Archive | April 2014

e-Services or ICT Industry Industry in 2005 – Is CPU in the Future Now?

Central Philippine University e-Services

On 14 June 2005, I had the opportunity to attend and represent the CPU President in the e-Services Industry-Academe Summit at Hotel Inter-Continental Manila.

Returning from the summit, I submitted my report to Dr. Juanito Acanto, who was the president at that time.

The report mentioned several interesting items which have implication on CPU’s curriculum, particularly on her IT-based courses.

e-Services Industry-Academe Summit
14 June 2005
Hotel Inter-Continental Manila


The e-Services or Information Communication Technology (ICT) Industry covers the business process outsourcing, contact center, software industry, medical transcription, animation, and engineering designs.

Senator Mar Roxas was the keynote speaker.  He stressed that one of the most challenging factors in the e-Services Industry is the lack of qualified employees.  He challenged that educational institutions must revise curriculum to fit the HR demands of the e-Services Industry sector.

Panel discussions were conducted to tackle the two main topics of the summit, which are

  1. HR Requirements of the ICT Industry
  2. HR Initiatives for the ICT Sector.


 Based on the panel discussions, the following are the areas where CPU could respond to the HR demands of the ICT sector.


  • Develop or acquire modules for Contact Center courses
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • IT proficiency
  • Multicultural adaptability
  • High degree of trainability
  • Customer service orientation
  • Flexibility


  • World class talent
  • Boundless creativity
  • English proficiency
  • Ability to comprehend concepts and storylines
  • Exposure to different cultures
  • Speed in dealing with art work


  • Improve engineering designs subjects to enable students gain employment in companies who are big players


  • CPU could be human resource for software development
  • CPU could provide financial incentives, a sort of Research and Development Fund for development of unique software.
  • CPU should hone the documentation skills of software engineering students.


  • CPU explore the possibility of developing course or elective subject on ANIMATION
  • Because of software development on animation, CPU could integrate in the curriculum “animation design” as a subject.
  • Are CPU graduates, especially in IT related courses, prepared enough to meet the needs of companies involve in e-Services?


  • Communication skill  is important in doing e-service
  • Confidence in dealing with all kinds of people, especially with foreigners
  • Domain or industry experience
  • Management skills—team leaders, facilitators


  • Three basic strength of the Philippines in this business are English, Creativity, and Service
  • TESDA and DTI are agencies who have the training modules and standards on Medical Transcription
  • CPU explore the prospect of offering MT as a health-related course or a subject in our medical-related courses like nursing, medical technology or medicine.


To answer the current gap of HR requirements between e-Services Industry and the Academe, CPU shall:

  • Develop IT-based courses curriculum that is relevant to present HR needs of e-Services Industry
  • Course or elective subjects on ICT in all academic disciplines should be considered
  • There is a need to strengthen linkages of CPU with e-services industry
  • Students and faculty exposures and trainings must be enhanced.
  • Creation of a strong backbone towards providing quality HR to e-services industry
  • Development of Business and Technology Park (UP Diliman model)
  • Improve access to Japanese, Chinese and Korean industries through student exchange programs and through the possibility of offering language study.
  • Feasibility of putting up a PLACEMENT COMPANY should be considered.  This could be a good project of the Alumni Association.

Please take note these recommendations were written in 2005, almost a decade ago with much thoughts on CPU’s future academic direction vis-a-vis the ICT industry.

Reading through the 2005 report, I reflected and asked, “Is CPU in the future now, responding proactively to the e-Services or ICT Industry needs?”

CPU Volleyball Girls Champion; Boys Settle for Bronze – 2014 National PRISAA

Congratulations CPU Volleyball Girls for winning the 2014 National PRISAA Volleyball Juniors Girls Division!

CPU Volleyball Team 3

CPU Volleyball Girls

11 CPU Volleybelles comprised the WVPRISAA Volleyball team; 1 came from St. Joseph school.

Congratulations CPU Volleyball Boys! The 2014 NATIONAL PRISAA 2nd runner up winner.

CPU Volleyball Boys

CPU Volleyball Boys

Seven boys from CPU compose the WVPRISAA Volleyball Boys team; 4 from John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University; 1 from University of San Agustin.

Congratulations Mr. Jeffrey Alcarde and Mr. Dominique Patriarca Endriga, coach and assistant coach, respectively!

