ISAT U showcases researches in CHEd’s techno fair

ISAT U research projects are some of the products of the State Universities and Colleges of Western Visayas  featured in the regional techno fair.

With its mandate in science and technology, ISAT U showcased its researches in the Regional State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) Products and Technology Fair 2019 at the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Central Office, Quezon City on May 6-10, 2019.

The product and technology expo is part of the Commission’s 25th Founding Anniversary on May 18, 2019. The Commission was created as an attached agency to the Office of the President through the passage of Republic Act 7722 or the Higher Education Act in 1994.

In response to the objectives to showcase the regions products and technology which the State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) have invented, created, developed and produced, ISAT U presented projects that reflect the University’s thrust in research and development. The projects also help in the socio-economic and technological advancement of the region.

CHEd Chair J. Prospero De Vera reads on the details of  ISAT U’s researches presented by Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Among those are the USAID-RTI funded researches. The Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing utilizing solar power and alternative electric energy which has already provided a continuous livelihood activity to seaweeds farmers even during inclement weather. On the other hand, the research on “Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid (HA) from the Heads of Silver-banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use,” confirms the bioactive compounds with high anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and high moisturizing properties beneficial for cell regeneration in the HA extracts of the fish. Meanwhile, the Valorization of Brown Seaweeds Through Alginate Extraction promises an added shelf life to post-harvest mango and silver-banded whiting.

Other researches showcased were The Valve Spring Remover with Seal Puller that remove defective valve spring and valve seal from a cylinder head without pulling out the assembly from the engine; the Egg Incubator that utilizes power from solar and electrical grid, thus minimizing energy consumption; and the Coffee Pulper that decreases the damage coffee bean to at least 10%, thereby, increasing its selling price.

Attuned to the theme, ”Celebrating 25 Years towards Access, Equity, and Global Excellence in Higher Education,” ISAT U’s presentation reflects its goal of providing excellent education in science and technology.


COE-EC launches Project UNGKA DOS

Prof Leander S. Gregorios meets with Brgy. Officials for envisioning the barangay’s Vision, Mission and Goals.

The College of Education-Extension Council (COE-EC) launched Project UNGKA DOS at Brgy. Ungka II, Pavia, Iloilo as part of its extension services and community engagement.

Project UNGKA DOS which stands for Upgrading and Nurturing Green Knowledge with Accountability, Development-Outcomes and Sustainability is designed to improve the community’s life and for its total development.

“The project has six areas of services– Education, Economic, Socio-Cultural, Political, Physical and Environmental,” COE Extension Coordinator Prof. Leander S. Gregorios explained. “Each areas has its specific activities and projects conducted by the college and its collaborators,“ he added.

One of the activities is the envisioning of Ungka Dos Vision, Mission and Goals (VMG) conducted on November 2018. Headed by COE Dean Dr. John Eric V. Juaneza, the faculty and students of Educational Management course conducted series of lectures. The activity institutionalizes the barangay’s VMG and organize the community for the smooth flow of delivery of basic services and attain sustainability.

The actual demonstration of the T-shirt printing.

The skills training on T-shirt printing, dressmaking and tailoring, and building wiring installation for unemployed men, women and youth started on October 27. The six months training commenced with T-shirt printing activity conducted by the Technical and Livelihood Education teachers and students. The output of the participants was used by the barangay in the municipality’s Tigkaralag Festival.

The Youth Rocks U is another activity that empowers the involvement and participation of the youth in the activities and programs of the community, emphasizes the role and responsibilities of the youth and builds and develops self-confidence and unity among them. The Educator’s Guild help in facilitating the two-day activity on December 8-9.

Part of the program is Project Kaalwan or gift giving activity. The first recipient of the activity is Ungka II Elementary School.

“Since this is a continuing project, more activities contained in the different areas of services will be conducted in the barangay, “said Dr. Juaneza.


University library upgrades facilities

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and the library staff receive the books from CCPTA, Inc. officers.

The university library acquired additional materials and updated its facilities to address the needs of the students and in preparation for the offering of new courses for Academic Year 2019-2020.

“The purchase of 1.4 million pesos worth of books is now on process. It is the 80% of selection and requests by the faculty during the 2018 Book Fair. The amount to be used for the purchase is from the library fees,” said Ms. Ninfa G. Geloryao, University Librarian.

Aside from the library fees, the deans of different colleges also pledged to allocate an amount from the 2019 budget for the purchase of additional materials. “We are looking forward that another 2 million pesos worth of books will be available at the Library soon,” Ms. Geloryao added.

The new tables, chairs and cabinets (above) and the on-going completion of the library building.

The College, Community, Parents and Teachers Association (CCPTA), Inc. also donated 58 volumes of 47 titles of books on various subjects. The 20 thousand pesos worth of materials was turned-over by CCPTA, Inc. President Edgar Salazar to the University on January 29, 2019. Mr. Salazar aired the commitment of the organization to help modernizing the library.

