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

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

UIC-MIS

A brief history of the MIS
A STORY TO TELL

It’s been a common adage that life is indeed all memories ... except for the present moment that goes quickly before one could even notice it going ... and since life is complex by itself, the past will always serve as the wisdom of the present which is a continuation of the future. Keeping all memories in the past difficult and even an impossible thing to do, but understanding the present and forecasting the future require us to look back at our simple but significant beginning.

This is our story ...

In 1989, Computer Engineering was born in UIC. Engr. Randy S. Gamboa was tapped to handle the software aspect of computer integration in the University. During that time, they had few computers which were not utilized to the maximum. Their entry to the world of software development was all started in the Payroll System which Engr. Melvin Erickson Pidor (now a MIS Manager of a certain firm in GenSan) and Engr. Randy S. Gamboa had initially developed. The initial development led them to produce programs to improve the systems of the University and to complement the Computer Engineering Program. However, this was not realized during that time because it was not the priority of the administration.

In 1992, Engr. Rolando Baes, a faculty member and Engr. Randy S. Gamboa were sent to Manila for training with Eduvision 2000 to explore a possible tie-up with them. The one-month training came out to be below the expected output.

When Sr. Jackie de Belen assumed office as President in June 1992, Engr. Gamboa and Engr. Baes presented their travel report and recommendations regarding the support of management to the planned software development. She approved and gave her commitment to support them.

From then on, the five-member Systems Development Group (SDG) was formed and recognized. Several projects were immediately lined up. One of these is the development of the Enrollment System which was being implemented after one semester.

It took nine months for the SDG to convince the administration to establish a Computer Center. Convincing them was not that easy.

Finally, on April of 1993, the Board of Trustees approve the proposed computer center and networking. The establishment of the UIC-Computer Center which is a support department to all departments and sectors of the University as far as computer systems and training, productivity improvement and work simplification was realized. It took two months to make the network system operational.

Soon, the development of other systems followed. Among these were the systems on cashiering, monitoring of student fees, daily time record, library or card cataloging, Teachers Behavioral Inventory (TBI) and 201 Filing. In-house training on lotus, WordPerfect and computer operations were also conducted.

Since then, the Center has become an income generating department. They started to develop computer systems for other clients outside of UIC and host seminars/trainings for the public at reasonable rates.

During the first quarter of 1996, FAPENET presented a proposal on the installation of Internet. Considering the advantages that the Internet System could provide, UIC became the secondary node and an Internet Service provider linked with the FAPENET. It began accepting several number of dial-up clients.

It was in April 1997 that ComCen has conducted an Organizational Planning Seminar at Talomo, Davao City. It was then when they had come out with detailed functions, guidelines, policies, etc. of their office. It was also then when they have defined their organizational chart in which tasks and services were grouped in different sections; namely, Internet , Training, Systems Development and Hardware Sections respectively.

In January 1998, UIC became a recipient of CHED's Computerization Program making them the nodal institution in Region XI. With the funding, the Computer Center has established its own Training Center equipped with 10 sets of computer units and other training materials. CHED is the second institution which established a linkage with UIC, the first was DOST - XI which made us their partner in conducting training on multimedia applications. Its office now occupies a bigger area due to expansion and conducted computer training within the University and to the different sectors of the community.

Those long hard years of toil and preparation have ushered the Computer Center Staff into a new era of significance. They must go on.

Another episode has come, a new breed sprouted, another door has been opened for the light to show and affirm its essence when in May 1998, the idea of merging the Computer Center and the office of the VP-Research and Planning was proposed and then approved by the Board of Trustees. A new department was born through the merger of the two remarkable offices. Thus, the birth of the Management Information System (MIS) Department in this University came about. This office is presently composed of 12 technical staff spear-headed by Engr. Randy S. Gamboa. It is now involved in institutional research and information technology resources of UIC.

Whatever things await the staff and the Management Information System Department if this University today and the coming days and years are still unknown. Those things will again be another story to tell.

One thing is only sure as of the moment .... “Their dedication is consistent to the needs they service and their commitment is well-defined.”

Reaction Paper: CONSPIRATOR HEIRARCHY: THE STORY OF COMMITTE of 300

REACTION PAPER

On the Book entitled “CONSPIRATORS’ HIERARCHY: THE STORY OF THE COMMITTEE OF 300” authored by Dr. John Coleman


This reaction paper focuses on what should the right responses of my school, the University of Southeastern Philippine (USeP), be if the conspirators’ hierarchy as depicted in the book is true.

