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Joe Oclarit

Awarded scientist Joe Oclarit at work at MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology.

Iligan is an educational center in Mindanao. Thousands of students from all over the island flock to Iligan to study. In fact, its university, the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, has been chosen by the Commission on Higher Education as the Science and Technology Center for Mindanao. Iligan also hosts one of the La Salle system's schools, the La Salle Academy.

Iligan has a total of of 162 schools -- 98 public, 41 private, 22 Madrasah and one manpower training center. It has one university (MSU-IIT), four colleges (St. Peter's College, St. Michael's College, Lyceum and Iligan Medical Center College) and several vocational/technical schools.

MSU-IIT is located in Iligan City and occupies a 9.054 hectare-site, a few hundred meters east of Iligan Bay and is but a short distance from the center of the City. It is situated along Bonifacio Avenue. Iligan City, the industrial city of Mindanao and control point of the hydroelectric power that serves the entire Mindanao region, is about 775 kilometers south of Manila and is accessible by air, land and water transportation. It is about 70 minutes by air or 12 hours by boat from Cebu City and one hour by land from Cagayan de Oro City.
MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology is an autonomous external campus of the Mindanao State University System. It received its charter on July 12, 1968 as provided for in Republic Act 5363.
The history of the Institute goes back to 1946 with the establishment of the Iligan High School (IHS). In 1956, the IHS was converted into the Lanao Technical School (LTS) under the Bureau of Vocational Education. In 1965, RA 4626 converted LTS into the Northern Mindanao Institute of Technology (NMIT). However, this law was not implemented. On July 12, 1968, RA No. 5363 integrated Lanao Technical School into the MSU System.
During the 62nd meeting of the MSU Board of Regents on March 12, 1975, the first comprehensive reorganizational plan for the Institute was approved under BOR Resolution No. 894, s. 1975. This plan made the Institute the first autonomous campus of the MSU System.
In the years that followed, MSU-IIT continually expanded and developed its academic programs. While doing so, it also enhanced research, infrastructure and cultural activities.

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