New set of ANTEU officers elected  

New set of ANTEU officers elected  

The University’s Administrative Non-Teaching Employees Union (ANTEU) elected its new set of officers and members of its Board of Directors (BOD) on Monday (June 21) via an online voting system to ensure health protocols are observed. 

The new set of ANTEU officers are led by Moh’d Asrin Tabao, a planning officer of the OVCPD who ran under the CASSANGA Party that promised to be the partner for development of staff members. 

“Allow us to be your voice to represent and uplift your rights and our rights as a Union. Let us be involved in every sound-judgment decision of the Management and prove to them the importance of the Union, the heart of every organization,” said Tabao during a Zoom teleconference held on June 23.

Tabao’s party won all but two seats in the Union’s set of officers. However, in the seven-seat BOD, CASSANGA only managed one spot .

CASSANGA’s  Jonaim Dipatuan (CASS), Settie Sahara Mutia (IPDM), and Merle Sumaylo (CASS) were elected Vice President, Secretary, and Social Manager, respectively.

Glenda Almacen (OASA) and Victoria Panes (PSD) from the party led by Owen Lopez were elected Treasurer and Auditor, respectively.

Merlyn Salimbangon of the CBAA is CASSANGA’s lone representative in the BOD.

The rest of the directors are Richard Micubo (ICTC), Genevieve Benegrado (OASA), Fern Aster Medina (Accounting Division), Bainorah Amate (OVCRE-DR), Vera Mae Cabatana (PPD), and Eddie Sumile (OVCRE-TAPU).

Of these, five belong to the Lopez line-up while Amate ran as an independent candidate. 

CASSANGA is the only official party that joined the election according to the ANTEU’s election committee. 

Heading the election and tabulation was the election committee chairperson, Ms. Saakia A. Ananggo (OSDS). 

Two hundred sixty-six (266) of the 324-strong ANTEU participated in the online voting.

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CHED-SIKAP Grant for MSU-IIT – College of Education as Delivering Institution

CHED-SIKAP Grant for MSU-IIT – College of Education as Delivering Institution

by J-Roel Semilla

The College of Education-Graduate Studies is now accepting applications for the CHED-SIKAP Grant of  CHED!

MSU-IIT is one of the universities in the country qualified to implement the CHED Scholarships for Instructors’ Knowledge Advancement Program (SIKAP) starting this first semester of AY 2021-2022.

The SIKAP grant aims to “provide opportunities for Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs) teaching personnel, or former teaching personnel who wish to go back to the academe, to acquire their advanced degrees”, among others.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education in Chemistry

MASTER’S PROGRAM:

  • Master of Arts in Education

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  • Master of Science Education

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                  General Science

                  Physics

  • Master of Science in Physical Education

For the admission requirements, please visit: https://www.msuiit.edu.ph/offices/ogs/admissions/index.php. Just tap or click Resources on the same webpage to download the required Admission Forms. Complete all admission requirements and submit documents to that website or ced.gs@g.msuiit.edu.ph

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Department of Extension launches MSU-IIT Mainstreaming SDGs Initiative with SDG Talk Series on Food and Sensibilities

Department of Extension launches MSU-IIT Mainstreaming SDGs Initiative with SDG Talk Series on Food and Sensibilities

by Alyha Zshiazny B. Lantud and Lynrose Jane D. Genon , OVCRE-DE

On May 26, 2021, the Department of Extension launched the MSU-IIT Mainstreaming SDGs Initiative through the Volunteerism for Community Engagement Program (VOCEP) in partnership with Kataas-taasang Sanggunian ng mga Magaaral (KASAMA) to raise awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, and to provide opportunities for youth to make meaningful contributions to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The goal of the discussion series is to bring together youth from various backgrounds to discuss the SDGs. It aims to: (1) raise awareness of the SDGs and examples of their global impact among young people; (2) magnify existing local initiatives that help achieve the global goals; (3) identify areas of mutual interest and potential joint activities; and (4) brainstorm ideas for increasing youth participation and interest in contributing to the SDGs.

