MSWDO-Estancia clarifies educational assistance
By: Dave Andonaque
Editorial Assistant, Publications & Information Office
     Interview with MSWDO Mrs. Catalina C. Delos Santos by NISU PIO.
Photo credit: Mr. Jay Delos Santos


     Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) has scheduled a meeting with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) - Estancia to discuss essential information and clarifications regarding the uproar over the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) for students on August 22, 2022.

          The meeting was an echo after the public announcement by DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo that his office will be distributing cash assistance to students who are facing crisis situations, which already started nationwide last Saturday, August 20, until September 24.

      “This is an initiative of the department to help the students-in-crisis by giving them educational assistance to sustain their everyday needs such as school fees, school supplies, projects, allowances, and other expenses,” said Catalina C. Delos Santos, MSWDO-Estancia Head.

      Prior to the announcement of DSWD, not all students could be granted educational assistance. Only the identified and verified students-in-crisis will be qualified to receive the assistance, including students that are abandoned by parents and currently residing with their relatives, breadwinners, working students, with parents that are unemployed or OFWs, children of a solo parent, victims of abuses and calamities, and those who have parents suffering from HIV.

      However, Mrs. Delos Santos affirmed the news that students who are 4Ps recipients will not be qualified for the AICS.

The primary requirements for college students are: (1) a Certificate of Registration/Enrollment (proof of enrollment) and (2) a School ID. Changes were also made as the certificate of indigency was not already needed after it was first announced as a requirement by the DSWD for easier compliance.

      “They need to get their certificate of registration as proof of enrollment and, of course, the school ID. If qualified, these qualified college students will receive 4,000 pesos,” she reiterated.

      Furthermore, she emphasized that there are posted information guides and steps at their office, which can greatly help the students. Their staff is also available to answer questions about educational assistance.

      “I advise that they register online at the given link by the DSWD or try to email them. That is a way not to spend money going to the city. The central office through the MSWDO will then verify if they are qualified,” she said as a response because their office is not accepting physical submission of the requirements.

      Meanwhile, there were clarifications highlighted by the MSWDO-Estancia regarding the current pronouncement of the DSWD that the distribution of assistance will now be assigned in every municipality after the previous mandate created chaos and confusion on the first day of its distribution.

      When asked about the new updates, the MSWDO head stressed that the regional office in Iloilo is already conducting a meeting to present efficient and strategic solutions to the distribution process of AICS in every municipality.

      “Later this or in the upcoming days, the regional office will give us the latest information on their meeting. They will also give us the current status of the DSWD educational assistance. That’s why I am encouraging all Estanciahanons to wait for the updates. Rest assured that our office will immediately relay the news when information is in our hands,” she mentioned.

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NISU VP Tupas, a 2022 Dangal ng Lahi Awardee
By: Dave Andonaque
Editorial Assistant, Publications & Information Office


     Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) Vice President Fernan P. Tupas is among the 2022 Dangal ng Lahi Awardees as this year’s Philippines’ Most Outstanding Research and Extensionist and Exemplary Educator.

Under the watch of VP Tupas are the offices of the Research and Development and Extension Services. His office showed exceptional performance in delivering initiatives and meaningful projects to the community through its commendable research innovations.

     “I share this recognition with the entire NISU community. This award is all about my contributions to the NISU as a higher institution in Northern Iloilo,” said Dr. Tupas.

     The Dangal ng Lahi is a national award-giving body that recognizes individuals who showcase exemplary performance in their various fields of expertise, gaining honor and recognition to contribute to the glory of the Filipino race.

     As mentioned earlier, the selection process for the award starts with the nomination by one of the directors of OVPRES. The organization will ask for a one-page curriculum vitae containing all the achievements of the nominated individuals and will submit it to the panel of experts.

     “They recognized my efforts in improving faculty engagement in research, innovation, and community outreach programs and projects,” he added.

     Moreover, the vice president believes that this milestone will be a starting point for recognizing NISU as one of the best institutions in Region VI through its quality research and extension projects.

     When asked about his future plans for the Office of the Research and Extension Services, he said that the center of their plans on faculty focused on creating innovations to improve the teaching and learning process in the university, product development, not only in food but ICT and engineering as well.

     He also added that they will continue to create more policies to motivate faculty engagement in research and extension.