PHOTO CREDIT: Dominique Patriarca Endriga

New Orleans Achieves Stronger Infrastructure Resilience thru the IHNC Surge Barrier

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier

The catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 provide many lessons on infrastructure resilience. The threat of storm surges remains because of the city’s average elevation level is six feet (or almost 2 meters) below sea level and being bodies of water surround the city.

In 2005, the 28-foot storm surge that Hurricane Katrina created left some areas of New Orleans flooded. There were breaches on the floodwall due to foundation failure and water over topping the levees.

Learning from Hurricane Katrina experience, New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System embarked on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier or IHNC Surge Barrier project.

Its construction begun in 2008, and with an aggressive four-year timeline to beat. Despite many complications and technical challenges, the barrier was completed ahead of time in 2011. Construction cost reached $1.1 billion. It’s was a simultaneous design and build civil work project.

The IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrier is one of the largest civil works project designed and constructed in the US Army Corp’s history. It extends through the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet near New Orleans.

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier

It was designed to reduce the effect of storm surge and prevents damage to the most vulnerable areas around New Orleans. The barrier specifically protects the surrounding area against storm surge coming from the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Borgne.

The structure consists of three gates that allow vessel passage through a concrete barrier wall, 10,000 feet long and 26 feet high. There’s a complete floodwall closure of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. The Seabrook Floodgate was also constructed, another navigation gate in the vicinity of Seabrook that meets and blocks possible storm surge from the Lake Ponchartrain.

With the breaches repaired and fortified, the level of protection in New Orleans is much better than any time in their entire history. The New Orlean’s surge barrier proved its mettle and served its purpose when Hurricane Isaac came in August 2012.

With its complex structural design, the edifice stands as an infrastructure resilience landmark.  This year, the infrastructure garnered the 2014 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Achieving 100-year storm criteria, IHNC is now considered the model of floodgate and floodwall designs all over the world. Now an infrastructure resilience icon, the IHNC Surge Barrier has become the pride of Louisiana and the US.

Calamities will continue to challenge civilization but with infrastructure management experts providing resilience plans and strategies, risks are significantly reduced.

PHOTO CREDIT: Seacity2100; American Society of Civil Engineers

CPU Table Tennis Women – 2014 National PRISAA Champions

CPU Table Tennis Women (1)

We got the Team Event Gold

  • Doubles Silver – Mai Cabrela and Pearl Diander Deriada;
  • Singles Bronze and Silver – Ciara Mae Magsino;
  • Mixed Doubles Bronze – Bea Rachel Lapizar and Sean Sabay;
  • Most Outstanding Athlete Award – Juliette Rae Gayoso
  • Most Outstanding Coach Award – Rev. Francis Neil Jalando-on.

CPU Table Tennis Women (4)

CPU Table Tennis Women (6)

CPU Table Tennis Women

Most Outstanding Athlete Award – Juliette Rae Gayoso and Most Outstanding Coach Award – Rev. Francis Neil Jalando-on

CPU Table Tennis Women (3)

CPU Table Tennis Women (2)

Congratulations CPU Table Tennis Women and Coach Francis Neil Jalando-on!

Congratulations Central Philippine University and WV PRISAA!

PHOTO CREDIT: Rev. Francis Neil Jalando-on

Learning Resource for Centralians – Optimised Decision Making, IDS and the Deighton Water Model


Recently, I read the article “Optimised Decision Making, IDS and the Deighton Water Model – An Introduction” which sparked my attention.

Published on the site, the article includes a video that demonstrates the Deighton Water Model and the resource persons talked about the implication to finance and infrastructure management.

As a civil engineering graduate, this is very important learning resource for future infrastructure asset managers.

Watching the video made me wished I had learned about this in college. The learning Deighton Water Model presents could be applied not only in the context of asset management.

I was smiling thinking about using it for evangelism.

Thinking about CPU’s many assets, I’m sure nuggets of wisdom on optimized decision making would be very helpful.

I appeal for professors to recommend this learning resource to your students.

Are you a leader, engineer, manager, realtor, development planning specialist, investor?

Are you engaged in public works, infrastructure management and development planning?

Please take time to watch the short “Deighton Water Model” demonstration video.


CPU Softball Women Strikes Gold! – 2014 National PRISAA

CPU Softball Team showed their might against University of Cordilleras (UC) Softball team, winning the championship game at 8-0.

The CPU Softbelles held UC team scoreless in all of 5 innings.

It’s game over for the 2014 National PRISAA Softball games and the CPU Softball Women is left standing with the championship on hand.

Let the celebration begin!

