A consultation with ISAT U stakeholders and the 2018 budget presentation attended by University Administrative Council, faculty, administrative personnel, members of the Parent, Teacher, Community Association (PTCA), ISAT U alumni and students were held on January 31, 2017 at the EdTech Center.
Mr. Edgar Javeson, Chief Budget Officer, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Regional Office VI, gave the rationale and objectives of the consultation. He stressed that consultative meeting is centered on the students who are the most important stakeholders and the reason for ISAT U’s
existence. As to the school administration, this is to give time to report on what has been done and to ask what is to be done for the students. Giving emphasis to the efforts of the present government to provide infrastructure, he asked the students to maintain equipment and the building provided to them. Mr. Javeson also called on the ISAT U administration to go on soul searching for their appropriate role in having a strong and responsive government. He also suggested that the school should carefully study the proposed programs and projects and should be shovel ready- or a linkage between budgeting and planning was set, understand if the proposed budget is higher, lower or equal to the expected output and consider the school’s absorptive capacity.
Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President, discussed the annual budget and allocations and the 2016 accomplishments, the 2017 targets and the outlook for 2018 in the general administration and support services, auxiliary services, students services, higher education, advanced education, instructional laboratories and research services in all ISAT U campuses.
The stakeholders were given a chance to give their recommendations and suggestions and air their concerns in the different service areas through the metacards.
Dr. Alejo P. Biton, OIC-CAS, presented the synthesis of the outputs of the stakeholders. These include (for the Main Campus) the concern on laboratory and equipment , the need for competent teachers, physical facilities, laboratory facilities in the ICT and CIT, the multi-media equipment, the information transparency, AVR for each colleges, concern on power house for instructional purposes, request for offering a maritime education for senior high school. For Dumangas campus, concern on lack of equipment especially in the HRT program; for Miag-ao campus, rehabilitation of the cooperative, equipment for the architecture program, equipment of TLE; for Barotac Nuevo campus, the renovation of library and science room. It was also recommended that graduate school facilities should be upgraded, extension of classes additional courses for doctoral and master’s degree program. A service vehicle for extension services in the main campus was also requested.
All other concerns were documented and submitted to the administration for deliberations.