Seoul Accord Annual General Meeting

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PSITE National Board (AY 2016-17)

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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

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PICAB MOA Signing

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2013 NESRC

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PSITE NATCON 2013

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SMART SWEEP 2013

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Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour

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eGOV Awards 2012

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10th National Conference on Information Technology Education

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

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10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology(Y4IT)

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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

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IBM Web Application Development Training

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ARIGATO GOZAIMAS

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

MCITE '07 (Day 2, September 21, 2007)


Michelle Casio of Microsoft

Cenie Malabanan-MSU-IIT                                                    Vic Calag - UP Mindanao

Inspirational Message
by Dr. Leonida Calagui, CHED-ROXI Director

A pleasant morning to all of today’s participants who are here mainly for this gathering. Allow me to convey my sincere appreciation to all, particularly the officials and members of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Education – Region XI Chapter and the Council of Deans for Information Technology Education in Region XI (CDITE-XI) for the continued support willingly shared to the CHED. May we also acknowledge the vital role of these two organizations in their contribution towards helping shape an appropriate paradigm for information technology education in Region XI.

It is my honor that this activity is being initiated in Region XI and is participated in by all regions in Mindanao. It is also my pride that four (4) HEIs in Region XI, namely: ADDU, our host for today’s activity, UIC, UM and UP-Mindanao are identified as Center of Development for Information Technology Education. These are manifestations, indeed, that we are gearing up towards a sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao, as what the theme of this congress conveys.

Bill Gates of Microsoft puts this well when he said that “Information Technology can make many things possible but it is only education that can make things happen”. It is in this perspective that I am going to anchor my inspirational message in relation to your theme: “Gearing Up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”. Today, in the era of the Knowledge-Based Economy, educational institutions have to respond to the challenges ushered in by technology advancement to achieve relevance and development. Information technology is not a choice but a necessity. Being in the academe, information technology is an integral part of our strategy to survive and, hopefully, to prosper in a complicated world.

As administrators and educators, what then are our roles or contributions and strategies in sustaining information technology culture in Mindanao? What education has to offer in sustaining the IT Culture in Mindanao?

Our contributions in sustaining the information technology culture is narrowed down to the crucial role of higher education institutions to develop human resource with competence in information and communication technology. As such, the training and development of the teaching and non-teaching staff in ICT must come as first priority or in tandem with the procurement and installation of the infrastructure equipment.

According to the survey by Global Index / Meta Group Research of 47 countries, the Filipinos are the top knowledge workers of the world, followed by the Australians, Americans, Canadians, and French. The Filipino IT professional is the man of the hour. Undergoing only perhaps a week-long software / hardware training course, IT companies in any part of the world are willing to immediately hire and relocate him and give him US$ 10,000 or Ph P 400,000 basic monthly salary.

In a changing world, the winners are those who adopt, those who see opportunities that emerge as the world changes, and turn those opportunities to their advantage. New world power centers have emerged-- Silicon Valley for entrepreneural environment, India for software development, Finland for wireless adoption, Singapore for high bandwidth penetration. Ireland is the European e-commerce headquarter, Washington DC has the highest US Internet penetration, Utah is the digital signature capital, what about the Philippines? Are we ready to join the cyber economy? The answer is a resounding "yes!." We are already a part of the cyber economy although we still are at the toddler stage. We are still a "little boy" in the world of the "big boys" key players. This therefore poses a challenge to all of us educators, because we could not forever remain as “little boy”. We are already aware that human resources is our vast capital. It is just imperative that efforts and initiatives should be enjoined to enhance our strengths. This congress is a step in updating ourselves as educators so that in turn we can also give something worthwhile to our students.

A person who seriously wants to get to office or work driving his own car but does not know yet how to drive must first decide to enroll in a driving school before he actually buys a car. For the same reason, school administrators prior or hand in hand with building the ICT educational infrastructure have to plan for and put in place the training program of the users and integrators of ICT in the teaching and learning process.

Let me give you some insights on how we, people in the academe can further geared-up towards a sustainable IT culture in Mindanao.

First, build, understand, sell, sustain, evaluate a mission. It has been said that “…without vision, a people perish.” No doubt, this statement is true as it applies to information technology! Perhaps, though, for greater impact, the statement could be expanded to say, “Without vision, a people elect to perish!” Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times, we have been admonished to create a statement of vision so we could formulate a written testament to the dreams we hold for a particular pursuit. When technology planners and leaders ignore this suggestion, a multitude of beneficial opportunities will go uncaptured. The saddest reality, though, is that the big losers in such a scenario are the children, the learners, the ones we have vowed to help educate. It is as though we are allowing the metaphorical sand slip right through our fingers. Failure to give this generation of youth all the best we can bring them will impact not only their individual lives, but the collective lives of the offsprings they bring onto this planet.

Second, define the use of Information Technology. Three areas were determined as fundamental and essential to the use of information technology – need, scope, and efficacy. The most important indicator may be one of need. Is the technology really meeting the needs of its entire, and intended, audience? Barriers may include proximity of the learners to the providers, schedule constraints, physical handicaps, cost/affordability, learning style, among others. Another important indicator is scope. There is a need to see what, exactly, the current use of information technology is. Is there support for such systems? To what extent do the learners of interest actually rely on the use of computers, video, and telecommunications, not only in the classroom, but in their everyday lives. Is information technology used at the level of a “luxury,” a “tool,” or a “necessary resource”? Efficacy is another important indicator in defining the use of information technology. Consider, and be willing to adapt or revise, paradigms in teaching and learning. Different approaches to education are possible, and we must consider at what point the tools of one approach become the foundation of another.

Third, promote faculty development. In order for all faculty at all types of institutions to adopt and broadly utilize information technology, it is necessary for faculty (as well as graduate students, teaching aides, and other complimentary instructors) to be recognized for their efforts in learning and implementing such technologies. How? By providing recognition and rewards wherein an emphasis on using information technology (and teaching in general) should be viewed not as an additional requirement, but as a shift in attitude in the most professionally rewarding use of the available time. All attempts to utilize more engaging teaching methods should be recognized, and the most effective of these should be rewarded on par with comparable gains in research. Faculty development projects should have improvements to pedagogy as their primary consideration, and focus on teaching/learning processes unique to the use of information technology, rather than creating high-tech versions of the self-same ineffective practices. Another is do not require users to reinvent the wheel. The use of tested and reliable components can simultaneously lower the development costs and increase the quality of new curriculum material and resources. Authoring and development tools need to be more user-friendly and better supported.

Fourth, encourage dissemination through recognition of extra avenues for dissemination. While several mechanisms for disseminating these ideas currently exist (e.g., journals, conferences), the contributions of research in the use of information technology is not widely taken-up. Professional societies should develop the high quality journals (multimedia), conferences, and awards in information technology applications to education. Quality standards need to be developed so that each contribution can be judged consistently.

Information technologies present challenges. School administrators and eductaors grow in their abilities to deal with challenge. Educational systems at all levels are immersed in a metaphorical sea of change. Strong, clear, articulated, and sustained vision is a crucial element that serves as a “pivot point” for all of technology-enhanced instructional designs. We can neither deny the existence of dynamic change in either technologies or in contemporary educational practice, nor can we simply stop the progress. What we can do is to educate ourselves, prioritize what is important, prepare our students, engage all our resources, identify our strengths, and sustain all the things we are doing “the right way.” Certainly, then, the challenge to nurture the information technology culture will be met, overcome, and transformed into a mighty, positive force that improves thousands of lives well into the next millennium.

At this juncture allow me to extend once again my sincere thanks to all of you for considering our Office as one of the major participants and myself to give the inspirational message in today’s activity.

My best wishes to all of you…Good day!


Friday, September 21, 2007

MCITE'07 (Day1, September 20, 2007


RSG with Dr. Calagui, CHED-ROXI Director

OPENING REMARKS
by Randy S. Gamboa

Director Leonida Calagui of CHED-ROXI, President Fr. Antonio Samson, Dr. Jimmy Caro – CSP President, Mr. Edwin Maranon – PSITE-VP Mindanao, Deans, Administrators, Faculty members from different schools and universities, our sponsors, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

An English writer, Samuel Johnson, once wrote that “Knowledge is on two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know we can find information upon it.” When we inquire into any subject, the first thing we have to do is to know what books have treated of it. This leads us to look at catalogues, and at the backs of books in libraries."

Ladies and gentlemen, we at PSITE XI are aware that IT educators in Mindanao are always searching for avenues where they can gain more knowledge. This is the reason why this MCITE is being held for five years now. Our theme is “Gearing up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”. We have carefully selected papers for presentation and also invited great speakers who are unselfishly willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Our resource speakers and paper presenters came not only from Mindanao but also from all over the country. As what have done before, the speakers are given a slot of 45 minutes for their presentation, including open forum. I hope that you will actively participate in the discussions.