In addition to the SDG Talk Series, the MSU-IIT Mainstreaming SDGs Initiative includes the construction of an SDG Corner, which will serve as an information, conversation, and networking hub for MSU-IIT students, professors, and staff, and other stakeholders.

Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals is to “end hunger, ensure food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture,” which is in response to the data by World Food Programme that records 135 million people to be severely malnourished, owing this to man-made conflicts, climate change, and economic downturns. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the figure has doubled putting an extra 130 million people at risk of starvation. This was addressed during the first episode of the SDG Talk Series. 

Ms. Ezeil Cervantes, owner of Jucha Juice Bar, spoke at the first SDG Talk Series on Food and Sensibilities. During her session, Ms. Cervantes discussed the etymology of food, economic and communal perspectives on food systems, and nourishment in food systems. She moves on to stress the importance of dietary values in defining who we are. Our bodies are built on the foundation of the food we eat. She emphasized the significance of eating well and caring for our bodies. People nowadays eat anything they want without considering the consequences on our body. We live in a world where eating poisonous foods is acceptable and physical inactivity is the norm.

In explaining why we should begin adjusting our eating habits to improve our daily lives, Ms. Cervantes stressed it is not an easy task to do so which is why she recommended that we begin by eating less. However, eating less does not mean going without food for a few days nor does consuming fewer calories imply foregoing meat and subsisting solely on salads.  

Rather, she argued that eating less simply means eating less of whatever you choose. Eating less requires keeping track of how much food you consume each day. Reduce the amount of rice you eat by eating only one cup instead of two. She also suggested that we may begin eating healthier by gradually including nutritious foods or beverages into our everyday meals, such as eating an apple every day or drinking fruit blended juices. This way, we show our body that we respect and honor it. 

At the end of the session, Ms. Cervantes showed a short demo of food preparation by making sushi with healthy and organic ingredients. 

MSU-IIT is DOST Center for Sustainable Polymers

MSU-IIT is DOST Center for Sustainable Polymers

by Michelle Jeanne Caracut, OC/OPI

Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) has solidified its reputation as a leading university in Mindanao by being named a Center for Sustainable Polymers – the first of its kind in the country.

A sustainable polymer is a plastic material that can be used to produce a variety of commercial products that do not harm the environment, the health of consumers, or the economy.

MSU-IT was given the recognition in April by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) along with P107.3M in funding for the program and projects to be undertaken.

The designation of the University as a Center for Sustainable Polymers by DOST occurs under the agency’s new Niche Centers for Research and Development (NICER) Program. 

The NICER Program aims to provide institutional grants to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for research and development capacity building to improve their science and technology infrastructure.

The program and projects of MSU-IIT as a Center for Sustainable Polymers will be implemented through a research team composed of faculty members from its College of Engineering and Technology (COET) and College of Science and Mathematics (CSM).

Dr. Arnold A. Lubguban, COET faculty member who has a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri, USA is the overall head of the Center’s program. Dr. Lubguban’s field of specialization is on polymer bioprocessing.

The team also has two project leaders, namely, Dr. Arnold C. Alguno, CSM faculty member who completed Doctor of Science in Physics in Tohoku University, Japan and who specializes in research in semiconductor and nanotechnology; and Dr. Ronald P. Bual, COET associate professor who finished  Doctor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering at Kyushu University, Japan and whose areas of specialization are in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

The team’s study leader is Dr. Roberto M. Malaluan, COET faculty member who holds the degree Doctor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Tohoku University of Japan. Dr. Malaluan specializes in research in supercritical fluid technology.

Funded by DOST-GIA/DOST-PCIEERD, the project implementation for the Center is slated to begin in the next few months.

According to the research team, MSU-IIT plays an important role in the government’s effort to develop Northern Mindanao as an innovation hub, as it has been developed to become a technopreneurial breeding ground. They said that Region 10 is abundant in coconut and fish processing waste and derivatives which can be used as raw materials for the research projects.