Dr. John Coleman graphically tells about a conspirators’ hierarchy, a body call “The Committee of 300”. He describes this group as one that is all powerful, knows no national boundaries, above the laws of all countries, one that controls every aspect of politics, religion, commerce and industry, banking, insurance, mining, the drug trade, the petroleum industry and a group answerable to no one but its member. He cites that the change in our social and moral values, the depression in the United States, and many other puzzling events and happenings around the globe, have been deliberately created by the so-called committee.

If the conspirators’ hierarchy is true, my school is not in any position to significantly alter and redirect what has been planned and started several decades ago. It can, however, cushion its impact to the university including its administrators, faculty, staff and students. The core of this response of USeP is to strengthen and develop the values of the individuals.

USeP’s response should start with the appropriate selection of a university president. The president directs and manages the whole university. This person should be aware of the story of the committee of the 300 and also a person of vision himself/herself.

At present, USeP envisions itself to be a modern state university at the cutting edge of academic excellence and at the forefront of research and development which provides harmonious and conducive atmosphere for faculty and students to develop and attain their potentials, and an active participant in the promotion of the well-being and welfare of the community and society. The University firmly believes that education is an instrument for the improvement of the quality of life. Thus, the university shall provide access to quality education in all its mandated programs to deserving students and equip them with competencies in science and technology, dynamic leadership, entrepreneurial ability, and a deep sense of nationalism and cultural identity.

From its vision and mission, there is no mention on values formation, environmental concerns, global concerns, survival. These items need to be given emphasis in anticipation of all the happenings mentioned in the book. USeP’s goals and objectives should be directed toward the attainment of the new vision and mission.

Revealing the real motive behind the so-called foreign aid Dr Coleman tells us: “One needs to have a clear understanding of just why the fake ‘environmentalist movement’, established and financially supported by the Club of Rome’, was called upon to wage a war against nuclear energy—with nuclear energy generating electricity at cheap rates and in abundant supplies, third world countries would gradually become independent of US and IMF aid and begin to assert their sovereignty. Dependence on foreign aid actually keeps other countries in servitude of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR)”. Dr Coleman further tells us that the people of the aid receiving countries receive very little of the aid money; it usually ends up in the pockets of the leaders wielding power, who allow the natural resources and raw material of their countries to be savagely looted by the IMF.

USeP should embark on programs encouraging self-reliance and self sufficiency. This is something like how to be less dependent on government and society.

Dr John Coleman discusses in detail as to how and why the Committee of 300 popularized the use of drugs. He tells us that the newly created musical groups, their lifestyles, their fashions and fads swept millions of youngsters in America and other countries into the cult. The new ‘wonder drug’ was distributed in ‘sample size packages’, handed out free of charge on college campuses and ‘rock concerts’. The devilish heavy beat sounds numbed the minds of the listeners so that they were easily persuaded to try the new drug.

Though the whole environment of USeP occupants cannot be controlled but USeP can control its campus. It may install public address system that plays music directed along giving positive values and teaching Christianity.

Dr John Coleman has also made this startling revelation that the Committee of 300 and Great Britain were involved in Drug War against China via India. He says that for a really interesting major study of the Chinese opium trade, one would need access to India Office in London. In the papers that he studied at the India Office under the heading “Miscellaneous Old Records”, he learnt that the opium trade in China was funded by the British East India Company through the “China Inland Mission”, ostensibly a Christian missionary society. The so-called missionaries distributed sample packages of opium and show to the lower classes how to smoke opium. The BEIC had developed poppy seeds in the poppy fields of Benares and Bihar in India.

Drugs and smoking goes together. USeP may continue to promote no smoking in the campus and promote sports activities to keep students busy. Develop a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Continue to prohibit the use of drugs. Promote health consciousness activities.

Among the revelations mentioned by Dr. Coleman is that pornographic material is being prepared and spread in the world by the committee of 300. This phenomenon of spread of pornographic materials have already started and expected to increase circulation in the coming years. USeP may continue to focus still on values formation, integrating it in its academic subjects.

All these sightings mentioned in the book of Dr. Coleman may not be changed by another group of persons. Nor can another country or group of countries can do so. But in my own way, I could change myself, develop desired values and let this change radiate in others, in the administrators, staff and students of USeP.