Student grades now online in IFSU

By: Jill B. Saquing

The Ifugao State University has launched the Student Information System (SIS) that ushers the first phase of online services for IFSU students under the project Online Student Information and Accounting System of Ifugao State University.

The SIS application embedded at the IFSU website comprises of four core modules namely:

  • Online Grade Inquiry; 
  • Online Enrollment;
  •  Online Assessment;
  • Online scheduling; and
  • Accounting Module


 The functional module commenced by the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Section on July 8, 2016 is the Online Grade Inquiry which engages IFSU students to view their grades online and perceived to gradually impact on enrollment processes that is a challenge to most students.

Previously, students lining up at the Registrar during enrollment are a mix up of enrollees and students who are requesting a copy of their grades for the previous semester besides other transactions.

  However, Michael D. Pinkihan, Web Coordinator said that for now, only the IFSU students who were enrolled SY 2015-2016 can view their grades as the completion of  student information is continuously being keyed in by the system developer in coordination with the Department of Registrar Services.

“The system will be completed and made functional phase by phase so we hope the students will be patient to wait for the other modules,”  he said.  

“We are working on the SIS slowly but surely so that students can enjoy a hassle free transaction with the university other than having an access to their information anytime anywhere” Pinkihan added. #

Pre-departure orientation given to IFSU-OJT to Israel

By: Levilyn L. Buyayo

Agro-Studies Trainees. Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon (at the center) speaks to the Agriculture students before they are dispatched to their Agro-Studies OJT in Israel.Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon gave a pre-departure orientation to the Agriculture students confirmed to undergo  On-the-Job-Training (OJT) under Agro-Studies-Israel.

Sixty-five Agriculture DAT-BAT students were approved for the Agro-Studies OJT to Israel on different scheduled flights. Three students are from Hapao Campus, 24 from Potia Campus and 38 from the Main Campus. Also, two students are awaiting confirmation. This year’s slots have increased from the forty-one slots acquired by the university last year.

IFSU has been sending Agriculture students on OJT to Israel since 2009. The slots given to IFSU has since been increasing which is attributed to the good performance of the OJT students.

The 11-month course or OJT in Israel will give an opportunity to the students to work in the modern farms, expose them to the latest agro-based technology and will allow them to learn advance agricultural working method.

Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon encouraged the students to be hardworking and disciplined in their training. He told them to learn the best practices of Israel in the different areas in Agriculture. He also emphasized to the students the contribution of agriculture sector in making Israel one of the well developed countries in the world.

Dr. Ngohayon told the students that the Agro-studies OJT training in Israel will also give them an opportunity to earn and save money.  Their experience, nonetheless, will be an advantage in applying for a job here and abroad, he added.

“It would help you to improve your career prospective,” he said.

He further advised them to invest their savings wisely. He suggested to the students to get into agri-business.

“Run agriculture as business,” he said.

IFSU and Anglican Church partnership

by: Jesa Alexander


Free Medical and Dental Mission extended to communities extext-to-publishThe IFSU-Department of Extension and Training (DET) spearheaded a Free Medical and Dental Mission in partnership with the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (Anglican) and Bontoc General Hospital held at St. John In the Wilderness Parish, Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao on August 20, 2016. The free medical and dental services to the communities of Nayon, Bimpal and neighboring barangays were rendered by the BGH team of Dr. Eva M. Bernardez, Dr. Ma. Aqueda Na-oy, Dr. Maricon Dayag, Dr. Rhodora M. Montesa and Dr. Penelope Domogo. Volunteers from Barangay Nayon and the staff of the DET  lent their helping hand to make the mission successful. A total of 120 patients were given medical services and 84 patients underwent tooth extraction. Free medicines were also distributed to the patients. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was forged between IFSU represented by DET head Dr. Eva Marie C. Dugyon  and the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (Anglican) led by Fr Crisologo Baguiwan, Parish Priest of St. John In the Wilderness Parish to strengthen and advance the conduct of similar outreach activities that will promote the welfare and well-being of the community people. Free Medical and Dental Missions is in pursuit of the aim of the DET’s “BADDANGAN” program —“to reach out, touch lives, and empower communities”.  

IFSU celebrates 116th Civil Service Anniversary

by: Levilyn Buyayo

presidentfrc_appointeesIFSU Main Campus- The Ifugao State University joined the nation in the celebration of the 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary with a launching program during the flag raising ceremony here on September 5, 2016.

This year’s theme is:  “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani at Kalikasan”.