In addition, new technologies and products will be promoted by our sponsors. Let me thank Microsoft, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company or PLDT, Globe Telecom/Innove, 3M, JEDI-SunMicrosystems, Hive All Visual & Lights Systems and UP-ITTC.

The Ateneo de Davao University, under the leadership of its President, Fr. Antonio Samson, through the endorsement of Mr. Edwin Maranon-CS division chair, has always been receptive and supportive to the activities and endeavors of PSITE XI. As a sign of gratitude, let’s give them a warm applause. The CHED, under the direction of Director Calagui, through the endorsement of its Education Supervisor II, Dr Maricar R. Casquejo, has also been with us and encouraging us to pursue the IT activities in Mindanao for the IT educators. They also deserve a round of applause. And to all of you who are here today, to take part in the conference, may this partly be what is listed in your catalogues where you can gain knowledge and find answers to your questions. May you also renew acquaintances and find new ones.

Have an educational and enjoyable two-day conference and may we be prepared for a sustainable IT culture in Mindanao.

Good morning.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

MCITE Program of Activities

5th Mindanao Conference on Information Technology Education (MCITE’07)
Theme : “Gearing Up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”
September 20-21, 2007
Rm. F-213, Finster Bldg., Ateneo de Davao University
Jacinto Campus, Davao City

Program of Activities

September 20, 2007 (Thursday)
AM (OD: MAUREEN MAMILIC)

08:00 – 08:30 – Registration
08:30 – 09:15 – Opening Ceremony
Invocation Ateneo Carillon Glee
Club
National Anthem Ateneo Carillon Glee
Club
Roll Call of Participants RITCHIE MAE GAMOT
PSITE-XI Secretary
Welcome Address EDWIN V. MARAŇON
PSITE- VP Mindanao
Chairperson, CS
Division, ADDU

Opening Remarks RANDY S. GAMBOA, PhD
PSITE-XI President
Intermission Ateneo Carillon Glee
Club
Inspirational Talk LEONIDA S. CALAGUI, PhD
Director IV, CHED RO-XI
09:15 – 10:00 – Paper Presentation 1
IT Governance for the Local Government of Davao
MICHELLE P. BANAWAN
Faculty, Computer Studies Division
Ateneo de Davao University
10:00 – 10:15 – BREAK
10:15 – 11:00 – Paper Presentation 2
Software Development for Objective Types of
Classroom Test
DESIDERIO R. APAG
Director, Registry and Students Information
Services, Mindanao Polytechnic State College
11:00 – 11:45 – Paper Presentation 3
Deployment, Implementation and Management of a
Japanese Language Virtual Learning Environment
ANTOINETTE MARCELO
UP-ITTC
11:45 – 12:00 – Sponsor Time (PLDT)
PM (OD: JOY CENITA)
01:00 – 01:45 – Paper Presentation 4
Implementation of VoiceXML in a Speech-Driven
Online Learning Module for Oral Communication
MYLENE E. SEREŇO
Faculty, IT Department, Mindanao State
University-GSC
01:45 – 02:30 – Paper Presentation 5
Developing a Database Resource Utilization
Monitoring System in an Oracle Client-Server
Environment
BREN EDWARD C. CHUA
Associate Database Administrator,
Davao Light and Power Company
02:30 – 03:15 – Paper Presentation 6
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
PAUL JUNE A. DOMAG
Microsoft MVP, Mynd Consulting
03:15 – 03:30 – BREAK
03:30 – 04:15 – Paper Presentation 7
Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
on R & D Projects
JAIME DL CARO, PhD
President, Computing Society of the
Philippines
AVP for Development, University of the
Philippines-Dilliman
04:15 – 04:45 – Paper Presentation 8
Automated Customer Inquiry Service Through
Global System for Mobile Communication
REUBEN C. DIUYAN
IT Systems Administrator
Skycable-Suncable
04:45 – 05:00 – Sponsor Time (INNOVE)
September 21, 2007 (Friday)
AM (OD: SHARON ORDOYO)
08:00 – 08:30 – Registration
08:30 – 09:15 – Paper Presentation 9
Situated Cognition, Learning, and Video Games
HOLDEN HAO
Trustee, DabaweGNU, Inc
09:15 – 10:00 – Paper Presentation 10
Review of the Embedded Systems Specialization
Track in UP-ITTC
HILARION BENJAMIN GABUD
UP-ITTC
10:00 – 10:15 – BREAK
10:15 – 11:00 – Paper Presentation 11
Information Technology Architecture for Student
Academic Profile Delivery System
JERRY R. FLORES
Dean, ITE Program
University of the Immaculate Conception
11:00 – 11:45 – Paper Presentation 12
Integrating an Online Employee Evaluation
Module in a Content Management System
JOSE T. TRILLO II
Faculty, IT Department, Mindanao State
University-GSC
11:45 – 12:00 – Sponsor Time (3M)
PM (OD: RIZA GARDE)
01:15 – 02:00 – Paper Presentation 13
Quality Management System: An approach to
quality eLearning
DANILO C. GALARION
Professor, University of Mindanao
02:00 – 02:45 – Paper Presentation 14
Role of G.I.S. and Remote Sensing for Development
VICENTE B. CALAG
VP-PSITE-XI
University of the Philippines - Mindanao
02:45 – 03:00 – BREAK
03:00 – 03:45 – Paper Presentation 15
Artificial Intelligence-Sensory and Knowledge
Based Approach
MELQUIADES R. HAYAG, JR.
Faculty, University of the Immaculate Conception
03:45 – 04:30 – Paper Presentation 16
IT Security Analytics
JOHN PETER ABRAHAM Q. RUERO
Country IT Manager
Misys International Banking Systems
04:30 – 05:30 – Sponsor Time (MICROSOFT)
05:30 – 05:45 – Closing Ceremony
   Distribution of Certificates
Closing Remarks CHRYSTELLA B. IBARRA
CDITE-XI President

Monday, September 17, 2007

PSITE Minutes (sept., 13, 2007)


Minutes of the PSITE XI MEETING
University of the Philippines Mindanao
Anda Campus
September 13, 2007

Present:

Dr. Gamboa
Prof. Gamot
Prof. Calag
Ms. Ibarra
Ms Ordoyo
Mr Maranon
Ms Bohol

Call To Order. The meeting was called to order at 6:15pm.
Approval of the Agenda. The following agenda were approved:
A. Registration Fee of MCITE '07 Working Committee
B. MCITE '07 Registration Station.
C. MCITE '07 Details
D. Other Matters

Discussion of the Agenda

A. On Registration Fee of MCITE '07 Working Committee. The body decided that the MCITE '07 working committee be free of charge from the registration fee of the conference. The following working committee members were identified : Dr Gamboa, Ms Ordoyo, Mr Masangkay, Mr Maranon, Mr Flores, Mr. Barrios, Dr. Casquejo, Ms Dimacali, Ms Bohol, Ms Ibarra, Ms Garde, Prof Calag and Prof Gamot.

B. On MCITE '07 Registration Station. The MCITE '07 registration station will be manned by Prof Gamot, Ms Ordoyo, Ms Dimacali and Ms Bohol. The registration attendance sheet will be grouped by region. ADDU (c/o Mr Maranon) will provide 2 desktop computers and 1 printer for the registration area. The registration procedure will go as follows :
1. Station I : The participant will proceed to the PSITE XI Treasurer and pay his/her conference registration fee. The treasurer will collect P1,300.00 if the participant is an active PSITE member, P1,800.00 otherwise. The participant must be able to show a proof that he/she is an active PSITE member if he/she is to pay only P1,300.00. The participant then proceeds to station II.
2. Station II : The participant must show their receipt to the station II personnel. Upon positive validation of their receipt, the participant will provide their signature, contact number, email address, and school in the registration attendance sheet. The participant then proceeds to station III.
3. Station III : The participant must show their receipt to the station III personnel. Upon positive validation of their receipt, the participant will be given the conference ID, kit and meal stub. The participant may now proceed to the conference area.

C. On MCITE '07. The number of confirmed participants as of September 13, 2007, 630pm is 59. Dr Gamboa reported that majority of the registrants who confirmed for the conference are from outside Region XI.

Dr Gamboa further reported that he has canvassed a sling bag worth P60 to be included in the conference kit. He will be ordering 120 bags for the conference.

Dr Gamboa informed the body that Mr Flores has submitted a tshirt design and has canvassed for its printing. The minimum price per tshirt with the design on it is P120. According to Dr Gamboa, the price was too expensive. The tshirt printing expense must not exceed P100 (tshirt and printing). He has canvassed a P50 worth JBL tshirt and a P25 rubberized printing fee for a simple text design. The tshirt printing is yet to be finalized.

