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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

NATCON 2013 President's Report



PRESIDENT’S REPORT
(Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the 15th PSITE National Convention held at Crowne Regency, Cebu City, February 21, 2013)



Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen.

For another year as president of PSITE, I have witnessed how vibrant, dynamic and active the PSITE Board and Chapter Presidents are.

After the successful national convention in General Santos City last February 2012 and electing the new set of officers, we had conducted a strategic planning session in Manila.  In that session, we reviewed, among others where we are in attaining our vision, mission, goals and objectives.

 
As I have mentioned in the opening program, our vision is to be the premier national IT Professional organization transforming the academic community that enables and sustains the growth of a knowledge-driven Philippine economy.  Allow me to reiterate our mission.  We are committed in providing opportunities for the development of our members through (1) strong community and Partnership involvement with the education providers,  industry, government, non-government agencies and international counterparts (2) dynamic and responsive Education initiatives for an enhanced academic standard (3) relevant community Extension and immersion programs, and (4) aggressive building of Research Capability and effective mentoring system.  In attaining these, we will anchor on the values of professionalism, ethical, service oriented and passion for teaching and lifelong learning.

We aimed to be able to attract more partners.  EMC has extended its academic initiative to PSITE educators and institutions through availment of the EMC academic alliance (EAA) materials for free.

For our Education agenda, our goal is to have a dynamic and responsive educational initiative for enhanced academic standards.  We wanted the deans/program chairs/ faculty to be updated on educational management, curriculum design and review, computer programming techniques, accreditation, teaching strategies, K to 12 preparedness, IT certification, technopreneurship, professionalism and the latest trends in ICT.  This is why the chapters came up with faculty development sessions, conferences and seminars.  This morning there will also be a CHED-TPITE orientation of Seoul Accord Initiatives, K11 and K12 Technology and Multimedia Track, and OBE in ITE Curriculum.

The Extension agenda, we aimed to improve industry immersion.  We initially drafted the guidelines for creating an immersion program.  Last night, we signed a memorandum of understanding with IBM and soon this will be cascaded to the regional chapters.

Some chapters have also gone a long way of having already partnered with the industry as reported earlier.

And lastly, under our Research agenda, it is our desire to help PSITE members to become better undergraduate mentors and improve their capability to do research.  There were training programs conducted to achieve this and opportunities for research papers to be presented were organized.  Proceedings were also published as documentation of the research work. 

Also related to Research is the research manual that PSITE drafted which was adopted by the ChED.  Last year we distributed copies to different chapters and members.  We hope that the manual was useful and beneficial.

Lastly on Research, during the National Conference of IT Education or NCITE in 2012 held in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, aside from the research and poster presentations, a pre-conference activity on the outcome-based education or OBE was also held.  This started the information, education, communication and roll out of OBE in PSITE.  Last month, the board benchmarked with universities in Singapore on OBE best practices. 

PSITE, aside from focusing on academic and educational activities, also takes care of its members.  If you will recall the typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao.  Many of our members, institutional and individual members, were sadly affected by the effect of the typhoon.  Without any hesitation, the PSITE national and our chapters offered prayers and extended aid by sending monetary help ranging from P5,000 to P50,000.  Much as our treasurer would want to report our financial standing today, unfortunately, she will not be able to do so because she just recently suffered a mild stroke.  But she said that we are liquid with a cash in bank of more than 1,000,000 pesos.   

A lot has been accomplished, but a lot more needs to be done.  Slowly, with the dynamism of the officers and members of PSITE, we will be able to achieve what we dream of.

Again, I thank you all and most especially the present set of board, for your support and making PSITE where it is today.

Thank you and more power.

Good Morning.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

PSITE NATCON 2013



OPENING REMARKS
(Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the 15th PSITE National Convention held at Crowne Regency Residences, Cebu City,  February 21, 2013)

Our Keynote Speaker, who will be properly introduced later, Honorable Mayor Michael L. Rama – City Mayor of Cebu, Convention Chair and PSITE VP for Visayas, Dave Marcial, Co-Convention Chair, Dr. Gregg Victor Gabison, Ms. Larmi Feliscuzo, President of PSITE Region 7, National Board Members, Regional Officers and members of PSITE, Ladies and Gentlemen, maayong hapon sa inyong tanan, magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat, good afternoon everyone.

First of all, let me say that I am very pleased with the turnout of attendance today.  It just reflects, among others, that PSITE has gained grounds in terms of importance, knowledge sharing and networking.  For the next couple of days, we will be witnessing how PSITE has contributed for 15 years in transforming the lT academic community.  From the chapter reports, we will come to know the activities that each chapter has done.  We made some modifications though.  Instead of the usual rundown of activities, we requested the chapter presidents to report based on the PEER agenda in order for us to assess how we faired in our three year plan.  As some of you might have already known, the PEER agenda is P for Partnership, E for Education,  E for Extension and R for Research.  All chapters strived to come up with activities in relation to the PEER agenda.  If you will also note in the program, it is organized according to PEER topics.

