Thursday, February 24, 2011

President's Report


PRESIDENT’S REPORT
(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 19, 2011)


Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen.

At the onset, let me personally thank the members of the PSITE National Board for their solid support to achieve our thrust, coined as Peer-to- PEER.

Let me take off my report from theprevious convention that we had. This was held last February 24-27, 2010 at Panglao Island, Dayo Hill, Mayacabac, Daius, Bohol. Among the highlights of that convention were presentation of the research framework and the amendments of the PSITE constitution and by-laws.

We had our Joint PSITE National Board and Regional Presidents Planning Session last April 28-30, 2010 at the UP-Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City. It was also a venue for the induction of national officers with the former CICT chair Hon. Sec. Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua as the inducting officer. During that planning session the national board set the Peer-to- PEER agenda or direction. As I mentioned in my openingremarks the other day, 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 stands for Partnership, Education, Extension and Research.

My succeeding report now will be arranged by agenda.

First is on Partnership.

With DevCon:

On June 25, 2010, VP for Internal sir Farley Abrigo, VP for External sir Gregg Gabison, VP for Mindanao sir Edwin Marañon, and myself attended the Developers Connect or DevCon1stAnniversary celebration in Cebu City. We met the DevCon founder Winston Damarillo as well as the DevCon President Jerry Rapes. We did some exploratory talks and possibility of partnership. We witnessed how they did the lightning talks, birds of a feather and hackathon. That stirred our interest to have a cooperation with them so that our members too can experience such activities. As I mentioned the other day, lightning talksis a fast-paced presentation of the newest technology by experts. Birds of a feather is a discussion or intensedebate on a mutual topic of interest. Hackathon is a codingmarathon where real programmers shine through hands-on demonstration and/or joint coding onsite. After series of communications, we were able to forge an agreement withthem. And this was signed during our pre-conference three days ago.

With Ng Khai Development Corporation:

In August 2010, we were able to collaborate withNg Khai Development Corporation, an Autodesk authorized reseller in the Philippines. We were given a very low low price for licensed Autodesk software.Purchasing 10 units of Autodesk Education Suite for Entertainment Creation 2011 at regular prices cost P 1,859,000.00. But for PSITE members, this was only given at P 298,700.00. For 10 units of Autodesk Education Master Suite 2011, regular price is P 7,931,000.00. But for PSITE members, this was only given at P 415,000.00. Note that these low prices were only offered exclusively for PSITEmembers only. Also, since one packagemay be used in Engineering Education, the Engineering departments of member schools were also given the opportunity to avail of such discounts. Many of our member schools were able to purchase and avail of the discounted prices.

With UP-ITTC:

Our partnership with UP-ITTC was more of sharing of expertise and human resources. During the 8th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology or Y4IT heldon September 14-17, 2010 at UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City, some of our PSITE board members and regional presidents served as resource speakers.

With Google:

We assisted in the organization of the Googleevent which was held on November 16, 2010 at the De La Salle University.

With IBM:

In December, 2010, we had an initial talkwith IBM. This was another partnership opportunity for PSITE. After some exchange of emails and communications, wewere able to come up with an agreement which we just signed last night.

With ADOBE:

During the Singapore Benchmarking Activity that PSITE had last January 5-9 this year, a group of 12 board members together with some regional presidents talked to ADOBE executives for a cooperation and partnership. After follow-up communications, we were able to have a ceremonial signing of a letter of cooperation with ADOBE three days ago. The other activities on this benchmarking activity will be reported later.

For the Education agenda, for the first time we conducted parallel sessions during the NCITE 2010 or the National Conference of IT Educators 2010. This was held last October 20-23, 2010 at the La Carmela de Boracay. That was the first time that NCITE was held outside the school and yet hosted by a school, the Aklan Catholic College. The topics for the parallel sessions were Software Engineering, Database Systems and Data Structures and Algorithms.

Another highlight of the conference was the awarding of honorary membership to Naveen Asrani in recognition for his exceptional and unselfish services and support to the PSITE’s vision and mission.

As I mentioned earlier, we had a Singapore benchmarking activity last January. We were particularly interested in pursuing a “close range” understanding of the Singapore Academic Ecosystem with emphasis in institutions offering computing courses and how they established linkage with industries both local and global. Though here in the Philippines, several undertakings have been made in establishing an ecosystem where there is an existence of a close collaboration with industry, academe and government, however, seeing and touching base with real life personalities and champions in Singapore, gave us more clarity and realization how for instance Singapore has created an ecosystem where industry, academe, and government collude positively, bringing out economic advantage to the country. Hence, we visited the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Polytechnic.

The topics revolved around three major components namely: (1) The creation of a successful research and development system; (2) The provision of a critical mass of quality professionals; and (3) the promotion of a culture for technology advocates.


For the thrust on Extension and Linkages, we were able to launched the Information Technology Education or ITE Reference Guide and Practicum Manual. This was launched last November 23, 2010 during the PSITE XI gathering in Davao City.

Also, DevCon and PSITE had instituted the faculty immersion program wherein selected PSITE members undergo technical research and development and exposure/training at various locations as part of the effort to strengthen academe-industry linkage.

Research was also one of the focus areas of PSITE. During the NCITE in Boracay, the first draft of the research manual was presented. The second draft of the research manual will be presented by Dr. Allan Sioson after my report. During NCITE, there were 325 attendees with 32 paper presenters and 16 poster presentations. We were encouraged to accept poster presentations because there was a lot of interest for research presentations received.

On top of all these accomplishments, I was able to take time to visit other regional chapters and served as resource or keynote speaker. The regions visited were as follows:

1) Region 3 – last July 23-24, 2010 at Dormus Mariae Internation Center, University of Assumption, Unisite Subdivision, Del Pilar, City of San Fernando Pampanga.

(2) Region 12 - held last January 27-29, 2011 at Notre Dame of Marbel.

(3) Region 7 – last February 9-10 of this year at Silliman University, Dumaguete during the Silliman University of Computer Studies (SU CCS) 3rd Negros Oriental ICT Student Congress (NICTSC)

While we have done quite a lot, there are still more that can be done to benefit the members, member institutions in your respective regions and in the whole country as well. We can further our agenda and benefit from it as well through additional knowledge and experience, as well as create a linkage and network among IT educators and professionals.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much, PSITE PEER! PReParE for OD.

Good morning.

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