Flexible learning is our story of trying, winning

Though an empty lobby and classroom is a poignant reminder of the pandemic, they also serve as a faithful scene to be creative, to keep on innovating.

ISAT U fully understands the complexity of the situation.

The easy way is just to stop and wait. The other way is to try and innovate for the sake of education and learning. We chose the latter.

ISAT U conducted a preliminary survey to determine and assess the connectivity issues of students and teachers in the system. The results and recommendations paved the way for the purchase of electronic tablets and WIFI modem for students, connectivity subsidy for teachers, and minor adjustments to some policies allowing for maximum leniency in students’ performance and grades.

This also led to the creation of our own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as part of the approved learning continuity plan of the University. This investment is for the long haul. It is designed to bridge learning while face to face (F2F) is not allowed and augment the teacher – learner experience when the pandemic is gone.

Flexible learning is not only online classes. It is a combination of other modalities that best suit the context of the student. The University also ventured into delivering hard copies of modules to students coming from different localities who opted to use them. That way, their learning and hopes to finish college on time is not sacrificed. Flexible learning gave them options. And these options do not include waiting for another academic year when there is no end in sight for Covid 19 just yet.

The University continues to work with all stakeholders to ensure that everyone, most especially the students, get the best out of this very challenging situation. “Flexible learning needs a lot of getting used to, but it surely is the better option compared to being exposed to the virus or waiting for another year to graduate,” remarked by Reniel, a working student and a BSIT junior. “I am beyond happy and blessed because of this opportunity given to me by the University and of course, I commit to take care and value this because it is clear to me that this is not mine,” shared Khey, a first-year Community Development student in reference to the electronic tablets distributed by the University as a support to the students.

These stories are perhaps all too familiar now. The pandemic is still here. And while we are one in praying that this will not be for long, we would like to make this as our story of determination and triumph – the ISAT U way.

Hence, we would like to reiterate the full support of ISAT University to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) under the leadership of Chairperson J. Prospero “Popoy” De Vera lll on flexible learning and the way forward for higher education institutions.


National Chin Yi University is ISAT U’s International Partner

 

Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) has once again gained another international partner and this time from Taichung, Taiwan. National Chin Yi University (NCUT) and ISAT U had a virtual Memorandum of Agreement signing last April 20, 2021.

The event was attended by Dr. Wen-Yuan Chen, President of NCUT Taiwan and Prof. Cheng Chi Wang, Vice Dean- NCUT Office of the International Affairs. Dr. Raul F. Muyong -President of Iloilo Science and Technology University was in attendance and received full support from the Vice Presidents of the University: Dr. Corazon C. Corbal – Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. – Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut – Vice President for Research and Extension, and Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao – Vice President for External Affairs whose efforts for securing the partnership with the Taiwan University. The External Campus Administrators from ISAT U Leon, Miagao, Barotac Nuevo and Dumangas were also in attendance with the respective College Deans from the Iloilo City campus.

The National Chin Yi University is in Northeast Asia and ISAT U’s second international partner from that part of the globe. The National Institute of Technology – Sasebo College Japan was the first one to formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ISAT U just last March 3, 2021. NCUT is currently ISAT U’s 45th international partner school, an addition to the international collaborators of the University from Northeast and Southeast Asia.

ISAT U and NCUT have agreed to promote the exchange of students through scholarships and internships, exchange of faculty researchers, exchange of academic information and publications, joint research projects and activities, joint organizers of international research conferences, credit transfer program, visiting professors and lecturers, international team teaching and other exchanges of academic and cultural in nature agreed upon by both parties.

As ISAT U celebrates its 6th anniversary as a University this month of May 2021, the External Affairs, headed by Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao – Vice President for External Affairs and Dr. Juniffer B. Badoles – Director for National and International Affairs, promise greater possibilities of meaningful collaborations among global higher education institutions. These international partnerships are formalized to specifically continue creating an impact in the academic and cultural experiences of students, faculty and staff, alumni and researchers of Iloilo Science and Technology University and its international partners especially during this time of the pandemic. Collaborations through instruction, research, extension, production and internationalization continue as ISAT U moves forward into the future.