     “This will spark a motivation for the entire faculty of researchers and extensionists to work harder. Since NISU aims to become a research university, we will be able to improve the quality of life of our stakeholders,” he reiterated as a challenge to the NISU community.

     VP Tupas is set to receive the award come October 28, 2022, in Davao City.


Pagbati at Pagkilala kay Cyril Jhay De Angel ng Northern Iloilo State University-Estancia, Sa Ginanap na Pagdinig Komite
By: Hayl Jezreel Bandojo
Editorial Assistant, The Astrals


     Sa ika-anim na regular na sesyon pagdinig ng Komite noong ika-9 ng Agosto, sa Kapitolyo ng Probinsya ng Iloilo, si Cyril Jhay De Angel ng Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) ay kinilala ng mga miyembro ng lupon ng lalawigan ng Iloilo sa pangunguna ni Hon. Christine Garin, Bise Gobernador, at Hon. Domingo B. Oso Jr.,(BM 4th District) Majority Floor Leader, kung saan ipinahayag din ni Board Member, Carol V. Espinosa- Diaz ang kaniyang malugod na pagsang-ayon kay Board Member, Binky April C. Tupas na mapaunlakan ang Resolution No. 2022-08-05, bilang pagawad ng pagkilala kay De Angel matapos magdala ng karangalan hindi lamang sa Quinto Distrito at sa Probinsya ng Iloilo kundi sa Pilipinas sa pangkalahatan, nang matagumpay niyang masungkit ang ikatlong lugal laban sa 261 na kalahok mula sa iba't ibang bansa, sa Thailand's 2022 International Photo Competition ng National Museum of Thailand, sa pakikipagtulungan ng Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Center (ASPAC).

     Bilang isang batang retratista, nagsilbi s'yang mahusay na halimbawa sa lahat dahil sa kaniyang obra maestro na nagpapahiwatig ng isang kilusan na dapat gisingin sa kamalayan ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno, mga pinuno ng lipunang sibiko, mga administrador ng paaralan, mga boluntaryong kabataan, at mga tagapagtaguyod ng adbokasiya mula sa iba't ibang edad upang makiisa sa pagprotekta at pag-iingat sa ating likas na yamang dagat.

     Kaya, sa pinamalas na talento at katangian pinatunayan ni De Angel na siya ay isang tunay na Ilonggo na karapat-dapat tularan, lalo na ng susunod na henerasyon—mahusay, malikhain, at mapagkumpitensya ngunit may puso at hangarin sa serbisyo publiko.

     Sa kabilang banda, si De Angel na isa sa mga batang photographer na pumukaw sa ibat-ibang indibidwal sa pamamagitan ng kanyang pinakamahusay na gawa sa patimpalak ay pinatawag sa kortesiya ng Board Members Office ni Hon. Binky April C. Tupas at Hon. Carol V. Espinosa- Diaz sa tulong gabay ni Dr. Jeff George Delima, III, NISU Director of Students Affairs and Services, kung saan iginawad ang Sertipiko ng Pagkilala sa pagkamit ng Ikatlong Gantimpala sa 2022 International Photo Competition sa bansang Thailand, na nilagdaan ng Congressman ng Ikalimang Distrito Raul “Boboy” C. Tupas, na ginanap sa Kapitolyo Probinsyal ng Iloilo, Bonifacio Drive, lungsod ng Iloilo ika-9 ng Agosto taong 2022.


Huawei, NISU Collaborations 
By: Webster Jhon Arib Cerujano
Editorial Assistant, The Astrals


        Huawei Philippines and Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) converged in a Ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing and Business Meeting on August 09, 2022 at the NISU Boardroom, Main Campus, Estancia, Iloilo, to further develop student and teacher communications and learning capabilities through modern technology.

     "𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑦 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑢𝑠 𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡, 𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑦 𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒 𝑔𝑜 𝑡𝑜𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑚 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑐ℎ𝑛𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦," said Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University President, as he welcomed with gratitude the representatives of Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc.

     Meanwhile, Mr. Kim Seow Boon (Stephen), Channel Service Manager for Enterprise Marketing and Service Department, introduced the Huawei ICT Academy, a partnership between Huawei and universities or academies worldwide.

     "𝑊𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎs, 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠. 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑦 𝐻𝑢𝑎𝑤𝑒𝑖 𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑜𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝑡𝑒𝑐ℎ𝑛𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦. 𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑎𝑖𝑚 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝐼𝐶𝑇 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚𝑠," words from Mr. Boon.

