Nemia Mabaquiao, VP for External Affairs, Dr. Carmelo Ambut, VP for Research and Extension, members of the local ADCO, faculty and staff, friends and family of the new campus administrator have gathered to witness the ceremony.

In his message, Dr. Raul Muyong challenged the new campus administrator to aim higher and maintain a level of excellence and standards in all curricular programs that will give the campus national and international recognition. He said that it can be done through empowering both the faculty and students to fulfill their academic and professional passions in teaching and learning.

Dr. Muyong also appealed to the faculty and staff to help Dr. Emmanuel. “Support your campus administrator for it is the only way for ISAT U Miagao Campus to grow and develop,” Muyong said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ramon Emmanuel, Jr. in his inaugural speech pledged to continue his vision for ISAT U Miagao Campus to provide a student-centered education and produce highly competent graduates who will eventually become leaders and experts in their fields of specialization.

An alumnus of then Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College and now ISAT U, Dr. Emmanuel has gained experience in the academe for 27 years. Prior to his designation as campus administrator, he served as the program coordinator of Bachelor of Elementary Education. He is also a professional choreographer, coach and trainer for sports and cultural events.

 

– Nino M. Legaspi // PICO Miagao Campus


Muyong talks about resiliency, Covid 19 initiatives at Dagyaw 2021

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U president and chair of the Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges VI (RASUC VI), bared COVID 19 initiatives and other ongoing projects in education during the episode 3, ‘Usapang Edukasyon sa New Normal’ of Dagyaw 2021.

As one of the invited speakers, Dr. Muyong presented the various programs of the University that enabled it to thrive despite the many challenges of the new normal. In his report titled, ‘Thriving in the New Normal: The ISAT U Experience’, he mentioned that internet connectivity is one of the most prevalent issues in the shift to flexible leaning modality.

A survey was conducted by the University to properly address the issue. “The University crafted its leaning continuity plan (LCP) which is centered on the use flexible learning, technology and other support mechanisms for our stakeholders,” according to Muyong.

The University now has its own functional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is easily accessible to students and faculty members. Provisions for connectivity allowance for teachers, electronic tablets, and pocket wi-fi for students were also made during the initial stages of the LCP implementation.

Dagyaw 2021 is a popular platform sponsored by

the DILG, DBM, and PCOO that brings together local government units, NGAs and CSOs to discuss pressing issues in governance and other social concerns.

During the episode 1, ‘Usapang Mandanas at Budget’, Dr. Heinz B. Gumaquil, Director of the Public Information and Communications Office of the University was also invited to speak regarding the ‘Roadmap of the Academe in Assisting the LGUs in the Preparation and Implementation of the Full Devolution Transition Plans (DTP)’.

He was again invited in episode 2, ‘Usapang Kalusugan at Ekonomiya’ of Dagyaw 2021 where he served as a moderator.


ISAT U commits to sustain the regional yarn facility

October 26, 2021 – DOST- PTRI, DOST Region VI and ISAT University officially sealed and formalized its commitment to ensure the sustainability of the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) by passing the operational control and management of the facility to the University.

This day of commitment is indeed another ISAT U milestone worth celebrating. We in ISAT U affirm and celebrate our partnership with DOST-PTRI and DOST VI with gratitude and looks forward to the sustainability of the RYPIC in the years to come, “said Dr. Muyong during his message.

As the new host and overseer of operations, ISAT U will continue the gains of the facility from the previous years particularly to the local weaving community and tourism of Miagao, Iloilo. The agreement is part of the original intent of the MOA which saw the establishment of the first – ever micro – scale yarn spinning facility outside PTRI and the NCR.

I believe we are mutually committed to this endeavor because it has a great effect on many of our countrymen. It can support Philippine textile, garment and allied industries and in the conduct of DOST-PTRI’s mandate towards applied research and development activities and technology transfer. The University providing expertise in science, engineering and technology for the development of natural dyes and materials as well as for prototyping the loom machines through its four-fold functions of instruction, research, extension and production. It can strengthen the university’s research culture and produce more technologies,” added Dr. Muyong.

The said endeavor will specifically pave the way for education, promotion, preservation and exhibition of Miagao’s heritage – the handloom weaving industry. It will also provide a steady supply of locally sourced fibers that will benefit farmers, producers and businesses.

Present during the event were ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Director Celia B. Elumba of DOST- PTRI, Director Rowen Gelonga of DOST VI, Ms. Noreen Marian Bautista, Panubrix President/ Co-Founder and Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, Vice President for Research and Extension, both from ISATU.


Tradeans continue winning tradition in Metrobank art and design competition

Tyrone Dave Ejar Espinosa and Crispo Dayaday Mantiquilla carry on with the University’s winning tradition in the prestigious Metrobank Art and Design Excellence 2021(MADE) competition after bagging a special citation in the sculpture and water media on paper categories.

On September 16, Espinosa and Ejar were formally recognized as awardees in the 37th MADE Virtual Recognition Program. They both received a special citation for their works, a Mula glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol and P100,000 cash prize. Their names will now be part of the MADE – Network of awardees.