The body identified two officers-of-the day for each day on sept 20 and 21, 2007. The OD in the morning of September 20 will be Ms Maureen Mamilic while Ms Joy Cenita will be the OD in the afternoon. The OD in the morning September 21 will be Ms Sharon Ordoyo while Ms Riza Garde will be the OD in the afternoon.

Mr Diuyan declined the slot to present during the MCITE '07. Mr Jayag will replace him instead.

PLDT has already confirmed their sponsorship for the event. They will give samsonite bags and some freebies for the event. 3M, on the other hand, will give P5000.00 in cash and P5,000.00 worth of items for raffle. Microsoft has already confirmed their sponsorship of P30,000 in cash for the event. They only need 1 hour of presentation during the conference proper. Dr Gamboa will follow up with the Globe sponsorship.

Microsoft will be conducting a one-day event for K12 faculty members on September 22, 2007. The event requires no registration fee. It will be held at Ateneo de Davao University, F711 and F712.

Ms Ibarra questioned that the conference programme did not include CDITE in its cover page as one of the organizing groups. She further added that the programme did not also include the names of the CDITE officers. Dr Gamboa responded that the necessary addition will be incorporated in the final printing of the programme.

Dr Gamboa informed the body that certificates of institutional and individual membership will be distributed as a part of the programme of activities during the conference.

Tarpaulin will be used as backdrop design for the stage/front area of the conference venue. Screens will be put up on each side of the stage/front area. Mr Maranon informed Ms Ordoyo that plants may be provided for the venue. Ms Ordoyo will just have to inform Mr Maranon of the needed number of plants.

The body suggested that fruits be served to the participants. Dr Gamboa responded that fruits will be provided subject to the availability of funds.

Prof Gamot informed Dr Gamboa that the registration personnel will need ballpens and pentel pens. Ms Ibarra offered to give the ballpens and pentel pens of CDITE XI for MCITE '07.
Dr Gamboa sought the help of the working committee in the burning of the CDs to be distributed during the event.

D. Other Matters.
1. On MICT Job Fair. MICT will conduct a job fair at the NCCC Mall of Davao. MICT is soliciting PSITE and CDITE support for the event.
2. On PSITE's financial obiligation to CDITE. PSITE is yet to pay CDITE a borrowed amount of P12, 000.00.
3. On PSITE's Next Meeting. The MCITE '07 working committee will meet at Ateneo de Davao University, F213 on September 19, 2007, 3pm.
4. On IT Week. IT week will be on December 6-7, 2007. The programming contest and IT Quiz bowl will be on the December 6 and 7, respectively. JMC will tentatively house the student congress during the IT week.

Adjournment. There being no other matters to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.


Prepared by:

Prof. Ritchie Mae T. Gamot
PSITE – XI Secretary

Noted by:

Dr. Randy S. Gamboa
PSITE – XI President

Friday, September 14, 2007

Research Proposal 4 - My Studz

Factors Affecting the Health of Students in Relation to Ergonomics Computer Workstation Design

by : Calma, Larry , Guino-o, Angelo Carlo, Mejares, Jason
Tentative Defense Schedule: September 26, 2007, 10:00am
Panelist : Ms. Novie Joy Pelobello, MSIS and Mr. Exander Barrios, MIM

Background of the Study

Today, changes in technology, changes in the way we perform work and where and how we work are occurring at a rapid pace. Nowhere is the change more evident than in the use of computers. This new technology has brought on new demands for information as well as new and more sophisticated computing systems. Today, almost every one of us interacts with computers on a daily basis to create new things and ideas, to produce documents, to correspond with friends and associates, and to retrieve information. Along with the expanding use of technology have come reports about adverse health changes for computer users.

Ergonomics (or human factors) as defined in website is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use (definition adopted by the International Ergonomics Association in 2007). Ergonomics is commonly thought of as how companies design tasks and work areas to maximize the efficiency and quality of their employees’ work. It came from the Greek words ergon meaning work and nomos natural laws, in which first entered the modern lexicon when Wojciech Jastrzębowski used the word in his 1857 article. In other words, ergonomics is the field of study that deals with relationship between people and their working environment.

According to U.S. Department of Labor, the application of computer technology and the accompanying use of video display terminals (VDTs) are revolutionizing the workplaces of America. In 1984, only 25 percent of the US population used computers at work; in 1993, this increase to 45 percent and the number continues to grow. Along with this expanding use of VDTs have come reports of adverse health effects to VDT operators.

There’s a lot of informations gathered that show the proper computer workstation and proper posture is very important to avoid such injuries. In De La Salle University website gave us the idea of using the topic as an object for a social research since studies with computer ergonomics usually focuses on workstations and its users. We might as well make use of the students of the Institute of Computing of the University Southeastern Philippines, Obrero Campus as the target for this study. In relation with our study a certain website in Davao City specifically the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation gives us information about the IT Health Practices and Standards. The site also defines the meaning of ergonomics and the proper use of monitor, mouse, computer table and chair.

With the number of computers in classrooms increasing every day, many schools are beginning to institute ergonomics programs to show students, teachers, and parents how to reduce the risks of computer-related injuries. Many who use computer workstations may be unaware of situations that can make them vulnerable to injury. Poor typing posture can cause pain and other symptoms in your back, neck, shoulders, hands, wrists, and eyes. As we spend increasing amounts of time at our computer workstation, we need to be aware of how the design and arrangement of our equipment can affect our comfort, health, and productivity.

The researchers aim to achieve the primary objective of this study with its main topic beneficiary, the students from Institute of Computing. This study also wants to prove the different factors that will affect the health related problems of the students while working with the computer if ergonomics will not follow. The study focuses on the parameters within the Institute of Computing of the University of Southeastern Philippines-Obrero Campus, Davao City which is situated around the central business and residential district of Davao City. The period of the study shall cover one academic year 2007-2008; prescribe under the supervision of the University of Southeastern Philippines and the Commission on Higher Education memorandum and calendar of activities.

Statement of the Problem

The purpose of this study is to assess the workstation design of the computer laboratories of Institute of Computing and also to assess the health problems that may be acquired by the students related to the workstation design.
Specifically, the researchers attempted to answer the following questions:

    1. What is the level of conformity of

workstation design of the two computer

laboratories of Institute of Computing

in this university with regards to the

principles of ergonomics related to human

and machine interface in terms of:

1.1 Chair;

1.2 Desk;

1.3 Screen;

1.4 Keyboard;

1.5 Mouse;

1.6 Lighting;

1.7 Work Posture?



2. What are the health problems related to

workstation design of two computer

laboratories of the Institute of Computing

in the University of Southeastern

Philippines?

Objective of the Study

This study will examine the factors that may affect the health of computer users of the two computer laboratories while using the computer. It will also show the possible health problems that may be acquired by the students related to workstation design.
Specifically, the following are the objectives of the study.


   1. To assess the workstation design of the

computer laboratories of Institute of

Computing in this university with regards

to the principles of ergonomics related to

human and machine interface in terms of:

1.1 Chair;

1.2 Desk;

1.3 Screen;

1.4 Keyboard;

1.5 Mouse;

1.6 Ligting;

1.7 Work Posture.

2. To assess the health problems of the students

related to workstation design of two

computer laboratories of Institute of

Computing in the University of Southeastern

Philippines.

Hypotheses of the Study
    1. The workstation design of the two computer

laboratories of Institute of Computing in

this university do not follow the principles

of ergonomics related to human and machine

interface.

2. There is no health problems related to

workstation design of the two computer

laboratories of Institute of Computing in

the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Significance of the Study

This study is intended for the computer users, for the students of the University of Southeastern Philippines. In computer tasks there are certain conditions or risk factors that can contribute to the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) when computer uses are exposed frequently to these risk factors, or so for so long period of time. Thus, this study will benefit the students as well as the faculty in observing proper positioning and adjusting of computer workstation and appropriate posture in doing computer tasks and also the school administration who acts as the policy makers of the university since they are the ones to decide what is best for their subordinates.

1.School Admin/ Policy makers- These several group of people would take benefit on the study since if would be aware of the proper workstation ergonomics and if proven that the two IC laboratories does not abide these ergonomics principle. They can do something to diminish the improper practice of workstation setting. Through this, they are going to be a good example of excellent policy makers. Moreover, the rest could forestall further injuries and physical damage of the persons involve.

2.Faculty- the faculty members are also prone to the MSDs since they are also the one of the users of the computer lab. It is most likely useful for them to get some knowledge about the risk factors of incorrect computer ergonomics and some course of action to elude such jeopardy.