Congratulating CPU team, Joel Dacudao Panes, Coach of the UC Softball Team says:

CPU Softball Team

CPU Softball Team Bats for Championship

TAGUM CITY – CPU Softball Team will try to regain the championship crown they lost in last year’s battle against CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) team.

The team advanced to the finals after beating Region 10, 16-1 in yesterday’s game.

Please read this news excerpt dated 10 April 2014.

WV Softball Team to reclaim crown

CPU Softball Team Tops Bracket in 2014 National PRISAA

Seeks semi-final win today, 9 April

Representing Western Visayas, CPU Softball Team topped the elimination in their bracket by defeating Region 3, Region 7, and host Region 11 here in Tagum City, Davao del Norte where the annual National PRISAA Games competitions are being held.

They will face Region 10 from Cagayan de Oro, ranked 2 in the other bracket, in the crossover semi-finals tomorrow, April 10, 2014.

CPU Softball Team at 2014 National PRISAA

Defeating Region 11 (9-3)

On the first day of the competitions, the WVPRISAA softball team first faced host Region 11 softbelles. Being this year’s host, the Southern Mindanao PRISAA team presented a big threat for the Region 6 batters for their home court advantage.

With the crowd cheering for the host, the game started strong for Region 11 as they scored their first run in the first inning via a home run by Pitcher Estoconing.

But the WVPRISAA girls battled back in the bottom of the first inning by scoring 3 runs via 2 quick runs when Ma. Diane Treyes’ bunt resulted to an RBI and a run via a throwing error by pitcher Tampos to the first base thereby plating Tweedle Gee Samson.

A sacrificed fly-RBI by Geia Lyn Dechosa plated Ma. Kristin Gulfan to close the first inning. The first inning dictated the tempo for the next innings for both teams.

With accurate pitching by Jane Daras and Dechosa, the host team struggled to score in the next two innings. Accurate and controlled hitting by the WVPRISAA caused errors on the field, allowing them to score four more runs.

A changed of pitcher from Region 11 in the fourth inning shortly controlled the game defensively and allowed them to score 2 runs in the fourth and sixth inning, respectively.

The Western Visayas Softball Team closed the game with 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning courtesy by an RBI each for Cristine Sebuan and Dechosa that plated Gulfan and Ferly Joy Pagulong for the final score of 9-3 for the Western Visayas PRISAA team.

Dominating Region 3 (16-0)

CPU Softball Team at 2014 National PRISAA 3

The Western Visayas Softball team then faced Region 3 that Wesleyan University of the Philippine represents.

The game turned out to be a short one as the WVPRISAA team won via the 15-run mercy rule. The game ended in the third inning with the final score of 16-0.

Gulfan, Samson, and Treyes contributed home runs with RBI’s in the offense for the Region 6 softball team. Daras and Jergen Penafiel controlled mound to secure the win.

CPU Softball Team ‘bludgeoned’ Region 7 (33-1)

On the last day of elimination games, the WVPRISAA faced the University of Bohol-bannered Region 7 softball team. Once again, the game ended in the third inning via the 15-run mercy rule with a final score of 33-1.

CPU Softball Team at 2014 National PRISAA

Crossover Semi-finals

Topping their bracket, Western Visayas Softball team faces Region 10 PRISAA, which is 2nd in the other bracket.

University of the Cordilleras topped the other bracket with 3-0 standing and will face host-Region 11 in the first game of tomorrow’s 10 April 2014) crossover semi-finals.

The battle for third place and the championship will be played on Friday, 11 April.

The Western Visayas Softball Team

CPU Softball Team at 2014 National PRISAA

The Western Visayas PRISAA softball team is composed of the Central Philippine University Softball Team members with one player picked from Saint Anthony College in Antique Province.

The CPU students are Ma. Marriel Arnado, Jeraldine Ayore, Jane Daras, Geia Lyn Dechosa, Ma. Kristin Gulfan, Ailyn Grace Lawag, Ferly Joy Pagulong, Jergen Penafiel, Tweedle Gee Samson, Cristine Sebuan, Rhea Sevilla, Herjea Faye Sinogbuhan, Ma. Diane Treyes, Vanessa Mae Zaragoza. Michelle Soriano is the player from SAC.

Kim Dela Cruz and Mark Arliss Cloma are head coach and assistant coach, respectively. Pitching Coach is Jose Hechanova.

[note radius=”5″]Written by Mark Arliss Cloma, this article was first published on his blog “Fastball Life”[/note]