Capitol Holds IT Consultative Meeting with Heads of SUCs

The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental through the Negros Occ. Language and Information Center held a consultative meeting with heads of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) on Information Technology (IT), at the Capitol Social Hall, yesterday.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (seated 5th from right), Provincial Consultant on Trade and Investment, Rafael Coscolluela together with the heads of SUCs and some Capitol executives at the Capitol Social Hall, yesterday.*(Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. called the meeting to encourage SUCs to open their doors to IT courses in line with the thrusts of the provincial government to strengthen its program on education, with the end goal of providing job opportunities to graduates in the field of IT.

The activity was participated in by presidents and academic affairs representatives of the different colleges and universities in the province.

Sebastian Ledesma and Erric Gonzaga, both based in Manila, shared on the IT updates, trends and employment opportunities for IT graduates, which provided information on IT curriculum.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Dr. Ma. Lina P. Sanogal, who collated the concerns of the participants, said that there is a need to assess the schools’ IT curriculum and a need for data banking that will serve as employment tracking of IT graduates.

It was also agreed that there is a need to evaluate the cost of IT education in the province and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) must be tapped.

The group also suggested for the establishment of more IT facilities in schools and continuing education for teachers, and the strengthening of English and Math subjects in schools.

Gov. Marañon said that there is a need to overhaul the educational system and the challenge on IT is very different. He added that the next step that we need to do is to move forward and start building our dream and work together.

“We need your help, your talent and your expertise,” said Gov. Marañon, referring to the participants. He added that the effort of the IT management shouldn’t end after the said meeting and the group will meet again for an IT Summit and Strategic Planning Sessions.

Also present in the meeting were Provincial Consultant on Trade and Investments, Rafael Coscolluela, Neg. Occ. Scholarship Program Div. head Karen Dinsay, Dr. Cristina Orbecido of NOLITC, and Atty. Anabelle Palic of the Provincial Human Resource Management Office, among others.*(Capitol News)