17 profs present papers in Indonesia confab

Professors from different countries gather to explore ideas on teaching science, technology and mathematics. 

Seventeen professors of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) presented 12 research papers in the 1st Universitas PGRI Yogyakarta (UPY) International Conference on Applied Science and Education (1st UPY-INCASE) & 2018 International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (5th ICESDev) at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on October 24-26, 2018.

The conference was also a venue for networking and partnership among the higher education institutions.  Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr.,  Vice President for Academic Affairs, signed an agreement for educational collaboration with 22 Indonesian  colleges and universities.

With the theme, “Integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Future Education”, the conference was co-sponsored by the Association of Science and Mathematics Coaches of the Philippines (ASMAC Philippines). Dr. Jasper L. Pastrano, ASMAC President and ISAT U professor was the first keynote speaker. He talked on “The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education: A Vital Approach to Sustainable Development in the Philippines.”

Delegates from ISAT U shared their studies relevant to the activity’s theme. Below are the different presenters and their respective researches.

ISAT U hosts Int’l Day of Peace events

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Senator Cynthia Villar (7th from left), Iloilo City Mayor Joe Espinosa  and  representatives from other countries and religions prepare to lead the Light of Peace ceremony at the ISAT U grounds.

The university hosted the Middle Way Meditation Institute’s (MMI) activities and the American Field Services (AFS) “Peace Crane Project” in the celebration of the International Day of Peace.

The ISAT U was the venue in Asia for MMI’s Light of Peace, Forum on Inner Peace and Wellness and concert for the promotion of world inner peace on September 22, 2018.

The (MMI) and ISAT U collaborated to hold the activity in line with the celebration of the International Day of Peace. Ms. Mazel May Jeongco, MMI coordinator, said that the event “also aimed to promote the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and the Inner Peace Education. “

Similar activities were also conducted in New York City (USA), Lisbon, Portugal (Europe), Maputo Mozambique (Africa), and Sydney Australia (Oceania). Jeongco added that representatives from Thailand, Laos, Solomon Island and from different religious denominations joined in the different activities.

After the Forum for Inner Peace and Wellness and while waiting for twilight, the ISAT U Performing Arts and the PNP Band perform the concert for peace.

Earlier, the American Field Services (AFS) through the ISAT U Office of the Internal and External Affairs spearheaded the “Peace Crane Project and the “Peace Statement” to celebrate the International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21, 2018.

The Peace Crane Project (Courtesy of The Technovator)

With 150 students, the crane, an international symbol of peace, was formed at the school football field.

The students also voiced their sentiments through the “Peace Statement”. In a piece of paper the participants wrote, “I AM A GLOBAL CITIZEN AND I WILL STAND UP FOR PEACE” to communicate their stand.

Numerous activities relating to music, meditation, and arts were also held in different countries to advocate peace.

