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. #

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. 

According to the joint office memorandum of Dr. Ivan D. Baguilat, Dean of CODETE and Dr. Mary P. Caclini, Dean, CAE, the LMS-Moodle Application was highly recommended by the Evaluating Team of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) – Central Office after their evaluation visit on July 2016 for the granting of Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) for the IFSU graduate course programs. 

In response, a seminar-workshop on LMS-Moodle Application was conducted in August 4-6,2016 that required the attendance of all teaching staff in the CODET and CAE.

Dr. Ivan D. Baguilat, Dean of CODETE said the seminar – workshop has equipped the faculty of CODETE and CAE the necessary and required skills to apply the 70% on-line mode.

Dr. Baguilat and Dr. Caclini have required their faculty members to commence the utilization of the Moodle Application, submit and identify their classroom and on-line mode of instruction and upload their instructional materials in the system.

A general orientation for graduate students in IFSU-Main/Lamut Campus has been set on August 27, 2016 which will highlight the use of LMS-Moodle Application.

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. 

Officials for SY 2016 to 2017 announced

By: Jeremy M. Gawongna

The designated university officials for school year 2016-2017 who would form the core of the Administrative Council (ADCO) were unveiled with the issuance of Office Order Number 12 – 2016 on July 1, 2016.

The designations are based on the revised organizational structure.

They perform their functions effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

They are: Dr. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Napoleon K. Taguiling, Vice President for Research, Development, Extension and Training (RDET); Dr. Diosdado M. Aquino, Director, Main or Lamut Campus; Dr. Camilo A. Pimentel, Director, Lagawe Campus; Dr. Ricardo L. Ildefonso, Director, Potia Campus; Mr. Joseph L. Ngohayon, Director, Aguinaldo Campus, and; Mr. Vicente L. Kalaw, Director, Hapao Campus.

The designated deans for the Main or Lamut Campus are: Dr. Ivan Baguilat, Dean, College of Open Distance and Transnational Education (CODETE); Dr. Mary P. Caclini, Dean, College of Advance Education (CAE); Dr. Alice Y. Brawner, Dean, College of Education (CoE); Dr. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales, Dean, College of Health Sciences (CHS); Dr. Dinah Corazon M. Licyayo, Dean, College of Agriculture and Home Science (CAHS); Dr. Elpidio B. Basilio Jr., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and; Dr. Annie Tumitit, Dean, College of Criminal Justice (CCJ).

Designated deans for Lagawe Campus are: Dr. Rhoda Bunuan, Dean, College of Engineering and Technology (CET); Dr. Marcelino Lunag, Dean College of Education (CoE), and; Dr. Fernando G. Hernando, Dean, College of Business and Management (CBM).

The designated deans for Potia Campus are: Dr. Robert T. Ngidlo, Dean, College of Advance Education (CAE); Dr. Valentina Buminaang, Dean, College of Education (CoE); Dr. Milton Dulay, Dean, College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF), and; Dr. Patricia Aliguyon, Dean, College of Business and Management (CBM). Acting deans are Mr. Roderick Vicente for the College of Computing Sciences (CCS) and Mr. Arthur Gubia-on for the College of Criminal Justice (CCJ).

Directors of service departments are: Engr. Loinaz Dulawan, Director for Administration (Chief Administrative Officer 1); Dr. Juliet, Director for Finance (Chief Administrative Officer 2); Engr. Jose P. Binwag, Director, Department of Infrastructure and Site Development (DISD); Mr. Stradivary Caro, Director, Department of General Services (DGS); Ms. Genereose S. Ognayon, Director for NBC 461 Zonal Center for CAR; Mr. Nathaniel F. Dimog, Director, Department of Income Generating Projects; Dr. Joyce A. Bodah, Director, Department of Planning and Information Management (DPIM); Mr. Michael Pinkihan, Director, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT); Ms. Christine N. Dinagtuan, Director, Department of Student Services and Development ( DSSD); Dr. Vicky C. Madangeng, Director, Department of Physical Education and Sports (DPES); Dr. Vivien Dumelod, Director, Quality Assurance Office (QAO); Dr. Wedy Lanaon, Director, Department of National Service Training Program (DNSTP); Ms. Lilian Tumapang, Director, Department of Library Services; Dr, Alicia M. Binwag, Director, Department of Registrar and Admission Services (DRAS); Dr. Teresita D. Allig, Director, Department of Research and Development (DRD); Dr. Eva Marie C. Dugyon, Director, Department of Extension and Training (DET) and Manager of the IFSU Printing Office; Dr. Rommel B. Sumeg-ang, Director and Focal Person, Gender and Development Center; Dr. Marissa Bulong, Director, Globally Important Agriculture Heritage System (GIAHS) Center, and; Ms. Doris Beyer, Director, IFSU-OFPHIL Eye Center (IFOEC).