3.Students- the most common and the major beneficiary of this study are the Institute of Computing students. They are the ones who use the computer lab almost everyday. Through this study, we may find out whether they have and still experiencing some MSDs. In addition, with this study, we could give some inputs about this disorders and how to prevent or avoid it.

Theoretical/ Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework of the study exemplifies the inputs, process, and outputs of the variables being used in this study. As shown in the figure:

Indicators

Managing and working with technology carries a greater impact in contributing health problems on people especially to the students of Institute of Computing. But what are the factors that contribute in acquiring health related problems of the students? And is there a method that we may apply to avoid this problem to the students?

Workstation Design of IC Laboratories is the main factor to have a result in our study. We will assess the two IC laboratories and see if there’s any factor that might caused for the health problems of the students.

Health Problem Factors is the reason why the students suffer from the weaknesses/illnesses while working with computer. If the workstation design is not properly follow the ergonomics principle, it carries a big impact to produced a big health related problems to the students who are frequently using computer.

Research Proposal 3 - My Studz

Opportunities Of IT Graduates In Overseas Employment

by : Perlie C. Amper, Jazel Mae L. Caasi, Franscheline Orvette B. Domingo
Tentative Defense Schedule: September 26, 2007, 09:00am
Panelist : Ms. Novie Joy Pelobello, MSIS and Mr. Exander Barrios, MIM



Background of the Study

Information Technology is one of the most in demand job today and in the future. Companies here and abroad are fighting tooth and nail to get the best and the most competent graduates of IT and IT related courses. In terms of the global job market, India and the Philippines currently top the list of providers of IT professionals, particularly in terms of quality, availability and relative proficiency in the English language. "Considering that we have so many schools offering IT courses, the country is producing a lot of highly trainable graduates, the Philippines is in a much better position than such countries in the region as Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia. (Montelibano, 2006)

At the recently concluded Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Command Conference in Manila, the POLOs in Asia reported that the demand for OFWs in Asia remained bright despite competition posed by other labor sending-countries and restrictive labor and nationalization policies of some host countries. he region’s continued economic growth has resulted to construction of major infrastructures and industrial projects. Consequently, it has induced a steady increase in the demand for foreign workers such as professionals (engineers, teachers and IT workers) and skilled workers. . There are also emerging opportunities for IT and healthcare workers in Taiwan, while Korea will require skilled workers in the construction and ship-building sectors. There is a rising demand for IT and related skills in Penang, Johore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The Gulf States in the Middle East, namely: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman continue to offer vast opportunities to foreign labor in the construction, medical, tourism, retail, energy, engineers and planners, telecommunication, operation and maintenance, hotel and restaurant and IT sectors. These sectors are experiencing growth and expansion due to major infrastructure projects, expansion of exploration and production of the oil and gas sectors.

In Europe, there are skills shortage in Demark are IT specialists, engineers, and physicians. (poea.gov.ph/mus/my.2007/html). For the past years, the government had been documenting thousand of ICT professionals for more than 20 destinations worldwide, primarily in the USA, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (POEA Report).

The Philippines has a vast source of well-trained and highly skilled educated ICT professionals. Most ICT professionals are involved in software development, specifically as programmers and system analysts. They are into web design, computer networking, e-commerce/web development and multi-media technologies. Aside from technical skills, Filipino IT professionals are proficient in strategic planning, project management, customer service skills, interpersonal skills and creative thinking and presentation skills. The Philippines is recognized as major outsourcing center for companies in the United States, Japan and Europe. (Bernabe, 2001)

Filipino IT practitioners, including technicians and programmers who are very much in demand all over the world acquiring a stature of proficiency second to Indian programmers who are dominating the IT outsource market today. Quality and expertise distinguish the Filipino IT professional. Filipinos find it easy working on legacy applications as well as fourth generation languages. Thousand of Filipinos are adept with mainframes and experiences in minicomputer operations. In the US, Filipino animators brought box office hits to Universal Studios, and other big movie companies.

A major telecommunications company in the country loses 100-200 engineers and 100 information technology (IT) workers to foreign companies on a yearly basis. They have lose about 16% pf their workers after to two to three years working with them. Most of their workers are being recruited in companies in the US, Singapore, United Kingdom and other countries in Europe (MSN/Sunnex)

The Philippine government continues to pursue the development of its human resources in the ICT sector as it envisions turning the Philippines into the E-Service Center in Asia. The principal strengths of the Philippine IT industry include a well educated, price competitive labor force. English proficient, with a growing track record of successful IT work, fast growing telecom infrastructure, government interest in the industry, less regulation than those of some of its neighbors, good capabilities to dealing with foreign partners, and strong entrepreneurship. (Ocampo-Guerrero)

According to CHED reports, the Philippines produces roughly 400,000 graduates a year, about 105,000 of which hold business-related degrees, with engineering and technology following with 42,000 graduates, tailed by 32,000 graduates holding math- and IT-related degrees. These graduates, if employed in any IT or BP job, will need to be trained in the industry standards set by their employers. Once employed, employers must address retooling and retention and other HR concerns.

One of the greater challenges to overcome is the exodus of skilled professionals who could otherwise have a fulfilling career in the country in general and in outsourced IT services in particular. This includes teachers who are looking for greener pastures in other industries, locally if not abroad. (Terrado 2007)

During the National Manpower Summit held in 2006, the Cyber Industry has high manpower demand both in the local and foreign labor market. It is one of the priority sectors of the government and in the last National Human Resource Development Conference conducted in April 2007, the supply to meet the high demand for IT professionals has been the top priority of the government. (DOLE Report).

Region XI is now becoming an IT hub as more call centers are putting up their business in Davao City. At present, there are five (5) call centers and more are expected to come. More call-center companies might relocate to the regions as the strong peso forces them to look for a cheaper pool of English-proficient workers outside Metro Manila to cut down on labor cost, trade officials in the city said.

Mr. Lou Pasawa, City Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said he expected this to happen now that the value of the peso nears 45 to the dollar, forcing call-center and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies to cut down on cost by relocating or expanding their existing operations to the provinces. He confirmed plans of the New York-based BPO Sutherland Global Services to put up a 1,000-seat call center in Davao CIty. If plans push through, he said, Sutherland, which has operations in Makati and Clark, will be the sixth call-center company to set up operations here. The expansions and relocation of more companies here will provide additional opportunities for jobseekers in Davao. The presence of global call center in Davao will boost up the caliber of the job seekers in the region as they will get trained to be ready for competing on jobs overseas. (DTI Report)

Statement of the Problem

The study aims to determine the opportunities of IT graduates abroad.

Most specifically, the researchers sought to answer the following:

  1. What is the need of the overseas market on
information technology?
1.1 What countries have high demand for
information technology?
1.2 What particular IT job has high
demand?
1.3 What IT job orders are filled?
2. What are the IT courses offered in the
colleges and universities in Davao City?
3. What are the opportunities of IT graduates in
overseas employment?

Objectives of the Study

The main objective of the study is to assess the opportunities in the overseas employment which could be availed of by IT graduates and professionals.

Specifically, the study is undertaken to:
   1. Determine the need of the overseas market in
information technology.
1.1 Determine the countries which are in
need of IT graduates and IT
professionals.
1.2 Determine which particular job has
high demand overseas.
1.3 Determine the particular demand
filled in by IT professionals and
graduates.
2. Determine the courses offered in college and
universities in Davao City.
3. Determine the prospects of IT graduates for
jobs overseas.

Hypothesis
   1. IT courses offered by the schools in Davao
City does not correspond the job offers
abroad.
2. IT graduates have lesser employment
opportunities overseas.

Significance of the Study

The study is significant because it could provide valuable information that would show the prospects of IT in the overseas employment market. It would also provide information on the particular countries that have demand for IT. The study would also provide information on what particular IT course has high demand overseas.

While there are many bits of reports and news items that provided information on the demand for IT, there is no single document that would provide comprehensive study on the subject that would help the academe and the students in their IT undertakings.

The study will guide high students in assessing their marketability overseas if and when they decide to take up IT course. It will guide them which school they could enroll the said course. It will also enable them to choose the particular IT course they will enroll given the facts and figures presented in this study.

Theoretical/ Conceptual Framework

With globalization, it is expected that the outflow of our workers especially professionals will be the scenario. POEA Administrator Rosalinda Baldoz told that despite competition posed by other labor-sending countries and restriction on labor and nationalization policies of some countries, Filipinos including IT professionals have high and bright employment prospects in big companies abroad. These can be gleaned from the numerous job orders from private licensed recruitment agencies that contain IT vacancies from foreign principals being processed daily by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, an attached agency of the Deparrtment of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Meanwhile, schools in Davao City continue to offer courses on IT as it is aware of the big potential of their future graduates. At present, the huge need for IT and which particular IT job has high demand in the overseas market is not documented in a single and specific report or instrument that will capture the trend in the deployment of IT workers. There is no single document that tells which IT courses are much needed in the overseas market.

