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.).”




ESD reaps awards in PAEPI-GLOBAL confab

The  winning team: (from left) Engr. Jomar A. Dador, Prof. Edrienne D. Veloso, Dr. Corazon C. Corbal, Prof. Christine Jamela Valsado and Prof. Andres Ortega.

The  Extension Services Division (ESD) of the university garnered numerous awards in the paper presentation of completed extension projects during the 5th International Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers, Inc. (PAEPI-GLOBAL) Convention held at De La Salle University, Manila on February 24, 2018.

Dr. Corazon C. Corbal,  Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA)  and Prof. Adrienne D. Veloso, Head of the Extension Services Division,  took the Best in Paper Presentation Award for the study “Effects of Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program on Pupils’ Nutritional Status, Attendance and Academic Performance: Basis for Sustaining Collaboration.” 

On the other hand, the project Improving School Achievement Through Unlimited Power Provision in the Island Schools (ISAT U PPIS) collared the Best in Paper Content Award. ISAT U PPIS is an extension project of the CEA  that provides solar powered lamps to households in island-barangays in the Municipalities of Concepcion and Ajuy, Iloilo. Dr. Corbal and Engr. Jomar A. Dador, CEA Extension Coordinator,  presented  the project.

Meanwhile, the study Enabling Technology: Its Impact in Delivery of Lessons in the Classroom presented by Dr. Andres Ortega and Prof. Christine Jamela Valsado, extension coordinators of the College of Arts and Sciences and Computer Department respectively, was one of the finalists in the competition.

VPEA represents Phil. in Canada research visit

The delegates of the Community Engagement Workshop. L-R: John Telesford (Grenada), Dame Diop (Senegal), Khaled Grayaa(Tunisia), Jefferson Azevedo (Brazil), Daniel Labillors (Canada), Nehema K. Misola (Philippines), Alex Stephens, Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Canada) at Cegep de la Gaspesie et des Iles

Dr. Nehema K. Misola, Vice President for External Affairs and UNEVOC Center Coordinator, was the Philippine delegate in the 5-country Community Engagement Workshop held in Centre Des Congres de la Gespesie at Carleton Sur Mer, Canada on November 25 -30, 2017 and learning visits conducted at significant sites in Ontario, Canada on December 1- 10, 2017.

Funded by the UNESCO-UNEVOC Bonn Germany, the workshop was on the development of instrument for the approved research project on Community Engagement Initiatives of the Philippines, Grenada, Tunisia, Brazil and Canada.

Included in the activities was the presentation of community engagement initiatives and other research endeavors along Greening TVET Institutions of their respective countries and some highlights of accomplishments for the UNEVOC Centers.

Dr. Misola presented the  ISAT U initiative and explore possible collaboration on some research activities. During an Academic Partnership Meeting at the University of Waterloo -Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy (UW-WISE) at Ontario, Canada, Dr. Misola highlighted the ISAT U profile accomplishments in infrastructure development, instruction, and research and extension activities.

Dr. Nehema K. Misola with Mr. Mike Pereira, Manager of Business Development at the David Johnston Research +Technology Park’s Accelerator Center. The park is designed to accommodate 1.2 million square feet of office space on 120-acres (49 hectares), which house thousands of researchers, create new technology jobs, and generate billions of dollars in economic impact and is home to 175 innovative companies.  The Research + Technology Park have all the elements the students need to generate ideas for now and for the next generation. 

A private meeting was also arranged with a group of professors from UW. Dr. Misola, Dr. Bissan Ghaddar, Professor of Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Drew Knight, Director for Global Research Alliances discussed about the research activities of the University on Sustainable Development. Both parties discussed the areas of collaborations where the University of Waterloo and ISAT U will have mutual benefits. Strategic partnerships for projects on natural resources and energy are potential areas identified for joint research undertakings  should both parties agree to collaborate. Potential projects discussed aimed to conserve energy through greater efficiency, bridge supply and demand with better storage, transform energy systems through green technologies, enable smart policies and planning, deliver energy more intelligently and improve conventional generation method.

The study visit was focused on Education for Sustainable Development. The group toured the University of Waterloo South Campus to include Quantum NanoFab Facility, Earth Science Museum, Mineral Gallery, Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Center, Douglas Wright Engineering Building and the David Johnston Research and Technology Park which is a unique, community-based research and technology Park, whose mandate is to foster radical innovation.

Dr. Misola also attended the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity Meeting. The Council is a federally incorporated non-profit organization that was formed by a group of volunteers to provide a platform for open public dialogue and a solutions-oriented approach to the challenges of the energy sector. Representatives from universities, public and private sector business leaders, and labour representatives have collaborated to broaden the public debate on energy issues.