     The said academy delivers and imparts Huawei ICT Technologies training, and the students will be issued a Huawei Certification. It will further develop talents with practical skills for the ICT industry and the community and will aim to support 100,000 ICT students. The academy has already been launched at Southern University Philippines, Mindanao State University, and other top universities in the Philippines.

     On the other hand, Mr. Jerald Limquaco, Senior IT Solution Sales Manager for Enterprise Data Center Solution Sales Department, showed the trends in smart classroom development, from traditional, multimedia, interactive, to innovative classrooms (future).

     He also introduced the Huawei intelligent collaboration solution portfolio, standard hybrid classrooms, flipped hybrid classrooms for laboratories, and integration of Ideahub that includes applications, intelligent meetings, intelligent writing, high definition video conferencing, and wireless sharing. The technology was first established at Jose Maria College.

     "𝐻𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑦, 𝑛𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑁𝐼𝑆𝑈, 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑑𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑚𝑒, " said Mr. Limquaco at the end of his discussion.

     The said meeting was also attended by Mr. Wang Chen (Leon), Huawei Visayas Regional Manager, the faculty members from the College of Information Computing Studies, and other NISU officials.




NISU welcomes BSU delegates
By: Dave Andonaque
Editorial Assistant, The Astrals


       Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) proudly welcomed the delegates from Benguet State University (BSU) during the benchmarking activity of NISU Quality Innovation through Entrepreneurial Opportunities (QUINTO)-Technology Business Incubation (TBI) held at RDE Building, West Campus on August 5, 2022.

     BSU’s delegates were assisted by NISU’s Office of the Research and Extension Services core officers, including Vice President Fernan P. Tupas, Dr. Veminrose Clariza-Samuel, Dr. Ma. Ivy Agreda, Dr. Rosalie Grace Dela Cruz, and Prof. Gil Villegas, together with the representatives from Capiz State University (CAPSU).

     “𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 ℎ𝑢𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝐼𝑆𝑈 𝑄𝑢𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜-𝑇𝐵𝐼 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑢𝑡𝑝𝑢𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝐼𝑆𝑈 𝑠𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡-𝑢𝑝 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑠,” said Vice President Tupas.

     The activity progressed through a short presentation of the activities and establishment of NISU QUINTO-TBI, showcasing the locally-made products from the different external campuses of NISU and the various conducted TBI fairs and one-stop shop displays that brought success to the project.

     Dr. Ruth Diego, BSU’s Director of AATBI, expressed that a new university like NISU is always a learning opportunity for them. They benchmark by looking around at what other universities are doing, and learning comes after. They would also like to share insights regarding the positive side, constraints, and issues to have meaningful discussions in managing problems in TBI projects.

     Part of the event’s goal was to tell other State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) that NISU is already doing their TBI and to show the different outputs of the faculty using the locally-found materials and through partnerships with the vast networks of support from the community.

     “𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝑇𝐵𝐼 𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑙𝑦 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑛𝑢𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑠. 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝐴𝑇𝐵𝐼 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒, 𝑏𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑠𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑚 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡’𝑠 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠,” Dr. Diego emphasized.

     On the other hand, Gedion Ulban Jr., BSU’s Assistant Director of the Open University Program, shared that they want to see how seafood is being integrated with the products and how to market them using TBI and, at the same time, the impact of the project in improving the lives of the community through partnering with NISU’s TBI.

     NISU also ensured that all delegates received gifts as a gesture of gratitude containing NISU-TBI’s locally made products as they went home.



De Angel wins in the 2022 International Photo Competition

By: Raymart Bagacay
Contributor, The Astrals


       To bring pride to the country, Northern Iloilo State University and Philippines bet Cyril Jhay De Angel landed 3rd place in Thailand's recently concluded 2022 International Photo Competition. The said international competition lasted from April-July 2022 with the theme: "Flow of Beauty: Interconnecting Folks and Living Creatures," divided into Reportage Photo and Campaign Photo categories to promote conservation and sustainable use of water resources.