The Human Resource and Development Office headed by Ms. Dominga G. Lunag spearheaded the launching program to commence the month long celebration in compliance to the Philippine Civil Service Memorandum Circular Number 9 series of 2015 enjoining every government to take part in the  anniversary celebration.

Engr. Loinaz D. Dulawan, Chief of Administrative Officer led the Panunumpa ng Lingkod Bayan. The IFSU Male Choir steered the singing of the Awit ng Serbisyo Sibil.

frc_appointees_2New Appointments One of the highlights of the program was the oath taking of the new appointees. The University President, Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, administered the oath taking of the new appointees from faculty and non-teaching staff. There were seven employees from Potia Campus, four from the Main Campus and two from Lagawe Campus who were appointed on permanent status. In his message, Dr. Ngohayon encouraged every employee to internalize and ponder on the theme. He also reminded them their commitment and dedication as civil servants. “ It is a mandate that every employee be it on Contract of Service, Part Time Teacher, or laborer should know the Policies of this University and be guided by it; Ignorance is not an excuse for not knowing and following such policies” he said.

 “It calls upon us to pursue excellence in our service everyday by simply doing better than yesterday” he further said.#

IFSU enforces blended-learning strategy in Graduate Education

  By: Jill B. Saquing

Photo shows the Faculty of College of Open Distance and Transnational Education (CODETE) and College of Advanced Education (CAE) work on their output during the seminar-workshop on the Learning Management System (LMS) through Moodle Application.

The Ifugao State University has enhanced its graduate instructional services by adopting the blended mode of teaching and learning strategy in the CODETE and CAE.

The blended learning is founded upon a 30% Classroom-based instruction and 70% independent study through online method.

Consistent with the strategy adopted, IFSU agreed to initiate the use the LMS via Moodle Application which shortly after was ascertained as an endorsed system.

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IFSU prepares for CHED assessment visit

By: Jill B. Saquing

IFSU grad: TOSP 2016 national finalist


By: Jill B. Saquing 

Michelle Binwag, an IFSU graduate in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is one of the 30 National Finalists in the on-going Search for Ten Outstanding Students in the Philippines (TOSP) 2016.

Binwag was one among those chosen from the 91 regional awardees and national nominees across the country during the National Screening held last August 6, 2016 at the RFM Corporate Center in Mandaluyong City.

As a national finalist, Binwag will participate in the TOSP National Week Activities which consists of a three-day formation program, outreach and exposure activities on a schedule to be set by the organizers.

Binwag and the other national finalists will individually undergo an interview before a five-member panel of judges convened by the National Executive Committee (NEXECOM) during the national week. The selection of the top ten students occurs after this stage.

A ceremony will be held at the Malacañang Palace with the President of the Republic to award the winners and honor the other national finalists.

Binwag bears the grand challenge once again hoping to make it to the top ten roster and if lucky will be the first IFSU alumnus to make it as one of the TOSP winners. IFSU has been participating in the annual TOSP since 2005 and has atleast six graduates who qualified for the national level.

IFSU readies for human resource on-site assessment

By: Levilyn L. Buyayo

      The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be conducting an on-site assessment on Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) to the Ifugao State University (IFSU) this 2016 in a schedule yet to be announced. 

PRIME-HRM is a progressive system of assessment with greater engagement not just of the human resource management officer (HRMO) but also the officials, rank and file employees of the agency, a CSC report says.

IFSU attained second level of maturity on the four HRM Systems: Recruitment and Selection Program, Learning and Development, Performance Management and Rewards and Recognition based on the previous assessment on PRIME HRM conducted by the Civil Service Commission in 2015.

The upcoming on-site assessment that includes the validation of documents as a means of verification or proof on the submitted self- assessment tool will determine whether IFSU will attain the 3rd level of maturity or remain in its present status.

            “There is much work to be done as we seek for the assessment. We have specific assignments for the HRM staff to facilitate an efficient gathering of documents”, Ms, Dominga G. Lunag, IFSU HRMO said.



CHED affirms IFSU as DHEI

By: Jill B. Saquing

The Commission on Higher Education under memorandum numbers 4 and 16, series of 2016 has authorized the Ifugao State University (IFSU) as a Delivering Higher Education Institution (DHEI) for its graduate programs beginning SY 2016-2017.

Consistent with CMO 8,s. 2016, CMO 10, s. 2016, CMO 16,s.2016 and CMO 23,s.2016, IFSU shall deliver graduate programs during the K-12 Transition years which covers SY 2016-17 to SY 2020-21..

