IFSU celebrates 96th Founding Anniversary and 7th Charter Day Celebration

By: Levilyn L. Buyayo
96th Founding Anniversary and 6th Charter Day Celebration

96th Founding Anniversary and 6th Charter Day Celebration

IFSU-Main Campus– The Ifugao State University readies for its upcoming celebration of its 96th Founding Anniversary and 7th Charter Day here on October 11-14, 2016  with the theme “Paving the Path Towards Internationalization Through culture and Sports.”

It is indeed another year of thanksgiving and celebration of IFSU’s 96 years of existence as a premier educational institution in the province of Ifugao since its birth in 1920 as a Farm Settlement School and its 7th Charter Day celebration on October 14 of its conversion from Ifugao State College of (ISCAF) to IFSU by virtue of the Republic Act 9720.

Looking back, IFSU could be proud of its humble achievements in terms of good performance in licensure examination; improved research services bolstered by technologies patented and copyrighted; improved extension services that has increasingly impacted on the lives of communities; and an improved management and administrative services attested by IFSU’s compliance to good governance conditions for three years now.

Thus, what IFSU is today, is a product of the harmonious effort of all stakeholders guided with its clear vision and mission as it continues to rise and become an Academic Center of Excellence (ACE).

To mark this milestone, the University organized the weeklong event that includes the following activities:

Day 1– Grand Parade, Opening Program and Intercampus Sports and Socio-Cultural Competitions;

Day 2– Continuation of Intercampus Sports and Socio-Cultural Competitions and Search for Mr. and Ms. IFSU 2016;

Day 3– Stakeholders Day: Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community; Bike for Fun; Invitational Games; Watch and Learn: Do It Yourself Parallell Sessions and “Holyat ad IFSU” : Concert for A Cause;

Day 4– Foundation Day Celebration (GOTAD ad IFSU) and Friendship Lunch

The weeklong celebration also includes awarding of Certificates of Recognition; Loyalty Awardees; Outstanding Alumni and Retirees and culminates with the Foundation Day ceremony to be led by the University President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon who is expected to deliver his State of the University Address.

Online system for IFSU Graduate programs pursued

Dr. Jeng jeng M. Bolintao, Chairperson, IMs/LMS CODETE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       img_2805    A series of seminar-workshop to strengthen the learning management system (LMS) of the College of Open Distance Education and Transnational Education (CODETE) and the College of Advanced Education (CAE) was conducted for the Faculty of both colleges. Continue reading

DAT-BAT program undergoes AACCUP Level 4 Phase 1 evaluation

By: Levilyn L. Buyayo

The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) conducted the Level IV Phase I evaluation of the Diploma in Agricultural Technology-Bachelor in Agricultural Technology (DAT-BAT) program offered at Ifugao State University (IFSU) Main Campus for Level IV on August 22-26, 2016.

It is the first among the course programs offered by the IFSU seeking for Level IV accreditation.

Under the Policy Guidelines No.9-2011, DAT-BAT was initially offered in 1991 at the Main Campus, as a two-year ladder type curriculum.  On SY 2008-2009 it was revised into an “enhanced ladderized DAT-BAT curriculum”. At present, DAT-BAT program also offered in IFSU Hapao Campus, Hungduan, Ifugao.

The areas assessed by AACCUP were: 1) VMGO; 2) The Faculty; 3) Curriculum; 4) Support to Students; 5) Research; 6) Extension; 7) Library; 8) Physical Plant and Facilities; 9) Laboratories; 10) Administration.

The accreditation of curricular programs in the Philippines, particularly for state universities and colleges, is the main function of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. Under its charter, one of the functions, if not the main purpose of AACCUP, is “to develop a mechanism of and conduct the evaluation of programs and institutions.”

In a year, IFSU went through different accreditation and evaluation by AACCUP to improve and give quality services to University’s clientele.

The AACCUP Team of Accreditors were; Dr. Manuel T. Corpuz, Consultant; Dr. Luzviminda A. Rodrin, Overall Coordinator; Dr. Janet B. Quilang, Team Leader; Members;Dr. Edwin R. Ramos, Dr.Florie Gapido and Prof. Alicia C. Esquerra.

“Rest assured that we will give our 101% commitment and be ever-ready for the 2nd phase evaluation,” said Dr. Dinah Corazon M. Licyayo, Dean, College of Agriculture and Home Science.

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.