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COCS hosted 1st Bohol IT Student Congress

The College of Computer Science, in cooperation with the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE)– Region 7, hosted the 1st Bohol IT Student Congress last January 31, 2009 at the Lesage AV Hall. The congress was anchored on the theme: “Aligning IT Skills with Job Opportunities.”

In this congress, the HNU President gave the opening remarks and welcomed the speakers and participants to the half-day activity. The presentations of the respective speakers then followed.

Mr. Jerome Auza, the Technical Consultant of Auza.net and Mr. Sonny Paredes, the owner of ETC Solutions, Inc., both owners of local IT companies, and Mr. Jonathan Tse, the Vice President for Operations of Advanced World Systems, an IT company located in Cebu City, presented their company profiles, job opportunities, and tips on how to prepare one’s self for the corporate world of information technology.

On the other hand, Mr. Romeo Teruel from the Human Resource Management and Development Office of the Province of Bohol presented IT job opportunities of the Provincial Capitol.

Ms. Carol Lynn Grace Talaver, a Recruitment Specialist of eTelecare Global Solutions gave a company background of eTelecare, benefits that their employees are enjoying, and interview tips to the participants. Ms. Leah Magno, the incumbent Chair of the Bohol Information and Communications Technology Council, presented the History, Vision-Mission, and Objectives of the Council, not to mention its composition and the different plans of the Council for Bohol. Ms. Maria Elena Arbon, the Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry, was the last speaker who talked about the initiatives of the DTI in making Bohol the next IT hub in the Philippines.

There were a total of 173 CS/IT/Engineering students who participated in the congress. These students came from different schools, namely: Holy Name University, Mater Dei College in Tubigon, University of Bohol, CVSCAFT, Buenavista Community College, and AMA-Tagbilaran.

In behalf of PSITE-7, Ms. Amie Rosarie C. Caballo, an incumbent Board Member of PSITE, gave the closing remarks where she encouraged the students to equip themselves with the right knowledge and skills and not just be complacent with what the school teaches in order to be hired.

The said congress is the first time gathering of IT students in Bohol. Consequently, PSITE hopes to make this event a yearly activity.

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