Seoul Accord Annual General Meeting

The Seoul Accord’s Annual General Meeting (SAGM2016) was held last June 3-5, 2016 at the Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Read more

PSITE National Board (AY 2016-17)

Due to the recent developments with the PSITE National Board, the board met and reconvened in Manila on 15-March-2016 and held another election. Congratulations to the new set of officers listed below, they will bring PSITE into even greater heights! Soar high, PSITE! Mabuhay!!! Read more

Thailand Educational Benchmarking

Last May 23-28, 2015, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour of the PSITE National Board in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

(ACTIS 2014, Japan) Asian Conference on Technology, Information and Socity

Last November 20-23, 2014, I attended and presented a paper entitled “Best Practices and Challenges of Information Technology Education in the Philippines. Read more

SEOUL ACCORD General Membership Meeting

The Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) invited me to attend the Seoul Accord General Meeting (SAGM2013(Seoul)), Millennium Seoul Hiiton, Seoul, Korea last June 21 to 23, 2013. Read more

Indonesia Educational Benchmarking

Last May 18-25, 2014, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more

PICAB MOA Signing

Philippine Information and Computing Accreditation Board -- MOA signing Read more

2013 NESRC

Pix taken during the 2013 National Engineering and Science Research Conference (2013 NESRC) held at the Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City last March 7, 2013 Read more

PSITE NATCON 2013

PSITE NatCon 2013 Opening Remarks; Read more

SMART SWEEP 2013

A team of four students from the Institute of Computing of the University of Southeastern Philippines clinched the Ideaspace Award and a PhP 100,000 cash prize; Read more

Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour

I joined the PSITE National Board Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour last January 03-06, 2013; Read more

eGOV Awards 2012

From a shortlist recommended by DOST-ICTO, i was invited to be one of the judges of the eGOV awards final judging last November 8, 2012 at Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga; Read more

10th National Conference on Information Technology Education

Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the NCITE 2012 October 19, 2012 in Laoag City; Read more

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

Two entries from the Institute of Computing had been shortlisted as top 10 finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!; Read more

10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology(Y4IT)

The Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology or "Y4iT" (Youth for IT) is an annual event hosted by UP ITTC and UP SITF in cooperation with the UP ITTC Student Volunteer Corps, JICA, PSITE, CSP, PCS, PSIA, GDAP, EITSC, HSF, and Cyberpress. … Read more

Board Meeting

pix taken during the national board meeting last August 17-19, 2012 at Club Balai Isabel, Barangay Banga, Talisay Batangas.; Read more

Certificate of Recognition: Best Paper

The University of Southeastern Philippines held its 25th University Wide In-House Review; Read more

IBM Web Application Development Training

The Institute of Computing through its extension office with IBM and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators-Region X1 … Read more

ARIGATO GOZAIMAS

Konnichiwa , On behalf of the participants both from the Philippines and from other countries, I would like to thank the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship or ….Read more

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

12th PSITE National Convention


The Board of Trustees of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators Foundation, Inc. (PSITE) cordially invites you and your IT Faculty to the 12th PSITE National Convention. This will be held on February 24-27, 2010 at the Bohol Plaza Hotel, Dauis, Bohol. The theme of the convention is ‘IT Academia in the Next DeCADE”

Below are the convention fees:
Live-in Participants P 4,500.00 (includes convention materials and
accommodation at Bohol Plaza Hotel, three (3) Breakfast/ two (2) Lunch/ two (2)
Dinner/ (two (2) AM & two (2) PM Snacks)
Live-out Participants P 3,500.00 (includes convention materials and three (3) Breakfast/ two (2) Lunch/ two (2) Dinner/ (two (2) AM & two (2) PM Snacks)

Discount:
P300.00 for payments made on or before January 16, 2010.

You may deposit early payments to any Allied Bank branch. Accomplish the deposit slip in triplicate credited to PSITE using the following details:
Account Name : PSITE
Account Number : 3131-02238-4
Branch: Allied bank,
Recto Branch, Manila
Please email a scanned copy of the validated deposit slip and/or confirm you attendance and early reservations to Dave E. Marcial (demarcial02@yahoo.com), or visit http:psite.usjr.edu.ph. Alternatively, you may present the deposit slip to the convention secretariat on February 24, 2009. Official receipts will be issued during the convention. For more details, you may contact with his mobile numbers - +639105236709 or +639228218854.

MCITE 2009

INSPIRATIONAL TALK
Delivered by Randy S. Gamboa, Ph.D. during the MCITE 2009 held on December 3, 2009 at the Holy Cross of Davao College.

