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

ISAT U bags 2020 reg’l meet championship

The highly motivated ISAT U delegate taking entrance at the CHMSC Football Field during the opening program of the 2020 SCUAA Meet and Conference.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) bagged the championship in the recently concluded Regional State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (RSCUAA) Sportsfest and Conference held at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College on February 1-6, 2020.

ISAT U asserted its dominance in the regional meet by hauling 105 gold, 44 silver and 49 bronze medals.

The ISAT U players won the gold medals in arnis (men), beach volleyball (men), chess (men), futsal (women), karatedo (men), lawn tennis (men and women), pencak silat (men and women), sepak takraw (men), swimming (women), and volleyball (men).

The silver medals were captured in athletics (men and women), boxing (men), table tennis (women) and taekwondo (women). Meanwhile, the bronze medals were won in arnis (women), chess (women), Taekwondo (men) and in the Latin American dancesports competition.

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.

Directory of Key Officials

Updated: October 2, 2023

Complete Name Designation Email Address Office Tel. No.
DR. GABRIEL M. SALISTRE, JR. University President 3207190 loc. 102
CORAZON C. CORBAL VP for Academic Affairs 3207190 loc. 207
CARMELO V. AMBUT, Ed.D. VP for Research & Extension 3207190 loc. 231
DR. RUSS ALLEN B. NAPUD VP for Administration & Finance 3207190 loc. 170
NEMIA H. MABAQUIAO, Ph.D. VP for External Affairs 3207190 loc. 105
RENE L. CELDA, DIT Dean, College of Industrial Technology 3207190 loc. 121
ROWENA P. CALASARA OIC, Dean, College of Engineering & Architechture 3207190 loc. 124
DR. JOEL A. CIRIACO Dean, College of Education 3207190 loc. 213
TRACY N. TACUBAN 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
DR. SAMMY A. DAITAO OIC, Director, Planning Development & Auxilliary Services 320-7190 loc. 211
ELY S. CIASICO Director, Student Services 3207190 loc. 109
MARIA TERESA C. CARBON Director for Instruction 3207190 loc. 111
RENELDA P. NACIANCENO Director, Quality Assurance Office 3207190 loc. 208
RAMIL G. LUMAUAG Director, Virtual Learning Environment 3207190 loc. 136
NACI JOHN C. TRANCE Director, Intellectual Property Management Office
VICKY D. JERUTA Director, Finance Division 320-7190 loc. 163
REMIA L. DOCTORA Director, IIRGP 320-7190 loc. 190
ENGR. REYNARD Y. CHU OIC-Director, Management Information System/EDP 3207190 loc. 202
JUNIFFER B. BADOLES Director, National & International Affairs 320-7190 loc. 292
FRANCIS FRITZ B. ESPORTONO OIC-Director, Industry Linkage and Development Office 320-7190 loc. 105
ROSANA A. LORIO Director, Parents’ Affairs and Relation 320-7190 loc. 105
MAYLENE H. PROVIDO Director, Alumni Affairs & Relations Office 320-7190 loc. 105
HEINZ B. GUMAQUIL Director, Public Information and Communication Office 320-7190 loc. 148
EMILY A. DELA CRUZ Director, University Gender Center 320-7190 loc. 141
CHRISTIAN D. MISOLA Director, SSEDMMO 320-7190 loc. 206
DYNA N. REMANESES Director, Cultural Affairs 320-7190 loc. 226
LEOMAR B. DE LOS SANTOS Director, Sports Affairs 320-7190 loc. 226
DR. JOHN S. CORONA Director, NSTP 320-7190 loc. 219
SAMUEL G. ARSULO President, FEFI 320-7190 loc. 118
HAZEL S. BAUTISTA University Registrar 320-7190 loc. 160
MS. THEA WELL J. RAPISTA OIC – Internal Audit Specialist 320-7190 loc. 149
LUCIA S. SIRA Budget Officer 320-7190 loc. 113
DR. LINO B. BALDEVARONA President, Faculty & Employees Federation Incorporated 320-7190 loc. 129
ATTY. CHITO JOHN J. COLONIA Legal Officer 320-7190 loc. 148
MERGIE C. GASATAYA University/Board Secretary 320-7190 loc. 103
RAMON N. EMMANUEL, JR. Campus Administrator, Miag-ao 315-8164, 315-9960, 315-9662
JULITO C. ALIGAEN Campus Administrator, Leon 331-0040, 331-0179
RAMIL G. LUMAUAG Campus Administrator, Dumangas 361-2667, 361-2143
MARGIE P. DIETA Campus Administrator, Barotac Nuevo 0917-7233293
Presiding Chairperson (02)441-1260
HON. GABRIEL M. SALISTRE, JR. University President, Vice Chairperson 320-7190 (102)
HON. FRANCIS JOSEPH G. ESCUDERO Represented by Hon. Eddie P. Cañuto MEMBER
HON. MARK O. GO Represented by Hon. Julienne L. Baronda MEMBER
HON. ARECIO A. CASING, JR. MEMBER 337-6840 loc. 804
HON. ROWEN R. GELONGA MEMBER 330-1565 loc. 100
HON. ALLEN SON TAN MEMBER 320-7190 loc. 103
HON. LEO S. SOMBIRO MEMBER 320-7190 loc. 103
MERGIE C. GASATAYA, Ed.D. University/Board Secretary 320-7190 loc. 103

