CCS Alumnus Conducts Industry Lecture on Agile Project Management

CCS Alumnus Conducts Industry Lecture on Agile Project Management

by Celesamae Vicente, CCS

WITH MSU-IIT’s thrust in being in sync with the updates and practices from the industry, the FAB LAB Mindanao, College of Computer Studies, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension hosted an Industry Lecture on Agile Project Management on November 8, 2019 at the Premier Research Institute of Science and Mathematics.

Mr. Genesis Alegata, CCS alumnus and Head of the Business Development and Sales of Senti AI, conducted a lecture on techniques that the Industry is using now in delivering IT projects to the clients. According to Alegata, with the advancement and fast-paced demands in the Industrial space, iterative and incremental approaches in delivering requirements throughout a project life cycle is the way to go in order to compete and stay relevant in the market. 

Alegata emphasized that Agile Project Management Philosophy is not a methodology but it is a change of mindset that can utilize a lot of methodologies such as the Scrum, and Kanban. 

Different from the traditional software development life cycle which sticks to what was set at the beginning of the project, Agile is adaptive and is responsive to changes as they quickly come up. There is continuous involvement of the client, developers, and  stakeholders throughout the development life cycle, said Alegata

IT Department Chair, Assistant Professor Mia Amore C. Tinam-isan concluded the activity with the challenge to continually improve our skill sets, acquire more knowledge and grow together as IT Project Managers through continually conducting activities such as the industry lecture. 

The activity was attended by more than 200  faculty members, researchers, CCS alumni and students, representatives from local IT companies,  and students from ICI. 

CCS Faculty and Students Present Papers at the 5th ISICO in Surabaya, Indonesia

CCS Faculty and Students Present Papers at the 5th ISICO in Surabaya, Indonesia

by (contributed news)

As MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) advances in its efforts in attaining research university status, the College of Computer Studies (CCS) is doing its part to strengthen the Institute’s international research collaboration in the field of information and communications technology. 

In addition to the many efforts by CCS, its faculty members and graduate students presented six research papers at the 5th ISICO Information Systems International Conference 2019 on July 23-24, 2019 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The said conference was hosted by the Department of Information Systems, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. 

With the main philosophy of widening the research collaboration among Information Systems (IS) researchers worldwide, ISICO is the official Association for Information Systems (AIS) Indonesia Chapter-affiliated conference, for it is the largest AIS Chapter in ASEAN considering that it has the highest number of national members. 

With its two salient features: relevant keynotes and Scopus-index Elsevier publication support,  Assoc. Prof. Lemuel Clark Velasco and CCS graduate students Suhaina Khalid, Charisa Llema, Nerico Mingoc, Kristine Mae Escanillan-Galera, and Xenia Gay Calunod-Repuela under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Erik Louwe Sala, Dr. Cenie Villela-Malabanan and Dr. Rabby Lavilles presented their researches in management information systems, Internet of Things, data analytics, IT infrastructure and IT security.  

After being presented at ISICO 2019, the six approved camera-ready research papers will be published in Procedia Computer Science, a Scopus-indexed journal.

On Going Beyond the Borders with my.eskwela

On Going Beyond the Borders with my.eskwela

by Orven E. Llantos

It was way back the 16th of May 2011 when a Special Order (SO) 269 S. 2011 was issued for the commencement of the internally funded research for my.eskwela software. It took 4 years of hard work until finally the first version went public. The software was originally designed to handle college classroom management. It was then introduced to MSU-IIT Community by a series of training-workshops to different colleges and to OVCRE. The training was filled with fruitful insights from the participants to help improve the existing product. Questionnaires were handed out for user acceptability test.

The first research output of my.eskwela was presented in the World Congress of Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, California, USA last October 22-24, 2015. Little did it knew then, that it was just a start of a series of international presentations and publications.

my.eskwela was then tailored to fit the DepEd K-12 curriculum because there is a need for the public schools to automate its process to better serve the public. To know more its needs, an extension project by virtue of SO 996-IIT series of 2015 was forged by MSU-IIT and Tambo Central School (TCS) for the cooperation. Similar to the previous engagements, a series of training-workshops were conducted to grade level advisers for them to be acquainted with the software and to comment for possible improvements.

One year passed and the extension was successfully executed, another research findings were presented and published internationally during the 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies at Madeira, Portugal last May 16-19, 2017. The published paper was indexed by Scopus (Elsevier). During this time, my.eskwela received a research dissemination grant given by DOST-HRDP.

Other topics of my.eskwela like human-computer interaction, educational data mining and the first attempt to affective computing was also presented in ERICAE 2017, an International Conference organized by DOST-ERDT held last October 18-20, 2017 at Cebu City, Philippines.

