Director for Communications and International Collaborations

Duties and Functions:
  • prepare, maintain and mange all communications or documents in relation to student and faculty exchanges, study visit and the like between and among academic partners;
  • review all international MOUs and MOAs for endorsement to the Academic/Administrative Council and to the Board of Trustees;
  • identify, present and discuss issues to the Executive Committee (ExeCom) in relevant to international collaborations policy;
  • respond to proposals referred by the Schools and Campuses on international linkages;
  • provide forum, training or seminar for the development and exchange of good practices in international activities; and
  • serve as liaison officer in relation to international research and academic collaborations with other agencies.

Director for Language Center

Duties and Functions:
  • manage the short-term and long-term overseas students' ESL course program operations;
  • oversee the operations of foreign language training programs for university staff and students work in progress during program completion;
  • develop and organize exchange programs for overseas students staying in the University (like exchange of cultural events, etc.)
  • monitor the overall effectiveness of the language program to ensure that the guidelines are properly implemented;
  • update modification in the language program and reports the outcome/result;
  • recommend coordinators/assistants and teaching staff for all language programs; and,
  • perform other functions assigned by the supervisors.

  1. 2024
  2. 2023
  3. 2022


๐‰๐ž๐ฃ๐ฎ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐„๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‹๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐•๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ˆ๐’๐”
๐‘ต๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’ ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘บ๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐‘ผ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š, February 2, 2024
In a bid to promote cultural exchange and academic enrichment, a group of students from Jeju National University (JNU), accompanied by Prof. Yung-Cheol Byun, and staff from West Visayas State University (WVSU) visited Northern Iloilo State University (NISU). The activity, which commenced on February 1-2, 2024, marks a significant milestone in fostering cross-institutional collaboration and cultural understanding. The visit was part of a broader initiative aimed at providing students with hands-on learning experiences and exposure to diverse cultures and academic environments.
During their visit, the students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Northern Iloilo, renowned for its picturesque beachscapes, traditional cuisine, and warm hospitality. The highlights of the visit was a lecture by Dr. Felipe P. Vista IV of NISU College of Information and Computing Studies of his research on the Asset Tracking System in partnership with the province of Iloilo followed by the presentation of emerging Internet of Things (IoT) trends in agriculture by the JNU students.
The cultural immersion and lecture visit provided students with a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, exchange ideas, and forge friendships across cultural and institutional boundaries. This activity represents a testament to the growing importance of international collaboration and cross-cultural exchange in higher education. By fostering partnerships and facilitating dialogue between institutions, such initiatives contribute to the cultivation of a global community of scholars, innovators, and leaders committed to creating positive change and advancing human knowledge and understanding.




๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‡๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ณ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: ๐๐ˆ๐’๐”-๐Š๐๐’๐” ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Œ๐Ž๐” ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐Ž๐€ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ
๐‘ต๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’ ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘บ๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐‘ผ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š, ๐‘ต๐’๐’—๐’†๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“ ๐Ÿ—, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘
In a landmark move aimed at fostering academic collaboration and enhancing research opportunities, Kunsan National University (KSNU) and Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for specific programs. The signing ceremony, held at the NISU Estancia Main Campus, marked a significant milestone in the pursuit of academic excellence and innovation through internationalization.
The MOU and MOA signing ceremony was attended by distinguished representatives from both institutions, including Dr. Jangho Lee, President of KSNU, and Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, President of NISU. Also present were the delegation form KSNU Institute of International Affairs and Language Education: Director Dr. Joseph Yosup Kim and Team Leader Mr. Joon Sung Kim, together with their International Student Advisor, Mr. Yongbynn Yi. Also with the team is Dr. Jaewan Lee, Professor Emeritus and former adviser of Dr. Bobby Gerardo in KSNU.
Delegation from NISU includes Dr. Jomartin C. Limson, VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ma. Theresa G. Palamares, VP for Administration and Finance, Dr. Allemar Jhone P. Delima, VP for Extension and Research, and Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan P. Billones-Franco, Director of Communications and International Collaborations Office. Faculty members, researchers, and students witnessed the historic occasion with enthusiasm and anticipation. In line with their prospective projects under the MOU and MOA, the KSNU team also visited Concepcion and Sara Campus during their 5-day stay in NISU.
The collaboration between KNU and NISU aims to foster joint research projects, academic exchanges, and technological advancements in various fields. A Memorandum of Agreement on 2+2 Program affirm their intent to promote academic cooperation and exchange by giving students of NISU an opportunity to finish their studies in KSNU. Another MOA was signed between NISU and KSNU for a Korean Language Program affirming their intent to establish Sejong Institute in the university in order to spread Korean culture and conduct high-quality Korean language education to students. By leveraging each institution's unique strengths and resources, the partnership seeks to address contemporary challenges and contribute to societal development on both regional and global scales.
The partnership between KSNU and NISU reflects a growing trend of academic institutions seeking to forge strategic alliances to address complex challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities. By embracing collaboration and leveraging their collective expertise, KNU and NISU are poised to make significant contributions to scientific research, technological innovation, and academic excellence. As the MOU sets the stage for closer collaboration between KNU and NISU, both institutions are committed to nurturing a dynamic partnership that transcends boundaries and inspires future generations of scholars, researchers, and innovators.
The signing of the MOU represents a significant milestone in the academic landscape of Northern Iloilo State University, underscoring the importance of collaboration and cooperation in driving progress and fostering innovation in the 21st century. As KSNU and NISU embark on this journey of collaboration, the possibilities for transformative research and academic excellence are boundless.

August 30, 2023 - The NISU Dance Academy performed in the ASEAN Dance Showcase at SM City Mandurriao.
Coached by PE Department Professors, Dr. Michael Atchas, Prof. Niqui Joy Majarucon, and Prof. Jason Agupitan, the dancers performed a mezmerizing dance of the Zapin Telok Belanga Singapura in dazzling Singaporean traditional garments.
This dance of Singapore is a spin to the Zapin dance of Malaysia. It is said to have been introduced by the people of the Middle East. It was popularised in Singapore in the year 1973 and introduced before the colonial days of the region. Zapin as a dance form has evolved over a couple of years. Originally it was a ceremonial performance particular for religious events. It was only performed by male dancers. But now the dance form has become an important representation of traditional entertainment. It can be seen staged on different occasions for different purposes now. It also involves the inclusion of female dancers (Dances of Singapore).
The performance showcased the beauty and culture of Singapore through dance.

August 29, 2023- NISU represented the country of Singapore for this year's ASEAN founding anniversary with the theme: "ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth" held in SM City Mandurriao.
The event started with a ribbon cutting for the ASEAN booth exhibit of the participating HEIs in Panay and Guimaras Island, followed by an opening program attended by the Key officials from CHEDRO VI, Presidents , and representatives of the HEIs.
Donning a red Changshan, NISU president, Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, paraded alongside the university banner and the Singaporean flag during the opening program.
The NISU booth, inspired by Singapore's Gardens by the Bay was conceptualized and designed by Dr. Roger Sulayao, Director for Socio-Cultural Affairs. Products from the Extension Services and San Nicolas Weavers were also displayed in the booth, such as handmade pandan bags, blue salabat, and blue peanut butter. In-charge of the booth exhibit is Prof. Mark John Belleza CICO Coordinator and Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan Billones-Franco, CICO Director.
Hosted by ISAT-U and JBLFMU, the ASEAN anniversary celebration and booth exhibit will last until September 1.

๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐ˆ๐ฅ๐จ๐ข๐ฅ๐จ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ (๐๐ˆ๐’๐”) ๐š๐ง๐ ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฌ ๐๐†๐‘๐ˆ ๐˜๐จ๐ ๐ฒ๐š๐ค๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐š, ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐š, ๐‘๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐€๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐จ๐” ๐„๐ฑ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง
July 17, 2023 - Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) and Universitas PGRI Yogyakarta (UPY) in Indonesia have reaffirmed their commitment to academic collaboration and knowledge exchange by renewing their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU extension, celebrated recently at NISU, marks a significant milestone in the enduring partnership between the two esteemed institutions.
To represent UPY was Dr. IR. Paiman, Rector of the university, together with Dr. Victor Novianto, Head of Collaboration and International Affairs. Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University President, represented NISU together with Dr. Jomartin C. Limson, VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan P. Billones-Franco, CICO Director and Prof. Mark John A. Belleza as the host and moderator of the virtual event. The renewal ceremony, which brought together representatives from NISU and Universitas PGRI Yogyakarta, served as a testament to the shared vision of advancing education, research, and cultural understanding through continued collaboration.
The renewed MoU encompasses a wide range of collaborative activities, including faculty and student exchange programs, joint research projects, and the sharing of educational resources and expertise. These initiatives aim to foster cross-cultural understanding, promote academic excellence, and create new opportunities for learning and discovery.
"Research collaboration will be a key aspect of our partnership. By leveraging our combined expertise, we can undertake joint research projects that address the pressing issues of our time. Our collaboration will promote interdisciplinary research, encourage innovation, and pave the way for impactful solutions that benefit our societies and beyond." Dr. Gerardo, in his commitment speech emphasized.
As the partnership between NISU and Universitas PGRI Yogyakarta enters this new phase, it holds the promise of further enriching the academic experiences of students, promoting cross-cultural exchange, and driving innovation through collaborative research. The renewal of the MoU solidifies their commitment to excellence and underscores the enduring value of international academic partnerships.

