Monday, October 26, 2009

NCITE'09 Opening Remarks

Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the NCITE 2009 October 21, 2009 in Cagayan de Oro City

Ladies and gentlemen, before anything else, I would like to enjoin everybody for a minute of silent prayer for our members and all those who were affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. May those who have lost homes and properties find shelter, enough food and clean water. May the Lord comfort those who are traumatized and those who are grieving for the loss of their families, neighbors and friends. May our great Healer bless those who are sick and injured that their health may be restored.

Thank you.

To our Keynote Speaker who will be properly introduced later, Capitol University President Atty, Casimiro B. Juarez, Jr., my fellow PSITE national board members, paper presenters, invited speakers, our dear IT educators and students from different schools and universities, guests, ladies and gentlemen, maayong buntag sa tanan….magandang umaga sa inyong lahat …. good morning to all.

First of all, I’d like to thank you for coming and being able to attend this conference. We were expecting more participants, but then again, because of the recent calamity that hit the country, we got a number of cancellations. And, as they say, the show must go on, because you deserve the best at PSITE.

As you may have already known, the thrust of PSITE for this term is coined as PReParE. P for Professionalism, Re for research, Par for Partnership and E for education. The manner that this conference came about, from the organizing to the actual execution, exhibits a great improvement in terms of professionalism among PSITE members. Through this conference, we are educating our members and even non-members. And this NCITE would not have been possible without our partnership with CHED, IT services providers, suppliers, schools and universities and even individuals. But most importantly, this conference aims to achieve our Research agenda. This means providing a venue for members to prepare and present their researches.

To those who have been members before, you know that we hold NCITE only once a year. And it is the only time that the research papers are presented. In line with our PSITE thrusts, this is the first time that we conducted a pre-NCITE Conference. In the sessions yesterday, a model research frameworks, advising and manuscript templates for BSCS, BSIT and BSIS were presented. And this is coupled with the best practices in BSCS, BSIT, BSIS student researches. These presentations were an offshoot of the training needs of the faculty members in the IT academic community. We are expecting that many will be encouraged to submit more research papers in the coming years.

This is also the first time that there is a student presenter during the NCITE conference. There was debate among the PSITE board on whether to allow students to present or not. But in the end, we came up with a decision to allow students to present their research paper. This is advantageous to the PSITE members, students and the whole IT community as well.

So this NCITE conference is full-packed with research presentations, panel discussions with some product presentations and updates from the Commission on Higher Education or the CHED. We are just starting. I am already excited of the highlight of this opening ceremony. And this is the message from our keynote speaker who is an educator himself, a young and energetic leader.

And I am very pleased that this conference is held in this beautiful city of Cagayan de Oro. A city known by many nicknames such as “Gateway to Northern Mindanao”, “A City in Bloom, Blossom and in BOOM!”, “City of Golden Friendship”, “ICT Goldmine of the Philippines” and now “City of Whitewater Rafting and River Trekking.”

Before I end, let me thank the organizing committee led by Sir Edwin Maranon, VP- Mindanao and the local organizing committee – PSITE-10 led by Ms. Christine Redondo-Sevilla for organizing this conference. Your effort is commendable. My deepest gratitude also to the management and staff of the Capitol University ably led by their president, Atty. Juarez for your hospitality and for giving us this beautiful venue. And to the officers and members, thank you for your professionalism and all-out support.

We hope that in this conference, we will produce leaders and be able to empower others. So, let us be one in achieving our goal to further IT education and empowering others. As Bill Gates said, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others”. So let’s all start PREPARE-ing ourselves, educate and empower others. Let us give our best in everything we do.

With all of us working together for the good of the members and the IT community as a whole, no Ondoy or Pepeng can sweep us down and dampen our spirits.

May you all have a fruitful day ahead. Good morning.