ISAT U holds budget consultation with stakeholders

In compliance with the requirements of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for greater stakeholders' engagement in the budgeting process of government agencies, the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U)  held  a consultation with stakeholders in the preparation of its FY 2017 Budget.

Held on Feb, 5 at the Ed Tech Center, the consultation was attended by the the administrative council, faculty, administrative personnel, students, Faculty and Employees Association (FEA),  Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), and Alumni.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Nehema K. Misola, Vice President for Administration and Finance, said that the budget call for Fiscal Year 2017 was issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) per National Budget Memorandum (NBM)  No. 125 dated January 16, 2016 in order to facilitate the timely preparation and submission of agency budget proposals for fiscal year 2017.

Mr. Edgar L. Javison, Chief Budget and Management Specialist, DBM VI,  discussed the rationale and objectives of the consultation after the opening remarks given by Dr. Misola.

"The objective of the consultation is to solicit from SUC internal community their feedback and recommendations as inputs to estimating the  budget for 2017," Mr. Javison emphasized.

The areas covered in the said budget preparation are General Administration and Support Services, Support to Operations, Instruction,  Services Research Services and Extension Services.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, University President, presented the accomplishments and targets of the univesity.

The presented accomplishments for the main campus include three storey hometel, science and technology classrooms and the rehabilitation of the science and laboratory rooms. For Leon campus, the library extension while for the HRT Service Center for the Miagao campus.   

Targets for 2016, on the other hand, will be the construction of the ISAT U sky walker/overpass, opening of more programs for the Engineering  Department, upgrading of IT programs, renovation of comfort rooms, online submission of grades, expansion of Medical/ Dental Clinic, acquisition of Medical/ Dental Equipment, and ISO Certification of all campuses.

During the open forum, the possibility of providing a grammarian tool for the school was brought out under Research Services. This is to prevent plagiarism of researches by students.

The choosing of research advisers was also raised during the open forum. It was suggested that students must pick teachers who are accessible and available all the time.

Under extension services, an exclusive vehicle was suggested  for the use of  teachers and students during extension activities.

The  addition of projectors in most classrooms was also taken up during the consultation.Dr. Misola proposed that the classrooms have to be fixed first before the installation of accessible and ready-to-use projectors.

Dr. Russ Alen B. Napud, Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture, and Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. facilitated the open forum.

After all concerns and suggestions were raised, Prof. Maria Elena C. Villa, faculty, Language Department, gave her synthesis. 

A closing remarks from Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr. , Vice President for Academic Affairs, capped the event.