-Jieza Napone, LPT


Zero Waste Community Pantry

 

“The patriotic thing you can do is to take care of the environment and try to live sustainably” –Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

An interview to the SR representative:

Public Information and Communication Office (PICO): Tell us about this zero-waste community pantry initiative and its difference compared to other community pantries going on around the country?

SR: The zero-waste community pantry of the ISAT U Student Republic was recently conducted last April 27 and 28, 2021. The initiative of the Student Republic, despite the pandemic, gave opportunities, as well as giving hope to the public that there are still people in this world who wants to help you and thinking about the environment at the same time.

So why did we push this “Zero Waste Community Pantry”? Of course, this event was to give back to the community and to fulfill our role in the society and to answer the clamors of students who want the Student Republic to help them in times of need. It also gave awareness to the community that we must achieve zero waste because as we all know, due to the pandemic, consumers and as well as factories began mass producing single use plastics in order to avoid or help mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

PICO: For how long have you been preparing for this initiative and how were you able to gather such amount?

SR: As time goes by, many individuals or groups of people have been planning and executing a community pantry, not one has been able to conduct a community pantry, but also take initiative to take care of their environment.

We were able to gather almost 16,000 pesos and almost 6,000 pesos worth of perishable goods. All of these were given by different individuals, private sectors, and as well as students who has extra resources that they can donate to the poor.

PICO: Who were your beneficiaries?

SR: Barangays such as Barangay Burgos-Mabini, Jereos, and San Nicolas, are among the beneficiaries of the Zero Waste Community Pantry. Students and Security guards of the university were also the beneficiaries of this event. The feedbacks of those people were really positive to the point where we plan to have a second part of the community pantry, with the collaboration of the extension office to further achieve and give all people in the vicinity of ISAT U a care package that can help them get by every day.

PICO: What is your message and invitation to your fellow students?

SR: This event would not be possible if it weren’t for the help of the Administration, GAD Center, Office of the Student Affairs and Services, Faculties, Students, and of course, the whole officers and advisers of the Student Republic – Iloilo City Campus. The Student Republic would like to thank all of the people behind this event. Indeed, helping is one way of achieving internal happiness.

To the people who wants to conduct these kinds of event, I say go for it. It is not too late or too early to help your fellow countrymen. Achieve your role in the community and help us mitigate the use of single plastic so that the younger generations would not suffer the consequences brought by the predecessors.

Interviewee: Ian Patrick M. Apin (ISATU – SR) 


ISAT U Partners with NIT Sasebo College Japan

 

Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) at 115 brings its internationalization plans a step further by partnering with the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Sasebo College Japan. The partnership has been formalized on March 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM Japan time.

The virtual signing of Memorandum of Understanding was attended by the respective presidents of both schools and a number of key officials: Dr. Raul F. Muyong – ISAT U President, Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao – Vice President for External Affairs, Dr. Corazon C. Corbal – Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. – Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut – Vice President for Research and Extension, ISAT U External Campus Administrators, Deans and the External Affairs Executive Committee Members, Dr. Kenji Higashida – NIT Sasebo College Japan President, Dr. Kazuhiko Mitsuhashi – NIT Sasebo College Japan Executive Officer of External Affairs, Ms. Ernie Aficionado Kakehasi – Appointed Associate Professor, NIT Sasebo College Japan, Dr. Yoshihito

Yagyu – Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering.

Both schools look forward to international cooperation in Education and a mutually cooperative relationship through meaningful science and technology programs, activities and collaborations that can create an impact in various communities in the Philippines and Japan especially during this time of the pandemic through science and technology.The two institutions resolve to exercise reasonable efforts to promote the exchange of students through scholarships and internships, exchange of faculty researchers, exchange of academic

information and publications, joint research projects and activities, joint organizers of international research conferences, credit transfer program, visiting professors and lecturers, team teaching and other exchanges of academic and cultural in nature agreed upon by both parties.