๐“๐Ž๐ ๐ƒ๐‘๐€๐– ๐€๐๐ˆ๐Œ๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐’๐“๐”๐ƒ๐ˆ๐Ž๐’ ๐•๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐“๐’ ๐๐ˆ๐’๐”
The renowned Top Draw Animation Studio visited Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) last June 8 to present their company and exceptional animation works. This visit provided a unique opportunity for the key officials and faculty of the CICS to gain insights into the world of animation and learn from the expertise of one of the industry's leading studios.
Top Draw Animation is an award-winning state-of-the-art 2D Filipino animation studio with premium, high-capacity Harmony & Flash production pipelines. For over 20 years, Manila-based Top Draw Animation (TDA) has proudly served the global entertainment industry as a preferred production partner with best-in-class animation products. They are the animation studio behind Little Pony, The Tom and Jerry Show, My Little Astro Boy, and Monster High among others.
Representatives from Top Draw Animation Studio, headed by Claire Michelle D. Chainani, Chief People Officer, provided an overview of the studio's illustrious history and its significant contributions to the global animation industry. They shared anecdotes about the studio's involvement in renowned animated TV series, movies, and digital media projects.
NISU looks forward to future collaboration with one of the world's leading animation studios by bridging academia and industry through the College of Information and Computing Studies. By bringing industry leaders to campus, students will be exposed to real-world experiences and gained invaluable insights that will undoubtedly shape their future careers in the digital arts.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Œ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐”๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐–๐š๐œ๐จ๐ฆ, ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐€๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐š
June 8, 2023 - NISU and Wacom Singapore Pte Ltd, a leading provider of innovative digital tools for creative expression and productivity , have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster collaboration and innovation in the ever-evolving digital art and design industry. The MOU marks a significant step forward in the partnership between the two, leveraging their expertise to drive advancements in creative technology.
Recognizing the importance of nurturing talent in the creative industry, NISU and Wacom have committed to joint educational initiatives and skill development programs. Through this MoU, both parties plan to develop workshops, training programs, and educational resources that empower aspiring artists and designers with the necessary skills to maximize their potential in the digital realm. These initiatives aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry, ensuring that students and professionals have access to the latest tools and knowledge in the field. Through educational initiatives NISU and Wacom are poised to shape the future of creative technology, empowering artists and designers to unleash their full creative potential in the digital realm.
In attendance during the ceremonial MoU signing was Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University President representing NISU and Mr. Julious Rivera, Country Manager , representing WACOM Singapore Ltd. The signing was witnessed by Dr. Felicisimo V. Wenceslao, Jr., Dean of CICS, Prof. Anrem Balontong, Network Administrator, and Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan P. Billones-Franco, CICO Director together with the faculty of CICS.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐Ž๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐‡๐”๐Œ: ๐„๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง
Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) has taken another step towards fostering technological literacy and empowering its faculty and students by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Codechum, an assessment tool for programming teachers in schools and universities. By signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Codechum, NISU aims to enhance the teaching and assessment methods used by programming educators. This collaboration will empower teachers with innovative tools to evaluate student progress, provide personalized feedback, and promote effective learning strategies in the field of programming.
The goal of the MOU between NISU and Codechum is to completely overhaul programming education's assessment procedures. The evaluation of students' programming skills, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving ability frequently falls short using traditional assessment methods. NISU and Codechum have teamed up for an enhanced assessment tools that are in line with industry standards and best practices in response to this challenge. This collaboration will create a supportive ecosystem for programming educators, enabling them to continuously enhance their instructional practices and improve student outcomes.
The MoU signing was held last June 8 at the NISU Board Room represented by Dr. Bobby D. Gerado, University President and Mr. Jemar Jude A. Maranga, CEO of Codechum. Present as witnesses was Dr. Felicisimo V. Wenceslao, Dean and the faculty of the College of Information and Computing Studies together with Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan P. Billones-Franco, CICO Director and Dr. Anrem Balontong, Network Administrator.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ. (๐Ž๐’๐“๐ˆ) ๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐Œ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐…๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐€๐๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง
In a significant move towards promoting technological advancement and innovation in education, the Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) through the College of Information and Computing Studies (CICS) and Openspace Technologies Inc. recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).
The partnership between these two esteemed organizations marks a pivotal moment in their shared commitment to pushing the boundaries of technological progress by providing education and training to CICS faculty and students. This MoA sets the stage for collaborative knowledge exchange and activities for the development of competencies in the field of computer, information technology and other related fields. Contained within the MoA is the inclusion of On-the-Job training of students at the OSTI sites and other collaborative activities.
Openspace Technologies Inc. Is a Cebu based company that provides innovative IT Solutions & Services to its small, medium & enterprise clients throughout nationwide. The company was founded by a team of enthusiastic IT Professionals with more than 10 years of experience who wanted to overcome the routine and create a company that would act in the market not only for business success but for the sake of Customer itself. Its philosophy is centered in understanding client requirements, providing a comprehensive and cost effective business solution.
Also present in the event was Mr. Ethan Peng, sales Manager of Sangfor Technologies, a leading global vendor of IT infrastructure solutions, specializing in Cloud Computing & Network Security. He presented the internationally acclaimed products and services of Sangfor Technologies.
The ceremonial MoA signing was held last May 18 at the NISU Board Room represented by Dr. Bobby D. Gerado, University President, Dr. Felicisimo V. Wenceslao, CICS Dean and Mr. Junnel P. Caballero, General Manager of OSTI.

๐™‰๐™„๐™Ž๐™ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™„๐™‰๐˜ผ ๐™‚๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ!
March 10, 2023- NISU visits Ina Farmers Learning Site & Agri-Farm for an MOU signing between NISU Batad College of Agriculture and Ina Group of Companies.
The Memorandum of Understanding establishes a partnership between the two parties for the benefit of On-the-Job Trainees of NISU Batad Campus College of Agriculture.
Iloilo New Agri Group of Companies is an organization committed to promoting modernization in farming and agriculture. They also have a foundation which offers scholarships to young farmers.
To represent NISU on behalf of the University President is Dr. Ma Theresa Gasapo Palmares- VPAF with key officials from NISU Batad, Dr. Veminrose Clariza-Samuel-Campus Administrator, Mrs. Lyngielo A. Panes-Chairperson OJT Program, Dr. Wilson U. Llegunes, Jr. - Chairperson College of Agriculture, and Prof. Eva S. Montero-Associate Director for Research.
To represent Ina Group of Companies is their president, Engr. Ely P. Bagasus with Engr. John Patrick E. Casipe- General Manager, and Ms. Jocel B. Soliguen- Intern Coordinator.
The two parties aim to develop and strengthen their collaboration in other areas in the future.

