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UP ITTC Qualifying Examination

WHAT: UP ITTC Qualifying Examination

WHERE: UP Information Technology Training Center, 2/F Vidal A. Tan Hall, Quirino Ave. cor. Velasquez St., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

WHEN: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, May 7, 2011 (Saturday)

Youth Conference in Information Technology

It's time to Think IT! Do IT!
Join us on Feb. 17-18, 2011 for the Youth
Conference in IT 2011 @ the UP Film Institute. For more details pls
visit http://www.ittc.up.edu.ph/ycit2011.html
The University of the Philippines Training Center (UPITTC) in partnership with the European IT Service Center Foundation, Inc. (EITSCFI) and the Hanns Seidel Information Technology Foundation, Inc. (HSF) will conduct a series of free IT training to selected teachers of public schools, state colleges and universities from June to November this year.

The free training is a continuing project of the UP ITTC entitled “Training of Teachers and Trainers” which focuses on the capacity development of teachers and trainers in the field of IT education.

Under the project, the UP ITTC will conduct a series of short-term IT training courses that will enable teachers to effectively manage their respective IT programs.

“This project is in line with UP ITTC’s educational and training program under the Philippine IT Human Resources Development Project,” explained Dr. Jaime Caro, UP ITTC director. “The partnership between UPITTC, EITSCFI and HSF aims to increase the sustainability of teacher and trainer development initiatives. We believe that this project will lead to continuous knowledge and skills improvement of teachers and trainers,” he added.

The project consists of two major components. The first is the conduct of at least 10- training activities in Metro Manila. The second component includes a tracer system to monitor and trace the improvement and progress of teachers and trainers trained.

“The project began in October of 2009 with the initial implementation of the PM training for state universities and colleges,” said Prof. Lemuel Brana, UP ITTC marketing and business development head and lecturer on Project Management. “Since then we have conducted 4 more trainings on PM, software engineering and cyber security. Under this project, we have trained some 104 teachers from 100 schools,” he added.

The project is being implemented on a resource-sharing basis. UP ITTC, EITSCF and HSF will finance their own contributions towards the implementation of the joint training activities.

UP ITTC is the partner of choice by EITSCFI and HSF for the quality of its training and effective academe, industry and government collaboration. It is at the forefront of developing human capability through IT training as well as customizing the latest worldwide learning techniques in the Philippines.

The schedule of training activities and venues are:

• UP ITTC, Vidal Tan Hall, UP DIliman Campus, QC
o June 23 to 25 – Open ERP: Logistic, Accounting & CRM, Sales & Purchasing
o July 28 to 29 – Advance Excel
o Aug 10 to11 – Joomla Extensions
• University of Makati
o July 21 to 23 – Open ERP: Logistics, Accounting & CRM, Sales & Purchasing
o July 28 to 30 (tentative) – Outsourcing Management
o Aug 4 to 6 (tentative) – IT Project Management
o Oct 13 to 15 (tentative) – Cyber Security
• Rizal Technological University
o Oct. 6 to 8 (tentative) – Software Engineering
o Aug 18 to 20 (tentative) – IT Project Management
• European IT Service Center (EITSC), Phil Axa Life 19th Flr Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. corner Tindalo St., Makati City
o July 19 to 20 – Advance MS Excel
o July 21 to 23 - Open ERP: Logistics, Accounting & CRM, Sales & Purchasing
o July 26 to 27 - Creating Powerful and Dynamic Websites Using Joomla
o Aug 12 to 13 - Joomla Extensions
o Oct 20 to 22 (tentative) – Cyber Security

Each course can accommodate 15 to 20 participants. Participants are urged to register with the UPITTC through Ms. Luisa Manalaysay to reserve a slot.

EITSCFI is a non-stock, non-profit foundation that promotes quality IT education and training for under-skilled workers and public school teachers and trainers.

HSF is a German non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides development assistance in the field of human resources development through training, research and publications and project development.

For more info, visit the UP ITTC website at http://ittc.up.edu.ph or e-mail Ms. Luisa Manalaysay at mdmanalaysay@ittc.up.edu.ph.

