First and foremost, I would like to welcome all of you, to the University of San Jose – Recoletos, Basak Campus.
It is an honor and privilege to host the Second National ACM Inter-Collegiate Programming Competition -ACM ICPC Philippines 2008. Hosting this national competition among the best Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tertiary students all around the Philippines, which would culminate with winners that will represent our country to the Regional Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and eventually in the world finals in Stockholm, Sweden in the 2nd quarter of 2009, is something that we look forward to being a part of.
As you may know, this facility, St. Ezekiel Moreno Bldg, which is our venue for the ACM ICPC Philippines 2008, was inaugurated last October 22, 2005. This is the home of the tertiary students under the College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology (CICCT) and the College of Education (COE). Its realization aligns with the academic direction of our institution which is not only concerned in delivering academic knowledge, but also strengthening Research and Development initiatives and establishing strong Industry-Academe linkages. Since information and communications technology (ICT) remains as one of the top priority economic sectors identified by the Cebu City government, the USJ-R Community continues to respond and commit to building a strong ICT knowledge workforce in this province.
With this event, I truly hope that the ACM ICPC Philippines 2008 would make possible the formation of ideal global knowledge workers among our ICT tertiary students and would serve as catalysts in bringing about a positive change to our country.