๐‘ต๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘ผ ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ฎ๐‘ต๐‘บ ๐‘ด๐‘ถ๐‘ผ ๐‘พ๐‘ฐ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ ๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ผ
March 3, 2023โ€”NISU and ISATU established a partnership through a virtual MOU signing via Zoom Web Conferencing today. The MOU signing, initiated by ISATU aims to strengthen collaboration in terms of instruction, research, extension, and internationalization between the two universities.
Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University President of NISU and Dr. Raul F. Muyong, SUC President III of ISATU signed the MOU together with their respective International Relations Officers (IROโ€™s) as witnesses.
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜š๐˜ˆ๐˜›๐˜œ-๐˜•๐˜๐˜š๐˜œ ๐˜”๐˜–๐˜œ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜๐˜š๐˜ˆ๐˜›๐˜œ ๐˜”๐˜–๐˜œ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜™๐˜–๐˜ด.


February 10, 2023- NISU attends the roundtable meeting invitation of National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST) Taiwan, hosted by NONESCOST in Natures Village, Talisay City, Negros Occ.
The invitation was to discuss partnership in line with both countries' vision of strengthening national developmental goals through research collaborations in the field of Fisheries and Marine Science.
The meeting was attended by all SUCs in Western Visayas. To represent NISU were Dr. Allemar Jhone Delima - VPRE, Dr. Ma Xerxa Doan Billones-Franco-CICO Director, Dr. Nora Suerte-CFAS Dean, and Dr. Larry Deysolong-Concepcion Campus Administrator


๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐‚๐ˆ๐‚๐Ž, ๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐‹๐‚, ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐Ž๐†๐€๐ƒ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐ƒ๐”๐‚๐“๐„๐ƒ ๐๐„๐๐‚๐‡๐Œ๐€๐‘๐Š๐ˆ๐๐† ๐€๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐•๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐ˆ๐ ๐ƒ๐€๐•๐€๐Ž ๐‘๐„๐†๐ˆ๐Ž๐
NISUโ€™s Communications and International Collaborations Office (CICO), together with the College of Arts and Sciences Language Center (CAS-LC), and the Office of Gender and Development (OGAD) conducted a benchmarking activity in three prestigious universities in Davao Region on December 13-14, 2022.
Dr. Ma Xerxa Doan P. Billones-Francoโ€”CICO Director, Dr. Shelly Joy S. Jungcoโ€”CAS Dean, Dr. Audrey Karyl Y. Maligangโ€”LC Director, and Prof. Lennie S. Maligangโ€”OGAD Focal Person were welcomed by Prof. Marianne P. Afrondoza, OSA Director of University of Mindanao Matina Campus, Davao City during the benchmarking activity conducted by the group on December 13, 2022. Prof Mary Jane Lavizares of UM Matina Campus presented their Universityโ€™s accomplishments for the current year and their Language Centerโ€™s programs and policies.
The group proceeded afterward to the University of Mindanaoโ€”Tagum College in Davao del Norte and was welcomed by Dr. Evelyn P. Saludes, School Director and Vice President for Branch Operations, Prof. Hammiel Agustin-, Head of External Relations and Alumni Affairs Office and Dr. Armand James Vallejo - Program Head, BSED. Prof Agustin shared the scope and management of the External Relations Office and the innovative programs they have initiated. A tour of the college campus and the sights of the city concluded the activity for the day.
On the morning of December 13, 2022, the group continued their benchmarking activity at Ateneo de Davao Language Center and was graciously received by the Director, Dr. Benedict V. Omblero and Dr. Stella Marie Arcenas, Chair of the Department of Language, Literature, and Arts where they shared their management strategies and language programs. The NISU representatives had the opportunity to visit ADDUโ€™s Confucius Institute, a non-profit institute that aims to promote Chinese language and culture and support local Chinese teaching in the Philippines. Dr. Maricar Gay Panda, Head of ADDUโ€™s Confucius Institute, and Dr. Josyl H. Aquilam, language professor toured the group within the facilities and shared the beginnings of the institute.
The activity continued in the afternoon at Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) office with Mr. Vinci Bueza, Head of AIM. Mr. Bueza, with his staff, generously imparted their internationalization strategies and important points in managing programs and activities under their office. There was a sharing of interest for future collaborations as well.
The benchmarking activity in Davao Region yielded insights and positive discourse that would assist NISU in its future endeavors especially in the universityโ€™s internationalization goals.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐…๐Ž๐‘๐†๐„๐’ ๐๐€๐‘๐“๐๐„๐‘๐’๐‡๐ˆ๐ ๐–๐ˆ๐“๐‡ ๐”๐Œ-๐“๐€๐†๐”๐Œ ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐†๐„
A MoU signing was conducted between NISU and University of Mindanaoโ€“ Tagum College on November 28, 2022 i to foster a long-term collaboration between the two universities.
Initiated by the College of Education of both universities, the Memorandum of Understanding covers activities such as: Faculty/Staff and Student Exchange, Joint National and International Conferences, Joint National and International Research and Publication, Joint Curriculum Development, and Sharing of Practices.
The MOU was signed by Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University president with representatives from UMโ€”Tagum College, Dr. Armand James Vallejoโ€”BSED Program Head, Dr. Mona Lisa Chagasโ€”BEED Program Head and Prof. Hammiel Agustin- Head, External Relations and Alumni Affairs Office. Present during the event was Dr Alma R. Defactoโ€”Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Helen A. Gasapoโ€”Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dr. Gilda E. Degumaโ€”Dean, College of Education, Dr. Arthur O. Buenavistaโ€”BSED Program Chair, Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan P. Billones- Francoโ€”BEED Program Chair/CICO Director and Division Chairs of the College of Education.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐๐€๐‘๐“๐๐„๐‘๐’ ๐–๐ˆ๐“๐‡ ๐‚๐‹๐€๐’๐’๐„๐‘๐€ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐‚&๐„ ๐€๐‹๐’ ๐“๐‡๐‘๐Ž๐”๐†๐‡ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐…๐‹๐„๐—๐ˆ๐๐‹๐„ ๐‹๐„๐€๐‘๐๐ˆ๐๐† ๐„๐‚๐Ž๐’๐˜๐’๐“๐„๐Œ ๐๐‘๐Ž๐†๐‘๐€๐Œ ๐†๐‘๐€๐๐“