The basic system approach is widely used to facilitate understanding of the interaction of individuals, groups and organizations and their environment for various purposes. The recruitment agency submits job orders on the IT vacancies to POEA. When they are able to find the right applicant for the job, it will submit all the documents to the POEA for the processing of the overseas employment certificate which serves as the exit pass and the travel tax exemption of the worker. It is presented in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport upon their departure. With the OEC the said worker becomes a documented Overseas Filipino Worker. The POEA in its data bank has the deployment report of all processed and deployed OFWs. The workers that apply to recruitment agencies are graduates of different schools that offer IT courses. These schools offer different courses on IT because it is not only good for their business but also the potentials of their graduates to find jobs. The POEA becomes part of two large systems-the Recruitment Agencies and the Academe.

According to Gibson,etc. al (1991), there are a number of elements in the organization that interact interdependently. In the simplest terms, the organization takes resources (inputs), processes these resources and returns them in a changed form (output). In this context, the inputs are the job orders submitted by recruitment agencies to POEA which are filled up by their recruits to be issued by the POEA and the IT courses offered by the schools. The processes are submission of these recruitment agencies to POEA for the processing and issuance of the necessary overseas employment certificates to their recruits as well the education of thee students by the different schools that offer IT courses. The output is the overseas employment prospects of IT graduates Cohen, et.al (1994) stated that organizations are so interrelated with their environment. The job orders of recruitment agencies are to be filled up by IT graduates from different schools which are responsible for their education that could be responsive to the needs of foreign principals. Anderson (1995) theorized that educational institutions sometimes fail to prepare their students to adjust readily and effectively to the changing technologies of the modern world. Thus, the output on the documentation on IT job prospects and the graduates of IT courses will provide a valuable input the government, the recruitment agencies and the schools in the employment and education of workers to respond to the IT prospects in the overseas market. Hence, this study.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

PSITE Minutes


Minutes of the PSITE X1 MEETING
University of the Immaculate Concepcion
September 7, 2007

I. Call To Order. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm.
II. Approval of the Agenda. The following agenda were approved:
A. JEDI Updates
B. MCITE '07 Updates
C. Revisit PSITEXI and CDITEXI Plans
D. Other Matters

III. Discussion of the Agenda

A. On JEDI Updates.

Dr. Gamboa reported that the JEDI I training last August 29, 2007 held at the University of Southeastern Philippines was a success and attended by 25 participants from different schools. He presented the expenses incurred during the said activity which amounts to P2995.10.

B. On MCITE '07 Updates.

Dr Gamboa suggested to the body that the theme for the incoming MCITE '07 be “Gearing Up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”. The agreed venue for the event is at the Ateneo de Davao University, Finster Building F213 on September 20 and 21, 2007. Dr Gamboa presented to the body the schedule of activities as well as the presentors for the 2day conference. The following will deliver oral paper presentations to the MCITE '07: Michelle Banawan, Desiderio Agap, Jerry Flores, Mylene Sereno,Bren Chua, Paul Domag, Diuyan, Holden Hao, Hilarion Gabud, Antoinette Marcelo, Jose Trillo II, Danilo Galarion, Vicente Calag, Jaime Caro, John Ruero and Rolly Tayabasx.

Sponsors for the event will be PLDT, Globe, 3M and Microsoft. Globe intends to be a Silver type of sponsor while 3M will give P5,000 in cash and some 3M products as freebies. Microsoft would be giving P30,000 for event expenses as long as they will be given a one wholeday sponsor presentation. Dr. Gamboa initially declined the offer as oneday is too long considering that the event is just 2 days. The body proposed to extend MCITE '07 as a 3day event to accommodate the request of Microsoft. After a length deliberation, the body decided that the MCITE '07 closing ceremonies be done earlier on the second day (at about 3pn) and have Microsoft deliver their product presentation afterwards. The body also suggested that Microsoft provide dinner for the participants since the extension is technically not a part of MCITE '07 anymore.

The body were able to approximately identify 86 participants as of the meeting. In order to break even with the expenses for the event, MCITE '07 must be able to reach 100 paying participants. The insufficiency of the number of confirmed participants may be due to some schools not receiving the invitation yet or have overlooked their emails. Dr Casquejo suggested that these invitations be sent thru fax and not just thru emails so that the invitation will formally pass thru channels in their respective schools. The body identified several schools who have not responded to the email invitation. These schools are the following: Davao Doctors College, DNSC, SPAMAS, SMC, CCSA, Estela College, SPC, PCT, STI, Interface, Holy Cross, DOSCST, Assumption School of Davao, Intercity and Aces. Prof Gamot was tasked to send the invitations to these schools thru fax. Dr Casquejo will follow up on these schools in support to the fax that will be sent.

The assigned Officer for the day on Sept 20 and 21 are Ms Mamilic and Ms Ordoyo, respectively. Mr .Flores was tasked to take care of the Tshirt design which will be included in the conference kit as well as the tarpaulin for the event. Prof Gamot will act as the Secretariat for the event as well as the certificate preparation for all the participants. Ms Ordoyo was tasked to prepare the stage backdrop for the event. As suggested by the body, the backdrop must include the logos of CHED, MCITE, PSITE and the theme of the event as well as the time, day and venue. Mr Barrios was tasked to document the 2day event while Mr. Maranon will take care of the event's press release.

Prof Calag suggested to the body that there must be an acknowledgement certificate given to the working committee of MCITE '07. Dr Gamboa and the rest of the body agreed with the suggestion. Dr. Gamboa tasked Prof Calag to prepare the certificates to be given to the working committee.

The body suggested that the amount allocated for the speaker's token be cut down to a lower value to minimize the total expense for the event. The body agreed, in addition to the certificate of appreciation which must be put in a frame, that personalized mugs @ P100/speaker be given to the speakers.

C. Revisit PSITEXI and CDITEXI Plans.

JEDI II will be conducted on October 29, 30 and 31, 2007. Details for the event is yet to be announced.

D. Other Matters.

1.  On Foss Day. Software Freedom Day will be on
September 15, 2007,10am. All schools are
encouraged to send 15 students per school to
this event. For details about the event, the
following website may be visited:
http://www.minfoss.com/.
2. On MICT BIMP EAGA. The event will be on
October 23 and 24,2007 at the NCCC Mall.
3. On PSITEXI's schedule for next meeting. The
next PSITE – XI meeting will be on September
13, 2007, 6pm tentatively to be housed at UP
Mindanao, Anda Campus.
4. On Preparation of Conference Kits. PSITE XI
core will prepare the conference kits on
September 19, 2007, 3pm @ the Ateneo de Davao
University, Jacinto Campus.

IV. Adjournment.

There being no other matters to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.

Prepared by:                 Noted by:

Prof. Ritchie Mae T. Gamot Dr. Randy S. Gamboa
PSITE – XI Secretary PSITE – XI President

Saturday, September 8, 2007

MCITE '07


from http://convergentperspectives.blogspot.com/

The Philippine Society of IT Educators-Region XI Chapter (PSITE-XI), in partnership with the Council of Deans for IT Education in Region XI (CDITE-XI), is once again holding the Mindanao Conference on IT Education (MCITE) and is slated on September 20-21, 2007, 8am to 5pm, at Rm. F213, 2nd floor of Finster Building, Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), Roxas Avenue, Davao City. The venue was originally set at the University of Mindanao-Matina Campus but some problems cropped up which prompted the organizers to transfer the venue to ADDU.

MCITE is an annual event anchored by PSITE-XI and is on its fifth year. This year's conference promises to be as engaging and worthy of praise as those of the past years. MCITE is a Mindanao-wide meeting of IT professionals in the field of Computer Science, Information Technology, and Information Systems. It will feature well-known academic and business leaders as plenary speakers. Submitted IT-based researches who have gained the nod of the screening committee will also be presented. The conference aims to provide a venue for teachers, researchers, graduate students, and IT professionals to share and upgrade their knowledge in IT.

MCITE is part of PSITE-XI's commitment to promote the development of quality Information Technology Education in the Philippines, particularly in Region XI, and is a major partner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in this endeavor.

The main components of the conference are the presentation of twelve researches by IT professionals from the academe and industry, three invited papers from well-known professionals in the IT academic community, and technical presentations from the sponsors. Exhibit booths manned by the sponsors will also be in the vicinity of the conference.