As part of the Partnership agenda, during this convention, we shall be witnessing the signing of memorandum of understanding/agreement with new partners.  They are IBM (Faculty Immersion Program), Intel Easy Steps, ISSA (Information Systems Security Assoication)-Philippines T3 Training, and ACCI (Asian Center for Competitive Intelligence).

Since this year is a milestone year, a crystal anniversary for PSITE, 15 years in existence, we shall be awarding special citations to our founders of PSITE, Ms. Fe Ferroils and Dr. Paulino Tan.

Most of the parts of the program are presentations, awarding and interactions.  And speaking of interaction, we will also have time to intermingle and network with our colleagues and contemporaries in the IT community during our socials time.  For tonight, we shall have a sinulog night courtesy of the University of San Jose Recoletos.   The second night is a drink-and-dine session at the Lakwatsa Resto Lounge courtesy of Ngkhai Development Corporation.  To top it all, since this is a milestone year as I mentioned, we will be raffling tablets from today until the third day.  A total of 15 tablets will be given away to the lucky winners.

We sincerely hope that the presentations, sharing of experiences, deliberations and the jubilations during this three-day convention will be helpful and that it will encourage all of us to be together in another 15 years.

On the lighter side, I am encouraging you to experience the sights and sounds of Cebu, the Queen City of the South.  Don’t forget to bring home as pasalubong the famous manga cebu, bulad or dried fish, otap, lechon cebu and other cebu delicacies.  Listen to beautiful music interpreted by Cebuano singers.  I am sure that you will enjoy it.

Let me take this opportunity to thank Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama for allowing us to hold our convention here in your wonderful place and for gracing our affair.  My gratitude to the convention chair Dave Marcial, Co-Convention Chair, Dr. Gregg Victor Gabison and PSITE Region 7 President Larmie Feliscuzo, for organizing and hosting this convention.  It wouldn’t have been possible without your all out dedication and dynamism.  I am very grateful to the partner school, the University of San Jose Recolletos, for their active involvement and participation.  Of course, how could I ever forget our sponsors, for sharing their resources to make this convention not only educational but also enjoyable.  Thank you to our speakers and guests for taking time out to be with us and impart their knowledge and expertise.  And lastly, thank you to the officers and members of PSITE, and all of you, for showing interest as manifested by your presence here today.  Your enthusiasm inspires us to continue making PSITE as a premier national IT professional organization transforming the academic community that enables and sustains the growth of a knowledge-driven Philippine economy.

Thank you and have an educational, enjoyable and successful convention.

Good Afternoon.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

SMART SWEEP 2013

from http://www.usep.edu.ph/index.php/university-life/news/188-usep-ic-team-bags-9th-sweep-ideaspace-award


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 for presenting the best business plan among the ten national finalists to the ninth (9th) Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) Innovation and Excellence competition, an annual industry-academe awards program backed by Smart Telecommunications, held on February 13-14 at the SMART Tower in Makati City. This is the third year in a row that USeP entered into the finals of the same competition.

For the last two years, student teams from the University’s College of Engineering made it to the finals. This year, two student teams from the USeP Institute of Computing, Team Doc Banana and Team Wordify, qualified into the competition’s finals. Wordify got the Ideaspace Award and cash prize for presenting the best business plan among the ten finalists. Wordify and Doc Banana are both digital image processing-based Android applications. The former is aimed at redefining the process of automated language translation while the latter at speeding up the banana industry’s disease detection process.Team Wordify is composed of project leader Nick Faelnar, Mari Nakaoshi, Karlo Bueno and April Mae Bonto. Project leader Jhun Rey Cubelo, Nikko Comidoy, Laian Joy Chavez, Jesmael Galindo and Alvin Mark CabeliƱo make up the Doc Banana team. Faelnar and Bonto represented Wordify while Comidoy and Galindo suited up for Doc Banana in the two-day event. The student representatives were accompanied by two mentors from the Institute of Computing including Dr. Tamara Cher Mercado, Dean of the Institute.   
Along with other finalists, Comidoy and Faelnar presented their project’s description, block diagram, target market, as well as a demo of their respective applications in front of the competition’s judges and some of the bigwigs in the country’s I.T industry. SMART Telecommunications CEO Manny V. Pangilinan also graced the event during the Awards Night held at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
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The event was a culmination of SWEEP’s search for innovative, community-based and sustainable applications; anchored on this edition’s theme of “Technology in Nation-building”. From a total of 112 entries from SMART SWEEP’s partner schools across the country, the top ten ideas were shortlisted and their proponents were given an opportunity to learn from industry experts in a national bootcamp held last October 5, 2012 – serving as a final precursor for the national finals. 
The achievement ranks as the biggest crown jewel so far for the Technopreneurship program that the USeP Institute of Computing has been offering for the past two years.  Prior to this, the Institute has also been actively participating in local and regional Technopreneurship and tech innovation events.
With the amount of positive results the program has brought to the Institute and with the great head-start this SMART SWEEP award has provided, the USeP IC teaching force expects nothing but further strengthening of the Institute’s Technopreneurship foundation in hope of discovering more noteworthy student tech innovations in the future. The Institute of Computing is an academic unit in the USeP that offers Master of Science in Information Science; Master of Science in Library Information Science; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.  (Michael Jandayan and USeP PIO)