Mayor of Suzu City, Japan visits Ifugao

By Arianie Christie O. Atolba/ ISMTP Office

Suzu City Mayor Masuhiro Izumiya, Suzu City Planning and Financial Division Chief Naoyuki Kaneda, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Hokuriku Director Masato Koinuma paid a courtesy call to Ifugao State University (IFSU) President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon on July 01, 2016.

This is part of their two-day itinerary visiting Ifugao’s rice terraces landscapes. IFSU is co-implementer of the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) and the on-site office of the ISMTP Project Management Team.

Mayor Izumiya is one of the advocates of the ISMTP being implemented as a human capacity building program for stakeholders in the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) sites of Ifugao. He is also the chairman of the Ifugao Satoyama Support Committee in Japan. His delegation was accompanied to Ifugao by ISMTP Project Leader, Professor Koji Nakamura and his associate Dr. Rizalita Edpalina. As a longtime supporter of GIAHS sites conservation, Mayor Izumiya and his delegation came to Ifugao purposely to see the Ifugao “satoyama” landscapes and hear from ISMTP implementers and local leaders best practices in facilitating sustainable development in GIAHS sites.

After the courtesy call, the Japanese delegation were formally welcomed through a program participated by IFSU officials, ISMTP workforce, ISMTP trainees and staff. It kicked off with the Ifugao traditional dance.

In his speech, Mayor Izumiya said it is his first time to visit Ifugao, but that he has heard great things about the Ifugao landscape and the culture of the Ifugao people. He said that he commends the twinning between the Ifugao GIAHS and Japan GIAHS stakeholders and wish that the “satoyama” program would continue to strengthen relations between Ifugao and Suzu City. He explained that his city, like Ifugao, is also challenged by a decreasing population due to the outmigration of young people who are seeking university education and work outside Suzu City.

After visiting IFSU, the Suzu City delegation together with the ISMTP Project Management staff met with Ifugao Governor Pedro Mayam-o and Banaue Mayor Jerry Dalipog, and were treated with a tour in Banaue.

Governor Pedro Mayam-o regaled the delegation with stories about the culture, agriculture and practices of the Ifugaos. Likewise, Mayor Izumiya shared that the traditional festivals in Suzu City helps in keeping the indigenous culture of the city alive.  Banaue Mayor Jerry Dalipog seconded that conservation of heritage sites take communal effort from all stakeholders to be effective. Local Government Programs need the acceptance and cooperation of community members as experienced by his administration. As such, the LGU welcomes partnerships and collaborations like the ISMTP who assist in educating and empowering grassroots stakeholders in Ifugao.

Agri programs pass TESDA standards

By: Jill B. Saquing

Four programs of the Ifugao State University (Main Campus) have been awarded with Certificates of TVET Program Registration (CTPR) by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The four programs that have complied with the minimum requirements/standards prescribed by TESDA are:

1.       Agricultural Crops Production NC I (with a duration of 302 hours);

2.       Agricultural Crops Production NC II (with a duration of 336 hours)

3.       Agricultural Crops Production NC III (with a duration of 445 hours); and 

4. Organic Agricultural Production II (with duration of 232 hours).

The CTPR given in May 20, 2016 in Baguio City signed by the authority of TESDA-CAR Regional Director Francisco B. Jucar “is pursuant to Republic Act No. 7796 creating the TESDA and in accordance with TESDA Board Resolution 98-03 on the Establishment of the United TVET Program registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) dated January 23, 1998 and TESDA Circulars No. 17 and No. 12 Omnibus Amendatory Guidelines on UTPRAS as amended by TESDA Circular No. 45 Series of 2007.”

For its part IFSU conforms as signed by University President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon to comply to the following:

1.       To submit for re-evaluation and re-registration the With Training Regulation (WTR) programs with the updated Training Regulations (TR) within a period of one year upon the effectivity of an updated TR and upon due notification from TESDA.

The failure of the institution to re-register its programs within the prescribed period shall render the closure of the four programs.

2.       Students graduating from a WTR shall undergo mandatory assessment as a requirement for graduation.

3.       All registered programs shall be subject to regular compliance audit by TESDA or a recognized auditing body to ensure continuing compliance with the minimum standards.

4. The TESDA Regional/Provincial/ District Director shall be informed of any changes in trainer and shall subsequently issue a certification as to the new trainers with corresponding NTTC numbers.

                        The trainer for the CTPR approved programs is Dr. Marissa P. Bulong, Director, Globally Important Agriculture Heritage System (GIAHS) Center.