Seoul Accord Annual General Meeting

The Seoul Accord’s Annual General Meeting (SAGM2016) was held last June 3-5, 2016 at the Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Read more

PSITE National Board (AY 2016-17)

Due to the recent developments with the PSITE National Board, the board met and reconvened in Manila on 15-March-2016 and held another election. Congratulations to the new set of officers listed below, they will bring PSITE into even greater heights! Soar high, PSITE! Mabuhay!!! Read more

Thailand Educational Benchmarking

Last May 23-28, 2015, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour of the PSITE National Board in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

(ACTIS 2014, Japan) Asian Conference on Technology, Information and Socity

Last November 20-23, 2014, I attended and presented a paper entitled “Best Practices and Challenges of Information Technology Education in the Philippines. Read more

SEOUL ACCORD General Membership Meeting

The Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) invited me to attend the Seoul Accord General Meeting (SAGM2013(Seoul)), Millennium Seoul Hiiton, Seoul, Korea last June 21 to 23, 2013. Read more

Indonesia Educational Benchmarking

Last May 18-25, 2014, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more

PICAB MOA Signing

Philippine Information and Computing Accreditation Board -- MOA signing Read more

2013 NESRC

Pix taken during the 2013 National Engineering and Science Research Conference (2013 NESRC) held at the Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City last March 7, 2013 Read more

PSITE NATCON 2013

PSITE NatCon 2013 Opening Remarks; Read more

SMART SWEEP 2013

A team of four students from the Institute of Computing of the University of Southeastern Philippines clinched the Ideaspace Award and a PhP 100,000 cash prize; Read more

Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour

I joined the PSITE National Board Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour last January 03-06, 2013; Read more

eGOV Awards 2012

From a shortlist recommended by DOST-ICTO, i was invited to be one of the judges of the eGOV awards final judging last November 8, 2012 at Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga; Read more

10th National Conference on Information Technology Education

Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the NCITE 2012 October 19, 2012 in Laoag City; Read more

Top 10 Finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!

Two entries from the Institute of Computing had been shortlisted as top 10 finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!; Read more

10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology(Y4IT)

The Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology or "Y4iT" (Youth for IT) is an annual event hosted by UP ITTC and UP SITF in cooperation with the UP ITTC Student Volunteer Corps, JICA, PSITE, CSP, PCS, PSIA, GDAP, EITSC, HSF, and Cyberpress. … Read more

Board Meeting

pix taken during the national board meeting last August 17-19, 2012 at Club Balai Isabel, Barangay Banga, Talisay Batangas.; Read more

Certificate of Recognition: Best Paper

The University of Southeastern Philippines held its 25th University Wide In-House Review; Read more

IBM Web Application Development Training

The Institute of Computing through its extension office with IBM and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators-Region X1 … Read more

ARIGATO GOZAIMAS

Konnichiwa , On behalf of the participants both from the Philippines and from other countries, I would like to thank the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship or ….Read more

Saturday, January 8, 2005

Reaction paper , RA 8749, RA 9003, RA 9275

R.A. 8749
Philippine Clean Air Act 0f 1999

The Clean Air Act was envisioned to fight air pollution by : (1) Reducing emissions from motor vehicles (which account for 80 percent of the air pollution) from factories and power plants (which account for the remaining 20 percent); (2) Improving fuel quality to reduce or eliminate lead in gasoline and sulfur in diesel; (3) Reducing traffic congestion and improving traffic flow; (4) Strengthening quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting through hi-tech equipment; and (5) Preventing other sources of pollution such as incinerators, garbage burning and smoking.

Studies show that air in Metro Manila is no longer in safe. Worsening air pollution has caused more than 10,000 excess cases of acute bronchitis, almost 300 excess cases of asthma and nine excess cases of chronic bronchitis. At home, I usually drink 500mg of ascorbic acid but if I have scheduled traveled to Manila, I would always drink 1000mg of ascorbic acid just to keep my self healthy and strengthen my immune system.

In an article written by former Senator Alvarez, DENR destroys spirit and intent of Clean Air Act, he mentioned that motor vehicles being registered must not exceed the 0.5 percent carbon dioxide emission to pass the emission test. This was based on Euro 1 levels of 1991, a globally accepted emission standards. But the DENR through Department Administrative order no. 51 dated October 2003, lowered the Act’s allowable carbon monoxide emission from the Euro1 standard of 0.35 percent to 0.5 percent by volume which according to Senator Alvarez is way off the Act’s standard and violated some provisions of the law because congress has the exclusive power to amend the law. And worse, the relaxed the emission standards indefinitely, setting our anti-pollution program several steps backwards. But what is worst to me is that during emission testing, technician in testing center can easily manipulate the results of the test by simply making adjustment on the engine. And this had been the practice by most emission testing center here in Davao, and I have been a witness to this kind of practice being an owner of a private vehicle.