UP ITTC to conduct free teachers training

The UP ITTC will be holding a free teachers training on the following desktop applications:
  • Advanced MS Excel (July 28 and 29, 2010)
  • Joomla Extensions (August 10-11, 2010)
Open to all college IT Teachers of public schools, state universities and colleges.
Download and accomplish the application form at http://ittc.up.edu.ph/downloads/seminarapplicationform.doc and submit to Ms. Luisa Manalaysay at mdmanalaysay@ittc.up.edu.ph. Deadline of submission is on June 30. Please await confirmation of you approved application. Only those whose applications has been approved will be allowed to attend the training.
UP ITTC forges media partnership
The UP Information Technology Training Center (UPITTC) has forged media partnerships with the country's leading print, radio and on-line media organizations in a bid to boost attendance to the Philippine Youth Congress in IT or Y4iT.
The 8th Y4iT is the most anticipated youth IT event in the country. Last year, some 18,000 delegates flocked to UP Diliman to attend the 4-days congress that discussed various topics on computing, the internet and social networking.
This year's Y4iT print media partners are:

UPITTC has also joined up with The Radio Partners, Inc. (TRPI) as Y4iT radio partner. Y4iT ads and discussions will be aired on the following radio stations:

In addition, the IT Journalists Association of the Philippine or CyberPress is an Y4iT cooperating organization. Y4iT ads can be viewed at the following websites:


UPITTC updates IT training curriculum

The University of the Philippines Information Technology Training Center (UPITTC) updated this year its full-time Certificate in IT curriculum.

The revision in ITTC’s curriculum covers both the full-time and short courses. “These revisions aim to provide an integrated approach for IT practitioners to receive professional IT training,” said Dr. Jaime Caro, UPITTC Director. “It is part of the larger agenda of ITTC to help address the gap between demand and supply of qualified IT professionals by providing more opportunities for IT training,” he added.

Fast track and regular full-time courses

Under the revised ITTC curriculum, new full-time students can either attend the fast track or the regular course. “The fast track is the original one-year, full-time course offered by UPITTC,” Ms. Leah Figueroa, training team leader said. “This means that students under the fast track must be able to complete the whole Certificate in IT course in just one year while students of the regular course would be able to complete it in one and half years,” Ms. Figueroa explained.

The introduction of the regular course is in response to students who have difficulty coping with the quick pace characteristic of the fast track and to provide better alternative to students with no background in IT.

“All incoming UPITTC students are already capable of becoming qualified IT professionals. Except that some may have circumstances that affect their being able to cope with the swift pace of studying under the fast track,” Prof. Lemuel Brana, Marketing and Business Development Head explained. “We want that these students also have the chance to finish their certificate course,” he added.

The addition of the regular course to the milieu of IT course offerings will put UP ITTC a step closer to realizing its vision of reducing the local and foreign demand gap for more high-quality, high-level IT professionals.

The changes in the curriculum was endorsed and approved by an Advisory Board composed of academe and IT industry practitioners. The Advisory Board periodically reviews subjects under the full-time course to ensure that the subjects being taught are updated, relevant and responsive to the needs and projections of the IT industry.

The revision of the curriculum is in keeping with the philosophy of kaizen (Japanese word which means continuous improvement) that the training center has adopted in order to be more responsive in effectively carrying out its mandate to provide high-level and practical IT training that matches the needs of the industry.

Short Course Certificate Programs

In addition to introducing a regular full-time course, the UP ITTC also integrated and streamlined its short course offerings into 10 new certificate programs.

The revised short courses will enable working professionals to earn their certificates by completing a certain number of required modules. Each certificate program is composed of at least 5 core subjects, that when taken together and successively will make the participants highly qualified in a particular IT field.

In addition to upgrading the skills of employed IT professionals, the short course certificate programs will accelerate the shift in the level of Filipino’s IT skills from “users to developers,” increase the supply of IT professionals and deepen the market niche of skilled Filipinos in the global economy.

