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, July 31, 2008

Operationalization of the Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT)

During the RQAT orientation last Tuesday, July 29, 2008, the Commission on Higher Education-Region XI (CHED-XI) clearly defined our roles as RQAT members, to wit:

  1. Assist the Commission on Higher Education - Region XI to conduct evaluation on schools applying for government permit and recognition of pertinent educational programs.
  2. Prepare reports based upon findings and recommend appropriate action to the Commission on Higher Education
  3. Coordinate with the Supervisor-in-Charge on various activities, such as schedule of travel, mode of evaluation and reporting of findings and
    recommendation.

Appointment papers were also given and are valid only from June 01, 2008 – May 31, 2009, (SY 2008-2009). The appointment paper was signed by the CHED-XI Director, Leonida S. Calagui, Ph.D.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

IBM-CSC Invitation

A welcome luncheon for IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) Volunteers assigned to the Philippines will be held on 01 August 2008, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Mindanao-Sulawesi Function Rooms in Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. The CSC is part of the Global Citizen's Portfolio initiative announced last year by IBM’s CEO Sam Palmisano. It is targeted to develop leadership skills while addressing socio-economic challenges in emerging markets. In the country, a CSC team will partner with the Australian Business Volunteers, the Philippine Development Assistance Program and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry. CSC volunteers will assist the Chamber of Commerce in developing online marketing services and a database of investment opportunities. This initiative is also aimed at involving IBM employees who can contribute valuable and much-needed skills, talent, and capabilities in emerging market countries to pursue engaging, stimulating and creative projects in partnership with these countries and selected NGO partners. IBM volunteers will gain leadership development skills and cultural understanding of their assigned destinations, while contributing to society and partnering with these respective communities and NGOs in meaningful ways.

IBM Express Advantage Solutions Roadshow, featuring the latest I.T. solutions for mid-sized businesses immediately will follow after the luncheon meeting.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

New PSITE-XI and CDITE-XI Officers



Congratulations to the Newly Elected PSITE-XI and CDITE-XI Officers

CDITE OFFICER SY 2008-2009
President : ROGELIO MASANGKAY -DNSC
Vice President: NOVIE JOY C. PELOBELLO -UM
Secretray : SHARON ORDOYO -JMC
Treasurer : TRIXIE DIMACALI -DMMA-CSP
Auditor : EXANDER BARRIOS-UIC
PIO : GENEVIEVE PILONGO - HCDC

PSITE-XI OFFICER SY 2008-2009
President : MICHAEL GILBANG -UM
Vice President: MICHELLE BANAWAN -ADDU
Secretray : MARIAN A. MALIG-ON -UM
Treasurer : NEIL MAGLUYOAN -HCDC
Auditor : VICTOR HANOPOL -ADDU
PIO : OWEN PILONGO -HCDC

Saturday, July 26, 2008

RQAT (Regional Quality Assessment Team)

CHED-ROXI is again inviting me to be a member of the Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) for Information Technology Education. My role as an RQAT member is to assist CHED-RO-XI evaluate/monitor the physical resources of Higher Education Institutions in Region XI intending to offer Information Technology Program effective school year 2009-2010. An orientation of all RQAT members is scheduled on July 29, 2008, 13:00hrs at the Garland Function Room, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City.

Opening Remarks and Rationale



Opening Remarks and Rationale
Randy S. Gamboa, Ph.D.
VP-Mindanao, PSITE
on the occasion of the PSITE and CDITE Joint Assembly
July 25, Holy Cross of Davao College, Davao City


Holy Cross of Davao College President Iris Melliza, CHED-ROXI Education Supervisor II, Dr. Maricar R. Casquejo, CDITE-XI former President Sir Edwin Marañon, Deans, fellow IT educators, good afternoon…

First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Melliza for graciously agreeing to host this PSITE-XI and CDITE-XI Joint Assembly and Planning Session. If all school presidents would be as supportive as her, I am pretty sure the IT Education in Davao City and in Mindanao for that matter will flourish successfully.

I also wish to thank all of you present here today for attending our annual gathering. Your active participation in this assembly will surely make this affair a success. We have been holding joint assembly for several years now for the following reasons. First, to update IT educators on the latest development in IT Education. Secondly, to inform PSITE-XI and CDITE-XI members of what has been accomplished for the past year. Third, to plan out activities for this school year. Fourth, to serve as venue for airing concerns and information sharing of IT educators. And lastly, to gain new friends or renew acquaintances.

