Major FTS Journal

TRAVEL REPORT

October 24-28, 2016

Seminar Overview

It was a great experience to have a trip like this, going to Manila. First time in a plane, seeing the great places in Manila and having fun while learning. But it was a tough experience too before we have that memorable field trip. Of course we have to pay for that but most of all my classmates are still lacking of funds to pay, especially me. I’ve just downed 1.5k and 20k+ is so far to be full and my mother is so stressed minding where to find some money, time is running out and the stated date of travel is so near. Luckily a good friend lend some money for me to able to be fully paid. After that worse scenario the day has come, feeling excited and grateful. Being with my friends visiting some IT-related companies/organizations. Every visit there’s a new ideas and knowledge registered. As we visit DOST-STII, Ideaspace, MMDA, Y4IT, UP Diliman, Nokia Company and Advance World Solution. The thoughts of being a web developer, or a software engineer, or a technopreneur. Well these ideas are not new to me but visiting Manila is an eye-opener for me that being an IT is a great opportunity. Many IT-related companies/organizations to open to be part of. But of course I need to specify my field of expertise. Traveling Manila, some matter need to consider, knowing Manila is not my territorial place and some people are dangerous to deal with, I need to be vigilant and safe. I need to stick with the group or else I will get lose. On the other hand, I just enjoy the trip. After some IT visits, we have a break time to stroll some places, as we go to SM Bicutan, SM MoA, Divisoria, Tagaytay and Enchated Kingdom. As our days are about to end, we have our stay in Kabayan Hotel where we, my friends, have a room for five. A relieving place to stay with. It was a great experience having a field trip in Manila, hoping that we could stay there longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

 

Today, I went on a seminar to DOST-STII, STII is the information, communication, and marketing arm of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippines. They deliver timely, relevant, and quality S&T information to help make our people appreciate the fact that local technology works.. After a plane ride, we waited our bus in NAIA terminal 3, im so excited at the same time hungry. When the bus arrived, we have our first trip which is McDonalds’ for a lunch. Unfortunately, McDonalds’ seats were full at that time so we have our lunch inside the bus. After lunch we have our company visit which is DOST in Bicutan. On our way to DOST, seeing Metro Manila a big place yet polluted and overpopulated, unlike Davao City. Arriving DOST, it was exciting, thinking on what would DOST will share for us. We visited there Science and Technology Information Institute where they share about their project NOAH, Project NOAH’s (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) mission is to undertake disaster science research and development, advance the use of cutting edge technologies and recommend innovative information services in government’s disaster prevention and mitigation efforts. Though the use of science and technology and in partnership with the academe and other stakeholders, the DOST through Program NOAH is taking a multi-disciplinary approach in developing systems, tools, and other technologies that could be operationalized by government to help prevent and mitigate disasters. They also introduce their Starbooks, Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks. A standalone information kiosk, hence without internet you can access Starbooks. It is a book of Science and Technology information gathered from all over the world. It aims to Create interest in the field of Science and Technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T courses, Encourage great and curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions and innovation, and Inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research. Starbooks is a great source of information for a Thesis. After that seminar in DOST- STII, we have some pictures then leave. We leave early so we have a time for a stroll, we went to SM Bicutan and have a trip there for an hour or two. Then we had our dinner in a Chinese cuisine where I ate a lot of siomai. And lastly we had our stay in Kabayan Hotel.

What I learned?

I’ve learned a lot about DOST-STII’s Project NOAH. Project NOAH is the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) response to the call of President Benigno S. Aquino III for more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system, especially in high-risk areas throughout the Philippines. The Project will harness technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities offered by the DOST through PAGASA, PHIVOLCS, and the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI). The project has a component of, strategic communication, Enhanced Geohazzard Mapping and more calamity-based system. I’ve also learned about Starbooks, Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks. A standalone information kiosk, hence without internet you can access Starbooks. It is a book of Science and Technology information gathered from all over the world. It aims to Create interest in the field of Science and Technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T courses, Encourage great and curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions and innovation, and Inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research. Starbooks is a great source of information for a Thesis.

What I liked?

I liked my first day of the trip, it’s a life changing actually after a day in Manila, you need to adopt the environment and the society to deal with. I liked the knowledge and information gathered from DOST—STII. I liked the stroll inside SM Bicutan, although it is just like the NCCC Mall here in Davao but I like the trip. I liked seeing some overpassed within a overpass, and the MRTs/LRTs. What I’ve liked the most is our dinner in a Chinese Cuisine where a lot of Chinese foods were served.

What I didn’t like?

I didn’t like seeing Manila as a crowded place, seeing people who prefers to walk than to ride a jeepney because of a heavy traffic. At some time, I didn’t like to chat with anyone, I rather sight-seeing the places. I hate the places’ overpopulated and populated where you can see trashes and smoking people around. It’s just not like how Davao City’s people and place.