The UPITTC short course certificate programs are:

• Certificate in Java Technologies
• Certificate in Web Design and Development
• Certificate in Database Technologies
• Certificate in Application Development Using .NET Framework
• Certificate in Microcontroller Design and Application
• Certificate in Game Design and Development
• Certificate in Network Administration
• Certificate in Linux System Administration
• Certificate in MS Windows Server Administration
• International Computer Driving License

Core subjects under each certificate programs are modular and can be completed in 5 consecutive days or weekends. UP ITTC offers these subjects at convenient schedules, usually weekends, and based on participants’ availability or client demand.

“Under the revised course outlines, a student can take modules on, say network administration, separately and on his own time. After completing the core subjects, they can then be awarded a certificate in Network Administration. This is over and above the certificates that they receive after completing each module,” Ms. Figuroa explained.

For more information on UP ITTC’s full-time and short courses, log-on to http://ittc.up.edu.ph.
Graduating students of the one year, full-time Certificate in IT course of the University of the Philippines Information Technology Training Center (UPITTC) presented their course projects to ITTC’s industry partners and the Japanese International Cooperating Agency (JICA) Study Team for the Advanced IT-HRD Project last Friday, April 30, 2010 at the UP Campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

Responding to the theme “Overcoming the Digital Divide,” the Batch 5 graduating students from the three specialization tracks - Applications Development, Embedded Systems and Network Systems, showcased the product of their year-long IT training through a business presentation and hands-on demonstration of their course projects to ITTC partners and guests.

“This industry presentation is a commitment by the UPITTC to its partners to produce exceptional graduates,” said Prof. Lemuel Brana, UPITTC instructor and Marketing, Business Development Head and Philippine Computer Society Foundation President. “It highlights the level of proficiency that the students have achieved in just a year of intensive studies,” he added.


Graduating students of the Applications Development track unveiled an intuitive and accessible library management system for the UPITTC library as their course project. The library system used the internationally accepted MAchine-Readable Cataloguing (MARC) standard for bibliographical and related data storage and retrieval system.

The project boasts of increased functionality in tracking the status of books in circulation, minimal technical supervision, maximization of library resources and easy user access. The library system project also features an easy to use and feature-rich user and administrator accounts. “Users can do their search and reservation of their books on-line and in real-time,” according to Nelson Aclan, applications development tract course project leader.

“This project was based on the existing UP Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The challenge we posted to the applications development track students is not only to build on an existing system, but also analyze and improve it,” said Ms. Sonia Pascua, Applications Development Training Officer.


Taking its cue from the popularity of social networking sites and mobile devices, graduating students of the Embedded Systems track developed a video and imaging client that “bridged the barrier between people and technology.”

The “Cloudcast Video and Imaging Client” is capable of capturing images, recording, viewing and streaming videos to any client hardware or internet-based application.

“Embedded systems keep technology and users together,” according to Mr. Jordan S. Centeno, Embedded Systems Training Officer. “This course project not only showcases what the students have learned but also their understanding of the relationship of users and technology,” he added.


Integrating the varied and multi-site services of an existing office was the challenge the Network Systems track students faced head-on when they developed their course project called “UP-ITTC Multi-Site Network.”

“They have to design their system to integrate the many different services available and running independently, typical in any small to medium offices,” according to Mr. Carlos N. Muro, Sr., Network Systems Training Officer. “The challenge is to integrate these services with a high degree of reliability and exceptional user experience,” he said.

Using Mesh topology, the network systems group was able to integrate various services such as database, web, telephony, file and printing, etc. into a single multi-site network that leverages web technology to provide a friendly, effective, robust and user-friendly experience.

“Raw but Impressive”

“The output of the graduating UPITTC students are raw but impressive,” according to Mr. Ryan B. Despabiladeras of Fujitsu Ten. "The projects are exceptional, given that they only had less than 3 weeks to develop these applications and systems. You could not expect that they will be able to address all the issues, particularly on security,” he added.

Application and network security issues were the most common comment and concern raised by the industry partners. Despite these challenges industry representatives expressed their admiration to the graduating batch for coming up with course projects that consciously aimed to bridge the gap between technology and users.

“The developers focused mostly on making their course projects reliable and user-friendly. Security can be addressed later,” Mr. Despabiladeras said. “What is important is that UPITTC graduates already know what end-users need,” he said.

