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


BSA grad is 10th placer in PRC SPLE

A Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate landed in the 10th place of the Professional Regulations Commission Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE) for Architects in August 2018.

Armando Titular Tayoba II is an addition to the long list of achievers ISAT U produced. With 80. 30 % rating, he belonged to the cream of the crop among the 326 examinees.

He graduated on 2013 and was the first to receive the Magna Cum Laude honors for the BS in Architecture program.

After graduation he ventured to the Middle East to support his family before taking the licensure examination.

He decided to take the SPLE at Qatar. The examination was also conducted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al-Khobar, Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; Kuwait; Oman and in Singapore .

In his social media post he never forgot ISAT U for their achievement:

 “We will be forever blessed for this milestone achievement! Thank you so much ISAT U FAMILY esp to CEA-     ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT. Without our great mentors and educators we will be no longer in our shoes today. The learnings you taught us will be here forever in our hearts, the experiences you’ve shared with us will be a lifetime treasure. Congratulations ISAT University and to new architects! Let us continue to inspire the aspirants in our profession by our faith, love in our chosen career, and by our experiences in every battles in life. Cheers architects!. Cheers ISAT U!.”

Three other ISAT U alumni also passed the examination. Arch. Esther Sol Antopina, Gaudy Rafante and Elmo Palma, Jr. joined Tayoba in this feat.

This year, ISAT U produced 17 Electronics Engineers, 20 architects, 22 mechanical engineers and a whooping 100% performance for 38 electrical engineers.

Three Architecture alumni also won major awards in Metrobank Arts and Design Excellence (MADE) 2018 competition.

Natural science profs notch research awards

Prof. Mellissa H. Arganoza and Dr. Joselito Trandio P. Mendoza from the Natural Science Department , College of Arts and Sciences, received awards in separate research conferences.

Arganoza collaborated with Prof. Jane S. Geduspan of the UPV to take home the Best Paper Award (Agri-Fisheries Category) in the 2nd International STEAM Research Congress at Summit Hotel, Tacloban City on August 30, 2018.

Her research title is “Induced Spawning of the mudclam Anodonia Edentola (Bivalve Lucinidae).

Meanwhile, Mendoza’s research on “ Environmental Literacy and Citizen Capability among Grade Six Learners in Schools Located along Tigum River Basin”, was awarded the Best Paper Award in the NOSTE 2018 National Research Conference & Training Workshop at Baguio City on May 20, 2018.

Architecture alumni bag 2018 MADE grand awards

The achievements of the Architecture Department and the College of Industrial Technology continues as three of its alumni won major awards in the 2018 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) Competition.

Mr. Noel Magallanes Elicana and Mr. Roland Facon Llarena, Bachelor of Architecture graduates, bagged two highest awards in the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas Category.  Mr. Elicana was declared as Grand Awardee and  will pocket Php 500 thousand cash prize. On the other hand, Mr Llarena was adjudged as Special Citation Awardee for the same category and will receive Php 30,000.

This is two in a row for ISAT U for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas Category. Last year John Paul C. Cabanalan, a fellow BS Architecture graduate, won the same award.

For the Water Media on Paper Category, Mr. Alex Pampag Ordoyo bested other contestants for the Grand Prize Award. The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major in Architectural Drafting graduate will take home the Php 500 thousand prize for the “ruins of war inspired piece”. According to him, the Marawi siege was his inspiration to create awareness on the social issue and to promote its rehabilitation.

Mr. Ordoyo does not only love drawing but learning as well. After finishing his baccalaureate degree, he took up and completed the academic requirements for his Masters of Science in Industrial Education degree. In 2017, he took the TESDA sponsored Animation Class in the day and  also earned a Diploma in Teaching degree while attending night classes.  Currently, he is teaching at Iloilo National High School.

“Dream come true,” was all he said on winning after nine years of participating. “Just be patient and have faith in God. Kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga,” Ordoyo advised to all budding artists.

In a letter, Metrobank Foundation President Aniceto M. Sobrepena said that the three will join the group of outstanding Filipino artists and designers honored by the foundation since 1984.

Aside from cash prizes, the three will also receive a trophy on the awarding ceremony and exhibit opening at Le Pavilion, Pasay City on September 20, 2018.

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*Photos courtesy of Metrobank Foundation

Saudi Skills Standards invites RSD Director for institution review

Dr. De Leon (left) with other evaluators and school officials of Makkah International Technical School.

Upon the endorsement of the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC), the Saudi Skills Standards invited Dr. Richard C. De Leon to serve as institutional reviewer of the technical colleges of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 1-19, 2018.

Along with his European and Australian counterparts, he was tasked to evaluate the leadership and management, teaching and learning, trainee outcomes and trainee support of the identified schools.

Among the institutions he evaluated were the Makkah International Technical College, Jeddah International and Technical College, Riyadh International Aviation College, Riyadh Tourism and Hospitality International Technical College and Al-Quway’iyah International Technical College.

Dr. De Leon, Research Services Division Director, was one of the first two Asians to be selected as evaluator of Saudi technical colleges. “I am happy to be one of the first two Asians to serve as institutional reviewer. It was also a learning experience for me” he said.

In his visit, the skills and capacity of the Filipinos to cope with the high education standards of the Saudi government caught his attention.  “Instructors are asked to undergo re-training or to leave if there are problems with their performance. However, I found out that there are still a number of Filipinos employed as instructors at the schools I visited,” De Leon noted.


Miagao Campus produces another TOSP reg’l finalist

Joshua F. Napilay

It was two in a row for ISAT U Miag ao Campus when Joshua F. Napilay was chosen as Regional Finalist of the 57th Search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP)-Western Visayas for Academic Year 2017-2018.  Last year, Cherrie Mae E. Saavedra received the same award.

Napilay got the nod of the Regional Screening Committee for his excellent academic performance, leadership and active participation in different organizations.

He graduated Cum Laude in his Bachelor in Secondary Education major in English degree. His writing prowess as student publication staff and his untiring involvement as a peer facilitator of the Guidance Office earned him the Outstanding Journalist and Outstanding Peer Counselor honors respectively. He was also adjudged as the best Research Presenter of the Philippine Association for Teachers Education (PAFTE) Regional Conference.

He shared that living a balance life of a student in academics and leadership and being socially responsible helped him win the award. “My desire to excel and self-motivation also made me a winner, “ Napilay added.

Aside from his intellectual superiority, he also displayed his charisma and leadership skills when he was elected and served as Vice Governor of the Education Council in 2016-2017. His involvement in the Communicators Circle, Glee Club and Theatro Tiral made him an articulate, expressive and well- rounded individual. Spending time with the University Red Cross Youth and the Volunteer for Outreaches of the Philippines also demonstrated his love for volunteerism.

Joshua, the youngest of the two siblings of a tricycle driver and an Assistant Pastor of a Born Again Church, is guided by his leadership legacy. “The greatest human sense is to have discernment for societal issues that are subject for immediate response. A mustard seed-like deed can make a better generation” he said.

 “Never stop,” he advised to fellow students “don’t stop working your dreams even if today’s episode is a mess.  God has greater plans. One can be outstanding when you manage yourself; you organize the systems of your life at your own pace. Be outstanding with your own spark. Kung kaya ko, kaya n’yo man (If I can do it, why can’t you.).”