In his interviews, Espinosa’s work ‘Nakakabinging Katahimikan’ is about depression and the challenge to wake up to reality. Mantiquilla’s piece’21:11’ on the other hand is a recognition of eminence and power.

“I begun thinking about the concept right after the explosion of Taal volcano. Then there was this pandemic, strong typhoons and other calamities. We should be aware. We need to be prepared. We need to help each other. And we need to recognize God’s power,” said Mantiquilla in a phone interview.

Espinosa is a 2015 Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate while Mantiquilla is 2008 graduate of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Major in Drafting Technology. This year’s competition saw the highest number of entries in the last 10 years with 701 entries coming from different parts of the country.

“Foremost, to my alma-mater, I am so very grateful being a product of ISATU,”  shared Espinosa during a phone interview.

In 2017, Ar. Paul John Cabanalan of the College of Engineering and Architecture won grand prize in the Oil/ Acrylic category with his work “Genesis”. In 2018, Ar. Noel Magallanes Elicana and Mr. Alex Pampag Ordoyo bested other contestants in the Oil/ Acrylic and Water Media Media on Paper categories respectively when they were hailed as grand prize winners. In the same year, Mr. Rolan F. Llarena also brought home a special citation in Oil / Canvas category.

Apart from the prizes given by the Metrobank Foundation, these awardees have been featured many times in various local/national print and broadcast media. They were also given the opportunity to hold exhibits to showcase their works and projects.

“We have always been proud of the achievements of our students. It’s a validation of our work here in the University, “according to Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

 

 


ISAT U and POLIPANGKEP, Indonesia Formalize Partnership

Another milestone on internationalization of education has been achieved by Iloilo Science and  Technology University through formalizing its partnership with PANGKEP State Polytechnic of Agriculture (POLIPANGKEP), Indonesia. The memorandum of understanding was signed by both institutions during the Commencement Exercises of POLIPANGKEP via Zoom video conferencing application and was broadcasted via Facebook Live on October 16, 2021 in the morning.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, and

Dr. IR. Darmawan, Director of PANGKEP

State Polytechnic of Agriculture, each delivered their message of commitment during the brief MOU Signing program. Dr. Muyong in his message emphasized that ISAT U’s partnership with POL

IPANGKEP “does 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”.

The graduates of POLIPANGKEP, faculty and guests witnessed the online event with Ms. Gusni Sudhanti, POLIPANGKEP Coordinator of Collaboration and the representatives from the ISAT U External Affairs Office lead by the Vice President for External Affairs, Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao and Dr. Juniffer B. Badoles, National and International Affairs Director. The brief program ended with the closing message delivered by Dr. Nur Rahmawaty Arma, POLIPANGKEP’s Vice Director for Student Affairs and Collaboration who congratulated both institutions on the milestone.

 

 

by:  Jieza J. Napone, LPT, MA.Ed.

 


ISAT U conducts series of orientation and dialogues with stakeholders

The ISAT University administration conducted several dialogues and orientation with stakeholders through Zoom and Facebook live.

First among the series is a systemwide orientation for first year students held last September 21, 2021. The activity highlighted the services of the offices like the virtual learning environment (VLE),

registrar, library, medical dental and the office of student affairs and services in anticipation of the usual queries and needs of those who are new to the University.

On October 4, 2021, another round of student – administration dialogue was initiated through the office of VP for Academic Affairs and Office of Students Affairs and Services. This is also a systemwide dialogue aimed at soliciting feedback from students and provide the administration the opportunity to address them.

The 3rd round of dialogue was in between the administration and the parents or guardians held last October 6. It was spearheaded by the Parents Affairs and Relations office and was designed to get valuable inputs from the parents on issues affecting them and their students. Most concerns delved on the use of the VLE, projects and requirements of students and availability of scholarships, etc.

On October 8, it was the turn of the faculty members    in the system to discuss matters of concern like schedules in holding synchronous classes, provision of additional communication allowance, and the possible holding of limited face to face classes as mentioned earlier by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Localized orientation programs were also conducted by various offices like the National Service and Training Program (NSTP), Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Graduate Education Program, colleges and campuses.

 

A virtual onboarding activity for the newly – hired faculty members was held on Tuesday, October 12 via Zoom.

These dialogues are viewed as a feedback mechanism to effectively manage individual

and organizational issues and concerns. Some notable initiatives that came out from these dialogues include the construction of the access route (overpass), purchase of the University bus, provision of communication allowance for faculty members and the purchase of electronic gadgets for the students among others.


NNQAA holds first-ever virtual awarding ceremony

 

The National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies Inc. (NNQAA, Inc.) doubled on its preparation for the first ever virtual awarding ceremony on September 30, 2021 via Zoom and Facebook live.

Highlighting the activity is the presentation of NNQAA certification for the three institutionally accredited SUCs and accredited programs of various higher education institutions (HEI) in the country.

“An Institutional and program accreditation award manifest the dedication of the HEI for quality and excellence and its continuous desire to be at par with the rest of the world,” according to Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U president and the concurrent president of the NNQAA.