Course your registration to the following email address: rsgamboa@gmail.com. Only those who confirm their attendance will be assured of complete conference kits. You can also register and pay at the secretariat table during the conference dates. The registration fee is Php1,300.00 per participant for PSITE members and Php1,800.00 per participant for non-PSITE members. Accommodations are not included in the said fees. For more details, visit the website http://ite.uic.edu.ph/psite.

CDITE '07


from http://convergentperspectives.blogspot.com




How time flies. The Council of Deans for IT Education in Region XI (CDITE-XI) started in year 2001 and spread its wings under the presidency of Vic Calag (UP-Mindanao) for three years until year 2004. I took over as president until July 2007. In six years, CDITE-XI has grown stronger and has made significant inroads in the field of IT Education as well as contributed to the growth of the local IT industry of Davao. CDITE-XI is now on its seventh year with Chrys Ibarra (Holy Child School of Davao) as the new president.

The first three years of CDITE-XI under the leadership of Vic Calag was basically the laying down of the foundations of the organization. The first three years were characterized by periodic meetings in different schools, sharing of best practices in curriculum development and student researches, faculty enhancement seminars and trainings, dialogue with the local IT industry, representation in the ICT Council of Davao, collaboration with PSITE, and the IT Olympiad (student programming competition and quiz bowl).

The next three years of CDITE-XI under my leadership was basically sustaining the gains and making inroads. The main accomplishments are: (1) having a legal identity as a SEC-registered organization; (2) clarity of roles vis-a-vis PSITE-XI; (3) administrator-focused seminars; (4) curriculum prototypes for BSCS, BSIT and BSIM with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among IT Education Heads and CHED-XI; (5) continued collaboration with PSITE-XI, especially the IT Education Weeks and the hosting of the 4th National Conference on IT Education (NCITE) last October 2006; (6) Summer Seminar-Workshop Series; (7) Technopreneurship Training and development of the SEED Technopreneuship Course; (8) linkages with PSITE-National and the other regional chapters, ICT Davao Inc. (the umbrella organization of all IT organizations in Davao), Davao Business Community, Technology Providers, and the various government agencies as well as the local government unit; (9) and saving the best for last, the four Centers of Development in IT Education (ADDU, UIC, UM, UP-Min).

It would be worthy to note that the vision of CDITE-XI is to make Davao as the center of quality and world-class IT education and training in Mindanao. The mission is to produce highly competent and efficient IT professionals with sound social and ethical standards. The five main programs are: (1) Administrators and Faculty Development; (2) Academe-IT Industry Linkage; (3) Inter-School Cooperation; (4) Advocacy; and (5) Networking. The core values are commitment, professionalism, excellence, continuing education, integrity, social relevance and unity



CDITE-XI is composed of twenty-seven member IT schools. The bulk of the membership comes from Davao City with nineteen IT schools (refer to the table above -- the 19th school is Assumption School of Davao with their BSCS program). There are two member IT schools in Davao del Sur, four in Davao del Norte, one in Compostela Valley, and one in Davao Oriental (refer to the table below). Almost all member schools offer the BSCS and BSIT programs. Only five schools offer the BSIM program. Among the twenty-seven member IT schools, only three of the universities offer masters degree courses (ADDU, UIC, USEP). The shared vision of CDITE-XI and PSITE-XI is making Davao as the IT Education capital of Mindanao which complements the vision of ICT Davao Inc. -- that is to make Davao as the IT capital of Mindanao.




There are still some unfinished business to focus on, namely: (1) student competencies and immersion framework; (2) faculty immersion, consultancy, research & development partnerships; (3) IT Educators Academy; (4) technopreneurship program; (5) continuous dialogue with IT industry; and (6) school-initiated technology development programs. These are tall orders to attain, but definitely not unreachable. On its seventh year, CDITE-XI, under the leadership of Chrys Ibarra, will focus on these concerns.We in CDITE-XI have indeed come a long way in six years. We have developed into a cohesive and forward-looking community because of long-standing relationships and respect for each other's pace and growth. We just have to capitalize on our gains and soar further to greater heights. As the Jedis would say, "the force is with us..." -- and I greatly believe in this. :-)


Note: This is the narrative form of the President's Report I delivered to the Joint CDITE-XI and PSITE-XI Regional Assembly for IT Educators last July 20, 2007 at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP).

Friday, September 7, 2007

Software Freedom Day 2007


We would like to invite you, your faculty, and your 15 student representatives to join us in celebrating Software Freedom Day 2007 this coming September 15 at the University of Southeastern Philippines.

We will mark Software Freedom Day with presentations, demonstrations, and tutorials. Product demonstrations and presentations commence at 10:00am. The main lectures start at 1:30pm.

And, of course, we will be giving out free software, too. (CDs are limited but your representatives can bring their own media, e.g., USB flash drives, we will be happy to make copies for them.)

Software Freedom Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Advocates take this day to recognize the virtues of free software and encourage its use among the general public. You can find out more about Software Freedom Day at http://www.softwarefreedomday.org.

Details of local activities are posted at http://www.minfoss.info.

Looking forward to seeing you at Software Freedom Day!


Sincerely,

Maureen M. Mamilic
Dean, USEP - Institute of Computing

Thursday, September 6, 2007

MCITE '07 - Final Announcement



Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators Foundation, Inc.
Region XI


5 September 2007

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Greetings from the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators Foundation, Inc. (PSITE -Region XI Chapter).

The Mindanao Conference on Information Technology Education (MCITE '07) is fast approaching. As we have mentioned before this will be on September 20-21, 2007. The final venue is at Rm F213 Finster Building, Ateneo de Davao University, Jacinto Campus, Davao City. Please confirm your attendance directly to me (rsgamboa@gmail.com). Only confirmed participants will be ensured of complete conference kit.

See you all in Davao City.

RANDY S. GAMBOA, PhD
PSITE-XI President

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Research Proposal 2-My Studz

LEVEL OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) COMPETENCE OF PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
IN DAVAO CITY
By: Laganson, Jello D., Paguio, Maricar A., Timbal, Maricel A.
Tentative Defense Schedule: September 07, 2007, 11:00am
Panelist : Ms. Novie Joy Pelobello, MSIS and Mr. Exander Barrios, MIM


Background of the Study

Countries around the world are increasing their efforts to maximize the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education. As noted in the UNESCO World Education Report, the young generation is entering a world that is changing in all spheres: scientific and technological, political, economic, social, and cultural. The Southeast Asian nations have even started preparing the young ones for the job market within the current economic condition by expanding the basic education through developing ICT skills competence. Thus, requiring educators to be ICT competent themselves.

However, teachers must be convinced that the ICT is important in acquiring richer range of resources for themselves and the students, as they are the gateway to the development of skills required to exploit the most up-to-date information. This posed a great hindrance, as there are still a large number of teachers who lack confidence and awareness in the usage of ICT in their teaching and prefer the traditional way.

Today, most countries include ICT integration, either in their national policies or in laws pertaining to the education sector. The same trend happened to the Philippines, wherein the Philippine Department of Education has formulated policies for the use of ICT. The Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture commissioned SEAMEO-INNOTECH in formulating the indicators in assessing the impact of ICT in education. Using international ICT competency standards developed by various recognized bodies, the Human Capital Development Group of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT-HCDG) is already working on National ICT Competency Standard for Teachers (NICS-Teachers) which defines the ICT skills needed by teachers in basic and higher education.

According to the survey conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), access to information technology of the secondary schools varies from 34% - 98%, with the Visayas and Mindanao having the least percentage. Davao, the capital of Mindanao, is experiencing the same dilemma. Many teachers are not trained in using ICT in teaching their students, particularly in public schools. It is especially a problem on the secondary level of education, as it is a preparatory level for college but still with a large number of teachers not competent enough in the category of ICT and sometimes, even computer illiterate. This scenario exists in many public high schools in Davao City, especially to those in the remote areas.

Integration of ICT on the educators’ pedagogical practices varies from school to school. Most public high schools introduce the basic computer information on limited fields only, specifically in Technology and Home Economic, and do not necessarily require teachers to be computer literate. The Philippine government has already taken action by having programs and projects for the use of ICT in education. However, the mindset of many educators becomes a hindrance to the success of the nation’s effort. They are not ready to face the challenge of technology being integrated in their teaching strategies, which does not really maximize the capability of the students to cope with the impact of ICT on every aspect of the nation. This can already be seen on fresh high school graduates that have already entered college unprepared and are still computer illiterate.

