With the theme: “𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙀𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝘽𝙞𝙘𝙤𝙡 𝙍𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙤𝙣: 𝙀𝙭𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙀𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙏𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙏𝙤𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝘼𝙎𝙀𝘼𝙉 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 2025”, the Council of Deans for Information Technology Education, Inc. (CODITE-V), in partnership with Sorsogon State University (SorSU), conducted Bicol IT Students Congress (BITSCON) 2023, from February 22-23, 2023, at SorSU Social Hall, Sorsogon City Campus.
SUC President III, Dr. Geraldine F. De Jesus, in her welcome remarks, asserted that Higher Education Institutions (HEI) should continue to design and enhance curricular offerings that integrate information technology into traditional degree courses, upgrade (through effective means) the knowledge and skills of IT instructors as well as the resources and facilities where students may transform theories into practical applications. Through these, she explained, “𝑾𝒆 𝒂𝒊𝒎 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒖𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔, 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒂𝒕 𝒑𝒂𝒓 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅.”
Meanwhile, Atty. Septon A. Dela Cruz, CESO III (CHED Region V Director), gave the initial keynote speech during the first day of the congress. Local and international speakers at the event’s tech talk sessions were also present to share relevant and practical information on the IT industry.
A total of 490 college students and 80 faculty members from all ITE programs in Region V participated in the congress, consisting of CCDI – Sorsogon, ACLC – Sorsogon, PLTC – Guinobata n, Osmeña College, Mabini Colleges, CBSUA – Sipocot, SLTCFI – PIO Duran, SLTCFI – Legazpi, INFOTECH DSC, CSPC, SorSU – Bulan Campus, Aemilianum, Bicol College, CAT College, CAMNORTE, CCDI- Legazpi, ADNU, PSU, Lewis College, ACLC – Iriga, DEBESMSCAT, UNC, and CSI.
Also present at the event was Ms. Alicia M. Nieto (Supervisor 2 of CHED Region V and Adviser of CODITE-V), Engr. John Nomel B. Ebuenga of the DICT FreeWifi4All Program; Mr. Magno Edilberto R. Conag III (CEO of Nueca Technologies), and Ms. Judy Saw of Business Development Director of Wissen International, Pte. Ltd., among others. (SorSU PIO)