Directory of Key Officials

Complete Name Designation Email Address Office Tel. No.
RAUL F. MUYONG, Ed.D. University President muyongrf@gmail.com 3207190 loc. 102
MANUEL A. SANCHEZ, Jr., Ph.D. VP for Academic Affairs msanchez.wvcst@yahoo.com.ph 3207190 loc. 130
CARMELO V. AMBUT, Ed.D. VP for Research & Extension cvambut@yahoo.com 3207190 loc. 231
GABRIEL M. SALISTRE, JR., DIT VP for Administration & Finance gsalistrejr@yahoo.com 3207190 loc. 120
NEMIA H. MABAQUIAO, Ph.D. OIC, VP for External Affairs vpea@isatu.edu.ph 3207190 loc. 104/105
RENE L. CELDA, DIT Dean, College of Industrial Technology   3207190 loc. 121
CORAZON C. CORBAL Dean, College of Engineering & Architechture corbalcorazon@yahoo.com 3207190 loc. 124
JOHN ERIC V. JUANEZA, Ed.D. Dean, College of Education   3207190 loc. 213
ALEJO P. BITON, Ed.D. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences   3207190 loc. 215
RICHARD C. DE LEON Director, Research Services Division   320-7190 loc. 212
ADRIENNE D. VELOSO Director, Extension Services Division   320-7190 loc. 123
ENIEDA G. CORONA Director, Administrative Services   320-7190 loc. 106
RUSS ALLEN B. NAPUD, DIT Director, Planning Development & Auxilliary Services rnapud_4@yahoo.com.ph 320-7190 loc. 211
3207190 loc. 109
MA. ASUCENA ASUNCION E. ECHAVERIA, Ed.D. Director, Student Services sueechaveria@gmail.com
VICKY D. JERUTA Director, Finance Division vjeru@yahoo.com 320-7190 loc. 113
ALMA C. PALABRICA, Ed.D. Director, IIRGP   3290135
NED P. CABABASAY Director, Management Information System/EDP ned.cababasay@wvcst.edu.ph 3207190 loc. 201
SANDRA T. EXAMEN Campus Administrator, Miag-ao sandraexamen@yahoo.com 315-8164
MA. EUGENITA C. CAPACIETE Campus Administrator, Leon wvcst_lnca@yahoo.com 331-0040
NOEL P. QUIDATO Campus Administrator, Dumangas noelquidato@ymail.com 361-2667
NELDE C. ALDERETE Campus Administrator, Barotac Nuevo barotacnuevo_campus@wvcst.edu.ph 033528-2060
JONATHAN C. ANTIQUIERA BOR Faculty Representative jonantiquiera@yahoo.com
ATTY. LEO S. SOMBIRO BOR Alumni Representative leeuzoombeerrow8@yahoo.com 3331446
JOEL S. ADRIAS BOR Private Sector Representative tatayniying@yahoo.com
ROBERT L. UY BOR Private Sector Representative toyota.eo@gmail.com
CHRISTIA MAE S. DELA CRUZ BOR Student Representative  
MERGIE C. GASATAYA Board Secretary boardsec@wvcst.edu.ph 320-7190 loc. 103
RO-ANN A. BACAL Director, NEDA VI roannbacal@yahoo.com 3351070
ROWEN R. GELONGA Director, DOCT VI rrgelonga@yahoo.com 3200908

ISAT U implements 2017 Free Tuition policy

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, shares the university’s implementation of the Free Tuition 2017 and his thoughts on  free higher education during the National Information Caravan for RA 10931 at the Iloilo Convention Center on April 11, 2018 .

The University implemented free tuition for Academic Year 2017-2018 pursuant to Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-1 dated April 20, 2017. The aforementioned issuance detailed the guidelines on the 2017 Free Tuition Policy or the “Free Tuition 2017.”

In compliance with the conditional implementation ordered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, ISAT U gave preference to qualified and deserving students and subjected them to fair and equitable admission and academic requirements. Pres. Duterte emphasized the need to safeguard the proper implementation of the provision of the free tuition fee. He also underscored to prioritize financially disadvantage but academically able students.

After complying with the guidelines, ISAT U was reimbursed with Php 27, 481, 881.67 for the tuition fee of 9, 571 students for the first semester, Academic Year 2017-2018. For the second semester, the University received  Php25, 083, 267.89 as reimbursement for 8,633 students.

The amount is part of the Php 8 billion appropriated for the Higher Education Support Fund. Stated in the guidelines of the 2017 Free Tuition Policy, the amount appropriated shall be used for the priority programs and projects of the State Universities and Colleges.

According to Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, the reimbursed amount will be subjected to budget deliberations and will be appropriated for the improvement of students’ services.

Students, faculty and staff join RA 10931 info caravan

Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera, CHEd Officer-in Charge, leads the panelists in the open forum. With De Vera are Dr. Cesar H. Medina, Regional Director, CHEd RO 6; Ms. Marife Lou I. Bacate and Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison, CHEd OIC Executive Director IV.

Students, faculty and staff of ISAT U campuses joined the nationwide information caravan for Republic Act 10931 (RA 10931) or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act at the Iloilo Convention Center on April 11, 2018.

The information caravan was organized by the Commission on Higher Education and the United Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) to orient higher education institutions of Region VI on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of RA 10931.

Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, CHEd Officer -in-Charge and Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison, CHEd OIC Executive Director IV, spearheaded the information campaign.  Among the important matters discussed were the scope of the free tuition fees, retention and admission policies, return service system (RTS) and the tertiary education subsidy (TES) which was also expanded to private colleges and universities..

