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The participants of the PhilNITS Teacher's Training on the IT Passport Exam.

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), through the Philippine National IT Standards Foundation (PhilNITS), recently sponsored a three-day Training Workshop for IT Teachers on the IT Passport Examination. The workshop was held last November 25-27, 2010 at the Holy Name University Engineering Lecture Room, Bates Building. The objective of the seminar workshop was to expose the participants to review methods before taking the IT Passport exam of which they are also expected to follow when they are conducting review classes to their students.

(From left) Mr. Shinichiro Kato, JETRO Expert, Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD, HNU President and Mr. Karl Soriano, Manager, PhilNITS-Cebu Office during the opening ceremony on November 25, 2010.

There was a brief opening ceremony on the first day which was graced by HNU President, Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, who gave the welcome remarks, while Mr. Shinichiro Kato, the JETRO Expert assigned in the Philippines, gave an inspiring message to the participants. Mrs. Corazon Akol, the PhilNITS President, paid a courtesy call to the participants. Ms. Lucille Autentico, a representative of DTI-Bohol, was also present while Mr. Karl Soriano of PhilNITS-Cebu Office was the emcee. Prior to the workshop proper, Ms. Caballo shared about the brief history of the IT Passport Examination and its relationship with the Skills Standards for IT Professionals which the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan is promoting and sharing to other Asian countries.

The participants went through a two-day seminar workshop and covered the topics on Strategy, Management, and Technology. There was a mixture of lecture sessions, answering of sample problems and sharing answers among themselves. On the third day, they went through a mock exam in the morning.

During the closing ceremonies in the afternoon of the third day, Mr. Soriano encouraged the participants to take either the IT Passport Exam (IP) or the Fundamental Engineer’s Exam (FE) this coming March 27, 2011 in order to increase the percentage of PhilNITS-certified passers in Bohol. To note, there are only 7 PhilNITS Certified Fundamental Engineers in Bohol, two of whom are from Holy Name University, Ms. Caballo of the College of Computer Science and Mr. Justiniano Villocido of the College of Engineering. Likewise, Ms. Autentico of DTI, who represents also the Bohol IT Council, encouraged the participants to be advocates of IT in Bohol in order to situate Bohol as the next IT hub in the Visayas region. Ms. Caballo, one of the facilitators also shared her experiences in taking the exam and encouraged them to take the exam as a means of self-assessment while a participant from BISU-Balilihan gave a response in behalf of the seminar participants.

The seminar was attended by faculty members from Holy Name University, University of Bohol, STI College, AMA Computer College, Informatics, Mater Dei College, BISU-Main, BISU-Candijay, BISU-Calape, BISU-Bilar, BISU-Balilihan, Bohol Northern Star College, and Bohol Northwestern Colleges. The affair was handled by Mr. Jerome Auza, also a PhilNITS-Certified FE passer and Ms. Amie Rosarie Caballo as Lecturers/Facilitators.

The seminar was made possible through the joint efforts of the Colleges of Computer Science and Engineering.

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