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

Thursday, December 15, 2005

PERSONAL COVENANT ON ECOLOGY IN EDUCATION

PERSONAL COVENANT ON ECOLOGY IN EDUCATION


I acknowledge that ecology is equated with the natural environment.

I acknowledge that an ecological approach to education implies adopting an approach that is aware of both the physical and natural environment, as well as the social and cultural environments.

I acknowledge that one goal of education is to develop an understanding of how all life (and existence) is interdependent.

I acknowledge that ecological consciousness involves a change in perception, a change in one’s way of thinking and a change in one’s behavior;

I pledge myself to the welfare of the educational community and the people, in general, by:

1) Becoming better informed of the subject matter;

2) Introducing change in curricula and teaching methodologies that would set out an ecological
dimension;

3) Working to support movements towards ecological education;

4) Becoming a strong advocate for education moving toward an enhanced sense of ecological
consciousness;

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

My View : Real nature of Man

WHAT IS THE REAL NATURE OF MAN?

The origin of the world and of the human race is sequentially detailed in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible. Among other things, before God created man, he made the light, air, earth and water. Ecologically, this refers to the fire, atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere, respectively. At some point, there is an interlock of four elements which is the biosphere or the earth and all its ecosystems.

Several philosophers and great teachers gave defined the real nature of man. Whatever their definition is, it seemingly is anchored on the presence of at least one of the four elements.

According to Thales, “Man, as everything else in the universe, was made up of water or moist, since water can be solid, liquid or gas.” This is how man was first known to be.

Anaximander said that “All living creatures arouse from water and that man evolved from fish.” He first identified the body systems and determined its presence or absence in animals. The table below shows his findings:


Fish Amphibian Reptile Bird Mammal Human Being

Central Nervous System * * * * * *
Respiratory System * * * * *
Circulatory System * * * *
Visceral System * * *
Reproductive System * *
Limb System *

From that table, Anaximander concluded that man evolved from fish (in water) because it is the creature with only one of the body systems he identified and that all the other living creatures aroused from that.

Later, Anaximenes said the origin and nature of man is air. He reasoned that “Air is the underlying principle of the universe. As air changes its physical state, being the result of condensation, it becomes wind, cloud, water, earth and stone and rarefication as it can become fire.”

Then, there came the definition of Phythagoras. He believed in the transmigration of the soul. According to him, the mind or soul is a three-fold (1) nous – as intuition (2) thymous/blood – soul which is found in other creatures; and (3) phren or pure reason – the immortal part of man. He looked at it holistically and went beyond the four elements.

Soon after, Heraclitus stated that “man is part of the universal fire and man as everything else including the gods are subject to the law of the universe and can do nothing to change it.” His statement is leading towards believing that all is planned and man do not have the power to change it.

In the present times, Empedocles considered “man and all other things in the universe as composed of four elements: air, earth, fire and water and that man differs from all else because he has the power of thought.” Man has the power to reason and has wisdom. The interlock of all four elements and the power of thought are believed in the current times as the real nature of man.

THE CURRENT SITUATION

Analyzing the current situation of the four elements, one may say that it is reaching a point of destruction. While there is acceleration in the growth of our economy, there is evidence that environmental quality is fast deteriorating, as dramatized by the increased occurrence of environmental disasters. Specifically, the gains of economic growth are being diminished and/or even negated by deforestation; mine tailings; pervasive and health-impairing pollution; coral reef destruction; massive pesticide poisonings; degradation and erosion of agricultural lands; siltation of rivers and farmlands; and salt water intrusion into aquifers; destructive eco-tourism; introduction of new technologies that adversely impact the environment; marsh and mangrove conversion; bio-prospecting / bio-piracy; land conversion to golf courses with attendant impacts on water supplies and surrounding ecosystems; massive reclamation projects which disrupt coastal ecosystems; open pit mining; pollutive cement plants and environmentally destructive coal-fired power plants as well as "dirty" energy sources; continued reliance on non-renewable energy sources; destructive fishing methods; and indiscriminate oil exploration and exploitation of seas. The costs of remediating water and air alone has been estimated at a minimum of 34 billion and 16 billion pesos, respectively. The regenerative capacities of already fragmented areas of various biogeographic zones are similarly threatened.

My educational philosophy for USeP, therefore, is reengineering the present educational policies and curricula to address the needs of the times. The educational policy shall include among others and environmental policy. The environmental policy shall be based on the following principles:

Promote environmental awareness and responsibility among all members of the University community;

Promote the principles and practices of environmental responsibility by sharing knowledge and experience with our stakeholders;

Identify, monitor and report on its community, legal and ethical environmental obligations;

Strive for environmental best practice and, as befits an international educational and research institution, lead the way in defining best practice;

Continue the USEP’s high level of research and teaching in environmental areas with particular reference to ecologically sustainable development;

Recognize our environmental obligations, both locally and globally, to present and future generations;

Develop a balanced approach that is environmentally sound, operationally viable and designed to meet the needs of the organization while allowing the University to fulfill its environmental obligations.

The general policy statement shall be:

“As a state university of higher education, University of Southeastern Philippines is committed to being a model of environmental health and safety in our teaching, in our research, in our partnerships with the community, and in the management of our own organization. The University challenges and empowers each employee and student to promote environmental leadership through our environmental principle, “Plant TREES, Save the Environment”:

T: Training and Education
R: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
E: Environmental Compliance
E: Evaluation and Improvement
S: Stewardship

The University will consider the concepts of environmental responsibility and sustainability in education processes and programs. This will include efforts to:

· Strengthen interdisciplinary programs about the environment;
· Provide universal access and encourage attendance at programs that enhance environmental awareness for all members of the university staff, students and others;
· Evaluate and access all current papers and programs to determine the need for environmental content in existing papers and programs and the requirement for new papers and programs;
· Promote environmental education of society in general.