CHED OIC-Director Edward S. Aquino, Dr. Iris M. Melliza, President, Holy Cross of Davao College, Sir Edwin Maranon, PSITE VP-Mindanao, Sir. Vic Calag, PSITE Regional President, Deans, fellow IT Educators, guests, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

I’m indeed very happy as I speak before you today. And as I am looking at this venue, I can’t help but remember the first time that we conducted MCITE in 2002. Let’s relate a little about it.

It was in October 2002 when the PSITE National conducted the first National Conference on Information Technology Education or NCITE 2002 at the Lyceum University of the Philippines in Manila. It was then the baby project of the PSITE National President Dr. Jimmy Caro of the University of the Philippines. I was the PSITE Regional president that time. I was very fortunate to have attended the conference not only because I learned a lot but because I gained new acquaintances, friends and connections. Several informative papers were presented from the educators themselves, from IT experts and consultants. Among the participants were not only educators but those in the administration side, legislators and executives from all sectors. I made use of the time attending the sessions and going around, talking to people and learning from them. Indeed it was full-packed menu of knowledge and network. However, it was sad to note that from Mindanao, there were only three of us. Much as I wanted to share what I gained from the conference, I can’t do it. How I wish I can but I cannot. I learned when I came back that the main reasons for the low turnout of participants from Mindanao were the expensive transportation cost and high registration fees. And these are also among the reasons why we in Mindanao are most often than not left out or left behind in terms of new technology and knowledge. Then I asked myself, “How can I make a little difference in the professional lives of the IT Educators in Mindanao.”

Inspired by the success of the NCITE, I came up with the idea of holding a similar event in Mindanao. This is to enable members from this island to be able to gain the knowledge that the people in the north has gained. As they say, if we can’t go to the mountains, let the mountains come to us. Hence, three months after that, the first MCITE was conducted. It was held at the University of Immaculate Conception. We made it very simple but full packed with inputs from known and distinguished speakers from all over the country. Some speakers were also the ones who presented during the NCITE. We were able to invite several sponsors and supporters. With this, the registration fee is more affordable and because of proximity of the venue, the transportation cost was low.

Considered as the biggest IT event in Mindanao, it was attended by about 200 IT educators and 1,500 students. It was supported by CHED, UPITTC and PSITE National. Also, with the help, or I should say, influence of Mr. Edwin Maranon, who was then the PSITE VP-Mindanao, the city government passed a resolution declaring the first week of December as the Information Technology Week.

And because of its success and from the clamor of the members, the MCITE has become an annual event. And this is now the 7th MCITE under the leadership of Mr. Vic Calag.

I was the Regional President until early 2008. After that, I was elected in the PSITE National as Vice President for Mindanao. And because it was Mindanao’s turn to host the PSITE National this year, I was appointed as the convention chair. Having been hosting and organizing several MCITEs, I noted some areas for improvement not only in the MCITE but also in the National Convention. I instituted some changes particularly in the program for the convention. This was implemented in the PSITE National Convention at the Zanorte Convention Center in Dipolog City. The members and officers maybe were so impressed by the positive feedback of the conduct of the convention and the effect of the changes made that they nominated and elected me as National President. I will be part of the history of PSITE having been elected as National President outside of Luzon.

As President, I improved on the direction of PSITE and continued some of its good programs. We set the direction which I coined as PReParE. P is for Professionalism, Re for research, Par for Partnership and E for Education. So it’s Professionalism, Research, Partnership and Education. At this point, activities of all regions are geared towards the attainment of the PReParE direction. This convention attempts to attain all the four directions of PSITE National, most specially the research part. The quality of research papers improved because it passes rigid screening. Those who have good research papers now have a venue to present. Those who do not have research papers then were encouraged to make one. Besides, it has now become a requirement of the CHED that for one to earn their master’s degree, he or she should be able to present a research paper. I am encouraging you to make and present your research papers.

Why am I relating this to you? Information technology is a fast changing technology. The IT educators in the country need to be updated. They need to prepare studies not only enhancing their capabilities but also meeting requirements of their respective institutions and the CHED. The IT educators in the country need to relate with other IT educators. They need to be within a network where there is sharing of experience and knowledge. There are still a lot more things to do with so little time and very few people working on it. We would be happier if each of us will do our own share for the development of the IT educators. A well developed, updated and well-trained IT educator is in a better position to mold our IT students into a better professionals in the future. And this is my challenge to you. In my own little way, I am trying to make a difference in IT Education in the country. You can do it too.

I wish you a fruitful, enlightening, and enjoyable convention. The organizers lined up interesting topics. Learn from it. During breaks, don’t just sit there and talk among your co-teachers or your co-employees. I encourage you to go around and connect with others. Learn from their experiences. Be happy and enjoy the moments with them. This is a good start to make a difference. As Dalai Lama said, “I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.” And US President Barrack Obama said, “Make a difference in your life by making a difference in the lives of others”. Hand in hand, I am confident that we can make a difference. Good morning.