By PNA – Mayor Celso Lobregat on Friday challenged the delegates of the 3rd Philippine Society of Information Technology Students (PSITS) Regional ICT Convention to be agents of the good, the positive, the best and the beautiful about Mindanao even as he lamented that Zamboanga City like the rest of this southern part of the country has been a victim of negative perceptions.
“As information and communication technologists, it is your obligation, your responsibility to bring about the good, the positive and the best of your own places,” Lobregat told the 950 regional ICT convention delegates at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) gymnasium.
“Western Mindanao is vibrant and a peaceful region. “Unfortunately, there are certain incidents that happened beyond anyone’s control,” he lamented.
But, according to Lobregat, even the most powerful country in the world, the United States of America, was a victim of the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“When that happened, we in Mindanao did not say do not go to Washington because it is a dangerous place to be in,” he stressed.
When the hostage-taking incident happened in Luneta wherein many Hong Kong tourists were killed, Lobregat said “we in Mindanao did not say do not go to Manila because it is a dangerous place to be in.”
“Did we in Mindanao ever say do not go to Makati when a bus bombing happened?” he asked in a statement.
“But when something happens in Western Mindanao, they say wow! It is a dangerous place to go to,” he bewailed.
“Very unfair! So that is part of information and communication technology, a power in your hands to bring about the good, the positive, the best and the beautiful about your own area, be it Zamboanga City, be it Jolo, be it Dapitan or Sibugay or Basilan,” he further told the ICT students, deans, department heads and IT moderators from all over Western Mindanao.
Anchored on the theme, “IT Youth for Quality, Relevance and Excellence,” the three-day convention is being organized by the Philippine Society of Information Technology Students with WMSU and Ateneo de Zamboanga University as host institutions.
Present were Kevin Alan Leversee, managing director of STARTUP Dragons; Meric Mara, CEO/CTO of 8-Layer Technologies, Inc; Deng Silorio, chief operations officer of 8-Layer Technologies, Inc.; and Vedasto Rey Portugal, research and development head of 8-Layer Technologies, Inc.