The Philippine government has already initiated a program that would train the teachers towards the modernization of educational system. They are encouraged to integrate ICT in different subject areas.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for once has a computer literacy program provided for different public high schools. Department of Education (DepEd) has also collaborated with different agencies, like IBM, to inculcate to teachers how they would use ICT to catch the interest of students towards learning. This is useful based on the facts that schools have large class sizes but still need to be ensured that each student would pay attention to the lessons being taught. Various trainings and seminars would be very helpful in molding the teachers to be open to the changes in technology and continually learn towards ICT competency. The efforts to intensify the campaign of integrating ICT to education are visible on programs made by the government. This shows that the government recognizes the importance of ICT especially to the young ones. Teachers are the one responsible for educating our Young's. With this, it is timely to study whether teachers are competent enough in using ICT in their teaching practices. This would ensure that ICT facilities are used to the fullest. Upon seeing the significance of ICT, the researchers became motivated to conduct the study. The researchers are aware on how critical it is that public high school students would get the most out of their ICT education. This would aid them not to be left behind by the fast pace of evolution of technology.

Statement of the Problem

Generally, the study seeks to answer the inquiry: What is the significant relationship between the profile of teachers and the ICT competency of public high school teachers in Davao City?


It attempts to answer the following specific problems:
1.What is the profile of teachers among public
secondary schools in Davao City in terms of:
1.1 Educational attainment;
1.2 Teaching experience; and
1.3 ICT training and seminar attended?

2.What is the level of ICT competency of public
high school teachers in Davao City in terms of:
2.1 Pedagogical practices and
2.2 Skills in manipulating ICT.

3.Is there a significant relationship between the
profile of teachers and the ICT competency of
public high school teachers in Davao City?

Objectives

Generally, the purpose of the study is to determine the significant relationship between the profile of teachers and the ICT competency of public high school teachers in Davao City. This involves the issues behind the efforts of moving towards ICT competency. This research is also made to investigate how this affects the quality of education in Davao City and its contribution to the development and readiness of the students to a technology-based society.

Specifically, this study has the following objectives:


1. To establish the profile of teachers among 
public secondary schools in Davao City in terms
of:
1.1 Educational attainment;
1.2 Teaching experience; and
1.3 ICT training and seminar attended.
2. To determine the level of ICT competency of
high school public teachers in Davao City in
terms of :
2.1 Pedagogical practices and
2.2 Skills in manipulating ICT.
3. To find out if there is a significant
relationship between the profile of teachers and
the ICT competency of high school public
teachers in Davao City.

Null Hypothesis

There is no significant relationship between the teacher profile and ICT competency of high school public teachers in Davao City.

Significance of the Study

This study is useful and beneficial to the following:

Department of Education
Through this research, they would know how effective ICT is towards innovations in education. They could make this as a guide in making a plan towards intensifying ICT integration in teaching different subject areas.

Senators and Congressmen
This research would pose certain considerations regarding ICT integration that can be useful in making national policies pertaining to the education sector.

School Administrators
This will encourage them to create development programs towards ICT competence. Heads of each school would also know if their faculties are competent in teaching ICT.

Teachers
They will be given an opportunity as leaders in the integration of ICT in the academe.

Students
This would ensure that the students are getting the most of what they need to know that are needed for living and working in a digital society.

Community
The research will benefit the government of Davao because it could cater information that would show them whether teachers in Davao are competent in teaching ICT to students. There would be an access of information about student’s progress based on the performance of the educators. It could also give them an idea on how to intensify their campaign in educating teachers with regards to ICT to better serve the students who are very dependent on the learning that comes from their teachers.

Researchers
Possible research might come out regarding the same matter but on different location or place. This would be useful to researchers who would like to conduct the same study on their place.

Theoretical/Conceptual Framework

Theoretical Framework

The researchers of this study theorize that the profile of the public high school teachers has something to explain on their level of ICT competence. The following supports this theory:

Constructivist Underpinnings

Constructivist theories of learning underpin ICT, being one of the new ways of teaching and learning. It constitutes a shift from a teacher-centered education to the one that is learner-centered. Constructivism’s central idea is that human learning is constructed that learners build new knowledge upon the foundation of previous learning (Berandoy, 2006).

Staff Development Issues

Aside from appropriate knowledge and skills, another form of ICT "need" is to have skills and knowledge delivered in such a way that they remain relevant over time and in different situations. The nature of teaching profession is to be involved in and adapt to, a variety of teaching practices and approaches, and to different roles as their career develops. These demands indicate that teacher needs to be able to transfer and apply ICT skills in a range of settings. Their need to accept change will continue throughout their career due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum and the need to update and expand skills in order to develop professionally.

Thus, the issue of transferability arises. The development of the skills required to exploit the potential of ICT can only be regarded as successful if teachers have the ability to understand the relevance of the skills and apply them across a range of teaching and learning situations.
This means that flexibility is an important element in teaching. Teachers need to develop skills in such a way which enables them to deal with situational change, e.g. from using a particular piece of software in one school, perhaps, to using a generic equivalent in another school or from working with a group of freshmen pupils through to working with more senior pupils. They also need to be able to cope with role change, so that they can move flexibly from their position as users of ICT as a personal learning resource to the position of teachers using ICT resources within the context of the subjects and levels they teach.

Flexibility is also important in developing the ethos of evidence-based practice, the key to effective professional development within a continually changing area such as the application of ICT. In order to absorb innovation into practice, teachers have to develop skills and knowledge in such a way that they can understand the relevance of the skills and apply them appropriately in their own learning contexts (Williams, Wilson, Richardson, Tuson, and Coles, 1998, Section two).

Pedagogy

The most important aspect of infusing technology in the curriculum is pedagogy. The local context and the individual approach of the teacher linked with that of their subject discipline must be paramount. Teachers move through stages as they adopt ICTs. The teacher adopting technology applies it simply as a substitute for current teaching practice where technology is not used (e.g., teacher lecture becomes electronic presentation supporting lecture, students writing papers by hand become students writing papers using a word processor, course syllabus on paper becomes course syllabus online). The adaptation of ICTs by teachers should challenge and support changes in teaching practice, building upon individual pedagogic expertise. As teachers’ pedagogical practices with new technologies continue to develop, and organizational support and access to ICTs grow, it becomes possible to move beyond the adaptation of ICT applications that fit with existing practice. Transformation of the educational process will start to emerge and may move toward more student-centered learning environments (UNESCO, 2002).

In an information processing theory, we process information that arrives by gathering first the information, then representing it, then storing it. We usually recall the information later. The teachers in this theory are encouraged to use repetition and present lessons in a clear organized manner. Teachers are also encouraged to train students to use chunking when storing large amount of information by breaking up information into meaningful blocks.

Inquiry based learning theory emphasizes active involvement of students in acquiring knowledge. Teachers are better be able to help students advance their technology skills, expand learners’ capabilities to display and organize information, and multiply the ways they can contribute to the project (Berandoy, 2006).
Technical Issues

Simply providing the technology for learners and teachers is not enough. The type and level of access is also important. ICTs will improve learning very little if teachers and students have only rare and occasional access to the tools for learning.
Professional teachers, provided with reliable technology infrastructure and technical assistance, demonstrate continual growth in their skill with ICTs and knowledge of their current and emerging applications within education and the society. Specifically they are able to:
• use and select from a range of ICT resources to enhance personal and professional effectiveness; and
• willingly update skills and knowledge in the light of new developments (UNESCO, 2002).

Conceptual Framework

The figure below shows the conceptual framework showing the variables of the study. The independent variable which is teacher’s profile serves as the input in determining the level of ICT competence of public high school teachers. Under it are the following indicators: educational attainment, teaching experience and ICT training and seminars attended. The educational attainment shows the educational background of the teacher. The teaching experience indicates how long the teacher is in service. The ICT training and seminars attended is the type of training and seminars attended pertaining to ICT that the teacher went through. The level of ICT competence of public high school teachers acts as the dependent variable having the following indicators: pedagogical practices and skills in manipulating ICT. Pedagogical practices refer to the use of technology in components of instruction process while adhering also with the social and professional considerations. Skills in manipulating ICT is the measurement of the ICT knowledge and skills related to technical operations and concept, and productivity.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Research Proposal 1- My Studz

ICT SKILLS-INDUSTRY MATCHING IN DAVAO CITY

by :Mishill Cempron, Amalyn Reyes. Rea Talaboc
Honey E. Gementiza, Jennifer A. Gorro, Sheila Mae C. Navales
Tentative Defense Schedule: September 07, 2007, 10:00am
Panelist : Ms. Novie Joy Pelobello, MSIS and Mr. Exander Barrios, MIM


BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

The expanding business of information means more jobs in such businesses as software, telecommunications, or public relations. For most highly industrialized countries such as Canada, unemployment is not a basic problem. It's the growing gap between those who have the skills to adapt to the new work place and those who don't: "Canadians cannot avoid coming to grips with the issue of structural unemployment and the growing skills gap that lies its root." Ottawa's Canadian Occupational Projection System agrees with the prediction that fast growth occupations will be in information technology (such as systems analysts and data processing operators), health, and services as diverse as industrial engineering, child care, and food and beverage preparation. Tomorrow's new jobs are likely to share an important feature: many of them will require more education and skills than the jobs they replace.

