MSU-IIT WE CARE Office mentors MSU Buug Faculty

MSU-IIT WE CARE Office mentors MSU Buug Faculty

In response to the OneMSU agenda of the Mindanao State University System President, the WE CARE Office of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (IIT) headed by Dr. Rosario Reserva mentored 70 faculty members of MSU-Buug last May 30-31, 2023.

The two-day research and extension mentoring workshop took place at the Research Conference Hall of MSU-Buug in Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Assoc. Prof. Lemuel Clark Velasco and Asst. Prof. Paul Bokingkito, Jr. from the MSU-IIT College of Computer Studies facilitated the research proposal and pitching sessions which produced three research proposals ready for external funding.

Dr. Reserva along with Ms. Naira Dipatuan from the WE CARE Office and Ms.Febe Macasero from the College of Science and Mathematics facilitated the extension proposal and pitching sessions which produced eight public service proposals developed by the faculty of MSU-Buug.

The event was able to share MSU-IIT’s best practices in the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through its research and extension administrative processes. During the event’s closing ceremonies, Dr. Rovy Banguis, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension of MSU-Buug expressed her deep gratitude for MSU-IIT’s commitment in assisting the development of the culture of research and public service among other MSU campuses.

Zamayla joins University of Tennessee in Knoxville, USA as Visiting Researcher

Zamayla joins University of Tennessee in Knoxville, USA as Visiting Researcher

Asst. Prof. Arnel Zamayla, faculty member of the College of Engineering and Director of the MSU-IIT Fab Lab Mindanao has been selected as Visiting Researcher at the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville, USA.

According to Zamayla, whose contract runs from August 2023 until January 2024, will conduct research on AI Application in 3D printing of polymers and advanced biomaterials, and on the development of armor for personnel and homeland security. He said that this research holds immense promise for transforming multiple industries and pushing the boundaries of technological innovation.

Out of the sixty (60) pre-screened applicants who applied all over the country, Zamayla was chosen as the lone grantee in Mindanao to represent MSU-IIT and Fab Lab Mindanao abroad. The screening process included an oral exam, submission of a research proposal, and an evaluation from a highly-trained technical Committee. Among the applicants were researchers, project leaders, and faculty from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional offices, S&T government offices, and private and public HEIs like De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and Philippine Space Agency.

While at UT, Zamayla will also undergo specialized training in additive manufacturing, harnessing the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence. This training will equip him with the computational techniques necessary to optimize the additive manufacturing process, improve material selection, enhance quality control, optimize designs, and enable predictive maintenance. By merging advanced technologies, these applications will unlock the full potential of additive manufacturing, propelling it to new heights. While undergoing training at UT he will also have access to Oakridge National Laboratory (ORNL) which is a National Laboratory in the US.

Zamayla will be supervised by his program lead, Rigoberto Advincula, Ph.D., UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair of Advanced and Nanostructured Materials, who is a leading figure in the field of advanced materials, polymers, and nanomaterials.

Zamayla is receiving funding support from the DOST in this endeavor. The Advanced Manufacturing Center of the Philippines (AMCen) will be providing Zamayla access to its state-of-the-art equipment during the research implementation.

ChanZed to speak at Times Higher Education Summit in HongKong

ChanZed to speak at Times Higher Education Summit in HongKong


Chancellor Alizedney M. Ditucalan is set to speak at the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia Universities Summit at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on June 22, 2023.

Chancellor Ditucalan, or ChanZed as he is known on campus, will discuss the untapped potential of industry micro-credentials and blended learning. His talk aims to shed light on how these educational tools can significantly enhance skills mastery and create meaningful connections between graduates and employment opportunities in Asia’s thriving digital economy.

Joining him in this plenary session called “Advancing higher education in Asia with industry micro-credentials and blended learning” are Phil Baty, Chief Global Affairs Officer of the THE; Eklavya Bhave, Regional Director (APAC and Japan) of Coursera; Kaywalee Chatdarong, Vice-President of Strategic Planning, Innovation and Global Engagement of Chulalongkorn University; and Noor Azam Haji-Othman, Dean of the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Hosted in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the THE Asia Universities Summit 2023 will focus on the fundamental question – is there such a thing as a distinctly “Asian” university in such an economically, culturally and socially diverse region? The summit also intends to explore the concept of an Asian university in the year 2050.