Aside from additional materials, modern furniture, office equipment, reading facilities and four-channel CCTV cameras were installed.

The library online resources has also started its link to ISAT U website. The online facility features the vision, mission and goals, objectives, rules and regulations and the personnel. It also offers the Library services, resources and activities. Feed backs and comments can also be channeled online.

The completion of the library building is already at 47% as of January 2019. “If completed, it will be a modern facility that will offer an ambience conducive for studying and learning activities, “Ms. Geloryao added.

The library also passed the Level III and is gearing for Level IV accreditation sometime this year.


CSC recognizes ISAT U’s PRIME-HRM compliance

CSC RO 6 Regional Director Rodolfo B. Encajonado congratulates ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Human Resource Management Officer Mr. Bonnie S. Arenal while CSC Iloilo City Field Office Director John Esar T. David and CSC Director III Atty. Alexis S. Palomar-Tabino look on.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office VI awarded a certificate of recognition to Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) for passing the on-site accreditation for Maturity Level II of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in the Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) during the awarding ceremony at Casa Real, Iloilo Provincial Capitol on March 4, 2019.

Among the 23 awardees in the region, ISAT U is one of three from the Province of Iloilo and the only state university given the recognition.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and ISAT U staff pose with CSC executives. From left, ISAT U administrative staff Mr. John P. Mandario, CSC Iloilo Field Office Director John Esar T. David, CSC Regional Director Rodolfo B. Encajonado, ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong, HRM Officer Mr. Bonnie S. Arenal, HRMO staff Ms Arvic Dolendo,  and ISAT U Public Information Officer Prof. Heinz Gumaguil.

The University met the Human Resource (HR) maturity level 2 indicators in four (4) core HR Systems particularly Recruitment, Selection and Placement (RSD), Learning and Development (L&D), Performance Management (PM), and Rewards and Recognition (R&R) in the Enhanced PRIME-HRM using three lenses namely : Systems, Practices and Competencies. The on—site assessment was conducted by Mr. Ramon P. Refugio, Jr. and Mr. Megel G. Tembrevilla, of the Policies and Systems Evaluation Division of the CSC Regional Office VI on October 10-12, 2018.

Under the systems lenses, the assessors looked into the ISAT U’s documentation, such as files that support the HRM system policies, and procedures. In the practices lenses , the assessors conducts interviews with the HRM Officer and the key university officials to find out their level of understanding and engagement in the four core areas while under the competencies lens, the assessor determines the capabilities of the HRM Office using the proficiency level indicators.


15 programs pass AACCUP assessment

The accreditors check on the compliance of the different areas of accreditation.

Fifteen programs of the five ISAT U campuses pass the assessment of the Accrediting Agency for Chartered College and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc.  in a  survey visit   conducted on November 19-23, 2018.

At Iloilo City Campus, the Doctor of  Education major in Educational Management and the     Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant   Technology (BSHRT)  passed the Level III   (Phase I) accreditation.

On the other hand, the Master in Mathematics,  Doctor in Industrial Technology (majors in Electrical Technology, Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology), and the Master of Industrial Technology passed the Level II re-accreditation .

The BS HRT and Bachelor in Industrial Technology (BIT) majors in Automotive Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology, and Architectural Drafting Technology at Barotac Nuevo Campus  were awarded Level II re-accreditation status.

At Miagao Campus, the BS in Information Technology, BSHRT, BS in Electrical Technology, BS in Electronics Technology, BS in Automotive Technology, BIT (majors in Architectural Drafting Technology, Cosmetology, Fashion and Apparel Technology, Food Technology, HVAC-R     Technology, WAF Technology) passed the Phase I of two for Level III accreditation while the  Bachelor  of  Elementary Education passed the Level II re-accreditation.

The BS in Agriculture (majors in Agricultural  Education, Crop Science, Animal Science and Agro-forestry)  at Leon Campus was also awarded  a Level II re-accreditation status.

 


Leon Campus prof cited for educational innovations

The students get hands-on training at the Student Field School in one of the pilot areas of the project. (Photo courtesy of Wenhui Award)

Prof.  Julito C. Aligaen of  ISAT U Leon Campus was cited by UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) in developing the award-winning Organic Agriculture Project Integration in Basic Education through Student Field School. The project emerged as winner in the 2018 Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation.

The project was awarded because it “demonstrated that experiential and discovery learning based on present socio-scientific issues is the most effective way for students to understand sustainable development issues.”

The project aimed at the sustainable production of healthy and nutritious foods without using synthetic fertilizers and harmful pesticides. Dr. Aligaen said that it focuses on “nutrient management, crop protection and environmental education.” The project targets the youth who are expected to be the next generation farmers.

