Establishment of Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST)

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The existence of MIST sprouted out from the transformative leadership of Mayor Rudy S. Caoagdan. Acting on the Executive Agenda of the Local Chief in January 6, 2014, the Sanguniang Bayan passed Resolution # 84-2014 authorizing Mayor Rudy S. Caoagdan to coordinate with the Commission on Higher Education – Regional Office XII, in order to facilitate the preparation of the establishment of a local tertiary institution in the Municipality of Makilala.

Determined to materialize the plan, Mayor Caoagdan employed the expertise of Dr. HilarioCaminero, the Executive Director of the Philippine Councilors League Legislative-Academy and Professor Carol Barrete, the Chief Research Specialist of the said academy, to conduct a feasibility study relative to the proposed establishment of an LGU-run College institution in Makilala.

January 30, 2014 – The team visited the Commission on Higher Education for Region 12 in Koronadal City, and met with Dr. ZohrahaydahPanawidan, the OIC – Chief Administrative Officer of CHEDRO – XII to inquire for the necessary documentary requirements for the establishment of a college institution.

March 13, 2014 – The report of the Feasibility Study conducted by Professor Carol Barrete was presented to the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, LGU Heads of offices, Educators, High School Principals and other stakeholders of Makilala.

March 31, 2014 – The Sangguniang Bayan passed what we now call a milestone legislation, through Resolution #159-2014 – approving Municipal Ordinance No. 275 series of 2014, which provides for the Establishment of the MAKILALA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MIST).

April 28, 2014 – The team visited CHEDRO-XII, and met with Dr. Maximo Aljibe to discuss the proposal and the identified initial degree programs for the launching operation of the MIST in June 2014.

May 5, 2014 – The team headed by the mayor submitted to CHEDRO-XII the documentary requirements for the program application to offer Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, and Diploma in Agricultural Technology / Bachelor of Agricultural Technology. The Regional Director, Dr. Maximo Aljibe after evaluating the documents scheduled the coming of the Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQuAT) to conduct evaluation relative to the program application.

May 7, 2014 – The Regional Director, Dr. Maximo Aljibe, together with the team of evaluators, visited LGU Makilala for site inspection of the facilities of MIST, prior to the approval of the application. The evaluation rendered satisfactory completion of the minimum requirements to operate a college institution. The Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) was given official approval to formally open for enrollment for the school year 2014-2015, and to offer the programs Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Diploma in Agricultural Technology /  Bachelor of Agricultural Technology.

May 20, 2014 – Mayor Caoagdan and his team visited Dr. VenchitoGalera, the Vocational School Superintendent of Suralla National Agricultural School for purposes of benchmarking their program offering on Diploma in Agricultural Technology.

June 2, 2014 – The Makilala Institute of Science and Technology had its first designated President, in the person of Dr. Gerardo A. Rigonan. The teaching staff was composed of 25 qualified teachers, equipped with appropriate Doctorate, Masters and Bachelor’s degree to provide relevant learning experience to students of the following degree programs.

            The MIST faculty and staff attended a five-day In-service training/workshop in Davao City on June 3-8, 2014. The activity produced the school’s Mission/Vision/Goals/Objectives/Core/Values and School Seal.

June 13, 2014 – MIST was officially launched. Mayor Caoagdan triumphantly presented to the students the Permit to operate the collegiate programs, which was just awarded by the CHED-XII Director Dr. Maximo Aljibe.