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing was held between NISU, Classera, and C&E Adaptive Learning Solutions as the former becomes the latest addition to the growing partner organizations and institutions of Northern Iloilo State University.
Classera, Inc., an online learning management system, provides โ€œa state-of-the-art, collaborative, and interactive learning environment capable of redefining education by bringing their unique expertise in the fields of technology and designโ€. One of the super platforms in the world, it offers an all-in-one learning, transforming traditional classrooms through developing smart e-learning solutions. Together with C&E ALS, one of the biggest educational resources providers in the Philippines, they forged a partnership which aims to โ€œengage, motivate and inspire positive learning behaviors among Filipino learners โ€œ.
The NISU-Classera-C&E ALS collaboration entails a 6-month free partnership grant of a flexible learning ecosystem program for NISU, spearheaded by C&E ALS and powered by Classera beginning January 2023. This will further empower NISU faculty, staff and students towards a digital transformation journey in blended and hybrid learning.
The MOA signing was held in NISU Boardroom on November 22, 2022, with Dr. Bobby D. Gerado, University President and Mr. Gerric C. Gomez, Vice President for Business Development and Growth Markets of C&E ALS. The event was witnessed online by Ms. Sara Ashraf Aldesuki, representative of Classera. Also present in the boardroom as witnesses were Dr. Alma R. Defacto, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Helen A. Gasapo, Vice President for Administration and Finance and the Deans of the Colleges, together with the C&E Publishing representatives.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐”, ๐ƒ๐’๐–๐ƒ ๐’๐ˆ๐†๐ ๐Œ๐Ž๐” ๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐’๐”๐’๐“๐€๐ˆ๐๐€๐๐‹๐„ ๐‹๐ˆ๐•๐„๐‹๐ˆ๐‡๐Ž๐Ž๐ƒ ๐๐‘๐Ž๐†๐‘๐€๐Œ
NISU and DSWD Western Visayas revived their partnership through a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 12, 2022, between Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University President, and Mr. Arwin O. Razo, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations.
This partnership will focus on the implementation of DSWDโ€™s Sustainable Livelihood Programs (SLP) in the fifth district of Iloilo through the Universityโ€™s Extension Services, with NISUโ€™s main and external campuses as technical support providers. This alliance will further strengthen the services extended by the University to the community as it lives up to its slogan as an icon of hope and development.
Witnessing the ceremonial MOU signing were representatives from DSWD Field Office VI, Mary Ann H. Masculino-SLP Regional Program Coordinator and Anthony Laruanโ€“ SLP Provincial Coordinator and the University key officials, Dr. Veminrose A. Clariza-Samuel, Director for Extension Services, Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan P. Billones-Franco, CICO Director and the Extension Office Supervisors.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐ˆ๐ ๐๐Ž๐– ๐€ ๐Œ๐ˆ๐Š๐‘๐Ž๐“๐ˆ๐Š ๐€๐‚๐€๐ƒ๐„๐Œ๐˜
NISU becomes one of the latest participants of Mikrotik Academy through a ceremonial MOA signing held at Paon Beach Club and Resort on November 3, 2022.
MikroTik, an IT company based in Latvia, provides hardware and software for Internet connectivity in most countries around the world and is known for its flexible and high-quality products. Through their MikroTik Academy Program, they offer educational institutions such as universities, technical schools, colleges, vocational schools, and other educational institutions the possibility to organize Networking classes using RouterOS as a learning tool. Students of these institutions may obtain an internationally recognized certificate (MTCNA) that confirms their academic credentials.
This agreement allows the College of Information and Computing Studies (CICS) faculty to create a MikroTik Educational class where students are given the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognized certificate (MTCNA).
The MOU was signed by Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University president and Mr. Roy L. Pamitalan, Mikrotik Academy Coordinator-Philippines. Present to witness the event was Dr. Felicisimo V. Wenceslao , Jr. , Dean of CICS, Dr. Zircon S. Culilang, Director of Management Information System, Prof. Anrem J. Balontong, Network Administrator, and Dr. Felipe P. Vista IV, CICS faculty and Dr. Ma. Xerxa Doan Billones-Franco, Director, CICO.

