May 19, 2024

An AC Power Transmission System with power factor load bank, valued at P21,980,000, was turned over to the Lagawe Campus of Ifugao State University (IFSU) on April 25.

The ceremony involved a ribbon cutting and equipment tagging signifying the transfer of ownership from the Higher Education Development Fund (HEDF) to IFSU.

The parties were represented by HEDF Supervising Administrative Officer Diana C. Aguilar and HEDF Chief Accountant Myra Paz Manalo and IFSU President Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon and Lagawe Campus Executive Director Dr. Vicky K. Cadalig.

Funded by the HEDF, an autonomous buffer fund supporting the Commission on Higher Education, the equipment aims to provide practical application of the theories learned in the classroom by Electrical Engineering students. The facility is housed in the Metal and Engineering Innovation Center (MEIC), the first of its kind in the Cordillera, and is intended to improve metal and allied industries in the region.

The equipment was procured under the project titled “Upgrading of Electrical Engineering laboratories of IFSU Lagawe Campus” led by Engr. Dahlia Gay A. Bunolna.

“This ceremony not only marks a new beginning but also showcases our unified commitment to educational excellence and advancement,” Cadalig said.

Manalo commended IFSU for successfully liquidating all HEDF grants-in-aid, allowing them to fund more proposals from the university. He said a P25M worth of equipment is already in the pipeline for use by Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering students.

“To our future engineers and leaders of our nation, this investment is for you,” Dugyon said. “Embrace the opportunities these new resources provide. Please strive for excellence in all your endeavors.”

Dugyon further urged the students to be innovative. “Let us leverage these new resources to push the boundaries of knowledge and contribute meaningfully to society. Let us become an inspiration for academic excellence in the country,” she said.

Engr. Cyrus Camhit, representing the College of Engineering and the students, said the equipment will help prepare students for the demands of the modern industry by providing them with hands-on experience and practical skills.

“Thank you for your support and belief in our endeavor. We will continue to work diligently to achieve our goals and make a positive impact on our environment,” he said.

Bunolna said, “It is for you that we strive to improve and innovate. Let these upgraded facilities serve as catalysts for your academic pursuit and inspire you to achieve greater heights.” – Faith B. Napudo