(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.