It was chosen for the award as it reflects this year’s theme, Innovations in School, Family, and Community Collaboration for Quality Education which carries the important message that education is everyone’s responsibility.

Dr. Julito C. Aligaen

With collaboration from different government agencies, organizations and the local government unit of Davao del Norte, Dr. Aligaen took part in the project in 2014 while teaching at Asuncion National High School. He laid out the integration and strategies of promoting organic farming to English, Science and Math subjects in pilot schools of the region.

On the same year, he transferred to ISAT U Leon Campus. Even with his new assignment, he continued in developing the project.

One of its innovations is the Student Field School. “We utilize Student Field School system in this project,” Aligaen explained, ‘hands-on education in organic farming is practiced in the production center or laboratory of participating schools.” Another innovation is the Stand Alone Lesson Plan for teachers who had not undergone formal training. A Teacher’s Guide, “the Bible” of the project, is also developed.

“In one of our pilot schools, the vermi-compost production is now stable and they were able to market some of their products,” Aligaen shared on the success of the project.

Aside from the Certificate of Excellence, a 20, 000 US dollar prize will be given. The Technical Working Group decided to use the money for the improvement of the program. “ I am now in the process of conceptualizing a possible collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Department of Education. A course in BS Agriculture major in Organic Agriculture is also considered,” said Dr. Aligaen.

In 2010, Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation was established by UNESCO APEID and the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO to emphasize the capacity of education and the human innovative spirit to address and resolve pressing issues and problems.


ISAT U produces another art champion

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Students Affairs Director Dr. Ma. Asusena Asuncion E. Echaverria  present Red Duane V. Oligo  before the  faculty and students during the flag ceremony at the Multi-purpose Educational Center.

The university continues to produce winners as Red Duane V. Oligo bagged the grand prize in the T-shirt Art Design Category of the 2018 Vision Petron National Student Art Competition.

Kultura ni Juan, Oligo’s winning entry that detailed the different Filipino cultures captured the votes of the judges.  “I just think of different Filipino cultures that goes with the theme,” he said in a short interview. This year’s theme is Tuklas Kultura– experience and rediscover Filipino culture at its best.

He is taking up Bachelor in Industrial Technology major in Civil Technology. He persistently pursued his passion after failing once. “I did not make it when I was still in high school, I tried again and I made it this time. I am happy that my work was chosen among 306 entries nationwide, “he said.

Oligo received cash prize and Napoleon Abueva trophy during the awarding ceremony at Metrotent Convention Center, Metro Manila on November 28, 2018.

This is the second consecutive year that ISAT U students brought home major awards in this competition. Last year, the BS in Architecture students took the grand prize in Video-making Category and were semi-finalists in Painting-water based media and T-shirt Art Design categories.

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ISAT U prexy joins UNESCO-UNEVOC Asia-Pacific cluster workshop

The delegates of the workshop gather to support global TVET in addressing pressing issues on skills, opportunities and initiatives. 

Dr. Raul F. Muyong  attended the United Nation Education Scientific and Cultural Organization-International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) 2018 East and Southeast Asia Cluster Network Consolidation Workshop at Seoul, South Korea on October 24-25, 2018.

The UNESCO-UNEVOC and Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) organized the meeting to create opportunities to strengthen the Asia-Pacific Regional Network. It also aimed to unite the experiences, capacities and potential in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the region with the global TVET. The move supports the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Center for TVET’s medium-term strategy (2018-2020) to guide and gather potentials and create opportunities for individual UNEVOC network members to address common issues faced by TVET Institutions.

Among the issues dealt with are the growing concerns of adapting to the multiple demands associated with increased employment and relevance of skills and qualifications to the labor market and technological revolution. Other tackled issues are on sustainable development, technological advancement and the demand for skills.

Dr. Muyong presiding at the group discussion with delegates from other UNESCO-UNEVOC Centers.

In the workshop sessions, Dr. Raul F. Muyong was elected Chairman of the group that handled TVET Attractiveness and Quality, Career Guidance. He led  the discussion and made sure that the issues to be addressed  were identified as well as the potential collaboration projects that the UNEVOC Centers can develop and its modality for collaboration, projected output, capacities built and opportunities created.

Dr. Mabaquaio presents UNESCO-UNEVOC Visayas Center best practices in Greening TVET.

Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao Director for National and International Affairs, also joined the meeting and actively participated in the topic Greening TVET. Dr. Mabaquiao said that ISAT U committed to promote Greening TVET plan for 2019-2021. “For our part, we will submit available teacher standards and share best practices, Training Methodology by TESDA used in teaching TVET and push for a Skills Olympics as part of our commitment to the network, “she said. “ ISAT U is also facing a tough challenge of holding the International Conference 2019 with the Colombo Plan Staff College in July next year. “ Dr. Mabaquaio added.