Dr. Nehema K. Misola, attending the meeting by the local community leaders, owners of buildings and other establishments as they listen to the Keynote Presentation of Mr. Michael Brophy of the Ministry of Energy.

There was also a meeting and discussion with Mr. Allan Taylor, the Program Development Manager and Ms. Anna Marie Cipriani, the Sustainability Coordinator for Growth Management Integrated Planning and Public Works on Climate Action: Waterloo Region and Beyond.

With all the learnings and observations, Dr. Misola said that there are many opportunities to conduct research endeavors leading to sustainable development. Among her suggestions is the inventory of energy and water consumption as well as the carbon footprints of all buildings in the campus and develop a Long Term Energy Plan which will be included in the Development Plan. She also proposed university based projects that supports the Climate Action and Greening TVET Institutions such as community access bike share, save on energy home assistance, water efficient technology, public electric vehicle, energuide rating system evaluations and clean economy innovation hub.

Sci Prof presents ISAT U support to Project ReBUILD at KRIVET-UNEVOC-OVEC forum

Dr. Dureza is one of the  nine(9) presenters from seven countries ( India, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines, Hongkong).

Prof. Rosanna Dureza, a Natural Science faculty  and  ISAT U Community Environmental Group member, presented the school’s active participation in Project  ReBUILD during the 4th East Asia Summit Technical and Vocational Education Training (EAS TVET) Provider’s Network Conference 2017 and Korean Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training – UNEVOC- Office of the Vocational Education Commission OVEC (KRIVET-UNEVOC-OVEC) Capacity Building Workshop.

The ISAT U community engagement towards climate change resiliency as a major component of Project ReBUILD was presented at Bangkok, Thailand on November 27-30, 2017.

Prof. Dureza highlighted the project’s concept of forging a community engagement with the municipality of Zarraga, Iloilo’s objective to accomplish its local climate change action plan. Eighty-five percent of its population is vulnerable to flood during storm occurrence and heavy rains.  ISAT U was one of the institutions chosen as partner of the municipality of Zarraga, Iloilo.  Project ReBUILD is on pilot implementation in Region VI (Zarraga, Passi City and Duenas, Iloilo) and in Region II (Municipality of Enrile and Iguig in Cagayan).

Dureza said that Project ReBUILD, funded by UNDP and the New Zealand Aid Program, aimed to develop capacity building to reduce disaster risks from climate change and natural hazards. It is also in accordance with the Communities for Resilience (CORE) Program implemented by the Philippine Climate Change Commission. One of the salient features of CORE Program is to build partnership, adopt tested tools and methodologies and harmonize different approaches from various sectors including the academe. “The ISAT U initiative is relevant to the present situation of other TVET member countries affected by climate change,” Prof. Dureza added.

Prof Rosanna R. Dureza with Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC.

Organized by KRIVET and OVEC and supported by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre and the Ministry of Education – Government of Thailand, the main aim of the workshop is to  develop the capacities of the UNEVOC and EAS Networks in Greening TVET initiatives.

The greening TVET and addressing global environmental issues are factors that could lead to sustainable economic growth and increase new employment opportunities in particular for youth.

Iloilo Science and Technology University was among the 14 participating UNEVOC Centres in the region. Other participating UNEVOC Centres were: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Bhutan; Shenzen Polytechnic and the Education University of Hong Kong, China; Ministry of Education, National Heritage, Culture & Arts, Fiji; PSSCIVE, India; Instructor Training Centre & Technical and Vocational Researches (ITC), Iran; Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection,, Mongolia; Ministry of Education, Myanmar; Korean Council for University College Education and KRIVET, Republic of Korea; National University of Samoa,Samoa; Office of the Vocational Education Commission(OVEC), Thailand.

Technovator staffers bag awards in 2017 reg’l COPRE

The staff of the Technovator  with their adviser, Dr. Olive Joy G. Abing (second from right), are all smiles after capturing numerous awards.

The Technovator, the official student publication of ISAT U, bagged numerous awards in the 2017 Regional College Press Conference (COPRE) and Awards held at the Iloilo Convention Center on December 5, 2017.

Queen Gene B. Guillermo bested all other contenders for the Sports Writing in Filipino Awards while Ivan Omar Nobleza grabbed the gold medal for his article “Adopting ASEAN Principles” in the Special Recognition for ASEAN Article category.

Maria Aleckzandrew C. Vargas got the 2nd Place in Editorial English. On the other hand, James Raphael A. Lanada was 3rd Place in Feature Writing English.

The Vary Issue of the Technovator was adjudged 4th Place in Best Magazine Lay-out and 5th Place Best Magazine.

Seventy-three publications competed for various major and minor awards in the 2017 Regional COPRE organized by the Philippine Information Agency.