ISAT U and UPM Exchanges Possible Through Erasmus+ Program

Erasmus+ is one of the largest scholarship programs worldwide geared towards the promotion of education and sports to the youth in the European Union (EU). The program has become one of the popular channels through which the EU developed good cooperation and collaboration between countries that promote and support academic mobility for students, faculty and staff. The Erasmus+ program offers stakeholders many opportunities to gain valuable academic, cultural and practical experiences beyond the walls of their school.

Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) has signed an inter-institutional agreement with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain through the Erasmus+ program for student and faculty exchange. Selected fourth year BS Architecture students from the ISAT U College of Engineering and Architecture, Frexie Jan G. Lorca, Lara A. Taclima, Krisha Angeli P. Raquiz, are in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain, as of this writing, for their internship from June 1 to July 31, 2022. Architect Regina Falconite – Head of the Architecture Department will be joining the students on July 8, 2022 and will teach in the College of Architecture until her scheduled return to the country on July 31, 2022. Furthermore, Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao – Vice President for External Affairs and Dr. Juniffer B. Badoles – Director of the National and International Affairs Office have recently arrived from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid from their two-week faculty mobility program.

The students and faculty members of ISAT U received a mobility grant from Erasmus+ which made their travel to Madrid, Spain possible. The selected architecture students have been introduced to some faculty members of the College of Engineering and Architecture of UPM who will serve as their supervisor and overseer for the rest of their stay in the University, while the ISAT U faculty representatives were given a chance to benchmark some of the best practices of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and to establish linkages with other colleges and programs in the University.

 

For an Erasmus+ grant, the students have to be regular students at a university. Erasmus+ enables students to complete parts of their studies abroad at a university in participating countries. Their study achievements abroad will be credited towards their regular studies if they correspond to the study plan. This student and faculty exchange program between ISAT U and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is the start of future collaborations made possible by the Erasmus+ program.

 

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

 

 

 


ISAT U Fostering Gender Sensitivity in the workplace

The office of the President and its different units convened to attend a 3-day training workshop at Damires Hills Resort in Janiuay Iloilo last June 8-10, 2022.

The Gender and Development Office of Iloilo Science and Technology University spearheaded the said training-workshop through its director, Ms. Emily A. Dela Cruz.

A total of 25 participants attended the said training-workshop with the aim to mainstream gender into all operations of the University in order to meet the provisions of RA 9710 otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women. Series of activities and lectures were given to better understand what the law requires and how as public servants one can contribute to its attainment.

Ms. Dela Cruz gave a lecture on the important of being gender sensitive in dealing with the different stakeholders of the university most especially in identifying terms that are not biased but instead sensitive.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the university president handled the team-building part to highlight the 3-day gathering. He gave emphasis on the importance of finding one’s purpose in the different assigned tasks each individual is called to serve. He facilitated different group activities to further engage the participants and enabled them to find their core strength as individuals.

“This team-building activity will gauge how well you know each other and this will also strengthen your   capability as an individual, as public servants serving our university. You may all have different personalities and field of expertise but as one community we are called to serve with outmost integrity and we are called to unite as one ISAT U family.”


RASUC VI holds Orientation on NBC 461 8th  Cycle Evaluation

June 13, 2022 – The Iloilo Science and Technology University hosted the Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges (RASUC) VI for the orientation on DBM-CHED joint circular No. 01, series of 2022 regarding the guidelines for the implementation of the 8th evaluation cycle of the National Budget Circular (NBC) no. 461, series of 1998.

Representative from the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Budget and Management Regional Offices attended the said gathering with the aim to help clarify some gray areas in the guidelines for the NBC 461 8th evaluation cycle implementation.

