Month: August 2018


Posted on August 24, 2018

Congratulations to the Department of Earth and Space Sciences!

Our BS in Astronomy program is now included in the priority Science and Technology programs of the DOST-SEI for the grant of undergraduate scholarships. According to the letter of Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of SEI, the request “was elevated to the National Technical and Selection Committee (NTSC) and the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology Scholarships…” Said Committees, according to Dy Biyo, approved the request effective the First Semester, Academic Year 2018-2019.

The persistence and grit of the Department, headed by the Department Head Prof. Ryan Guido, has paid off. This was achieved overnight. The Department had to face a lot of rejections and failures before the application for inclusion among the priority programs for scholarships has been approved by the DOST. They simply did not give up!

The RizalTech now has 10 programs in the priority list of DOST-SEI. They are Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Mathematics Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Science Teaching (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry), and Statistics.

In the picture is Dr. Biyo together with the RizalTech VPs Dr. Edna Aquino, Dr. Salvacion Pachejo, and Prof. Ryan Guido, and officials from the DOST.

Categories: President's Corner

Astrophysics in the RizalTech

Posted on August 20, 2018

We held a conference in Astrophysics on August 15 to 17, 2018 at the 10th Floor of the Senator Neptali A. Gonzales Academic Hall. The conference was attended by students and faculty members from Mapua University, New Era University, RizalTech, and by astronomers from the Astronomical League of the Philippines. Among the noted speakers were Prof. Mkrtichian David from the Odessa National University in Ukraine, Dr. Reynabelle C. Reyes Filipino scientist and astrophysicist from Princeton University and Ateneo De Manila University, Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthurntum of NARIT and Chiangmai University, and Dr. Custer Deocaris, Chief of the CHED Research Management Division and a Balik Scientist. The topics ranged from photometric and spectroscopic methods of studying exoplanets, to the study of the chromospheres of eclipsing binary systems, to research directions in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

On August 17, 2018, together with Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthurntum, who is fondly called by the RTU students as Prof. Boon, and the NARIT scientists, we visited the highland campus of the Bataan Peninsula State University in Abucay, Bataan for a short program. This was attended by members of the indigenous community. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the holding of the Ethnoastronomy Workshop to be hosted by the BPSU sometime in October or November, 2018 in colaboration with NARIT and the History of Astronomy Section of the South East Asian Astronomy Network (SEAAN) where we expect the attendance of the leading astronomers in this field, particularly Prof Wayne Orchiston from Australia and Prof. Duane Hamacher from New Zealand.

Thereafter, the three of us, Prof. Soonthurntum, President Gregorio Rodis of BPSU, and myself, signed a MOA for collaboration between the NARIT, the RTU, and the BPSU for collaboration in Astronomy research and activities.

In his talk, Dr. Deocaris lamented the lack of government support to Astronomy particularly in money. Dr. Deocaris, however, knows that to earn the respect of the scientific community and the bureaucracy, we must keep on working hard to gain recognition for the science of Astronomy, in its relevance to nation-building and progress. Having two aspects, the theoretical and the applied, Astronomy pushes the frontiers of human knowledge in the theoretical field as the data it generates will be useful to the survival of the human race in the far—or near—future. Its applied aspect allows us to apply the knowledge to weather monitoring, earthquake prediction, education, space science, technological progress through the inevitable infusion of robotics, artificial intelligence, mechatronics, medical science and many other fields to the “mother” science of Astronomy.

Anyway, funding may have started in earnest upon approval by the DOST of the grant of the RizalTech as the Niche Center for R & D under its NICER Program. The RizalTech has been awarded with PhP 32,716,361.00 for our research proposals. But I will submit a separate report on this to the Honorable Board of Regents.

What I pray for is that the Board should continue to encourage and support the development of Astronomy in the RizalTech—even when I am no longer President. We are the lighthouse in this field, the oasis for the thirst of our people in this science. Through our researches we contribute to the sum total of human knowledge, tiny it may seem, but a contribution nevertheless.

Through Astronomy and our telescopes we develop the interest and the love of a lot of young people to science. They are our inspiration.

Categories: President's Corner


Posted on August 10, 2018

Sometime in 2016 Cong. Boyet Gonzales conceived the idea of having a new building to be constructed along the Sacripante side of the RizalTech Campus. He asked me to visualize the design of the building and the purpose for which it will be dedicated. Thus, after some brainstorming with the members of the Infrastructure Management Office headed by Dean Armando Matias, and in consultation with our architectural consultants, we identified the needs for which the building will be dedicated. We need a better home for the Alumni. That should be the first consideration. Inspired by the Alumni Hall of the Rizal High School, we assigned an entire floor as Alumni Hall where they can have their meetings and conferences. Spacious, this Hall would have a designer coffee stall and office and a large meeting place. We needed a new library in addition to the numerous libraries we have. We also required a new computer center. Thus, a floor of the building is assigned for this purpose. The Supply Office has outgrown its space, so we assigned a floor for them. Finally, in order to add some more parking spaces, one floor of the building is dedicated as parking space.

In November, 2016, the building was inaugurated, together with the soon-to-be-finished Health and Wellness Building along Boni Avenue. Congw. Queenie Gonzales led the groundbreaking. And now we are inaugurating this building.

In behalf of the RizalTech community, I would like to express our gratitude for the abiding support of Congw. Queenie and former Cong Boyet Gonzales, and by my former professor the late Senator Neptali A. Gonzales, to the RizalTech.

We have achieved what we only dreamed of, to be one of the best universities in the country, ranked 24th in the country by Webometrics. We have traveled all the way to becoming a good university, and now we may say that we have one foot on becoming a great university. We could never have gone to this stature without the support of the Gonzaleses. We cannot give them enough thanks.

Categories: President's Corner