Saturday, February 12, 2011

SU CCS 3rd Negros Oriental ICT Student Congress (NICTSC), February 9-10, 2011, Silliman Hall, Silliman Univer

Thank you very much for that kind introduction.

Dean Dave Marcial, my fellow IT educators, our dear students, friends, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

I am very happy to be given this opportunity to address you this morning on the opening session of this very important congress. This is officially the last function that I am attending before the next PSITE election next week.

When I accepted your invitation, I took note of the ingredients present in today’s congress. It is noteworthy to emphasize the theme, the presentations and the presenters. This congress indeed creates opportunities for quality and excellence. These are the same ingredients that we will also be discussing in the next PSITE National Convention.

Information technology, computer science, information systems --- all of these take part in what will make us succeed or fail as we confront the challenges that are upon us. IT, CS and IS is a great area of promise for all of us to be able to address the very same challenges or be it in a different battlefield. Challenges of finding income, the challenges of providing people opportunity, jobs, challenges of being able to alleviate the lives of the Filipinos, or even just bring it to a little higher level as it is now. And now it is in a different battlefield. A different battlefield -- principally because of the very nature of the internet, the very nature of e-commerce, the very nature of the technology.

We all know that what is the only constant here on earth is change. However, in IT, change is not so much as the challenge that we are confronted with. But rather it is the pace of change. And it is the fact that no one can really say in what direction or in what way all of these changes will come about. We are faced with a situation where we need to cope up with the changes of the times so that we will be competitive and will be key players in this new age.

Filipinos look upon the electronic age with great deal of hope and eagerness --- with a great deal of, a sense of, challenge. I am very confident that we are very much suited to be able to participate very well in this new age. We have a competitive advantage so that we will be able to find the way and take the helm through this period. The principal tools that we have are our education, our english facility, our multi-national, multi-ethnic and sophisticated outlook and our ability to adapt to different ways of doing business, particularly the western ways.

Therefore, globally, we can be competitive. I should say, we are competitive. I know a lot of successful people, some of them were my former students. They are employed abroad, occupying high positions. Some do not have high positions but are very well paid because of their talent and ingenuity. While others are company owners themselves -- entrepreneurs. These successful people, at some point in time, were given the opportunity to be exposed to presentations and researches presented in congress like this. One of those successful filipinos in our field is Dado Banatao. As a venture capitalist, he is considered as the Bill Gates of the Philippines. We are going to meet with him next week.

Hence, this is a great opportunity for all of us that we should not miss the boat. Certainly, let us strive to be active participants in this congress.

We in PSITE would like to contribute in our own way to prepare IT professionals and those would be professionals to enter into this battlefield. Holding student congresses like this open the opportunities for students to present their researches. It will encourage students and even faculty members to make more researches because there is a venue for presentation. And with proper guidance these research work will be put into application and used by private, government and non-government organizations as well.

PSITE’s thrust for the year 2010-2011 is coined as Peer-to-PEER. Peer-to-peer not only refers to peer relationship but more importantly, an acronym which is P for Professionalism, E for Education, E for Extension and Linkages and R for Research. I notice from the program that the congress focuses more on research presentations. And I am glad to inform you that for 2010, we noted increasing number of paper and research submissions. Last year, we conducted the NCITE 2010 or the National Conference of IT Education. During the NCITE 2010, there were too many submissions for oral presentation that we cannot accommodate all. So for the first time in the history of PSITE that we had poster presentations of the research works. This is to accommodate as many researches as possible. Interestingly, the convention chair at that time was no less than your very own dean, Dean Dave E. Marcial.

Also, one of the highlights of NCITE is the presentation of the first draft of the research manual. The research manual basically distinguishes researches for IT, CS and IS. The research framework was already adopted by CHED. Anytime this year, we will be able to complete the manual and be circularized all over the country.

In the next PSITE convention in Manila on February 16-19 this year, there will be sessions on research presentations, academic contributions as well as new product promotions. This is again a venue for exchange of ideas, sharing of experiences wherein informal learning takes place.

We in the academe recognize that, as many as we are, certainly we are not of substantial size to be able to determine much, or in much way influence the course of events particularly as it relates to information technology. So indeed, it is important that we will be able to work together.

Again, I would like to thank the organizers for having invited me. Rest assured that the PSITE National will always support the efforts of the PSITE regional chapters as well as its member organizations and institutions like the Silliman University.

I wish you a fruitful and an enjoyable congress ahead.

Good morning.