Sixty (60) delegates from the different state universities and institutions in the region attended the said gathering. Dr. Bobby Gerado, President of NISU, Dr. Emily Arangote, President of ASU, Dr. Nordy Siason, Jr., President of ISCOF, Dr. Editha C. Alfon, President of CAPSU and Dr. Pablo S. Crespo Jr., President of UA were among the University Presidents who attended the said meeting.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the ISAT U President and also the chair of the RASUC VI, Inc. welcomed the delegates during the orientation proper and he discussed the guidelines for the Implementation of the 8th evaluation cycle.

Mr. Ned P. Cababasay, ISAT U’s MIS Director and Director for the WV NBC 461 Zonal Computerization Center discussed the Common Criteria Evaluation (CCE) and Qualitative Contribution Evaluation (QCE) guidelines. He also answered some concerns during the open forum.

The said cycle evaluation period will cover July 1, 2016 to July 30, 2019.

 

 


DOST turns over P42-million worth RYPIC to ISAT University

May 24, 2022 marks the significant event as the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) turns over the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) facility to Iloilo Science and Technology University. This momentous event was graced by the presence of DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, DOST-PTRI Director Celia Ilumba and DOST VI Director Rowen Gelonga.

Notably, RYPIC is the first micro-scale yarn spinning facility established outside the National Capital Region. Its main objective is to provide technical support to micro-small-medium scale enterprises who are involved in garments industry and share to them technical know-how on the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarn. Also, it aims to boost tourism in the municipality of Miagao. This was conceptualized in 2016 as a fruit of collaboration between ISAT U and DOST.

 

In his speech, Dr. Muyong, ISAT U President expressed his appreciation to the action of DOST to formally entrust the facility to ISAT University. “DOST and ISAT U achieved so much success in this partnership and that is because we have a clear shared purpose, well-defined roles, and effectively structure the partnership,” he said.

Meanwhile, Secretary dela Pena emphasized the importance of science and technology to revive the native weaving industry for the economic development in the region.

Present also during the turnover ceremony are Dr. Ricmar Aquino, President of Isabela State University, Ms. Noreen Marian Bautista of Panublix, Hon. Macario Napulan, Mayor of the municipality of Miagao, Miagao Mayor-Elect Oscar Garin, Jr., DTI  6 Regional Director Rebecca Rascon, PCCI Iloilo Gov  Jobert Penaflorida and RYPIC Brand Ambassador Vanessa Caro.

 

-Nino Legaspi I PICO, ISAT U Miagao Campus


The University’s limited face-to-face classes officially opens

 

April 25, 2022 -The university opened its gate and welcomed over a hundred students from the different colleges during the F2F classes kick-off flag ceremony after many months of shifting to online classes.

 “It’s been more than two years since the fateful day when we sent you home in March 2020 because of the COVD-19 pandemic. And it hasn’t been the same ever since. More than two years of flexible learning, online classes and using of our virtual learning environment. I am so excited and delighted today to welcome you all, our faculty and students back in the University”, Dr. Muyong, the University president said during his welcome message.

The students, faculty and staff gathered at the covered gym for the flag ceremony and kick-off activities on the said date. Select students and faculty members showcased their dance prowess once again during the intermission number organized by the Student Republic officers.

Dr. Muyong constantly reminded the students to be diligent in their studies and be serious in the performance of their duties and responsibilities while they are in school.

“While you are here in the university, focus on what you are learning because it has been said that neither intelligence nor talent ensures your success in school. Focus, concentration and perseverance are essential for you to succeed.”

 

VPs and other university key officials were also present during the said kick-off ceremony.

 


HRMO conducts skills enhancement and employee development seminar-workshop

April 18 & 19 – The Human Resource Management Office facilitated a two-day training workshop entitled “Skills Enhancement and Employee Development” with the aim to help the University stay more competitive by reducing skill gaps and increase contentment and satisfaction at work and highly-motivated translated into performance and morale.

One hundred select employees from the different campuses and offices participated in the said 2-day event held at Punta Villa Resort and Convention Center, Arevalo Iloilo City. Different topics such as Understanding Work Values and Communication Etiquette, Personality Traits in the Workplace, among others were discussed and the participants learned how to write, communicate well and dress appropriately in their respective workplaces.