114th Founding Anniversary Celebration Highlights


Miss Lourdes A. Gapasin receives the Plaque of Appreciation from Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Joining the University president are (l-r) Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., VPAA; Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VPRE; and Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. ,VPAF.

A Testimonial Dinner on the night of the opening day was held to recognize the retirees, loyalty service awardees, best researches of the faculty and special awardees for exemplary deeds. Hon. Julienne Baronda, Iloilo City Lone District Representative was  invited  as guest speaker.

Due to prior commitments and the busy schedule in the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives, Hon. Baronda was not able to attend the Testimonial Dinner. Her message, however, was read by Miss Lourdes Advincula Gapasin, one of Baronda’s consultants.

The RETIREES (above photo). Engr. Jonathan Antiquiera, Profs. Sammie Billanes, Rolando Jacuman, Rosario Mosquera and Engr. Dorothy S. Sorolla. Not in photo is Engr Editha S. Arguelles. Below are the outgoing department heads.

Cong. Baronda lauded the teachers’ commitment in bringing the welfare of the students, the well-being both inside and outside of the classroom, and the meaningful relationship in every aspects of the students’ lives.

She praised the teachers’ effort to survive despite of so many challenges and urged them to be catalyst of change in this great nation. Cong. Baronda also assured ISAT U academic community of legislation that will support the university’s program and activities. “Ang office ni Congresswoman Baronda, bukas gid sa inyo tanan (The office of Congresswoman Baronda is always open for you.”), says the message of the solon.

Six professors were honored as they closed the book of their teaching profession. The retirees were Engr. Jonathan C. Antiquiera, Profs. Editha S. Arguelles, Samie M. Billanes, Rolando  F. Jacuman, Rosario G. Mosquera, and Engr. Dorothy S. Sorolla.  Engr. Antiquiera was also recognized for his service as Faculty Regent of ISAT U.

This year there were 46 Loyalty Service Awardees. The awardees for best researches were also the firsts to be given recognition in the Testimonial Dinner.

The University also awarded a Huwarang Kawani Gantimpala to Ryan John A. Amarador, agency guard, for his honesty and integrity. Mr. Amarador returned the duffle bag containing millions of pesos that was left accidentally by a bank personnel in the campus premises.

Faculty Regent Engr. Jonathan C. Antiquiera and Student Regent Miss Christia Mae S. de la Cruz, were also acknowledged for their dedication and service as members of the Board of Regents, ISAT U’s governing body.

The outgoing department heads of the different colleges given recognition were: Engr. Ben Jesus U. de los Santos, Prof. Samuel G. Arsulo, Prof. George L. Lopez II, Prof. Renato T. Torreres, and Dr. Georgia D. Demavibas as outgoing principal of the laboratory school.

The talent-laden faculty and staff also displayed their poise and grace in the inter-department Retro Dance Competition. The College of Education was declared Champion. The College of Arts and Sciences took the second place while the Administrative Staff landed third. The College of Industrial Technology and the College of Engineering and Architecture were the fourth and fifth placers, respectively.

The best dressed employees of the night were also given recognition.