Today, we will hear presentations and updates from Dr. Casquejo of CHED-XI, Sir Edwin Marañon, former CDITE-XI president and yours truly. The election of new set of officers will follow after the updates. The last part will be the planning session for the year.

I have been the PSITE-XI President for the past five years now. Much as I want to relinquish the post, it seems that there were no takers that time. But having been just elected to the PSITE national board and con-current Vice-President for Mindanao, it is really high time that somebody would take the cudgel and lead the group for Region XI. I will be bringing the voice of Mindanao in the National PSITE.

Let me take this opportunity to thank the officers who worked with me during my incumbency as president and the members who were very supportive in the activities of PSITE-XI. It was indeed very fulfilling working and being with you.

As we continue with this meeting, I hope that you will stay attentive, be participative and give your all out support and commitment to IT Education. Good Afternoon.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Should USEP adopt FOSS

My students in USEP are getting smarter .. here's one post of my student (JADE MIJARES) about Integrating Open Source Source Software in schools ...

Should USEP adopt Open Source Software (OSS)? This is a question that begs to be answered and if the answer is yes, then the question, WHY, should be answered next before the, HOW could be discussed. These are questions that need to be answered.

Before we go on discussing the three questions I would just like to add that Free Software is different with Open Source Software. This is a concept that I encountered as I was researching about the topic. I intended to write something about their differences but as I got deeper I got lost in the semantics of both terms. Furthermore someone already posted the difference between the two on his blog. http://www.xaprb.com/blog/2008/05/14/mysql-free-software-but-not-open-source/
I believe this guy knows what he is talking about better than I could express what I’ve read.

Going back to the first question: Should USEP adopt/ apply or use OSS? My answer to this question is a resounding YES.

WHY:
“A leading university in the county that fosters innovation” and “A dynamic and balanced leader in Information and Communications Technology innovations” are two lines that every IC student of USEP should have engraved in their hearts, the former comes from the University’s Vision statement while the latter from the Institute of Computing’s. Innovation, that is exactly what OSS offers.

OSS has a lesser Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) or the total expenditure in using and maintaining the software. OSS doesn’t necessarily mean ‘no fee’. Most OSS are. They could be downloaded via the internet. The cost of installing an OSS on schools is much cheaper compared to installing propriety software the later usually having one computer one license policies. But on the over all scheme using OSS would put a lesser strain or no strain at all on the school’s budget and would allow excess funds to be diverted to other concerns.

The third reason for using OSS in USEP is an ethical concern. By using OSS the university would be promoting a more democratic form of technological practice as Gary Hepburn and Jan Buley put it. www.innovateonline.info The problem concerning the training of students to use a particular company’s software would be addressed. No longer will the students be locked in using a particular software but they would be given the chance to explore new and in some instances better software.

HOW:
The most difficult part of all is doing what we know we should have done. It is not enough just to know what is the right way, we should also DO the right way. So, how could we apply OSS in our University? It can be done, that is for sure. We could see that on the many examples of universities and high schools that applied OSS in their campuses. www.schoolforge.net compiles stories about these schools. Gary Hepburn and Jan Buley also wrote an article entitled “Getting Open Source Software into Schools: Strategies and Challenges”, this could be found at www.innovateonline.info. Before you could access the article you are first required to sign up at their site.

In the article three approaches are outlined on how to implement OSS on schools. All three of them could be applied in USEP but not at the same time. First, the university should run OSS applications in conjunction with propriety operating systems. When the students and staff become comfortable with the set up, the second approach could then be applied, that is running both OSS and propriety Operating Systems in one computer. After that a change to full use of OSS could be made.