The ISAT U delegates.

Referring to the admission and retention policies,  Dr. De Vera reminded all state colleges and universities (SUCs) to level up.  Fair and equitable admission and academic requirements should be imposed.

He also clarified that RTS should depend on the needs of the SUCs and suggested to utilize the school’s extension services in conducting the affirmative action programs.. The commissioner, likewise, called on the students to be serious in their studies.

Commissioner De Vera reiterated his statement on universal free higher education during his listening visit in ISAT U campuses last August 2017, “wala pang maunlad (na bansa) sa buong mundo ang sumubok nito . . .tayo pa lamang.”

Dr. Raul F. Muyong

The commissioner also urged all stakeholders, implementers and beneficiaries to work hand in hand for the success of the program, “ magtagumpay tayo kung tayo ay magtulungan, “ he said.

The implementation of the 8-billion pesos Free Tuition Policy 2017 which was undertaken prior to the approval of RA 10931 was also reviewed. Ms. Marife Lou I. Bacate, UniFAST Technical Assistant for Macro-Human Resource Development, pointed out that there were 888, 799 recipients of Free Tuition Policy 2017 from 112 SUCs and 78 local universities and colleges (LUCs) for Academic Year 2017-2018.

Given the opportunity to report on the status of billing for the program, Dr. Raul F. Muyong shared that ISAT U was the first SUC in Western Visayas that complied with the requirements and received the reimbursements for the second semester in the amount of  25 million pesos.

ISAT U joins in 30 events in the 2017 Reg’l SCUAA Games

Iloilo Science and Technology University participated  in 30 events in the 2017 Regional State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association Meet held at University of Antique on December 3-9, 2017.

The university fielded athletes in athletics, arnis, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing men, chess, dancesport, football, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw men, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

The guest speaker, Hon. Alberto H. Kimpo, Director IV, Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary, for General Administration, office of the president, Malacanang emphasized the values of commitment, dedication and discipline to the athletes.

The years’ SCUAA marks the re-entry of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, and the SUCs in Negros Island which are the Carlos Hilado Memorial State Colege, Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology and Central Philippine State University. It also coincided with the 50th year of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC).

The organizers, faculty, athletes  and president of different SUCs  also gave some moments of respect for the untimely demise of Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, PASUC National President. The different SUC presidents  released white balloons to show their sympathy Dr. Rotoras.

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USAID-funded research project inaugurated at San Dionisio, Iloilo

The traditional drying facility (left) and the newly launched Multi-Porpuse

The traditional drying facility (left) and the newly launched Multi-Powered Drying System.

A Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing designed for all year round and all weather production of green seaweed- based food products of local residents of Brgy. Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo was inaugurated on August 15, 2017.

The one million pesos project will provide uninterrupted income generated from the industry  even during inclement weather. It utilizes the solar radiation as its primary source of drying energy assisted with electric energy in an event that the solar heat is insufficient. It is also controlled and monitored using an intelligent electronic control system.

Mr. Florello Abines, USAID/STRIDE Technical and Development Manager, emphasized that the project was one of his favorites because it is presentable and sustainable despite of its low cost. He further encouraged beneficiaries to utilize the project and is optimistic to see more drying machines in the future. He likewise pushed for ISAT U to be an entrepreneurial university.

In partnership with the local cooperative Magagmay nga Kristyanong Katilingban, the project was developed by Dr. Renerio S. Mucas, Principal Project Investigator; Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, Project Manager; Dr. Joel A. Ciriaco, Study Leader; and Dr. Rene L. Celda and Engineer Pablo N. Minerva, Jr. as Technical Investigators under the STRIDE Prototype Research and Innovation Grant (SPRIG), a USAID funded project.

