I.T. Whiz Kids Make It Happen

Written By: Karla Gae Pascua

For most Filipinos, lifes major milestones include graduating from college, applying for a job, having a family, and putting the kids through school. Ad infinitum, the cycle is driven by once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that come knocking on some fortunate peoples doors, giving them the chance to deviate from the usual route.

This is exactly what happened to graduates of STI. When their thesis projects were chosen among this years Best Theses, life suddenly had a new twist. For them, doors suddenly opened up to countless opportunities and maybe, if they play their cards right, things will never be the same again.

Virtual DJ wannabes
For STI College Lucenas Fredrick De Mesa, Ginalyn Rabuel, Jlou Mancenido and Oscar Vincent Talavera, music and technology will forever be a part of their lives, and that its just a matter of enhancing what is already available. Thus, their thesis entitled A Virtual Disk Jockey for FM Radio Broadcasting with Applied SMS, Telephony Technology and Web-based Song Query and Request System aimed to do just that: to automate the receiving of song requests, commercials, on-air messages and greetings; storing and organizing audio files into archives; and running a play list of songs and audio clips, all at the touch of a button.

Our proposal will definitely benefit the FM radio broadcast industry. For station managers, automation will cut down overhead expenses since manpower and recording materials such as cassette tapes and CDs will be lessened. The disk jockeys, on the other hand, will find they can do more things and concentrate their programs quality. Of course the radio listeners will be provided with an accessible link with the virtual DJ through the Internet, SMS and telephone, Jlou said.

Bridging the communication gap
While Jlou and company are automating the FM bands way of doing business, a group from STI College Alabang is intent on discovering a way to bridge the communication gap among Pinoys brought about by the different dialects (PinoyDiksyonaryo.com: Bridging the Communication Gap).

According to the group, their research findings verified that, theres a problem in having more than one dialect and that Filipinos are finding it hard to understand and communicate with each other. They also found out that there was no existing website that would translate words from one dialect to another. As a consequence of this, Eric Carandang, Gonzalo Pelaez, Arnold Orbista and Jommel Santos wrote the program Pinoydiksyonaryo.com.

The system is designed to provide a website that will bridge the gap of communication amongst Filipinos and provide a word translator for all people who have access to mobile phones, team leader Gonzalo said.

Truly a program that has the potential to curb the communication barrier in the Philippines, Gonzalo and his teammates are hoping that they will be able to find sponsors to permanently put up their program on the Internet.

Automating a DJ and writing a program for translating Filipino terms to any one of the major dialects indeed shows that the country is part of the technological revolution. And the thesis by STI College Guadalupe students on computerizing the board game Equalizer will surely erase all remaining doubt.

When asked why they opted to digitalize a popular math board game, group leader Randy Monte said, Whoever will use the Computerized Equalizer Game will be entertained by playing the game while developing interest and mental agility in arithmetic.

Teammate Allan Sapigao elaborates on the program: If Scrabble is a work game, the game for Arithmetic would be the Equalizer. It is an educational board game played by building numerical equations with number-tiles arranged horizontally or vertically on the game board in a manner similar to that of the crossword puzzle.

Aside from Randy and Allan, co-creators of the computer version of Equalizer are Dennis Erese and Rolly Tabajonda.

Computer-based registration and enrollment
Another laudable thesis was a program written by students of STI Caloocan entitled Computer-based Registration and Enrollment System for St. Martin de Pores Catholic School.

The thesis was based on problems that Saint Martin de Porres Catholic School would encounter during enrollment and registration period. These included the long process in determining students previous balances, slow processing of data and inaccurate computation of student tuition fees.

Through our system, the school can closely monitor their financial targets needed for the maintenance of the school and other expenses. Evaluators and assessors can easily generate a list of students currently enrolled; a list of subjects, rooms and instructors and a list of students grades. Evaluating and assessing will no longer be a problem in terms of accuracy and time management, group member Julius Pascual said. Teammates for the thesis are Mark Louie Cruz, Gerald Pambid and Maria Fe Dacutanan.

What can be done to improve on their program? Maria Fe suggested enabling grade inquiries by making the system accessible via the Internet.

Computer rental business upgrade
Still on the topic of upgrading to enhance businesses, STI Makati offers its Trike Online Computer Rentals Monitoring System. The thesis by William Cruz, Daniel Fonte, Pamela Rose Carig and Rosemarie Seploc is focused on providing a systematized full-audit trail of the companys cash inflow through automated monitoring of multiple workstations.

The program we developed allows Trike Online (a computer rental business) employees to supervise the time an occupant spends on a particular computer. Doing so will definitely work to the companys benefit because a lot of customers, particularly those who play network games, take advantage of the busy atmosphere to steal additional minutes, group member William said.

He added that their program includes the implementation of a strategic transaction-processing tool through the use of a pre-paid card that is exclusively made for the company. Through the card, customers can check their balance (time remaining) via SMS.

Most outstanding thesis
All are worthy of being cited for the Best Thesis awards in the recent graduation ceremonies of STI at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) but judges can only choose one among the lot as the Most Outstanding. That accolade was given to Rommel Metrillo, Lowella Acantilado, Mary Ann Aguila and Medel Antiporta of STI e.College Southwoods for their thesis entitled Fingerprint ID with Power Source Controller System for STI eCollege.

Rommel explains: STI always makes sure that all of its facilities are in good condition to give its students quality service. That is why the school implements rules on NO ID, NO Entry and turning off all electrical appliances that are not in use. In order to have a more secured procedure, we developed a system that will use a fingerprint scanner to determine the identity of students and employees and more importantly to monitor the resources inside the classrooms such as electric fans, air cons and lights.

The thesis won on account of its practicalitythe college can reduce costs of operation without sacrificing the quality of its service. Moreover, it ensures security and provides information on employees attendance, major areas that need to be addressed, not only by STI eCollege Southwoods but by any organization as well.

Making their alma matter proud
Aside from their winning theses, these young tech-savvies have something else in common, and thats making their respective schools proud. They admitted that the financial aspect and the fact that one must work with numerous individuals who may not always share the same insights were not easy challenges to hurdle.

All we were able to accomplish, including our thesis, we attribute to the education we were given at STI. Biases aside, STIs standardized courseware and systems made sure we were tried and tested in our chosen field, which is computer science, thus making us confident that we are at par with any other IT graduate, remarked Anne Michelle Navarro, STI College Fairviews magna cum laude.

At the break-neck speed that technology is changing and prices are escalating, these students proved that quality education doesnt need to suffer. And at the pace schools nationwide are graduating students, one wouldnt have to look far for their ideal IT professional.

About the Author: Karla Gae L. Pascua is a senior copywriter at Agatep Associates, Inc., one of Philippine’s leading public relations agencies. Pascua has been writing professionally for over a decade, seven years of which were under the stewardship of the industry’s acknowledged father of public relations, former UST professor, and journalism textbook author, Charlie Agatep.

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