Resource persons from the different fields of expertise were invited to discuss things and helped the employees better understand their significance in the current position they are called to serve.

During the president’s time, Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the university president encouraged all employees to work diligently and with integrity in their respective posts.

 

“Your job performance speaks of yourself. All of you are encouraged be efficient and effective in delivering work and service to our clients” Dr. Muyong stated.

The Human Resource Management Office of the university is a recipient of the PRIME – HRM award of the Civil Service Commission.


ISAT U Gender Center launches its health and wellness program

February 16. 2022 – The University’s Gender Center headed by Ms. Emily A. Dela Cruz launched its one-year Health and Wellness Program for Faculty and Administrative Personnel. This special project is in cooperation with the University’s Human Resource Development Office headed by, Mr. Bonnie S. Arenal.

First topic on the loop is Understanding Aging and Dementia lectured online by Mr. Richthofen C. De Jesus. In his 11-year career as a psychologist, he obtained licenses both as a Psychometrician and Psychologist from the Professional Regulatory Commission; a certification in Dementia Rating from the University of Washington-St. Louis, Missouri; and a Certification in Psychological First Aid from the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland.

This half-day webinar focused mainly on the society’s view of aging, early signs of dementia and how to handle this kind of condition. A short film based on true story was aired also for better understanding of what is happening to an aging person suffering from dementia.

Many would think that if you age, you can no longer go out often, you are weak and sickly, you are dying, etc. When society talks about aging, they often see it as negative and that’s what we will do today. We will change that perception and I will help you try to understand that aging can be done in a graceful way…” Mr. De Jesus explained during his introduction.

Different questions and clarifications from the attendees

were entertained and answered towards the last part of the webinar.

This very timely topic surfaced because based on the Sex-Disaggregated Data in 2021, The University has an aging population. More than one-third of the faculty (36% of the male and 37% of the female faculty) are 50 years old and above. On the other hand, of the 154 permanent administrative personnel, 50% of the male and 45% of the female administrative personnel are on the same age group.

“Looking into the health and well-being of our employees is a pre-requisite to ensuring effective delivery of services. Employee wellness program provide a number of benefits. Having one, signals that we value our employees’ health and well-being and this can lead to improved employee morale. This will eventually result to reduced absenteeism, lower health care cost and better productivity”, the rationale of the project as explained by Ms. Dela Cruz, Director of GAD Center.


ISAT U gears up for the opening of limited face-to-face classes

A two-day stakeholders’ consultation (parents, students, faculty and staff) via Zoom was held last January 31 and February 2 where the University through the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) presented the various preparations being made for the eventual holding of the limited face -to-face classes.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, the University president discussed the different guidelines mandated by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for HEIs that plans to hold limited face-to-face classes in their respective areas. The president gave emphasis on the scope and coverage of the said implementation and the importance of the support and cooperation of all stakeholders.

“Only fully vaccinated students of HEIs located  in areas under Alert Levels 1, 2, and 3

 shall be allowed to join the limited face-to-face classes. HEIs shall advise fully vaccinated students with significant comorbidities themselves or living with individuals with similar conditions to consider flexible learning and take face-to-face classes in succeeding semesters…” explained the president.

Dr. Robert Jacobo, the university physician also discussed the different health protocols and guidelines to be implemented once the plan is in place. An open forum immediately followed where questions and clarifications of the stakeholders were properly addressed.

The Crisis Management Committee (CMC) is chaired by Dr. Corazon P. Corbal, Vice President for Academic Affairs. The committee is responsible for the compliances and preparations of ISAT U in line with JMC No. 2021 – 001 of the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Health on the Gradual Reopening of Campuses of Higher Education Institutions for Limited Face-to-Face During COVID – 19 Pandemic.

 

 

 


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