The Philippines has been acknowledged as the Asia’s source of significant outsource service operations because of its competitive advantages: high quality personnel, lower cost in doing business and proximity to market. The opportunities in the ICT industry such that cyber services is expected to generate a total of 981,000 jobs by 2010.

Locally, Region XI is priming up as one of the country’s top destination for cyber services with Davao City as the hub and “Center of Excellence” in ICT. Davao City ranked high as an attractive ICT Investment Location in the country and was awarded as the “Most Competitive Metropolitan City” for its lowest mark in terms of cost in doing business, and highest rating in terms of livability. The presence of organized industry players in ICT sector coupled with the support of the local government agencies have hasten the development and growth of the ICT sector in the region. Hence, Information and Communications Technology is one of the priority industries identified for development in the Davao Region Industry Cluster Plan 2005-2010 for its significance as a powerful tool for participating in global market, enhancing local development, opportunities and improvement in the delivery of basic services.

The developments in ICT offers a vast opportunities especially in business process outsourcing (BPO), customer care and call centers, medical transcription centers, data animation and visualization, software development, engineering and design, IT outsourcing and Multi-Media and Gaming. However, inspite of the high job opportunities that the BPO can give to the city, concern and doubts about its sustainability of growth and development has been raised as the industry experiences difficulties in meeting the demands of the markets, specifically in the city’s ability to supply skilled workforce.

Accordingly, the human resource development is the most critical area that Davao City faces in the development of its ICT sector and in stimulating the sustainability of its growth and development. The city faces the more profound challenge of educating, training and integrating a large portion of its population who were previously denied the opportunity to move into the emerging information society.

With this regard, DTI and NEDA would like to determine the status of the ICT workforce and whether their skills match with the demands and standards of the industry. Yet, as far as this research is concern, there has been no concrete study that could answer the issue. Hence, the researchers were motivated to advocate a study that would shore up the issues raised by DTI and NEDA in a most probable way so as to help them determine and validate whether the present status of the human resource of the seven sectors of ICT industry matches with the demands and standards of the ICT companies. The researchers consider the three essential factors of the study; Employability (Soft) Skills, IT Technical Skills/ IT Literacy and Customer Service Skills. The Educational Credentials/Profile is also given an emphasis as baseline data for the research study.

The study is important to aid the infusion of skilled human resource in the city. It is timely enough to address the present needs such as of DTI and NEDA and as well strengthen the government-industry-academe linkage in general. If the skills-matching result is affirmative then the present status of the workforce is suitable, otherwise plans for alleviating skills-gap is recommended. It would contribute for possible improvements on the ICT Industry Cluster Plan of NEDA and also assess the problem presently encountered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in their step to strengthen government involvement in producing highly skilled ICT manpower. The study will also help make the industry aware of the present status of their human resource and whether there is a need of plans for developmental training. It will also provide basis and necessary information on the part of the academe for possible improvements on their method of teaching towards their quest of providing competent ICT graduates. Moreover, students will also benefit from this research by providing significant information on their status as students and the necessary qualifications for them to be employed in the ICT companies.


STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

Davao City faces the more profound challenge of educating, training and integrating a large portion of its population who were previously denied the opportunity to move into the emerging information society. To participate in the ICT sector, the city must ensure the development of skills that are on a par with the ICT standards. This will mean improvement to its existing educational and training capabilities as well as preparing its graduates to participate broadly in the information society and to be a productive member of the ICT sector.

The following are the specific questions which would be addressed by this study:

1. What is the present status of the human resource of the seven sectors of ICT industry (Customer Care and Call Centers / (BPO) Business Process Outsourcing, Medical Transcription Centers, IT Outsourcing, Data Animation and Visualization, Software Development, Engineering and Design, and Multi-Media and Gaming) in terms of their:

         *Educational Credentials/Profile;
*Employability (soft) Skills;
*IT Technical Skills/ IT Literacy;
*Customer Service Skills?


2. What are the demands and standards of the ICT companies for their human resource in terms of their:

          *Educational Credentials/Profile;
*Employability (soft) Skills;
*IT Technical Skills/ IT Literacy;
*Customer Service Skills?


3. Does the present status of the human resource of the seven sectors of ICT industry match with the demands and standards of the ICT companies?


SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

This research study intends to develop a projection of the present status of the human resource of the seven sectors of ICT industry in areas here (customer care and call centers / Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), medical transcription centers, data animation and visualization, software development, engineering and design, IT outsourcing and Multi-Media and Gaming). Accordingly, these sectors are to be evaluated in the following aspects: Educational Credentials/Profile, Employability (soft) Skills, IT Technical Skills/ IT Literacy, and Customer Service Skills.


The study also aims to generate a projection of the demands and standards of the ICT companies for their human resource in terms of their: Educational Credentials/Profile, Employability (soft) Skills, IT Technical Skills/ IT Literacy, and Customer Service Skills.


In regards with the data that will be gathered, this study will determine and validate if the present status of the human resource of the seven sectors of ICT industry match with the demands and standards of the ICT companies.


HYPOTHESIS

There is a mismatch between the level of competence of ICT human resource to the demands and standards form by the ICT companies in its 7 sectors.


SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

This research study will strengthen the academe-industry-government linkage in general. It would contribute to possible improvements of the ICT Industry Cluster Plan of NEDA and as well address the problem presently encountered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in their step to strengthen government involvement in producing highly skilled ICT manpower. Moreover, students will also benefit from this research by providing significant information on their status as students and the necessary qualifications for them to be employed in the ICT companies.

It would also benefit the academic institutions in that our research would give them important basis, guidelines and information for possible revisions or improvements of its curricula in order to promote and produce productive and qualified graduates in the field of IT.

It would profit the ICT industry/companies in that its impact would probably increase the number of qualified human resource and thus result to the reduction of high training cost of personnel and contribute to the development and sustainability of the BPO companies growth here in the city.

And most of all, it would benefit us, the researchers, the future graduates and IT professionals, for it will serve as our guidelines and give us knowledge of what we need to possess in order for us to strengthen our capabilities and improve our weaknesses in order to meet the demands and requirements of the ICT industry and thus increase our chances of finding a job and purposely for us to be hired in the BPO companies.


Theoretical Framework

Theory on the assessment of competency:


The theory of Thomas Angelo, assessment requires working expertise and standards for all quality explicit and public: systematically gathering of evidence on how well performance matches those expertise and standards; analyzing and interpreting the evidence; using the resulting information to document expertise and improve performance.

With this assessment of competency, the strength and developmental needs shall be identified. This improves the productivity and job performance of working entry level professionals of information technology by addressing the developmental needs.


Theory on Working entry-level Professionals:



The study about the assessment of working entry-level of IT professionals, written by Ryan Y. Custodio, the inputs are the skills requirements in technical areas, in work functions of a computer and in the core abilities of the entry-level professionals.

The competency of entry-level professionals of information technology was evaluated using the skills requirements items. Finally, the capabilities, strength, and developmental needs were identified as output. This checks whether there is a significant impact of the level of skills requirements on the level of competence of the entry-level professionals of information technology.


Theory on employability skills:

From the BATEC Workforce Study, this diagram attempts to portray the “star” employee, possessing technical depth in more than one technical area and also possessing employability skills. In the study, data shows that employers say that although educators were doing an adequate job of preparing students, technically they were greatly frustrated that applicants lacked a sufficiently broad spectrum of skills, especially employability skills, necessary to efficiently apply and effectively leverage their technical skills.

Most employers wished the applicants had more of, or what they felt applicants lacked, the communication skills, problem solving skills, greater facility in teamwork and collaboration, ability to manage and motivate ones self, and contextual knowledge of work. One significant finding is that certain IT skills that may be still be prized as achievements by some schools and students are completely assumed by business. In particular, basic user skills and facility with the basic or desktop operating systems are considered.


Conceptual Framework


Figure above illustrates the factors considered in determining the skills-industry matching in ICT industry in Davao City.

The variables of this study are the indicators used to compare the Level of Competence of the Human Resource with the Standards and Demands of the ICT Industry which are the following: Employability Skills, IT Technical/IT Literacy and Customer Service Skills. Thus, through the indicators the researchers will then be able to assess if there really exists mismatch between the competence of the employees and the standards of the ICT industry.

Then the researchers would determine whether the HR skills match with the ICT Industry standards. If the result is match, therefore the determinant factors between the two parties are met.