The 22-year-old De Angel, a freelance photographer and an incoming 4th year BSEd Social Studies from the College of Education, bested more than 255 competitors from around the world in the Campaign Photo Category through his entry entitled: "Marine Biodiversity: Hearing the Sirens, Echoing the Unsung" and will receive a $100.00 and a trophy. After a 4-month leg of the online competition, Dr. Peeranut Kanhadilok, Director of the National Center for Public Awareness of Science, National Science Museum of Thailand, announced the winners on August 1, 2022.
     The winners per category are the following: Reportage Photo 1st Place- Muhammad Amdad Hossain of Bangladesh; 2nd Place- Norachai Kulvespattarawong of Thailand and; 3rd Place- Napat Wesshasartar of Thailand; Campaign Photo 1st Place- Bambang Wirawan of Indonesia; 2nd Place- Aung Chan Thar of Myanmar and; 3rd Place- CYRIL JHAY G. DE ANGEL of the PHILIPPINES.
     De Angel said in an interview that he found his photographic prowess during the pandemic and already has an eye for culture, environment, and livelihood media as subjects for his art. "I hope nga ma dala man ang name sang NISU and also the whole Philippines sa international stage," said De Angel as to his inspiration upon joining the competition. "Dako gid akon pasalamat sa mga nagsuporta," he added.
     "Cyril is an example of great talents waiting to be discovered in our academic community. Let's discover more of them, nurture them and guide them for a brighter venture ahead," said Dr. Jeff George V. Delima, III, Director of Student Affairs and Services, on De Angel's international win.




KOICA expresses continuing support for NISU's extension projects

By: Dave Andonaque
Editorial Assistant, The Astrals


       Ms. Suyoung Kim, Senior Program Manager of KOICA Philippines, shared her vision of supporting the plans of Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) for the island barangay of Carles during the Waste Management and Livelihood Program through Knowledge Sharing on July 21, 2022.

    KOICA and PHILKOFA have been consistently showing strong interest and support for Dr. Bobby Gerardo, NISU President, in his envisioned plans for extension projects such as the distribution of solar kits and medical and dental services for the households in the concerned areas of Barangay Gabi and Granada for the realization of various projects through funding its conduct.

     "KOICA strongly supports this meaningful activity as the Korean government aims to aid the development of 66 partner countries, including the Philippines, which has a high potential to grow more with a little support in addressing their critical problems. From this experience, we learned a nation can jumpstart its rise and shine with support and aid from partner countries, and that is why we support others," said Ms. Kim.

     During the activity, KOICA's goals were given light as participants from the different sectors of the community, including out-of-school youth, fishermen, barangay officials, students, and academe/teachers, were tapped for a brainstorming session served as a prelude to identifying various types of waste and household practices for solid waste management.

     "We are also well aware of the efforts of the NISU and the university president on recently conducted community outreach programs, which are crucial for the lives of the participants and much appreciated by the community. And now, we will continue to support the conduct of knowledge sharing on solid waste management and livelihood programs to strengthen the sustainability and resilience of Barangays Gabi and Granada," she added.

     Meanwhile, the results of the brainstorming elicited diverse responses from the participants. Every sector identified different kinds of waste and preferred practices, drawing commonalities and contrasting ideas on how they segregate their waste, making the dialogue open for criticism and suggestions.

     In an interview, Shelly Love T. Golingan, a teacher from Granada NHS, said that the activity is a big help for everyone and the community as a whole in the current situation they are facing on the island. It also awakens their environmental awareness that they must conserve natural resources by preserving them and through proper waste segregation.

    On the other hand, the creation of action plans from different sectors was realized under solid waste management and shell craft. Some of the proposed plans were the Construction Material Recovery Facility (MRF) 15x20m, Re-orientation of RA 9003, Solid Waste Management Training, Garbage Transport Facility, Asosasyon sang Mandadagat sa Gabi (AMAGAB), Gabi Women, and Basura Ta, Mapatahum sa Basura Mo.



NISU QUINTO TBI Launches its "One Stop Shop" Product Display

By: Jhon Alfred U. Hechanova
Editorial Assistant, The Astrals


        Envisioned on developing and promoting entrepreneurial opportunities, the Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) held its Technology Business Incubation (TBI) "One Stop Shop" product display on July 25, 2022 at NISU Executive Lounge, Main Campus, Estancia, Iloilo.

     "I believe that this "One Stop Shop", which is one in a million probably projects of Northern Iloilo State University in order to attract and to let other people know that NISU community is not only good for the teaching process but also introducing products," said Dr. Helen A. Gasapo, Dean, College of Education.

     The said event was organized to exhibit University's excellent products, market locally manufactured goods, and open collaborative projects with the community.