 

Day 2

 

Today, I went on a seminar to Ideaspace(morning) and MMDA(afternoon). In Ideaspace, their office is minimal so we need to be divide in two batches. We in bus two was the second batch, while waiting for our turn, me and my friends went to 7-11 for a food, having some pictures outside Ideaspace and some chat. Inside Ideaspace, the speaker shared about They are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovation, technology development, and entrepreneurship as a path to nation building. They help budding technology entrepreneurs and develop ground breaking innovations and transform these into successful businesses. They believe that technopreneurship entrepreneurial ventures involving high technology is important and critical factor to the progress of the Philippine economy as a whole.  Thus, their program goes beyond just providing funding for startups. They offer a program that combines incubation & acceleration needed at the critical phases when ideas are being turned into actual commercial products. After that seminar in Ideaspace, we have some pictures then leave. We leave early so we have a time for a stroll, we went to Glorietta and have a trip there for an hour. And have our lunch Apag Marangle, a Pamapanguena Cuisine. After taking our lunch, we head to MMDA Traffic Engineering Department where they grant us to see their actual footage of the traffic in Metro Manila. After that seminar in MMDA, we have some pictures then leave. We leave early so we have a time for a stroll, we went to SM Moa and have a trip there. Have our dinner in Giligan Restaurant then back to Kabayan Hotel.

What I learned?

I’ve learned a lot from Ideaspace as well as in MMDA. I’ve learned in ideaspace that a Technopreneur is the person who destroys the existing economic order by introducing, new products and services, by creating new forms of organizations and by exploiting new raw materials. It is someone who perceives an opportunity and creates an organization to pursue it.

In MMDA, I’ve learned that the role of the MMDA is to assists the political units in crafting and implementing and integrated development plan characterized by unity purpose, innovation, sustainability and creativity in meeting the challenges in transport decongestion, climate changes, waste management and disaster prevention among others, in order to achieve a decent quality of life in Metro Manila. I’ve also learned about they used Hermes System for their technologies. Their cctvs has detectors for vehicle’s lanes occupancy time to calculate speed. Their tactical detectors per lane for traffic light action control. Their cameras are optical zoom, seeing a plate number or the person inside a vehicle. Thet state also some common problems like their network that cause to lose of monitoring.

What I liked?

I liked the knowledge and information gathered from Ideaspace where it encourages everyone to explore Technopreneurship. As well as in MMDA, where how their technologies capable to do. I liked the stroll in Glorietta, it’s just like the Abreeza Mall here in Davao, a not crowded mall. The stroll in SM MoA where we just walked around and around and have a rest in their baywalk where we have to see the sunset and have some pictures. I’ve also liked our lunch in a Pampanguena Restaurant were I ate a lot of chicaron and drink bottomless iced tea and a dinner in Giligan, beside SM MoA baywalk. Although it’s not eat all you can, im still full after eating there.

What I didn’t like?

What I didn’t liked when we wait for our turn in Ideaspace, waiting outside is so hot and the construction beside is so disturbing. I didn’t also liked was when in MMDA, one of our classmates wore shorts. I feel pity for him, at the same time don’t care for him, it’s his fault then because we are oriented to wear formal attire.

 

 

Day 3

 

Today, I went on a seminar to Y4IT in UP Diliman, we have a whole seminar around UP Diliman and UP Techno Center where in the morning we have our Y4IT seminar in UP’s UPITDC(UP Information Technology Development Center). Have a lunch inside the bus. And in the afternoon in Nokia Company and UP Alumni Engineers Centennial Hall. And a picture taking in Oblation Statue. Took our dinner in Tramway then a stroll in Tutuban,Divisoria.

What I learned?

I’ve learned a lot in these day, very hectic yet so informative. The first thing I learned is that a simple bug you notice in Facebook or any site can result to earning money. It was presented to us by a White Hacker. The speaker earned 8000 dollars for that bug noticed. The next speaker taught us about Cyber security which is another trend in this generation. He taught us of what tools to use and antivirus to install to prevent our computers from hackers. They site some security issues, common a  Hacking attack, Breaking into computer systems for malicious intent is nothing new. Since the early eighties skilled computer enthusiasts, or hackers, have used their knowledge to break into systems with no redeeming intent. However with the advent of web based applications, the sophistication of hacking attacks has dramatically increased while the amount of skill required to carry out these attacks has proportionately lessened. Malicious hackers nowadays can make use of a number of tools that help them automate their attack. Using scanning tools the attacker is able to perform the first step of their attack, enumeration. In this phase information is gathered regarding the intended target. With specific tools, the attacker can scan multiple computers, routers, servers, and web sites at once looking for specific information that will help them easily attack the machine. Add to this the ability for the attacker to conduct the enumeration process with an army of zombie computers and the number of vulnerable systems that they can identify rises exponentially depending upon the size of the botnet they control. Next is Increasing vulnerability, In computer security, a vulnerability is a weakness which allows an attacker to reduce a system’s information assurance. Vulnerability is the intersection of three elements: a system susceptibility or flaw, attacker access to the flaw, and attacker capability to exploit the flaw. To exploit a vulnerability, an attacker must have at least one applicable tool or technique that can connect to a system weakness. In this frame, vulnerability is also known as the attack surface. Lastly the black hat hackers, A black hat hacker is an individual with extensive computer knowledge whose purpose is to breach or bypass internet securityBlack hat hackers are also known as crackers or dark-side hackers. The general view is that, while hackers build things, crackers break things. They are computer security hackers that break into computers and networks or also create computer viruses. The term “black hat” comes from old westerns where the bad guys usually wore black hats and the good guys wore white ones.