The Faculty and Staff from higher education institutions (HEIs) from across the country who have availed of the the CHED K+12 Transition Graduate Scholarship Program can enroll their preferred graduate course program in IFSU.

 The list of IFSU graduate programs recognized by CHED as DHEI scholarship course programs are:

1.       MA in Teaching Early Childhood Education

2.       MA in Teaching English

3.       MA in Teaching Mathematics

4.       MA in Teaching Physical Science

5.       MA Teaching Filipino

6.       MS in Agriculture Animal Science

7.       MS in Agriculture Crop Science

                   8.       MS in Criminal Justice with specialization in Criminology.

                  There are 46 IFSU employees from the Faculty and Staff who have availed of  the CHED K+12 Transition Graduate Scholarship Program. They are enrolled in the different CHED DHEIs in other regions and nearby provinces. #



2015 targets achieved by IFSU

      By: Jill B. Saquing

      The efforts have proven worthwhile with IFSU after it has realized its tasks to produce and deliver its Major Final Output (MFO) targets and indicators in four major areas in MFO 1: Advanced and Higher Education Services; MFO 2: Research Services; MFO 3: Technical Advisory and Extension Services and General Administration and Support Services for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

       The Inter-agency Task Force has certified IFSU to have fulfilled all the good governance conditions it has set on the Harmonization of the National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems which has gained recognition of IFSU Employees and Offices to be ranked as Best, Better and Good for 2015 that comprised financial rewards ascribed in the Department of Budget and Management’s policies. 

      “We affirm the Ifugao State University (IFSU) for complying with the FY 2015 Performance Based Bonus (PBB) requirements and qualifying to the grant of bonus,” so states the official communication forwarded to IFSU dated May 21, 2016 signed by Florencio B. Abad, Secretary, Department of Budget and Management and Chairperson, AO 25 Inter-Agency Task Force.

         The good governance requirements demanded from government agencies include Transparency Seal; PhilGEPS Posting; Liquidation of Cash Advances; Citizen’s Charter and SALN. Included in this year’s requirements is the percentage (%) of efficiency in the submission of financial accountability reports, Annual Procurement Plan (APP), Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance Indicators (APCPI) System (APCPI) and Commission on Audit (COA) reports.

          However, additional requirements were set by virtue of Office Order No. 2015 – 541 on October 30, 2015 which formed the “bases for assessing DBM eligibility for the PBB in addition to the common Support to Operations (STO) and General Administration and Support Services (GASS) targets set by the IATF.”

           The following are the new and/or additional requirements for the grant of the CY (2015 PBB specified in the same order which has been fulfilled by IFSU to wit:

3.2.1 Use of the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) as basis for ranking performance of first and second level employees;

3.2.2 Compliance with Public Financial Management (PFM) reporting requirements of the Commission on Audit (COA) and the DBM;

3.2.3 Adoption and use of the Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance Indicators (APCPI) System;

3.2.4 Compliance with Section 3e of A.O. No. 46, series 2015 which requires agencies to submit their respective Annual Procurement Plan (APP) based on the approved budget in the General Appropriations Act (GAA), inclusive of Maintenance and Other Operating Expense (MOOE), Capital Outlay (CO) and commonly used supplies.                                                                                                     

IFSU has been compliant to good governance conditions set for FY 2013 and 2014.

CHED awards certificate of compliance to IFSU programs

By: Jill B. Saquing

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) to four programs of the Ifugao State University after a series of intense evaluation and accreditation visits in the past few months. 

The programs that have passed the minimum standards set by CHED are: Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED), Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED), Bachelor of Science in Criminology (BSCRIM) and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)

These programs issued with COPCs are the ones offered at the Main Campus.

The CHED CAR Order No. 2, series of 2016 specifically states that “the COPC does not extend to any branch of the institution, whether located in the same place or elsewhere.”

Other programs in all the campuses have on-going evaluation and accreditation visits which has been led by Dr. Romulo H. Malvar, Officer In Charge, Office of the Director IV, CHED Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

The certificate was issued by CHED in accordance to the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7722 otherwise known as “Higher Education Act of 1994”. 

        The COPC signed by Dr. Malvar was issued on June 24, 2016 at CHED-CAR, La Trinidad, Benguet and officially awarded to University President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon during the Exit Conference of the Evaluation and Validation Visit of Curricular Programs held at the IFSU Review Center on July 1, 2016 witnessed by the IFSU Administrative Council and members of the Faculty.