     Alongside NISU Estancia- Main campus are the (6) external campuses; NISU Sara Campus, NISU Barotac Viejo campus, NISU Batad campus, NISU Concepcion campus, NISU Lemery campus, and NISU Ajuy campus, which also showcased their respective production .

     "Nagapasalamat gid ako sa bilog nga (7) campuses sang NISU for supporting this activity," said Dr. Fernan P. Tupas, Vice President for research and extension.

     During his speech, he emphasized that the office of Research and extension will always be supporting the external campuses for the recognition of NISU as one of the best University in the region and sooner in Asia for doing research and extension activities.

     The event was attended by Dr. Helen A. Gasapo (Dean, College of Education), Mrs. Juliet S. Ravena (Board of Secretary), Prof. Mark Anthony P. Lopez (Director for Research), Dr. Ma. Ivy Agreda, Dr. Veminrose Clariz-Samuel (Director for Extention) together with all the associate directors for research and extension services of the NISU external campuses.



NISU President Introduces Shell Craft Making

By: Dave Andonaque
Editorial Assistant, The Astrals


        As part of continuing efforts for sustainable livelihood development, Dr. Bobby Gerardo, University President, introduced the Shell Craft Making as part of the three-day Solid Waste Management and Livelihood Program through Knowledge Sharing for the island barangays of Carles, Iloilo held at Brgy. Granada, Gigantes Norte, July 21-23.

     The event was funded by the Office of Extension Services, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and Philippine KOICA Fellows Association, Inc. (PHILKOFA) with the rationale centered on realizing community initiatives to address the long-term effects of various typhoons (Super Typhoon Yolanda, Odette, and Ursula) which severely hit the livelihood of the beneficiary barangays of Gabi and Granada, including the schools of Granada National High School—Ballesteros Campus and Piagao Integrated School through sustainable livelihood programs, workshop training on waste management, and handicraft development out of waste products.

     "Through Solid Waste Management, out of waste, you can create a product which can be your livelihood and earn money. We can make use of our waste, specifically the shells and scallops, as shell crafts, "said Dr. Gerardo.

     Dr. Gerardo tackled the pros and cons of shell waste and shared an important message on how to earn money out of shell waste. He encouraged the participants to be more creative and resourceful when dealing with shell waste as it can be used for crafts, artwork, home and office decorations, and souvenir items. He also presented handmade shell craft samples for reference.

     "We assure you that NISU will help you to market these shell crafts for you to also earn, and we will provide training for you to hone your skills," he added.

     Meanwhile, it was also echoed by Dr. Roger Sulayao, Principal of the NISU Junior High Laboratory Development, on the next day of his training course on Shell Craft Production for Women's Development (Phase 1), which aims to give a new perspective to women by engaging them in the training that will serve as their means of livelihood using improved and marketable products made out of seashells.

 "The event is really important so that we can help the community in terms of extra income for jobless women and address solid waste management. It is also a way of providing proper knowledge in shell craft and its opportunities," Dr. Sulayao explained.

     A hands-on workshop was conducted to integrate their learning into the actual making of shell crafts using locally found materials and shells. NISU provided some materials and equipment to encourage them to be more creative and let their talents and skills be exposed to a wider audience. It was then showcased for critiquing and giving suggestions to improve their output in terms of designs, color, use of shells, and to make it more profitable and marketable.

     In an interview, he expressed that there is already great potential for their shell craft outputs. The activity that they had was just a prelude to a more meaningful experience for the island women as they embraced their talents and skills in the field of shell craft. He also assured that NISU would extend help by giving them assistance, equipment, and materials for mass production.



NISU Holds its 1st University Commencement Exercises

By: Dave Andonaque & Romar Rodriguez
Editorial Assistants, The Astrals


        After two consecutive years of virtual graduation ceremonies, Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) Main Campus held its in-person 1st University Commencement Exercises spearheaded by Dr. Jeff George V. Delima III, Director-General, and Dr. Jomartin C. Limson, this year’s Grand Marshall, on July 11, 2022.

       During the processional, a total of 894 graduates from different colleges and 25 from the Graduate Education Program proudly graced and marched in the NISU’s gymnasium, which was presented by various College Deans.

       “After two years, we have gathered together today in person. You have endured and overcome exceptional uncertainty and challenges. You have adapted and grown in these difficult times, which undoubtedly enriched you and added to your academic success,” said Dr. Alma Defacto, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in her welcome address.