Accompanying Chancellor Ditucalan at the THE Asia Universities Summit are Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, Pamela F. Resurreccion, and Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Nancy Q. Echavez. The MSU-IIT delegation, together with MSU President Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno, the Chancellors of various MSU campuses, and other officials, comprise the MSU System delegation.

The THE is widely regarded as the most credible and influential provider of knowledge pertaining to higher education worldwide. Its World University Rankings stand out as the sole comprehensive global assessment of prestigious universities, evaluating their excellence in essential areas such as teaching, research, knowledge dissemination, and international perspective. The primary objective of THE is to establish itself as the definitive and unparalleled source of data, profound understanding, and expertise on higher education on a global scale. THE’s foundation rests on an extensive collection of 10 million data points sourced from 2,500 institutions spanning 93 countries. Additionally, it possesses an unparalleled wealth of news, insights, and intelligence, and has cultivated a trusted relationship with universities over a span of 50 years (

OVCAF turnover of leadership held

OVCAF turnover of leadership held

“My promise to you is we will do our best to protect what you have helped to build in IIT”.

This is what Chancellor Alizedney M. Ditucalan told outgoing Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Dr. Polaus M. Bari who retired January 28, 2023.

During last week’s turnover ceremony, and before key officials, faculty and staff of the University, Ditucalan thanked Dr. Bari “for inspiring excellence in the university”.

Dr. Bari handed over the stewardship of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (OVCAF) on January 25, 2023, to Atty. Yaslani Bantuas, head of the Accounting Division, in a ceremony held at the University’s Mini-Theater.

Bari said that he was thankful to have worked and served MSU-IIT. Bari had been the longest-serving Vice Chancellor – having served three chancellors during his employment in the University.

In response, incoming VCAF Bantuas accepted the challenge, feeling glad and excited to assume a new and huge responsibility. During his acceptance speech, he shared four fundamentals he believed that he will carry on as he takes on the VCAF role.

According to the new VCAF, “no one has the monopoly on knowledge, and an individual’s perspective will never be dominant to another person’s perception.” He said balancing everyone’s perception, interactive and constant communication, and reconciliation are indispensable in achieving goals and targets.

Bantuas, both an accountant and lawyer, envisions financial freedom vis-a-vis financial resiliency in the University. He also believes that the law is an instrument to be used to foster change, sustainability, and growth, and it should be a framework to facilitate decision-making in the University.

Thirdly, he emphasized the need to strengthen and widen the understanding of the public service values of patriotism, integrity, excellence, and spirituality as mandated by the Civil Service Commission.

Lastly, he mentioned that ethics and morality are the keys to influencing the future. He said that ethics is an essential element in leadership and that rejections should be perceived as redirection, personal failures as lessons learned.

Bantuas’s stint as VCAF starts January 30, 2023.

Octava bags 3rd place in the 2023 Musikahan sa Tagum Choral Competition

Octava bags 3rd place in the 2023 Musikahan sa Tagum Choral Competition


The University’s resident choir Octava Choral Society landed on the Top 3 podium out of 12 competing groups from around the country in the recently concluded Musikahan sa Tagum Choral Competition on February 18, 2023.

Under the baton of Prof. Ernesto Zaldua Jr., the Octava performed three choice songs namely Pamugun by Francisco Feliciano, Abendlied by Josef Rheinberger, Sing a Song of Sixpence by John Rutter, and one contest piece entitled Evening Love Song by Nikko Villanueva.

The Octava received P50,000.00 cash price and a Plaque of Excellence in Music from the City of Tagum. The other winners were Voces En Harmonie Chorale of Tagum City as the 2nd placer, and the University of Mindanao Davao Chorale taking the 1st place.

The judging panel was composed of experts in music namely, Dr. Arwin Tan, Ms. Anna Tabita-Abeleda Piquero, and Gador awardee Dr. Helen Tejero.