The memorandum of understanding will remain in full force and effect for five years or until terminated. Both ISAT U and NIT

Sasebo College Japan are now starting to organize mobility programs and activities in science, technology and research that are consistently inclusive and diverse to help develop a community of responsive students who will ultimately become leaders of the world.

The National Institute of Technology Sasebo College Japan is an addition to the 44 international partner schools of ISAT U with MOU, MOA or Framework of Cooperation which include Universitas Mohamadiyah Pontianak – Malayasia, Politeknik Sriwijaya – Indonesia, Universitas PGRI Madiun in Indonesia, STIKI Malang – Indonesia, IPB Bogor -Indonesia, Universitas Tidar in Indonesia, Politekni Elektronika Negeri – Indonesia, Surabaya Indonesia, Universitas PGRI Semarang – Indonesia, , Bina Insani – Indonesia, Piksi Ghanesha

Politeknik – Indonesia, Politeknik Perlis – Indonesia, University of Education Ganesha – Indonesia, SEAMEO Secretariat, UMAP to mention a few.

Internationalization is not just a goal in itself but a means to enhance the quality of education, research and other service functions of ISAT U, thus the Director of the National and International Affairs, Dr. Juniffer Badoles, with the guidance of Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao – Vice President for External Affairs and Dr. Raul F. Muyong – SUC President III, is in constant collaboration with the various heads and coordinators of ISAT U’s international partner institutions to concretize mobility programs and push forward the University’s international relations agenda into fruition. Through collaboration meetings the ISAT U NIA team formulate the best strategies to implement meaningful, significant and impactful international mobility programs toward the realization of ISAT U’s vision as the leading science and technology university in Southeast Asia by 2030.

 

Written by: Jieza Napone


“ONE CYCLE AT A TIME”: ISAT U BIKERS CLUB

It all started with just a simple coffee session one chilly morning of December when the idea of organizing a biking group started brewing and came about in the year 2018.

Back in 2015, there’s already an existing bike group but it was not that visible yet and some members are in-active and not connected with the University anymore until after that informal meeting over a cup of steaming brewed coffee.

“It was just a very casual morning when we decided to go to a local coffee shop and hang out for a while since it was a Saturday and most of us does not go to work on that day. Out of the blue, we all agreed to regularize our bonding through biking and even invited our family members and friends to try out this kind of outdoor adventure since Iloilo is known to be the biking capital of the country” Engr. Zumel Cadenas shared their humble beginnings.

For over three years now the ISAT U bikers is continuously growing, expanding and welcoming new potential members who’s up for an outdoor adventure and those who are into taking the road less travelled. In fact, they have over 60 members now and the different colleges in the University is organizing also their own small biking group from beginners to advanced riders and whenever they hear the call for adventure, they simply meet and join the other groups.

“We are actually bringing our family members during our rides and even my wife is my co-rider. This is actually our form of bonding and de-stressing especially in this time of pandemic. If we will just dwell on the negativities of everything that is happening around, our well-being is at stake.  That’s the main reason why we make it a point to go out of town for a ride every weekend, Dr. Rene Celda shared. Dr. Celda is one of the men behind this ISAT U bikers and currently he is the dean of the College of Industrial Technology.

“Actually, this activity does not only help us in maintaining our physical well-being but this is more on strengthening our bond of friendship outside of our work assignments. Sometimes during our ride, tires and breaks have the tendencies to break and mal-function and as a co-rider you have the responsibility to help each other, it is part of our mutual understanding actually…” shared Dr. Pablo Nierva, Jr.

In the future, the group looks forward to organizing a fun ride showing that ISATU is not just everything about aiming of becoming a leading science and technology University in Asia but rather an Institution where relationships, mental health and well-being is nurtured and fostered above all.


Univ launches Programmable Dehydrator Machine for Herbal Tea Materials

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Engr. Ed Roderick V. Canuto sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the turn-over of the Programmable Dehydration Machine  for Herbal Tea Materials. Members of the research team witness the ceremony.

