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The Our Lady of Fatima University College of Computer Studies Academe – Industry Linkages and Pathways Dialogue
May 12,2016


Last April 14, 2016 the College of Computer Studies (CCS) held an Academe – Industry Linkages and Pathways Dialogue at Dolcelatte Café and Gourmet Bakeshop at 1616 South Triangle, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. With the theme, “Forging together for excellence through academe and industry collaboration,” Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) administrators, program heads and practicum coordinators, along with industry representatives attended the event to bridge the gap between student competencies and skills required by the industry.


The program ensued with the Valenzuela Campus Information Technology Program Head Mr. Edwin S. De Guzman beckoning the AILP body to rise for the Doxology, National Anthem and OLFU Hymn. Then Vice-President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Heracleo D. Lagrada gave the Opening Remarks.  CCS Dean Dr. Raymond S. Macatangga then introduced the representatives from the seven (7) companies and two (2) from the CCS Alumni.


Afterwards, Valenzuela Campus Practicum Coordinator Ms. Abegail S. Comandao presented an overview of the Academe Industry Linkages and Pathways (AILP) and the procedures of the AILP Dialogue. The consultation and dialogue period immediately followed with questions from OLFU representatives which the industry representatives responded to. Primarily, ISSA PH President Mr. John Peter Abraham Q. Ruero gave comments about faculty immersion in the industry. Likewise, various feedbacks came from the industry and alumni representatives. Nexus Technologies Manager Mr. Harry Napao and Mr. Lester Logica also gave inputs about industry needs and emphasized that passion for teaching is the reason why faculty members stay in the academe. YSCOLA Inc. General Manager Ms. Dittas Formoso mentioned the importance of English as the language of business and that graduates should manifest team spirit while OLFU Alumnus Mr. James Michael Adoremos pointed out that their company needs leaders who are curious and know how to learn. E-Konek Pilipinas, Inc. EVP Ms. Tere Eisma stressed that “what is sorely lacking in our graduates is the ability to think creatively.” Sykes Asia, Inc.’s IS Manager Ms. Mylene Lucando also mentioned the needed technology in their company. MEC Networks Corporation Manager Ms. Sheryl de Guzman and Ms. Rowena Iba?ez talked about free faculty training in their company to keep abreast with the latest technologies. Similarly, VPAA Dr. Lagrada underscored the importance of good attitude among graduates. 


Besides the industry representatives, the OLFU CCS representatives specifically: Valenzuela Campus Computer Science Program Head Ms. Jheanel E. Estrada, Valenzuela Campus Entertainment and Multimedia Computing Program Head Mr. Ryan Richard H. Guadaña, Quezon City Campus OIC Mr. Arfel C. Aguilar, Antipolo Campus Program Head Ms. Arceli F. Salo, Pampanga Campus Program Head Ms. Ann Marjorie Pico, Quezon City Campus Practicum Coordinator Mr. Florocito S. Camata, and Antipolo Campus Practicum Coordinator Mr. Edward  N. Cruz  participated during the dialogue. 


Consequently, the awarding and recognition for the AILP Advisory Board Council came next. Assisted by CCS College Secretary Ms. Mary Joyce Del Mundo, Dr. Lagrada and Dr. Macatangga presented the Appointment Letters to the Advisory Board Council Members namely: NEXUS TECHNOLOGIES INC. Managers Mr. Harry Napao and Mr. Lester Lojica, SYKES ASIA, INC. IS Manager Ms. Mylene B. Lucando, E-KONEK PILIPINAS INC. EVP Ms. Tere Eisma, MOVIECLUB SYSTEMS INC. Operations and I.T. Manager Mr. Kislay Chandra, INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY ASSOCIATION PHILIPPINES President Mr. John Peter Abraham Q. Ruero, and YSCOLA Inc. General Manager Ms. Dittas Formoso. 

Furthermore, said industry representatives, E-Konek Pilipinas Inc. Senior Manager, Ms. Ma. Conception Gutierrez, and Sykes Asia, Inc. Assistant Manager Mr. John Michael C. Lagumbay, OLFU CCS Alumni - Senior and Lead Data Analyst Mr. Leonardo F. Raña Jr., IT Faculty/Staff Mr. Emmanuel G. Galupo Jr., and Software Engineering Associate Mr. James Michael A. Adoremos – received certificates of participation.


Conclusively, the OLFU CCS AILP Dialogue’s theme of “forging together for excellence through academe and industry collaboration” is the guiding beacon of the College as a milestone unfolded in its journey towards realizing its goal – UNITY IN ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE!



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