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.

— Contributed news

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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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education in Chemistry


  • Master of Arts in Education


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  • Master of Science Education



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                  General Science


  • Master of Science in Physical Education

For the admission requirements, please visit: 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

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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. 

IITians bag top two spots in the 13th PICPA National Accounting Quiz Showdown

IITians bag top two spots in the 13th PICPA National Accounting Quiz Showdown

by Jacquilyn Avila and Leila Claire Vivien Toribio*, CBAA

Two BS Accountancy students won the top two spots in the recently concluded 13th PICPA National Accounting Quiz Showdown (NAQDown).

Ms. Shania Rose Lozano won first place and Sofia Russel Mae Suico came in second in the virtual competition held via Mentimeter (a site used to exclusively answer the questions) and Zoom (to monitor any cheating attempt) on February 13, 2021.

Jafar E. Muksan of Ateneo de Davao University came in third place; Dorothy M. Muyargas of Western Mindanao University at fourth place; and Claribelle D. Lee of Notre Dame of Marbel University at fifth spot.

The top five winners will proceed to the final round of the competition which will be held during the National Mid Year Convention.

Thirteen regions across the country from four major separate hubs: NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao joined the competition. Twenty-seven participants comprised the Mindanao hub and 13 of it were from Region 10 and CARAGA, including Ms. Lozano and Ms. Suico who are members of the University’s local chapter of the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA).

The competition was composed of two rounds, Elimination and Semi-Finals, with questions divided into three categories: easy, average, and difficult.

Ms. Lozano and Ms. Suico received certificates of recognition and were given discounts (100% and 80% respectively) on their registration fees for the National Mid Year Convention.

The National Federation – Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (NFJPIA) in partnership with SyCip Gorres Velayo and Company (SGV Co.), hosted the National Accounting Quiz Showdown or NAQDown, an annual all-board accounting subject academic competition that promotes academic excellence as well as connections and camaraderie among contestants.

MSU-IIT has joined NAQDown since 2019.

*Jacquilyn Avila is a junior student at the College of Business Administration and Accountancy taking up BS in Accountancy. Her interests include broadcasting, geography, and general facts. She is currently an undersecretary of the Training and Development Committee of the CBAA Executive Board. 

Leila Toribio isa junior student at the College of Business Administration and Accountancy taking up BS in Accountancy. She is into writing and was part of the editorial team in their school newspaper back in her junior high school years. Presently, she is serving as the deputy of the Training and Development Committee of the CBAA Executive Board.

IPDM conducts online training workshop for NCMF Region 10’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Division

IPDM conducts online training workshop for NCMF Region 10’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Division

by Karen R. Veloso*, CON/IPDM

The Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) held a virtual training-workshop on Conflict-Sensitive and Peace-Promoting Approaches Training-Workshop for personnel of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Division (PCRD) of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) – Northern Mindanao Regional Office on February 8-11, and 15, 2021. 

The five-day activity that was held via Zoom was also participated in by the chiefs and employees of other divisions of NCMF Region 10. The PCRD takes the lead role in advocating peace and resolving conflict in Muslim Filipino communities in the region through community-based programs and projects.

The training-workshop aimed to capacitate the participants in designing and implementing programs that are conflict-sensitive and that promote peace. The topics included in the training-workshop were self-transformation relevant to peacebuilding; skills, models, and theories on conflict-resolution and peacebuilding; basic tools in preparing a conflict assessment, among others. 

During the opening program, Chancellor Sukarno Tanggol expressed his hope to address, through peace initiatives and sensitivities, the narratives that promoted misunderstanding of Islam and that also stimulated conflict globally, including the Marawi Siege. 

Chancellor Tanggol also mentioned his vision of MSU-IIT hosting advanced training on these areas at the international level, as well as pursuing sustainable academic programs for peace and development. He also reiterated his administration’s strong commitment to peace and development.

Aside from the IPDM Team led by Asst. Prof. Yasmira P. Moner, former IPDM Director,  Prof. Saturnina Rodil, and Dean Macrina Morados of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies were among the resource speakers of the activity.

Dr. Abdulnasser P. Masorong, Regional Director of NCMF-10, conveyed his heartfelt gratitude for the realization of the training-workshop. The idea sprang from his visit to the University two years ago where he met with Prof. Rodil and discussed possible partnerships and engagements.

Dr. Masorong recognized the need to capacitate NCMF employees on peace education and conflict settlement for them to effectively and competently implement the mandate of the division.  Among the tasks they have been doing are activities on preventing and countering violent extremism, networking with peace advocates and organizations such as IPDM. 

Furthermore, he articulated his hope for more engagements through collaboration between NCMF and MSU-IIT, not only on peace promotion but on other aspects and programs that will help promote the well-being of Muslim Filipinos in Northern Mindanao. 

-Photos by OPI and IPDM 

*Asst. Prof. Karen Veloso is a faculty of the College of Nursing and a member of its College Research and Extension Committee. Her areas of specialization are Community Health Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. She is the current Peace Education Coordinator of MSU-IIT IPDM. You may follow her on LinkedIn:

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