The NNQAA launched their website and Facebook page on the same event to cater to the growing demands of their clients through accessible and user-friendly social media interface. The virtual program also featured the soft opening of the NNQAA office that will serve as the seat of operation of the entire organization.

Dr. Angel Alcala, First CHED Chairman and Founding Chairman of NNQAA, Inc. Board of Trustees served as the guest speaker of the ceremony. Presently, the NNQAA leadership is chaired by Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega.

“Today’s event is not an accident. Today’s event for the first time for NNQAA is a realization of the vision. The 90 SUCs and 4 LUCs will receive for the first-time their awards via Zoom and COVID-19 pandemic did not stop us in recognizing SUCs and LUCs which have been very brave and boulder to face the challenges of the pandemic and today is a day of celebration, renewal of faith and gratitude.” Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega, the NNQAA chairman stated during his message.

The virtual spectacle was premiered live @isatuniversitypio Facebook page.

 

 


Department of Education SHA project partners with ISAT University

September 7, 2021 – The Iloilo Science and Technology University together with the Extension Services Division (ESD) and the College of Education Graduate School signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education Schools Division of Iloilo under its School Heads Academy Program (SHA).

The School Heads Academy Program (SHA) is a one-year distance education scholarship program specifically for the school heads aspirants of the Department Education with the aim to establish a consensual and lawful collaboration between Iloilo Science and Technology University and the Department of Education-Division of Iloilo, ensure resource sharing between  Iloilo Science and Technology University and the Department of Education – Division of Iloilo to achieve the expected outcomes of the program, provide a one-year scholarship to DepEd school heads aspirants who are expected to earn 18 units of courses leading towards the degree Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Educational Management among others.

Present in the MOA signing were Dr. Raul F. Muyong, President of Iloilo Science and Technology University; Mr. Roel F. Bermejo, Schools Division Superintendent, Schools Division of Iloilo; Mr. Ferdinand S. Sy, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Schools Division of Iloilo; Mr. Adonis A. Mosquera, Officer In-charge to the Office of the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Schools Division of Iloilo; Dr. Adrienne D. Veloso, ISAT U Director of the Extension Services Division; Dr. Ma. Teresa C. Carbon, ISAT U Director of Instruction; Dr. John Eric V. Juaneza, Dean of the ISAT U College of Education; Dr. Frisian Y. Causing, Program Coordinator of the ISAT U COE Graduate Education Program; Ms. Donabelle D. Niñonuevo, Education Program Specialist II; and Ms. Joneflor V. Bales, Education Program Specialist II.

“The Department of Education has chosen Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) as partner in this pursuit to academically train their school heads since the University has the capacity, resources, facilities, provision, pool of faculty members and academic program, to realize and achieve the main objectives of the SHA program” stated Mr. Adonis A. Mosquera, officer-in-charge to the Office of the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent.

“The partnership of ISAT U and DepEd – Division of Iloilo in the establishment of School Heads Academy (SHA) provides great opportunity for the University to assist DepEd Region VI and the Division of Iloilo in training aspiring qualified public-school teachers to become effective, efficient, and competent school leaders. Through this collaboration, we would be able to strengthen and uplift the capability of all school heads in the region and ultimately produce champion learners” said Dr. Muyong during his message.

 

 

-Jieza Napone, LPT/Babelyn Cabalar, MMCom


SUCs collaborate with BRIDGES

 

“Today, ISAT U affirms its commitment to work with BatSU and partner SUCs in the implementation of the MOA for the BRIDGES. We will never waver in our commitment to the MOA and in the development of a strong partnership among the SUCs” said Dr. Muyong in his message during the BRIDGES virtual MOA signing held on July 13, 2021.

The collaborative research undertaking entitled “BRIDGES” or Building Research and Innovation Development Goals for Engineering SUCs is made possible through the efforts and leadership of Batangas State University President and PASUC President, Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo.

The Virtual MOA Signing Ceremony demonstrates the commitment to collaborate and cooperate in the field of research, education and training, in deciding goals together with other SUCs, in sharing responsibilities, and working together to achieve more than could be achieved by an individual SUC on their own.

ISAT University and the rest of the SUCs responded to the call of collaboration for BRIDGES and are keen to cooperate most especially in the time of technological progress and innovation. The institutional research collaboration aims to bring together SUC researchers with complementary perspectives, interests, skills and knowledge bases to produce new technological knowledge and innovation with physical health, economic and social benefits.

Dr. Gregorio J. Rodis, President, Bataan Peninsula State University, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso, President, Caraga State University, Dr. Manuel M. Muhi, President, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Dr. Ma. Eugenia M. Yangco, President, Rizal Technological University, Dr. Carla A. Ochotorena, President, Western Mindanao State University and Engr. Albertson D. Amante, BRIDGES Focal Person and BatSU VP for Research and Extension Services were among those present during the said virtual gathering.

“I am confident that our partnership will make a positive contribution to the SUCs’ development through education and training specifically on our students, faculty, our internationalization programs, and local and global rankings” added Dr. Muyong.