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐…๐€๐‚๐”๐‹๐“๐˜ ๐–๐Ž๐ ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐’ ๐ˆ๐ ๐ˆ๐๐ˆ๐„๐‚ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
NISU Congratulates its faculty members who won and received awards in the recently concluded International Borneo Innovation Exhibition & Contest (IBIEC) 2022 held virtually in Sabah, Malaysia.
Engr. Rosalie Dela Cruz, Director of Knowledge, Management, & Innovation Technology , won third place over-all and was awarded the silver medal in Construction & Material Category for her Scaffolding footing Platform for Construction Worker.
Dr. Veminrose A. Clariza-Samuel, Director of Extension Services, together with Prof. Rene June A. Belgica, and Engr. Rosalie F. Dela Cruz and was awarded bronze medal in the Green Product/Agriculture Category for their Blue Peanut Butter with Virgin Coconut oil

๐๐ˆ๐’๐” ๐‚๐Ž-๐Ž๐‘๐†๐€๐๐ˆ๐™๐„๐ƒ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ˆ๐๐“๐„๐‘๐๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐€๐‹ ๐๐Ž๐‘๐๐„๐Ž ๐„๐—๐‡๐ˆ๐๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐ˆ๐๐๐Ž๐•๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐“๐„๐’๐“ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
Northern Iloilo State University, in partnership with Politeknik Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia co- organized the International Borneo Innovation Exhibition & Contest (IBIEC) 2022 held virtually in Sabah, Malaysia last October 19-20, 2022 with the theme: Transforming Innovation Into Opportunities: Embracing IR 4.0 .
The program aimed to recognize high-impact innovations and their commercial possibilities and to initiate future collaborations with institutions involved in the programโ€™s organization, thus creating a sharing platform among the innovators participating in this competition worldwide.

๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐‡๐„๐‘๐ ๐ˆ๐‹๐Ž๐ˆ๐‹๐Ž ๐’๐“๐€๐“๐„ ๐”๐๐ˆ๐•๐„๐‘๐’๐ˆ๐“๐˜ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐๐Ž๐– ๐€ ๐‚๐„๐‘๐“๐ˆ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“ ๐€๐”๐“๐‡๐Ž๐‘๐ˆ๐™๐„๐ƒ ๐“๐„๐’๐“๐ˆ๐๐† ๐‚๐„๐๐“๐„๐‘!
NISU partners with INNOVATIVE TRAINING WORKS INC., in bringing major certification programs in the fifth district by being a Certiport Authorized Testing Center, delivering opportunites for faculty and students to access internationally recognized certification programs.
The Certification Examinations provided by IT works serves as an assessment of proficiency in a particular field of computing. NISU provides certification to students to assess and validate the knowledge and skills they learned from their academic courses. By passing the certification exam, students will build confidence and motivation to become successful in school and to be globally recognized in their chosen careers. In addition, the achievement obtained by the students in passing the certification exam will be a statement of their competence as IT specialists once they graduated. Students who have certifications will have the advantage to be hired as they carry with them a seal of proficiency in the various areas related to their courses. Certifications also serve as an assessment tool to check students' knowledge of computing and ensure their readiness once they embark on their internship, and eventually, to their workplace after graduation. To become more competitive in the fields or specializations they have chosen.
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed on September 23, 2022 by the University President, Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo and IT Works Country Manager, Felix Christopher Alegre III.

๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐‡๐„๐‘๐ ๐ˆ๐‹๐Ž๐ˆ๐‹๐Ž ๐’๐“๐€๐“๐„ ๐”๐๐ˆ๐•๐„๐‘๐’๐ˆ๐“๐˜ ๐๐€๐‘๐“๐๐„๐‘๐’ ๐–๐ˆ๐“๐‡ ๐‡๐”๐–๐€๐–๐„๐ˆ ๐๐‡๐ˆ๐‹๐ˆ๐๐๐ˆ๐๐„๐’ ๐“๐Ž๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐’ ๐€ ๐’๐Œ๐€๐‘๐“ ๐‚๐€๐Œ๐๐”๐’ ๐๐ˆ๐’๐”
A MOA signing converged between NISU, represented by the University President, Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo and Huwawei Philippines, represented by Mr. Wang Chen (Leon), Huawei Visayas Regional Manager on August 9, 2022 at Northern Iloilo State University.
The said partnership paves the way for Huwawei ICT Academy to strengthen the ICT skills of faculty and students through Huwawei ICT Technologies training and certifications.

NISU joins the 55th ASEAN Founding Anniversary by participating in the ASEAN Exhibits of HEIs (Panay & Guimaras Cluster) spearheaded by WVAHEI in Robinson's Jaro last September 30.