After our merienda, a next speaker pitches. He’s a game developer, he used unity software and make a game in a given time. After lunch, we head to Nokia Company where they shared about Nokia’s expertise, back then, Nokia is a leading cellular phone brand. Now, Nokia is a solution provider for telecoms. They explained how they test their signal using their machine that can adopt different whether. And we also had a trip inside their server room. And lastly a trip inside their UP Alumni Engineers Centennial Hall where we have a trip inside their different departments.

What I liked?

I liked the informations and knowledges I’ve gathered from visiting these seminars. It pushed me to explore hacking, game development and becoming a software engineer.  I liked the trip around UP, it really a big University. I’ve also liked the trip in Divisoria where I bought some things to wear.

What I didn’t like?

I didn’t like after eating our dinner in Tramway, I’ve got a stomach ache due to my abnormal eating. I hate walking around Divisoria having this problem.

 

 

 

Day 4

 

Today, I went on a seminar to Advance World Solution where the speaker is Maam Maui’s classmate during college. Advance World Solution is a Outsourcing company, AWS Group of companies is a leading offshore IT outsourcing services provider specializing in software development and testing services, with operations based in Japan, Philippines and China. Then we’re on our trip to Tagaytay and Enchanted Kingdom.

What I learned?

AWS is considered the most successful Philippine-based offshore IT Outsourcing provider to Japanese technology companies. They are consistent in delivering top-notch IT services to major industries with proven technical strengths and flexible service models. They offer onsite, offshore, and nearshore development depending on how best to meet the client’s global sourcing needs. They established a multi-location, multi-lingual & cultural collaboration framework that allows us to deliver end-to-end IT services & solutions.

I learned a lot by visiting their outsourcing company and also they conducted seminars that are also very helpful. AWS open my eyes that in a world that changes before your eyes, businesses thrive by adopting technological breakthroughs, intelligent business strategy, and consistent quality delivery. Staying competitive is fundamental. I learned a lot from them, as well as they inspire me a lot.

What I liked?

What I liked mostly the trip to Tagaytay and Enchanted Kingdom because it’s the last day of the trip and for me it’s the highlight of our field trip. I’ve enjoy the atmosphere in Tagaytay, the wind and the place. And also Enchanted Kingdom, I love the rides although in our 2hours trip we’ve got 3 rides, but it’s all worth it.

What I didn’t like?

I didn’t like the first half of this day, I still have a stomach ache and a head ache, I’ve feel unwell and don’t want to eat. I just pushed myself not to act  miserable thus I ate my breakfast and just sleep in the bus, during lunch time, I’m still sick and I need to use to toilet, sadly I didn’t ate my lunch. During in Tagaytay I feel fine but my foolishness drove me crazy, I’ve been separated from my friends and go along with the bus one folks. When in Enchanted Kingdom, I’ve used the toilet first, after then I’ve enjoined every ride like my illness has gone.

Day 5

 

Today, we’re about to bound Davao. It’s the day we need to say goodbye Manila. It’s a very memorable event of my life.  Yet it needs to end. It’s a safe trip for us as we arrived Davao and it feels good to ride on a plane. And souvenirs are ready for my family and friends.

What I learned?

From my 5 day trip in Manila, I’ve learned to work as a team, responsible and a good listener to the speakers in each seminar we’ve visited. I’ve also learned to adopt different environment as what Davao City is not like as Metro Manila.

What I liked?

I liked the excitement I felt, the jetlag, the trips’ hangover and most of all the smell of home. It’s a one of a kind college experience.

What I didn’t like?

I didn’t like the time that one of our classmate left the Hotel, separated to us and go to Baguio by himself without any permission or even just leave with a proper letter or a notice. It’s just that, he act very disrespectful and also worst happened whatever happen to him, you know he’s really a big concern to carry. I don’t have really lots of dislikes during our way going back to Davao.