References:
1. www.innovateonline.info
2. http://edge-o.org/grouch/schools.html
3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4642461.stm
4. http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39198432,00.htm
5. www.networkworld.com/weblogs/smb/2006/012953.html
6. http://www.cjlt.ca/content/vol131.1/hepburn.html
7. http://www.netc.org/openoptions/home/quickstart.html
8. www.schoolforge.net

Monday, July 21, 2008

ITE Faculty Immersion Models

As part of the requirement of CHED Memo 53, Series of 2006 that at least 20% of the ITE faculty must have IT industry experience within the last five (5) years, the Technical Committee- Government Academe Industry Linkage (TC-Gail) of the Technical Panel for Information Technology Education (TPITE) identified seven (7) Immersion Models during their Focus Group discussions in Makati and Davao with industry players and the academe. These Models will also be presented and validated during their zonal consultations in Bacolod, Baguio and NCR. The identified immersion models will depend on the capability, capacity and economic environment of the locality where the school is located.

1. SDLC (either part of the project team from systems analysis to deployment; or seconded asproject manager
2. Specific tasks within SDLC
· Programming
· Software quality assurance (includes testing, debugging)
· Documentation
· Systems Analysis/Design
3. Systems Implementation/ Roll Out/User Training
4. Business Operations
· Finance
· Human Resources
· Distribution/Logistics
· Customer Relations Management
· Supply Chain Management
· Business Continuity
5. Technical support
· Database Administration
· Network Management ( Design, admin, maintenance)
· Data center management
6. Research
7. Organizational Development

True to its mission, TC-GAIL will assist schools in setting up alliances with industry/government in setting up faculty immersion programs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Zonal Orientation/Consultation on the Proposed Roadmap for the Enhancement of Industry-Academe Linkage Program



PSITE/CDITE Pipol

You're all invited to attend the zonal orientation/consultation on the proposed roadmap for the enhancement of industry-academe linkage programs in Information Technology Education this coming Friday, July 18, 2008 at University of Mindanao. Please see CHED Memo.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

CHED MEMO : Joint PSITE-CDITE Asssembly


PSITE-CDITE Pipol (Core, Elders, Officers) .. pls see CHED Memo


Joint PSITE_CDITE Assembly and Planning Session


Attention: Dean, Head/Chair, IT Education Program

In behalf of the Philippine Society of IT Educators - Region XI Chapter (PSITE-XI) Core Group Council of Deans for Information Technology Education I (CDITE-XI) , we would like to thank you for your untiring support in all of our endeavors last school year. The school year 2007-2008 had been a very successful year for IT educators in the region – and you have been part of it.

PSITE-XI and CDITE-XI Core Group will have a joint assembly and planning session on July 25, 2008, Friday, 1:00 – 7:00pm, at the conference room, 2nd flr. of the Holy Cross of Davao College, Sta. Ana Ave., Davao City. The

We would appreciate it very much if you could once again send the Dean, Head/Chair of your IT Education Program as well as his/her alternate (or another IT faculty member who is being groomed for administrative roles) to join this very important meeting. Please make your confirmation on or before July 18, 2008.

No registration fee will be collected, however, we would like to ask that institutional membership fee for school year 2008-09 be paid during the said activity. To wit:
PSITE-XI Institutional Membership Fee Php 2,000.00
CDITE-XI Membership Fee Php 1,000.00
Hoping for your continued support and expecting your IT Education Program Head and his/her alternate

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Planning Session and Workshop of the CHED Technical Committee on Industry Academe Linkage


Just yesterday, I received a letter of invitation from Dr. Heracleo D. Lagrada of the Office of Programs and Standards of the Commission on Hihger Education.

The Commission on Higher Education – Technical Panel for Information Technology Education (CHED-TPITE) in cooperation with the TPITE – Technical Committee on Government, Academe and Industry Linkages (TC-GAIL) would be holding a two (2) day planning/workshop session to draft a “Roadmap for Government, Acadme and Industry Linkages in Information Technology Education” in Crown Regency Hotel, Arnaiz St., Makati City on July 10-11, 2008.

The proposed roadmap is being developed in order for the government, schools and industry-academe linkage projects and for all stakeholders to share in a common vision of uplifting the quality of Information Technology Education in the country.

If the group may recall, we developed a Practicum Handbook, together with the Council of Deans for Information Technology (CDITE), which was initiated by CHED. Our CHED-XI Supervisor, Dr. Casquejo requested me to present our output during the abovementioned planning/workshop session. Hence, it would be an honor for PSITE XI to present its work in the National level.