And recently, another topic of my.eskwela in security was accepted as a poster paper and is consequently published in the recently concluded International Conference of ENTERprise Information Systems 2017 held last November 8-17, 2017 at Barcelona, Spain. The table below sums up the research output:



The lessons learned in doing the my.eskwela research project has helped prepare the students in their research endeavor. In fact, two graduate students presented their research output during the recently concluded Information Systems International Conference held last November 6-8, 2017 at Bali, Indonesia.

But my.eskwela does not end there, it was one of the projects that were chosen to go into a 2.5 months incubation program under the first Mindanao Start-Up Challenge 2016 spearheaded by iDeya also of MSU-IIT. During this time, my.eskwela was protected under a copyright given by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

my.eskwela has still so much to learn and more research to contribute, but as long as the Institute continues its pursuit for excellence and care for the community, the  members of the IIT community will have more motivations to “go beyond the borders”.

Trivia   proponent  

During discussion with the MSU-IIT web developer regarding my.eskwela research project and the attendance module whose development was inspired by Articles 333-338 of MSU Code, it didn’t take too long to implement an attendance module in My.IIT too.

Links to published articles:



by Shehab Ibrahim

MSU-IIT has become one of the Mikrotik Academies in the Philippines. Being part of the MikroTik Academy means that MSU-IIT can offer Mikrotik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA) course to the students for free.

Last April 2016, Professor Shehab Ibrahim and Professor Alexander Gaw of the School of Computer Studies has been officially recognized by MikroTik as a MikroTik Certified Academy Trainer after successfully completing the appropriate trainings and certification requirements. Along with it, the two also has been awarded MikroTik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA), Mikrotik Certified Routing Engineer(MTCRE) and Mikrotik Certified User Management Engineer (MTCUME) certifications.

The picture shows Prof. Shehab Ibrahim (Fifth form the left) and Prof. Alexander Gaw(Sixth from the left) with the group and their trainer Engr. Roy Pamitalan (With black). The School of Computer Studies will include MikroTik trainings on the course Basic Computer Networks of the Programs: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology  Major in Network Systems and Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Technology Major in Communication Systems.

The group at ease after passing the certification.

Topics : Mikrotik  Network Systems  Communication Systems

SCS faculty wins Best Poster in PRAGMA

SCS faculty wins Best Poster in PRAGMA

Lemuel Clark P. Velasco, faculty member of the School of Computer Studies (SCS), won best poster presentation in the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) held on January 27-29, 2016 at the Marriot, Grand Ballroom Manila. His research paper was entitled “Data Visualization of Schistosomiasis Community Health Data Using Google Maps and Google Charts.”

With the theme “Creating Greater Impact Through Concerted Global Collaborations”, PRAGMA was organized by DOST-Advance Science and Technology Institute. The event was held in coordination with the 41st Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) Meeting.

 SCS continues to develop researches that not only address technology-driven issues but more importantly, studies on the relevance and application of these technologies in critical domains such as disaster management and bioinformatics and presents these in national and international workshops. –Contributed news

Topics : PRAGMA

MSU-IIT wins Philippine Startup Challenge

MSU-IIT wins Philippine Startup Challenge

by Erik Louwe Sala, SCS

School of Computer Studies (SCS) students Bryan Juanico (BS Information Technology), John Nicko Rosal (BS Computer Science) and Eliakem Revil (BS BA-Entrepreneurial Marketing) with adviser Lemuel Clark Velasco, comprising the Institute’sTeam Book Now won in the recently concluded Philippine Startup Challenge held on March 1, 2016 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. The team won for their web and mobile-based application that handles online bus ticket and seat reservation for bus operators called e-travel.

Spearheaded by Velasco and Prof. Marlo Novino, two other teams from the Institute were finalists in the competition, namely: Team Bashpal (Diofel Pallega, Aiya Jobelle Quinones and Misshell Pearl Arboladura) for their online venues reservation system called Bashpal; Team Laagan (Raphael Jose Balonga, Joren Ezra Apal and Constantino Brasileno) for their loyalty program and frequency incentive marketing application for businesses called Urb.

The winning teams were awarded with $27,000 worth of services from Microsoft and a slot at the Microsoft BizPark, prizes from Huawei Technologies and Seed Investments up to one million pesos and Incubation and Acceleration programs from Ideaspace,, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Philippine Software Industry Association.

With the theme “Create disruptive technologies, solve real problems”, the Philippine Startup Challenge is an annual event hosted by the DOST-ICT Office with partners from different business accelerators and enterprises to boost startup awareness among young and aspiring technopreneurs across the archipelago. With their 2nd year in launching, the event had 108 entries.

Other winners were Teams e-basura and Farm2Ket, both from the University of Cebu-Main Campus.

With this achievement in the startup community and the establishment of MSU-IIT’s in-house technology business incubator that will be launched in 2016, MSU-IIT aims to be a  center for innovationand technopreneurship in Mindanao.

Topics : SCS  Startup