In a presentation by the research team on May 24, 2021 at the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office (KTTO), the team showed Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol that with MSU-IIT becoming an R&D Center for Sustainable Polymers, it will address issues on high volume of by-products or derivatives from coconut processing, high volume of fish waste from fish processing facilities, and finite source of petroleum-based raw materials. 

With MSU-IIT’s existing advanced polymer lab facility, expertise and with its good track record of R&D and IP management, the University, through the Center, hopes to utilize and optimize coconut processing derivatives and fish processing wastes to produce original research products which can be industrially-competitive. These diverse products include alternative bio-based polyols, polyurethane insulation and viscoelastic memory foams, oil-absorbing foams for wastewater treatment, polyurethane-modified concrete, fish-derived functional food supplements, and wound healing patches. 

Expected outcomes of the said Center shall be increased production of high value products and increased coconut and fish productivity, as well as production of industry-compliant and cost-effective products with high market value.

MSU-IIT will be collaborating with other universities and agencies when implementing the Center’s projects, such as MSU-Naawan, MSU-General Santos, MSU-Marawi, Caraga State University, Ateneo de Davao University, Chemrez Technologies, Inc., URATEX Philippines, MERAV Bio-Nutraceuticals, Corp., Nuevochem Specialties, Inc., and Phoenix Petroleum. 

Aside from MSU-IIT, six other HEIs were identified as NICER Program grantees for this year. These HEIs are the following:

  1. Technological Institute of the Philippines – Center for Advanced Batteries 
  2. Isabela State University – Smart Water Infrastructure and Management
  3. Mariano Marcos State University – Coastal Engineering Research Center
  4. Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Center for Environmental Technologies and Compliance
  5. Laguna State Polytechnic University – Center for Lakes Sustainable Development
  6. De La Salle University – Laguna – Center for Vector of Diseases

The NICER is just one of four capacity-building programs that compose the Science for Change Program (S4CP). The S4CP is DOST’s larger program that was created to accelerate STI (science, technology, and innovation) in the country.

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MSU-IIT wins Best Paper in 2021 ICRII

MSU-IIT wins Best Paper in 2021 ICRII

Mr. Jayson R. Pucot, MSU-IIT’s MS Biology student, Ms. Jea Christine Escala, BS Biology alumna, and Prof. Cesar G. Demayo, faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences and the Project leader of the Climate Change Research Group of the Premier Research Institute of Science and Mathematics (PRISM) won the Best Paper award during the recently concluded International Conference on Research, Innovation, and Investment (ICRII). 

Their paper entitled Phytochemical Screening, GC-MS Analysis and In vitro Pharmacological Investigations of Myristica simiarum A.DC Bark Ethanolic Extract is co-authored by Dr. Mark Lloyd Dapar, faculty member of the Department of Biology of the Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon.  

The virtual international conference that was held on May 17-20, 2021 gathered more than 300 participants from different countries across the globe, such as Australia, China, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya,  Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, and Taiwan.

The country’s president, Hon. Rodrigo R. Duterte, gave his message during the conference’s Opening Ceremonies. Philippine Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri keynoted the Innovation and Investment Forum, and Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV, author of Innovative Startup Act, talked about investments in innovation and entrepreneurship in the conference.


Winners for the Best Paper, Best Presenter, and Most Number of Delegates (institutional level) were announced during the Awards Ceremony. The Best Paper awardees hope that their paper gets published in the Mindanao Journal of Science and Technology (MJST), a scientific journal published bi-annually by USTP and indexed by Scopus and Clarivate Analytics.

ICRII is an annual gathering of international and local researchers, innovators, investors, policymakers, and leaders who come together to address innovations, existing and emerging trends, best practices, and other developments in specific fields and pursue advanced research and innovation frameworks. The conference covered presentations on the following topics:

  • Food Security and Safety
  • Energy Sufficiency and Security
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Industrial Development
  • Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Gender and Development
  • Science and Technology Education
  • Language and Communication
  • Social Science and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The ICRII was hosted by the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) with this year’s theme The Emerging Role of Research, Innovation, and Investment in a Disruptive World.

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