The Industry Presentation is a requirement for the graduating class to test how their course project can be best served and delivered to clients. It showcases the students’ analytical skills, programming proficiency, and business acumen acquired in their 1 year study. “The presentation shows the readiness and competitiveness of the students in becoming part of the IT industry. “This makes us very confident in accepting UPITTC graduates,” Mr. Despabiladeras concluded.

This year, selected course projects from the three main tracks, Applications Development, Embedded Systems and Network Systems, were presented to representatives from Fujitsu Ten, Fujitsu, Digital Arts, NEC, and the JICA Study Team for the Advanced IT-HRD Project.

FREE Teacher Training

FREE Teacher Training

Open to all College IT Teachers of Public Schools, State Universities and Colleges ONLY

June 16-18 -> Outsourcing Management
June 23-25 -> Open ERP: Logistic, Accounting & CRM, Sales & Purchasing

Venue: UP Information Technology Training Center (UP ITTC)
Vidal Tan Hall, Quirino Ave., cor. Velasquez St.
UP Diliman, Quezon City

*Please accomplish the application form and send to mdmanalaysay@ittc.up.edu.ph on or before May 31, 2010.

* To download the application form : http://ittc.up.edu.ph/downloads/seminar%20application%20form.doc

* Please await confirmation on whether or not your application has been approved.

* Only those whose application has been approved will be allowed to attend the training.
In June 2009 Reginald Eugene P. Chua entered the UP Information Technology Training Center’s (UPITTC) Certificate in IT course with a diploma in management, little knowledge about information technology and some insecurity in pursuing his ambition of becoming an IT professional. Last May 5, 2010, Reginald was awarded a special recognition for passing and garnering the highest percentage score in the history of the Philippine National IT Standards Foundation (PhilNITS) FE examinations.

Dr. Jaime D. Caro, UP ITTC Director, and Dr. Armin Sarthou, UP Vice President for Development awarded the Certificate in IT to Mr. Reginald Chua and 50 of his Batch 5 colleagues in simple ceremonies held last May 5, 2010 at the UP NISMED Auditorium in UP Diliman, QC. The graduation ceremonies also recognized students who passed the PhilNITS FE and Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Levels 3 and 4 examinations.

Reginald’s experience in UPITTC is a testament that there is no hindrance to becoming a world-class IT professional and achieving one’s dreams regardless of circumstance.

Dr. Jaime Caro, UP ITTC Director, in his address to the Batch 5 graduates encouraged them to use what they have learned to contribute to a better society. “Don’t forget your social responsibility. Contribute to the national economy by developing quality products.” Dr. Caro said.

He also urged the graduates to continue their studies, take bold steps and to strive for positions of leadership in the IT industry. “Most of all, guard you integrity, be loyal to your employers and balance your success with service to others,” he concluded.

“Highest passer in the history of PhilNITS FE examinations”

In the same ceremonies, certificates were also given to 11 PhilNITS FE exam passers held last October 2009 and April 2010. Mr. Reginald Chua garnered the highest percentage score in the history of the PhilNITS FE examinations. This year 44% of UPITTC students who took the exam passed the PhiliNITS. Only around 12-15% of the total examinees nationwide pass the PhilNITS exams yearly.

The PhilNITS FE exam is used to evaluate the knowledge and IT skills of an IT professional on the fundamentals of IT such as successfully carrying out jobs on program development, unit tests, and systems integration tests. (http://www.philnits.org/about.html).

Of the thousands of IT graduates in the country only those that pass the PhilNITS is recognized in five (5) Asian countries under the Information Technology Professional Examinations Council (ITPEC) composed of Japan (JITEC), Malaysia (METEOR), Thailand (NECTEC), Vietnam (VITEC), Philippines (PhilNITS) and Mongolia (NTP).

“Japanese Language Proficiency”

Owing to its significant ties with the Japanese International Cooperating Agency (JICA), the UPITTC encourages its students to take Nihongo or Japanese Language course. This gives the students an edge in applying for scholarships given by mostly Japanese UP ITTC industry partners.