       The event was attended by Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, Dr. Alma Defacto, Dr. Raffy Chavez, Dr. Fernan P. Tupas, Members of the Board of Regents, Hon. Raul “Boboy” C. Tupas, Hon. Binky Tupas, Mayors from 5th district, Local Government Unit (LGU), Directors and Associate directors of different offices, faculty, staff, and parents.

       “As you prepare to leave your comfort zone, this world is yours to explore. The life on the horizon promises you all the possibilities and opportunities. The wisdom, knowledge and skills you acquired at NISU will be your tools to navigate the vastness of the sea of opportunities presenting in front of you,” said Dir. Andre L. Ladigohon, Director II/Provincial Director of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Antique Field Office and this year's keynote speaker.

       During his speech, he added that graduates should use their experiences and knowledge to build and not to destroy, to unify rather than divide, to challenge injustices, to champion integrity, to choose relationships over pride, and to stand by the principles of integrity no matter it takes. He also aired a challenge to the students to answer the call for nation building as the world now needs them.

       Also, Congressman “Boboy” Tupas gave his speech to commend the officials, faculty and staff of NISU on their unwavering dedication in producing globally competitive graduates through staying true to its vision of providing quality education anchored on academic excellence, social responsibility, technological efficiency and professional integrity.

       On the other hand, this year’s batch of graduates were the pioneers of the K to 12 program and have produced numbers of graduates with Latin honors – 11 Magna Cum Laude and 177 Cum Laude.

       “As a pioneer of the K to 12 Program, it is a big help because it adds to our knowledge and widens our perspective in life, reality, and experience. It gives us realizations of what is our passion and especially prepares us for college,” said Charlene Chavez, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in Filipino, Magna Cum Laude.

       Meanwhile, the SSC and the FLP provided and distributed personalized facemasks to the undergraduate programs adding a uniform color to the venue and facilitating the graduates’ 900 food packs as snacks.



MOPA Signing between DENR & NISU

By: Hallysa Mica Bandojo
Editor-in-Chief, NISU STAR


    The Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) for the Implementation of ENR Ambassador Project between Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Northern Iloilo State University was officially inked on June 2, 2022 at NISU Main, Estancia, Iloilo duly represented by the ENR Officer-PENRO Iloilo Salvador C. Maglinong Jr., OIC CENR Officer, CENRO-Sara Rene G. Abordo and the NISU President, Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo.

         ENR Ambassador Project is designed to teach students about environmental concerns that affects the school and community, such as pollution, resource degradation and climate change. The chosen student ambassadors were Kimboy Borja from the College of Engineering, Melton Bermejo and Regen Andrade from the College of Education, Sandy Montibon from the College of Fisheries and Allied Science, and Vince Patrick Viejo from the College of Industrial Technology. As ENR Ambassadors, they will be the one to lead the action to aid Environmental Issues.

         Also present in the ceremony were the PIO PENRO Iloilo Pauline Marie Masculino, PIO CENRO Sara Seth Antoneth Villagracia, Alma Ballego and Lourdes Gallego. The program ended with remarks from the Student Affairs Director, Dr. Jeff George Delima III showing support to this another great opportunity to the NISU Community.



NISU Launches Journalism Seminar Workshop and the 1st University Writing Contest

By: Webster Jhon A. Cerujano
1st Place, Feature Writing (Filipino)
1st Place, Editorial Writing (English)
2nd Place, News Writing (English)


     The Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) held its Journalism Seminar Workshop and 1st University Writing Contest on May 26-27, 2022, to broaden and assess the journalistic writing skills of student journalists.

     The two-day event took place at NISU Mini-Theatre, Main Campus, Estancia, Iloilo, with over 150 participants coming from the campuses of Estancia, Concepcion, Ajuy, Batad, Lemery, Sara and Barotac Viejo, who competed in three (3) different categories, such as Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, and News Writing.

     The former NISU Publications and Information Office Director, Dr. Jeff George V. Delima III, welcomed all the participants with delight and urged them to enjoy the occasion.

      Meanwhile, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Alma R. Defacto, emphasized in her message that the student journalists should adhere to the principles of responsible writing: truth, accuracy, fairness, and accountability.

      "I congratulate each and everyone for being the participants for today's activity... I am sure that every one of you is very eager and willing to participate, and willing to show their talents in writing," said Dr. Defacto.

      The participants took part in feature and editorial writing during the first day of the event and in news writing on the second day.