Considering the short notice, I would rather just inform the core group that I am grabbing this opportunity to share our work during the planning/workshop session and would have PSITE XI subsidize part of my trip. ... with maricar and edwin's blessings ..hehhehheh

Monday, July 7, 2008

STT-Partnership Training for VBSO

The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) in partnership with the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF) is inviting me again in my capacity as PSITE-XI president and RDE coordinator of USeP-IC to a Short-Term Training on Partnership Building for a VBSO . The training aims to equip participants with practical skills and techniques to be able to establish effective mechanisms of building and maintain strong partnerships among Private and Public Sectors.

The Training is for free. It is conducted using international training standards under the supervision of the PAHRDF. It covers all costs including, if applicable, the following:

  1. Transportation
2. Board & Lodging
3. Course Materials
4. Meals
As the newly designated RDE coordinator of the Institute of Computing and president of PSITE-XI, I am expected to partner with organizations (both private and public) that would be for the benefit of both organizations. This training that the DCCCII is conducting will surely enhance my skills and I will be able to learn techniques for a stronger partnership.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

More on Green Campus Computing ..

Before I give suggestions on how to implement “green campus computing” in my school (USEP), I would first like to define what it means. Enable to do this, I will break the phrase ‘green campus computing’ into two: “green” and “campus computing”.According to wikipedia, computing is defined as ‘the activity of developing and using computer technology, including computer hardware and software.’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computing) Therefore, Campus Computing can be defined as the use or the development of computer technology within the bounds of the university. In the area of campus computing, Kenneth C. Green, is a prominent if not the leading authority in the subject. He is the founder of The Campus Computing Project. You could visit their website, http://www.campuscomputing.net./ Although their study was first based on American universities, they are now extending to other countries. In a general view their Campus Computing Survey is an annual study or report on the use or misuse and the state of computing technology in the surveyed campuses. “Green”, on the other hand, connotes environmental awareness or having a positive effect on the environment. Hence, ‘Green Campus Computing’ would roughly mean the positive effect of the use of computer technology in campuses on the environment. One study of the effects of computing technology on the environment can be found in this link: http://www.isc.uoguelph.ca/documents/061211GreenComputingFinalReport
2006_000.pdf. This is a case study by the University of Guelph on the impact of Computing Technology on their campus.Now, knowing what Green Campus Computing means, we could now suggest ways on how to implement this concept in USEP. The University of Colorado produced a guide on how to apply Green Computing in their university. It could be found in this link: http://ecenter.colorado.edu/energy/projects/green_computing.html. For the University of Southeastern Philippines to be known as a university that applies the concepts of Green Campus Computing it should apply them from the beginning ( defined in the case study in the University of Guelph as the cradle phase) until the end (defined as End of Use) of using computing technologies. When I say beginning , I mean upon or before the purchase of computing technologies and the End meaning when the said technologies are no longer usable even to the event of their disposal. Beginning – upon buying computing technologies, the USEP should go for technologies that have power saving devices or devices that have a positive effect or at least a lesser harmful effect on the environment. (ex. Green screen TV, LCD flat panel displays, etc) During Use (Operational Use)– this is defined as the time wherein the technology is functional. There are a lot of ways to help the environment during this period and some of them are listed or mentioned in the University of Colorado’s Green Computing Guide some of these are:1. Switching all appliances off whenever they are not in use. If for some reason a computer can’t be turned off then at the least the monitor should be turned off. This also goes with the printers, never turn on the printer unless it would be used. 2. DO NOT USE screen savers. Screen savers do not save energy. 3. When printing use a small font size if possible to conserve more ink. 4. Recycle all used paper. If only one side of the paper has print, the paper can be used as scratch paper. 5. The USEP should also allot a portion of their budget on buying good protection (Anti-virus Softwares and the like) for their computers. A lot of hardware is destroyed in the laboratories due to weak or unprotected computers including those of the students. End – a lot of unused computer monitors can be seen inside the laboratory (LAB1). If those monitors are unusable due to some reason or another, then the university should find a way to dispose of them properly. That way should be friendly to the environment. I also saw a lot of floppy disks that were just thrown away. These disks could still be used if they are formatted. - JMijares