In the same column, according to Senator Alvarez that many may not know but since May 25, 2001, the Clean Air Act calls for a nationwide ban on smoking but this has not been thoroughly implemented. Long time exposure to direct and side stream tobacco smoke has been a leading cause of lung cancer and mouth cancer worldwide. In Davao City, an ordinance was passed and was enacted into law, prohibiting smoking inside public buildings, enclosed places including public vehicles and other means of transportation, any enclosed area outside private residences or private workplaces; and any duly designated enclosed area is strictly prohibited. The initial implementation of the law was very good but it soften when certain personalities (a congressman and IBP president) were caught smoking. In one daily newspaper I’ve read, a picture of a lawmaker smoking inside the session hall, with the caption, “A LAWMAKER a LAWBREAKER”.

How could we expect full and strict and implementation of the law when those who crafted and implemented it were the one’s breaking the law. But I am still hoping that as we celebrate the Clean Air Month this November, correct implementation of the Act would be in full swing.

R.A. 9003
ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act 9003) passed in January 2000 was enacted largely in response to the growing scarcity of disposal sites, particularly in Metro Manila, which resulted in the garbage crisis in the region. The law emphasizes solid waste avoidance and volume reduction through source reduction and waste minimization measures, with the protection of public health and the environment as the primary goal.

Solid waste management whose importance is directly related to public health, resource management and utilization, and maintaining a clean environment, is necessary in ensuring human development. Solid waste management benefits the population in many ways.

A study made in Davao City indicates that waste segregation at the household level is not widely practiced and waste recycling is minimal. Past efforts to promote waste segregation at source have failed despite the issuance of city ordinances providing for sanctions and penalties for non-compliance. Some reasons that have been cited for the non-compliance include: indifference of local residents to participate in community waste management-related activities, local government collection services’ non-allowance for segregated waste collection, residents’ attitude that government has the sole responsibility over garbage management and lack of information and education campaigns. The City Government admitted that they failed to focus on solid waste management concerns and had difficulty enforcing the policy due to lack of budget and resources to educate the public on the proper means of disposing garbage in accordance with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Management Law.
To address this problem, I think education drive and a budget to teach residents about segregation would be needed. But even if the public will be educated , the next problem would be sourcing the money to buy the trash cans and colored plastic needed for the dumping of the segregated waste and it seems that with the worsening economic crisis and unemployment, it is highly likely that the trash cans which would be provided for segregated garbage would be stolen and sold. Barangay officials should campaign for the adoption of segregation among households within their neighborhood. The "heart and soul" of RA 9003 is mobilizing barangay officers and their constituents to make recovery facilities or areas for recycling household waste.


R.A. 9275
Philippine Clean Water Act


Republic Act 9275 is an act providing for a comprehensive water quality management. It primarily attempts to harmonize economic growth and environmental concern on water.

The general approach is creation of water quality management areas (WQMA) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) using physiographic units such as watershed, river basins or water resources regions. The Act directs the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its attached agencies to prepare a national program on sewerage and septage management and the Department of Health (DOH) to formulate guidelines and standards for the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage including guidelines for the establishment and operation of centralized sewage treatment system. Further, the DENR shall establish standards for each significant wastewater parameter per industry sector and implement a wastewater charge system in all management areas through the collection of wastewater charges/fees. The system shall be established on the basis of payment to the government for discharging wastewater into the water bodies.

The creation of WQMAs may be a holistic approach to water body management. However, this involves serious coordination work and requires a big budget. On the other hand, since the sewerage and septage management is included, this is an indicator that the government is giving importance to this environmental aspect which has been taken for granted for years.

With regards to charges and penalties, it follows the “polluter pays principle”, which basically means that the more you pollute, the more you pay to the government. Though this may be a better approach, there would also be a tendency that industries would pass on the charges to their consumers through increase in the prices of their products. Nevertheless, the incentives lined up in the Act may also serve as come-on to industries to adhere to a cleaner and environment-friendly production process.

Lastly, because the approach is holistic and comprehensive, it is important that there is a strong linkage and funding mechanism.