Tuesday, February 22, 2011

13th PSITE National Convention, Feb 16-19, 2011 (Antipolo City)


(Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the 13th PSITE National Convention held at Meralco Management and Leadership Development Center Foundation, Inc. (MMLDC), February 17, 2010)

Our Keynote Speaker, who will be properly introduced later, Hon. Governor Casimiro Yñares, Hon. Mayor Danilo Leyble, Sir Bartolome Tanguilig III, our convention chair, my colleagues in the national board, regional presidents, my fellow IT educators and members of PSITE, our dear sponsors, my peers, ladies and gentlemen, magandang umaga sa inyong lahat, good morning to all.

This 13th PSITE National Convention is dedicated to the theme “Making Great Partnership, Education, Extension and Research Happen”.

The PSITE tagline this academic year is Peer-to- PEER. This thrust is anchored on a peer-to-peer principle. It is like a big brother – small brother concept. The first Peer refers to us, colleagues, peers, not only individuals but also institutions, helping one another to achieve a common goal.

The second PEER is a mnemonic. It stands for Partnership, Education, Extension and Research. And the theme for this national convention conveys our thrust.

This year’s convention marks the start of a new partnership between PSITE and ADOBE. With this partnership, members of PSITE are given marked down prices of their products and services. The signing of the memorandum of agreement was held during the pre-convention yesterday here at the Meralco Foundation.

Further, with the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of the supply of software development engineering talent for the Philippines, PSITE also partnered with the Developers Connect or DevCon to cooperate in conducting DevCon activities within the constituents covered by PSITE and its local affiliations. DevCon activities include lightning talks, birds of a feather and hackathon. Lightning Talks is a fast-paced presentation of the newest technology by experts. Birds of a Feather is a discussion or intense debate on a mutual topic of interest. Hackathon is a coding marathon where real programmers shine through hands-on demonstration and/or joint coding onsite. The agreement was also signed yesterday.

During these three days, we will have a number of expert speakers presenting on national, regional and international initiatives and partnerships, as well as tools and practical ways to move forward to IT education. The second draft of the research manual which we, in PSITE, started developing last year will be presented. We will be honoring former PSITE national presidents during the president’s night. The organizers also included a team building activity in the schedule. Furthermore, we will witness the MOA signing between PSITE and IBM. This is in relation to the delivery of IBM academic initiatives similar to the JEDI program.

We hope that the presentations and activities, and more importantly, the deliberations and sharing experiences that will take place, will provide useful information for further discussions of the IT educators in the country.

This gathering today could not have been pushed through if not for the work done by the organizers headed by the convention chair, Sir Bartolome Tanguilig III, Mam Lorena Rabago, chapter president of NCR and local organizing chair and the support given by the PSITE Board in many ways including the financial subsidy of PSITE National for the convention thereby reducing our registration fee. The presence of our Hon. Gov. Yñares and Hon. Mayor Leyble, indicates the all out support of the local governance to gatherings like this.

Before I end, I am encouraging you all to experience Antipolo City after the convention or during our free times. I can’t forget the song “Tayo na sa Antipolo” which was taught to us when we were still in the primary grades, and that was few decades ago. The song features the famous Hinulugan Taktak. Let us also feel the essence of why Antipolo is called the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines. And of course, don’t forget to taste and take home its delicacies such as the mangga, casuy and suman.

To conclude my opening remarks, I want to thank you all in advance for your participation. Special thanks also goes to our sponsors for their unselfish contribution and support, thus, making this 13th PSITE National Convention happen. It is my hope that the members of PSITE will take advantage of this opportunity to build strong linkages with their colleagues, forge greater unity and, together, continue to make IT Education dynamic and responsive to the changing times.

Thank you and my best wishes for a successful convention.

Good morning.