The ISAT U as UNESCO-UNEVOC Visayas Center was the only UNEVOC Center in the Philippines to participate along with representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. KRIVET is the Cluster Coordinating center in the region.


CHEd Chair De Vera talks on federal government’s impact to higher education

CHED Chair Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Consultative Commission on the review of the 1987 Constitution Commissioner Atty Antonio B. Arellano and CHED RO6 Officer-in-Charge Dr. Edilberto J. Orillos answer questions in the open forum.

“We are here this afternoon and we are targeting specifically the academic sector because you young people who will decide are the most skeptical voice if we’ll do change the constitution,” said Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) as he starts discussing the impact of the federal government to higher education. Organized by the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution and CHEd RO 6, the forum was held at Iloilo City on October 29, 2018.

De Vera emphasized that under the draft constitution the power on education will be shared by the federal and regional government. The regional government will be given power to make education more responsive to the local needs of the area. If given the mandate, regional governments could focus their materials (textbooks) on the local context of the region. He added that local government could also give more priority to the needs of the SUCs.

On the other hand, he mentioned some negative aspects of the system, “National standards will be lost if local is given exclusive rights. There will be also be disparities across nation-between the rich and the poor regional governments. There is also a tendency that ethnicity will be given more priority than nationality.”

Dr. Raul F. Muyong gives the opening remarks of the program.

In Malaysia, according to him, local governments do not have power over education, there are just implementing agencies. If that is done in the Philippines, other regions will not have priority, slow in decision-making and little resources will be allocated.

To maintain balance, it was proposed that the federal government will determine the quality standards, equivalencies and professional standards, science research and teaching, assessment of the performance of the educational system particularly on internationalization and policy direction. The accreditation of institutions for free tuition and financial assistance and loans of the students, recognition of safeguard institutions, open and distant learning, and recognition of foreign degrees were also included in the powers of the federal state. “Promotion of scientific of marine reserve and technological development including the promotion of other kind of research will be with federal government. State colleges do not have financial capacity and clout to invest in such substantial amount in science and technologies,” De Vera added.

Regional government, on the other hand, will have the power on governance and running of public institutions including research, libraries, archives, adult education, arts and culture, preservation of monuments, sports and youth welfare. Recognition and authorization of private higher education, admission policies, and administration were among the powers for the local government.

ISAT U faculty, staff and students join Dr. De Vera and Dr. Muyong for a photo op.

One of the crucial discussion was on the direction of the SUCs. De Vera said that the basic economic activity in the region will be highly considered in the changes in the educational system. Western Visayas is identified in agriculture, agroforestry and agro services. He clearly stated that, “we will now match the competencies of the state universities and the needs of the region. The local state and universities is to produce the manpower needed by the federal state. The program in connection to economic activities should be developed and put before other programs.”

Programs that are out in context on the economic activities will be affected, “yung mga programs na hindi naman kailangan ng federal state essentially, you start closing that out,” he advised. This is to safeguard cases of misdirection. “Example, the SUCs produces more teachers but the manpower needs of the region is more agriculture graduates. Cases that also leads to misdirected funding and government subsidy,” De Vera clarified.

University presidents, key officials, faculty, staff and students of the different state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and private higher educational institutions in Western Visayas attended the meeting.

The other speaker was Atty. Antonio B. Arellano, Commissioner of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution.


113th ISAT U Foundation Week Pahampang

Day 4 and 5

Pahampang 2018
September 5 and 6

The students released their energies in the Pahampang 2018. Disregarding the rain and the muddy field, athletes from the different colleges competed in the different ball games.

 

Mr. Cid Garret A. Jalandoni, famed triathlete and chef, was the invited guest speaker in the opening ceremony of Pahampang 2018. According to him being a chef and a triathlete is hard, “balancing work and play is not easy . . . but if there’s a will, there is a way.’

Mr. Cid Garret A. Jalandoni

He shared his outlook to sports when he was a student, “when I was still a student, I do not see the importance of sports.”But when he entered adulthood, which according to him is the real world, it is then he realized the importance of physical activities. “It is not always work, but we must take care of our physical being. And then, you see the importance of sports, “he said. Further, Mr. Jalandoni stressed the lessons out of sports. “As we know it, life is not always about winning. Sometimes we win, sometimes we don’t. And what is important is that we learn. I failed many times but I guess what always matters is how we get up every time we fall. ”

After an exhausting day of physical activities, the Student Republic held the Gig Sa ISAT U. The students recharged by singing and dancing with the beat of the music played by the different group bands.

The College of Engineering and Architecture emerged as Champion in the Pahampang 2018. Trailing behind closely was the College of Industrial Technology. The College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education came in 3rd and 4th places respectively.