Good day to everyone. Green Campus Computing is a research in how the Information Technology(IT) helps the student and the school campuses in the field of academic and saving energy. IT or computers can help the student in their academics, like for example in searching for their projects, they can easily get information’s from the internet particularly in the search engines. By using the computers in the campuses, we must also think that we are using an energy. We must consider this tips to conserve energy while we are using the computers, first we must not turn on our computers if we are not using it, second we must not turn on the printers if we are not printing a documents. If you have some other works to do and your research in the internet is not done yet, do not use screensaver if you are leaving the computer because the screensaver is using 28% more energy, but instead set it to the sleep mode to conserve more energy. We are talking about here the IT facilities in our campuses, like computers, printers, etc. The administration of the school must give policies in conserving energy in using the IT facilities to tell the student that they must save energy for the future generations. - HLovitos

As I first read the assignment I was shocked because I know that our school needs this kind of project and I am happy that I have given a chance to suggests ways for my school to adopt it. Base on my observation our computer laboratory consists of so many desktop computer but unfortunately these computers has some deffects I have read that their are computer stores that buys old models of desktop computers and some parts of it for them to resale it. The school can sell the computers that has deffects to these stores to gain a little money out of trash. We all know that we cannot just throw away these old computer to the trashcan beacause it has a lead content that can harm us. The school can also use these old models of computers or has deffects for IT students to know some hardware parts for actual and practical purposes. For the new computers and those who still in good condition the school can save electrical consumption by teaching and giving orientations to students on how to save energy in the laboratory. Building a forum and organization of green campus computing is a way for the school to give lectures to students and gives a harmony between the environment and our campus. -TTangian

Green Campus Computing in USeP

Sharing some ideas of MyStudz about Green Campus Computing ....

I have a truthful observation in my school when it comes to the use of computers. After our laboratory classes, our instructors remind us to turn off the computer but not completely unplug it. I know that this can't be helped since there are still students who will use it next. The worst I have seen so far is leaving the computers on in the laboratory even though no one is using them.For our school to adopt the concept of green computing, the first step we must make is to get the full support and cooperation of the administration, faculty and staff. They must be the leaders or models in the practice of green computing since the students look up to them for examples. They must fully understand the concept of green campus computing, its implementation and its effects in the various aspects of computing lifestyle. When they are fully oriented with it, it is only then that they can pass it down to the students. This is where the second step comes in: student orientation and cooperation. As students, they must be willing to participate in this simple act of creating a greener technological environment. Students should be properly oriented about the purpose of green computing and provided with a vision of a better environment for them. Provisions may also be passed around the campus about green computing. It is also necessary to have strict implementation and guidance inside computer laboratories. I will not enumerate steps to conserve energy because there are a lot of them. Getting the cooperation of everyone in the university is not something that will happen overnight, but with constant reminder, cooperation and practice in the part of both students and faculty, it can be achieved. Soon, the practice of green computing will become a part of our daily lives and will become as normal as breathing. I also suggest that further research be made by our own university for more efficient ways to use technology as a whole that fit the current computing lifestyle in our school. By following the simple steps towards green computing, we can help save our environment and create a better world for generations to come- KMDizon

My first suggestion for our school would be a proper education of the staff about the environmental issues that computers and other computing devices bring to us and the environment since they are the primary users of computing devices, however students also need to know of these issues too because this is an environmental concern which affects everyone. Symposiums could be held per division to address these issues as well as formal and mandatory seminars on how to maintain a green office environment. Second would be to assign a panel and create a program that monitors and studies the rate of environmental issues that affect the campus and provide solutions as well as proper implementation resources for this kind of action are readily available inside the campus. - DTabanyag

To implement this idea in my school, I suggest that everyone must be responsible enough to help in conserving energy so that the energy consumption will be reduced. And I am talking of turning OFF all computer units when not in use. Avoid using screen savers in computer’s monitor. Turn on printers ONLY when you are ready to print documents and turn it OFF when you have nothing to print at all. Refrain from needless printing; print only those documents that are necessary to have a hard copy. If possible, use ink jets printers; avoid laser printers because they consume more energy. Do not use computers for entertainment purposes like turning it on just to hear music even when you’re not totally using it. And one last thing, do not just buy and buy diskettes, make use of outdated diskettes through reformatting it. Together let us be responsible and start practicing GREEN COMPUTING…..- KDAdarna