“This is a milestone in research initiatives,” said Dr. Raul F. Muyong during the launching of the Programmable Dehydrator Machine for Herbal Tea Materials at Ephrathah Farms, Inc., Brgy. Sariri, Badiangan, Iloilo on October 25, 2019.

Dr. Juanito C. Batalon, Director for Agricultural Resource Management Research Division (ARMRD), also lauded the project as an advancement and a milestone in agriculture. ARMRD is one of the five technical research divisions of the   Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD). It is responsible for two commodities: Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Ecosystem.

Dr. Batalon                                   Dr. Mucas                                     Engr.  Canuto 

Funded by the DOST-PCAARRD, the project addressed the issue on production cost of drying and the quality of the dried materials.

Project leader Dr. Renerio S. Mucas said that the machine minimizes the cost of the drying process. “The machine is multi-powered and solar power is main power source to maintain temperature; it is renewable so it lessens the production cost,” he explained.

“Research and experiment was also used to increase the quality of drying to optimize retention of phytochemicals and nutrients,” added Dr. Mucas. A comparative test to determine the level of nutrients was conducted between the raw materials and its products dried the traditional way. “The result shows that most phytochemicals are lost due to either over exposure or too much heat, so the tea drinkers could not avail the nutritional value of the herb,” he said.

“So we established the right drying temperature for a specific material to keep its highest level of phytochemicals, “he continued, “thus, we develop the machine with programmable temperature to dry herbs with minimal cost but retains its highest nutritional and medicinal value.”

The machine was built for malunggay, guava, guyabano, and roselle tea.

Above photo shows Engr. Canuto, Dr. Batalon and Dr. Muyong with the products ready for the market; below, the features of the dehydration machine.

“This project is in the priority area of smart farming, precision agriculture and automation in agricultural productions,” described Dr. Batalon. He also shared some of the projects and programs funded by the ARMRD and encourages more research and innovations geared towards the advancement of agriculture.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, on the other hand, committed to develop more projects and envisions ISAT U to be a research university. The university president punctuated the importance of research and innovations and its impact to the community. He cited the Multi-powered Drying Machine for Food Processing, a similar project which was launched in 2018. The project has already created impact to the livelihood of seaweeds farmers in Brgy. Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo. According to him, it was presented by the PASUC in the Senate budget hearing to support the budget for research activities of the State Universities and Colleges.

Engr. Ed Roderick V.Canuto, General Manager of Ephrathah Farms, Inc. is positive that the project benefits more beneficiaries and could create more linkages. He also emphasized on values, character and attitude needed to create an impact and outcomes. Ephrathah Farms is the partner of the project.


CSC recognizes ISAT U in Pasidungog 2019

Dr. Raul F. Muyong receives the Plaque of Appreciation from CSC RO6 Director Nelson G. Sarmiento (left).

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office VI recognized ISAT U during the Pasidungog 2019 at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City on September 11, 2019.

Pasidungog 2019 is part of CSC’s 119th anniversary that aims to recognize outstanding accomplishments and exemplary behavior of government officials and employees considered as servant-heroes or “lingkod-bayani” and stakeholders which have provided continuing support to the Programs, projects and activities of the CSC Regional Office VI.

In a letter from Director Nelson G. Sarmiento of CSC Region 6,  ISAT U was recognized as an active partner in the various programs, projects and activities of the CSC and has been instrumental in the realization of the CSC’s goals, programs and projects.


Research project receives patent for invention

The Letters Patent signed by Atty. Lolibeth R. Medrano, Bureau of Patents Director (l) and Dr. Rene L. Celda with the machine.

After years of waiting, the research project of the faculty members of the College of Industrial Technology (CIT) was finally granted  Letters Patent for an Invention by the Bureau of Patents (BOP) 0f the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL).

The TOROID-CORD TUNGSTEN INERT GAS (TIG) AND SHIELDED METAL ARC (SMAW) WELDING MACHINE was granted patent on April 5, 2019, six years after the application was submitted on November 22, 2013.