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ISAT U to support DOST’s ground satellite station

Satellite project initiator Prof. Takahashi (center) of  Hokkaido University, Ms. Eriko Momo-ta (left) of Japan Science and Technology  and Mr. Harold Bryan Paler of DOST-ASTI (2nd from left)  pays a courtesy call  at ISAT U Dumangas Campus during the on-site visit.  Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut (back on camera), ISAT U  Vice President  for  Research and Extension welcomes the project initiator and his team.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University will provide technical assistance and other necessary support in the operation and installation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 3.5 meter Automatic Satellite Tracking System in the Municipality of Dumangas, Iloilo.

The ground satellite data receiving station will be used to aid as tool for the project entitled “Development of Extreme Monitoring and Information Sharing System in the Philippines.” The project is an Official Development Assisted project of the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) with Hokkaido University.

The project is also promoted by Japan International Cooperating Agency under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development Program (SATREPS) as Grant –In-Aid Project “Understanding Lightning and Thunderstorms (ULAP)” which aims to improve short term weather forecast in the country.

The ground satellite will enable the download and provide wider coverage of data captured by Filipino-owned Diwata 1 and 2 and other satellite systems that DOST is subscribing to.

Dr. Enrico Paringit, Executive Director of the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology, Research and Development (PCIEERD), said that a similar facility is installed outside of National Capital Region for better coverage.

The project initiator and his team survey and determine the area for the installation of the 3.5-meter satellite project .

”There has to be a significant wider coverage so that it could cover the greater part of the Philippines. So we thought it would be best to place it somewhere in the center and essentially those are the features where Dumangas is most fitting, ” said Paringit.

The DOST hopes to complete its installation, including the commissioning for a period of one year. It targets to launch the satellite data receiving station early next year.

Aside from providing technical and operational support, ISAT U will also extend the use of utilities to DOST-ASTI as project implementer. The University will also provide satellite image data from the System upon request for educational purposes.

DOST-ASTI Acting Director Joel S. Mariano, Jr., DOST Region VI Director Rowen R. Gelonga, Municipality of Dumangas Mayor Hon. Rolando Golez and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of the ground satellite data receiving station.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong said that the undertakings is a welcome development for ISAT U. The university president is looking into possibilities of opening a program on meteorology.

DOST, ISAT U collaborate for data science program and Smart Cities

DOST 6 Regional Director Rowen R. Gelonga (3rd from left), PCIEETRD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit (c) and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong join hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the  research equipment and facilities portal for Program on Data Science for Good Governance. Witnessing the signing of the MOU are (l-R) Engr. Emelyn P. Flores, DOST 6 ARD  for Technical Operation:  Dr. Rowena Christina L. Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development; Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, ISAT U VPRE and Engr. Naci John C. Trance, IPMO Director.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEETRD) and the Department of Science and Technology through Western Visayas Consortium for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (WVCIEETRD) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to maintain and develop research equipment and facilities in the area of data science and smart cities.

Under the agreement, ISAT U can provide the necessary expertise and facilities needed for the collaboration to complement the PCIEETRD science and technology sectoral plans and programs on its delineated sector which includes Data Science and Smart Cities.

As defined by DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit, a smart city harnesses the use of science and technology and innovation to deliver good governance and services to be public.

Paringit explained the concept of the portal for Program on Data Science and Good Governance which is also in line with ISAT U’s thrust in research and development, and computer studies. “They (ISAT U) will have to train a pool of students and people working at the local governments in order to apply data science techniques”.

DOST Region VI Director Rowen R. Gelonga added that the purpose of the collaboration between DOST and ISAT U is to create a pool of experts on data science or data analytics.

Gelonga also passed on the challenge to ISAT U to probably open degree programs or even post-graduate programs related to data science, which is a multi-disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge.

He emphasized the importance of collaboration in the growth of smart cities. Gelonga also divulge “Innovate Iloilo” which is a master plan to position Iloilo as an innovation hub by 2030. “This is a broad-based multi-stakeholders effort involving the local government units, the business sector, the government, the academe and the research institutions and other stakeholders’ collaboration of the local government units and other stakeholders,” he said.

The MOU was signed by Engr. Gelonga, Dir. Paringit and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong was held during the ninth anniversary of DOST-PCIEERD held for the first time in Iloilo City on June 13, 2019.