     On May 27, 2022, Dr. Delima received the plaque of recognition as the outgoing PIO Director from Prof. Mark Anthony Lopez, the newly designated PIO Director, recognizing his exemplary contributions to the publications office.

      "I want you all to continue writing until the last drop of your ink," said by Prof. Lopez during his speech to the student journalists as he also accepted the challenges of his new assignment.

      At the end of the event, the Estancia Main Campus was declared the overall champion, Ajuy Campus as the first runner-up, and Concepcion Campus as the second runner-up.



RISE: A Collaboration Initiative

By: Prof. Mark Anthony P. Lopez
Associate Editor, Ad Astra
(SUC Presidents from left to right) Pres. Marlo Dela Cruz Camarines Norte State College, Pres. Bobby, Pres. Jaime Manuel DMMSU, Pres. Erwin Cadorna UNP, Pres. Emily Arangote ASU, Pres. Elbert Edaniol OMSC and Pres. Rae Egcas NONESCOST)

         The first meet up of the planned RISE (Research, Innovation and Sustainable Education) Consortium of the University President, Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, was held during the Executive Board Meeting of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) at the newly declared National University for Engineering, the Batangas State University, Batangas City on May 25, 2022.

      This collaboration is envisioned to strengthen the research and innovation capacity of the partner SUCs to increase its faculty engagements in producing Utility Models and Patents.

     The initial members were: (1) Northern Iloilo State University (NISU), (2) Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC), (3) West Visayas State University (WVSU), (4) Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), (5) Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), (6) Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU), (7) University of Northern Philippines (UNP), (University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), and (9) Romblon State University (RSU).



Towards a Healthier Community

By: Prof. Mark Anthony P. Lopez
Associate Editor, Ad Astra

          As part of the continuing initiatives for community development of Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University President, the “Children Health Care Program for Island Barangays in Carles, Iloilo” was launched at Piagao Primary School, Brgy. Granada, Gigantes Norte, Carles, Iloilo on May 12, 2002.

           PHILKOFA, KOICA and NISU funded the medical mission including the deworming, multivitamins and medicines which benefited one hundred forty-two (142) children ages 5 to 10 years old.

           “The PHILKOFA and KOICA approved the one-year implementation of the program, thus, this will become a regular program in Piagao Primary School,” said President Gerardo. Present during the opening program were Hon. Roberto Pestaño, Punong Barangay of Bgry. Granada, Mrs. Marul Sontosidad, Teacher-in-Charge of the Primary School, officials of the University and the parents and guardians who accompanied the children.

           The University President shared that his initiative in spearheading this kind of program is because of his experiences as a public servant active in community service and his childhood years growing up to a poor family where he and his brother had to help their parents for their daily needs.

           Through the effort of Dr. Andre D. Ravena, NISU Medical Officer, the University invited two physicians, Dr. Jendee Dalman and Dr. Mel Bryan Billones, from the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital to attend the medical needs of the children beneficiaries.

           The Office of the Extension Services also extended a “Feeding Program” to the beneficiaries to ease the discomforts while waiting for their turns.



What's next for NISU?

By: Prof. Mark Anthony P. Lopez
Associate Editor, Ad Astra
Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, NISU President, held an Administrative Council Meeting on April 23, 2022 at the University Library duly attended by the Vice Presidents, Campus Administrators, Deans and Directors of Colleges and Institutes, Directors and Associate Directors of Offices and Program Chairpersons to discuss new directions for the institution’s newest milestone achievement.

     “It is not only about changing of the naming convention from College to University but the very essence of being a university is the additional burden that will be put on our shoulder, expect more work and more goals to be achieved,” said Dr. Gerardo.

     He emphasized in the next stage of the journey, the university will expand and offer new advanced studies like the Master in Information Technology, Master of Engineering, and Doctor in Public Administration. Added also to this plan is the offering of Bachelor of Library and Information Science, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering for the undergraduate programs.

     Part of his plan is the preparation towards application of strong programs of the university as Center of Excellence or Center of Development for fisheries, agriculture, information technology, engineering, and teacher education.

     NISU would further benchmark with top local and international universities in terms of their classrooms and learning facilities including the upgrading of teaching methodologies.

     Dr. Gerardo also stressed the upscaling of research and extension projects and programs that would level up considering other interesting topics essential to the current and future studies that would generate knowledge and can be implemented to the community.