Dr. Rene L. Celda, the current CIT Dean, said that it took one year for the inventors to conceptualize the project. “ We planned the project and build our own model; it was not modified neither revised, it was original, “ he said. Dr. Celda, Profs. Renato O. Abucion, Enrique E. Elambre, Nemia H. Mabaquiao and Pablo N. Minerva, Jr. are the inventors.

“ We used toroid (doughnut type ) core which is different from the usual E-type, “ added Dr. Celda. The welding machine is with AC and DC shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) function utilizing ambient air as its coolant and is used alternatively for Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) operation. The machine is power efficient and temperature stable which can stand continuous operations for 30 minutes without overheating.

“To make it simple, our invention can run at least 30 minutes of continuous welding, thus, an advantage in performance over the traditional ones. We also have advantage in maintenance and performance over the inverters which are modular and have limited lifespan, ours is easy to maintain and lasts longer, ”explained Dr. Celda

One distinct feature of the invention is the inclusion of the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding using Argon gas. “Traditionally, oxy-acetylene and conventional welding machines are separate, but in our invention, we integrate the two facilities in one machine and utilizes Argon, an inert gas,” said Dr. Celda.

The patent number 1-2013 000350 was assigned to the invention and shall be valid for 20 years from the date of filing.


CHEd recognizes ISAT U’s achievements

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Regional Office 6 recognized the  achievements of  Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) during the Commission’s 25th Founding Anniversary on May 18, 2019.

Aside from being recognized as a state university with a Level III status, the University was awarded for having the most number of certificate of program compliance (COPC) and  the most number of accredited programs of  a higher educational institution (HEI) in Western Visayas . The recognition for having the Excellent Environmental Education Program and Excellent Gender and Development Program was also given to ISAT U.

The University was also awarded as the HEI with the 7th Highest Number of Board Passers in Region VI and with Board Topnotchers for the past five years.

The College of Education as a Center of Development was also acknowledged.

As to student services, the University was adjudged as the CHEd-Friendly HEI in the Implementation of STUFAP, UNIFAST and other related programs for tertiary students.

The Commission likewise gave commendation to the State Universities and Colleges Association of Tourism and Hospitality Educators of the Philippines (SUCAHTEP), a national association initiated by ISAT U instructors.

In the Exhibit Contest participated by HEI in Western Visayas, ISAT U displayed the University’s profile, achievements in research and in specialized fields in science and technology. Though declared as second runner-up by the judges, the booth of ISAT U romped off with  the People’s Choice Award. It received the most number of stickers showing the audience’s preferred exhibit. ISUY and an unmanned robot was an attraction that also showed ISAT U’s focus on robotics.


ISAT U ranks 3rd in accredited programs nationwide

A pose with CHED Commissioner Perfecto A. Alibin (fourth from left). In photo are (l-r) Dr. Ramil Lumauag, Dr. Merlinda C. Buenviaje, , Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Dr. Raul F. Muyong Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Noel Quidato, Dr. Armi A. Alimoot and Ms. Wynona C. Caldito.

Iloilo Science and Technology University  continues its culture of  excellence .  With 98.33% rating,  it was recognized as  the  Top 3 among the nation’s State Colleges and  Universities (SUCs) in terms of percentage  of accredited programs  for the period of 1992-2018.

The  award was given by the Accrediting Agency of  Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) on its 32nd Annual National  Conference at the Century Park  Hotel, Manila on March 6, 2019.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong is one of the invited speakers of the AACCUP 32nd Annual National  Conference.

Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Quality   Assurance  Director, said that the number of   programs accredited  reflects the  University’s commitment to bring quality tertiary education and it is a testament of hard work to achieve the quest for excellence.

As per AACCUP consolidated list of  institutions and programs granted accreditation status (1992-2018), ISAT U has 13 Level III re-accredited programs, 30 Level II  re-accredited and 1 Level I accredited.

Previously, ISAT U was also ranked  3rd in the AACCUP Search for Outstanding State  Colleges and Universities on February 201