According to Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, Vice President for Research and Extension (VPRE), the project was conceptualized by accident. The research team was heading to the town proper for a different study observed the abundance of the green seaweeds along the coastline of Brgy. Tiabas. However, the use of traditional drying system was noted. In the succeeding investigation, it was found out that the income generated from the industry was halted during inclement weather and the need to innovate the system was necessary. This situation prompted the researcher to submit the proposal to USAID, that, at the time offers to fund only ten selected researches. ISAT U proposal landed at number eleven in the ranking. By some twists of fate, one of the selected projects did not make it, giving way to ISAT U’s Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, explained that the university does not only engage in instruction but also in research and extension services as well. The project is part of ISAT U’s commitment to its social responsibility. Dr. Muyong is also positive that the project would bring changes in the lives of the beneficiaries. “I like to see your products in the malls and markets soon, “he said. He also shared some secrets to the success of cooperatives, “be united and do not get jealous.” To support the local industry, Dr. Muyong gave the instruction that the seaweed food products will be sold during the university foundation week and will be part of ISAT U’s booth in its succeeding engagement.


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BSEd cum laude grad qualifies as TOSP reg’l finalist

saavedraCherie Mae E. Saavedra, a BSEd major in English graduate of Iloilo Science and Technology University Miagao Campus, qualified as regional finalist in the search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP)-Western Visayas last July 4, 2017.

The 16 finalists in Region VI, including Saavedra, were chosen by the Regional Screening Committee.

“I was lucky enough to find the best institution and organization where I really fit and where my skills were recognized and developed. That explains why I had a productive college life,” said Saavedra.

As significant achievements in the stint of her college years, Saavedra served as the two-term Editor-in-Chief and Layout Artist of the Techno Forum, the student publication of ISAT U-Miagao. She was also  was appointed Editor-In-Chief of Jambo Balita (2016), the official newsletter of BSP Iloilo (Confesor) Council Scout Jamborette and attended an International Water Conference in Makati after qualifying in an online Essay Writing Tilt of United States Agency for International Development.

Saavedra graduated Cum Laude, Most Outstanding College Graduate, Proficiency Awardee in Student Teaching and Excellence Awardee in Journalism.

“This current distinction as a TOSPian is not the end of my pursuit for nation-building and for the success of my advocacies for saving nature, water conservation and responsive writing. Indeed, this is just the start for my wider participation as leader and community servant now that I am greatly inspired by the TOSP community,” added Saavedra.

The TOSP Foundation, Inc. has been spearheading the said annual search to recognize students from different universities and colleges who not only excel in the academic field but also dedicate themselves as exceptional leaders and community                                                     servants. (Dr. Sandra T. Examen)

Dr. Misola presents ISAT U’s e-commerce initiatives, perspectives in China

Dr. Misola at the entrance of Alibaba Office.

Dr. Misola at the entrance of Alibaba Office.

Dr. Nehema K. Misola, Vice President for Administration and Finance, presented the initiatives and perspectives of ISAT U on e-commerce during the International Seminar on E-commerce Training at Hangzhou, China on June 26-28, 2017.

The forum was organized by China National E-commerce Vocational Steering Committee (NEVESC) in collaboration with Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics (ZJTIE), a UNESCO-UNEVOC center . It aims to strengthen the relationship among partner institutions, consulting the e-commerce training for the young students throughout the world.

The delegates were policy makers, prominent entrepreneurs, and professionals in e-commerce. They discussed on how to share good educational resources and to train and reserve talents to meet the demand of global trade facilitation.


The participants take time to pose with Zhejian Institute of Economics in the background.

The participants take time to pose with Zhejian Technical Institute of Economics at the background.

Dr. Misola, also the UNEVOC Philippines-Visayas Center Coordinator and the only Filipino who attended the conference, presented the current state of E-commerce Law in the University, e-learning modules, Republic Act 8792 or the Philippines Electronic Commerce Act of 2002 and the challenges to be able to maximize such opportunities that e-commerce brings.

Aside from sharing ideas, the delegates were given a  chance to visit the China-based Alibaba Group Offices, one of the biggest e-commerce platform in the world.



Enrolment for incoming first year college students starts on April 17, 2017.

Enrolment for the 1st semester Academic Year 2017-2018 across campuses shall be in accordance with the following schedules:

                             May 22-23, 2017 – 4th and 5th years
                             May 24-25, 2017 – 3rd year
                             May 26 AND 29, 2017 – 2nd Year
                             May 30-31, 2017 – EVC
                            June 1-2, 2017 – Transferees, Shifters and Returning Students
                            June 2, 2017 – Late enrollment with fine

First Day of Classes: JUNE 5, 2017
Changing/Adding and Dropping of Subjects: JUNE 7-9, 2017