     There is also an immediate plan with the Communications and International Collaborations Office (CICO) to forge ties with local and international institutions to further enhance and level up programs and activities with the University’s partners. He also underscored to increase the number of international partners for development and excellence in all areas. 

     Another direction of the University President is to increase the board examination passing percentages in all board courses. “…I call upon the Deans and Directors to come up with tactical plans on how to further improve the passing percentages… if we wanted to have a spot in the national or international level recognitions, we should excel in board examinations,” said Dr. Gerardo.

     Another target of NISU is the employability of the graduates. With this, the University should focus on hiring highly qualified faculty members. Since faculty resource is very important, skilled and highly trained faculty would yield quality and skilled graduates that would give better edge towards employment so sending faculty members to special trainings and advanced studies abroad are now one of the priorities.

     Awarding of Plaque of Recognition of two officials became the highlight of the Council’s Meeting. President Gerardo recognized Dr. Jomartin C. Limson for his role as the Focal Person for the Universityhood conversion and Dr. Jeff George V. Delima III for his leadership during the immediate planning for the University Inauguration held on April 28, 2022.



NIPSC turns Darkness to Light

By: Jeff George V. Delima III
Editor-in-chief, Ad Astra
 “We will continue to extend our helping hands”, said by Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, president of the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) during the installation of the Solar Kits to the beneficiaries of Barangay Gabi in Gigantes Islands, Carles, Iloilo on April 20, 2022.
     On the other hand, Dr. Veminrose Clariza-Samuel, the director of the extension services challenged the beneficiaries to take good care of the solar kits which were personally installed by the president with the help of the faculty members and students of the School of Industrial Technology with their dean, Dr. Jeremias Gabion.
     “Kabay pa nga inyo halungan ang ining gin hatag namon sa inyo para mapa sanag ang inyo tagsa-tagsa ka panimalay”, she said. “Karon sa gab -e manami na ang inyo pag sinalayo tungod sa kasanag nga gin dala sa inyo sang NIPSC sa bulig sang amon presidente, she added.
     The Office of the Extension Services conducted a survey visit to the island to identify the most qualified recipients of the program. A total of 44 families  were given the solar kits in partnership with Korea International Cooperating Agency (KOICA) and Philippine KOICA Fellows Association (PHILKOFA).
     Meanwhile, SB Member Leo Francisco of Carles and the faculty members of NIPSC adopted school - Granada National High School Ballesteros Campus were present during the turning over ceremony.



Community Development through Collaborations

By: Prof. Mark Anthony P. Lopez
Associate Editor, Ad Astra
     Driven by this commitment to serve, achieve, and realize the mission of the State College, Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, SUC President II, started the initial stage of his project: “Household Solar Kits for Island Barangay of Carles, Iloilo affected by Typhoons,” duly funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Philippine KOICA Fellows Association, Inc. (PHILKOFA) and the NIPSC Extension Services Office.
     The “household solar kits” is one of the three (3) conceptualized special projects of the College Pesident to be implemented this year including the solid waste management system and the medical-dental kits to various adopted communities of the College.
     With the help and expertise of Dr. Rodel D. Dosano, a Professional Electrical Engineer,  they trained the BSIT Electrical Technology students, faculty members and GSO staff and gave them hands-on experience on the installation and maintenance of the solar kits. The trainees will further teach the beneficiaries on the operation and proper care of the equipment.
     The beneficiaries of this project will be the underprivileged families/households affected by the typhoons in the adopted barangay of Gabi, Carles, Iloilo giving them light and comfort during night time and electric power able to charge cellphones, gadgets and solar appliances.
     The solar kits include the solar panel, battery, five (5) light bulbs, charging ports, electrical wires and circuit breaker.


TED Blessing Ceremony

By: Jeffrey George V. Delima III
Director, NIPSC Publications and Information
     The Regional Director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office VI Hon. Meylene C. Rosales graced the blessing ceremony of the new Teacher Education Building of the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) Estancia Main Campus, Estancia, Iloilo last March 17, 2022.
     “I am a low profile person who will always support NIPSC in its ventures for improvement”, said by Hon. Rosales during her message after the blessing ceremony.
     On the other hand, the President of the college, Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo expressed his gratitude to the NEDA officials for their continued support to NIPSC.
     The Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Helen A. Gasapo together with other key officials of the college were present during the ceremony.