The Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) is now the newest state university in the region following the approval of ts conversion by the Senate during its third and final reading on February 4. The conversion grants the WVCST with the same powers and responsibilities as other state universities in Iloilo City, like the University of the Philippines and the West Visayas State University. With its passage into law, the WVCST will be renamed the Iloilo Science and Technology University or ISAT University. “This is the realization of our ream–to place WVCST in the status of a state university. This is our gift to every Ilonggo,” said Cong. Jerry P. Treñas. The Ilonggo solon introduced House Bill No. 4432, which proposed the conversion of WVCST into a state university. Earlier, Cong. Treñas emphasized that a university status is a distinctive honor reserved only for truly deserving higher education institutions that have proven excellence in instruction, research and outreach.
The conversion of WVCST into a state university further complements the efforts of local leaders in making this city the educational hub of Western Visayas, he added. WVCST President Dr. Luis M. Sorolla said the educational institution shall now have a Level 3 accreditation, proper teacher-student ratio, adequate library/laboratories, research and development programs benefitting the community, elevant linkages and community outreach programs, and relevant academic policies and system. The WVCST is one of the oldest educational institutions in the country having been established in 1905.