“UP ITTC IT partners who sponsor our students require that they learn Japanese,” said Ms. Jonalene B. Lampawog, Sr. Japanese Language Officer. “Our Japanese speaking graduates are preferred by UPITTC local and Japan-based partners because they are proficient in Business Japanese and thus can be immediately hired,” added Ms. Lampowog.

This year, at least 3 graduates were directly hired by System Arts, Inc, a Japan-based software development company. They are Ms. Honeyleth Reblora, Roselle Gardon, and Daniel Fernandez.

“Global economic slowdown affects scholarships.”

The global economic slowdown gravely affected the scholarship offering of UP ITTC. There was a 58% decrease in scholarships offered by UPITTC industry partners in 2010, or just 10 scholarships, down from 24 available in 2009.

“A lot of our Japanese partners that traditionally sponsor our students were affected by the economic slowdown,” said Mr. Raffy Abustan, UP ITTC Industry Collaboration Officer. “Despite this, we were still able to give scholarships to 20% of our students. We hope to increase the number of scholarship slots available to UPITTC students in the coming years as we look forward to a better global economy.”

UPITTC industry partners that sponsored students this year were NEC Telecom Software Philippines, Inc., Fujitsu Philippines, Inc., and System Arts, Inc.

“Focused and unique specialization tracks”

UP ITTC students graduate from one of three specialization tracks offered under the Certificate in IT course. These are Applications Development Track, Network Systems Track and Embedded Systems Track. Students under each track are given focused and industry needs-based training that makes them experts in these fields.

Students under the software applications development track graduate to become software engineers while those who specialize in Network and Embedded Systems track become network engineers and embedded systems analysts, respectively.

This year, 23 students graduated under the Applications Development Specialization track, 16 from Network Systems Specialization Track, and 12 from Embedded Systems Specialization Track.

Below is a complete listing of UPITTC graduates for AY 2010-2011:

Applications Development Specialization Track (23)

01. Abella, John Paul C.
02. Aclan, Nelson, D.
03. Adan, Venjie N.
04. Agunday, Francis John P.
05. Amparo, Angel Gabriel G.
06. Bautista, Danielle Ciara P.
07. Carrera, Louis Paulo
08. Chua, Reginald Eugene P.
09. Dumangeng, Marion T.
10. Espina, Jaime Gualberto D.
11. Estingor, Edwin A.
12. Francisco, Samuel Jacob S.
13. Ganon, Joseph Constantine C.
14. Gazzingan, John Reuben B.
15. Gelera, Sergio III, E.
16. Gregorio, Hanna Karla M.
17. Ison, January Emmanuelle Thomas DV.
18. Jamon, Juan Paulo G.
19. Jubio, Karla T.
20. Olfindo, Mayleine T.
21. Pamintuan, Stephanie Anne P.
22. Sevilla, Peter Paul P.
23. Singun, Hero A.

Network Systems Specialization Track (16)

24. Atienza, John Benedict F.
25. Bueno, Florian D.
26. Bustria, Roman Jr. DV.
27. Contreras, Walter Ryan A.
28. Corpuz, Melinda B.
29. Garcia, Maria Cecilia B.
30. Maquirang, Joel Jr. S.
31. Montes, Jonalie C.
32. Navales, Ralph Steve C.
33. Quisumbing, Gerald T.
34. Ramos, Mariglo S.
35. San Diego, Jean Anne Grace
36. Sarmiento, Michael B.
37. Temple, Charity Jayne J.
38. Veran, Juan Mikhail S.
39. Villapando, Melcarlo A.

Embedded Systems Specialization Track (12)

40. Alindogan, Albino III M.
41. Dela Cruz, Warly
42. Fernandez, Daniel A.
43. Gardon, Roselle Wednesday L.
44. Lee, John Boaz T.
45. Lim, Geoff Patrick O.
46. Mendoza, Adeo Cyrus R.
47. Mesina, Eduardo T.
48. Ortiaga, Clarissa C.
49. Pascua, Arielito T.
50. Quinzon, Diana
51. Reblora, Honeyleth B.