Huawei sending 3 MSU-IIT students to compete in Malaysia

THREE students of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Iligan City, Mindanao, have free tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc. is sending them an on all-expense paid trip to compete in the Huawei ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Competition.

The Lucky 3– they made their luck actually — are Jesreal Duque, Gabriel Christian Pisla, and Jonas Serino, winners at first place, second place, and third place, respectively, in the first Huawei ICT Competition held at MSU-IIT, one of the campuses of the State university.

Duque, Pisla, and Serino will also be representing not only their school but also their country as they compete with other ICT Academy winners from other countries.

The top three competitors won prizes from Huawei, including its latest mid-range phones, trophy, and Huawei Certification Voucher.

The prizes also include the trip to Malaysia on April 11 for Duque, Pisla, and Serino as well as their mentor to represent their university and the Philippines in the Regional ICT Competition where they will battle it out with winners from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand。

On March 28, Huawei Philippines’ Corporate Communications Group announced the winners of the skills competition which the world’s largest smartphone maker and biggest telecommunications equipment manufacturer conducted last January 19.

MSU-IIT is one of the four schools in the Philippines accredited recently to the Huawei ICT Academy. The three others are the University of Southeastern University (USeP), Davao City; De La Salle University (DLSU), Science Campus, Manila; and, the latest, just this March is the Bulacan State University (BulSU) in Malolos, Bulacan.

Related story: Chinese telecoms giant brings Huawei ICT Academy to BulSU

Karenina “Karrie” Escueta-Buenafe, manager of Public Affairs and Communications at Huawei Philippines, in an email to SDN — Science and Digital News said the company “successfully conducted the Huawei ICT skills competition in (MSU-IIT) Campus.”

She said 113 students of the university competed in the pre-qualification stage of the academic event, where only the top 40 students who garnered the highest scores climbed to the final stage of the ICT Competition. Huawei has been staging the event in the country in the universities accredited to the ICT Academy.

Huawei is conducting the competition across the world in accredited universities and colleges.

In the MSU-IIT edition, the fourth place went to Laira Reyes, fifth place, Erickson Tacda, and sixth place, Edwin Cuizon.

Huawei Philippines Service Director Alan Li Guodong cited the benefits that participants of the skills competition can get.

“Through the ICT Competition, we can enhance their awareness, hands-on skills and raise the competitiveness of future local talents. Huawei has a comprehensive, worldwide recognized professional certification system and hope to continue the introduction of ICT Academy platform where trainers and students can use to acquire and apply their valuable skills,” he said.

Li thanked the MSU-IIT for being Huawei’s partner in the ICT Academy that is aimed at raising the skills in technologies of students.


Huawei executives join MSU-IIT students after the ICT Academy competition. From Left are: Lim Seow Boon – Huawei PH service manager, CJ Wong –Huawei Regional Service manager, Ronna Gica — Huawei PH, Alan Li Guodong — Huawei PH Service director, Erickson Tacda  — 5th place, Jonas Serino — 3rd place, Jesreal Duque — 1st place, Gabriel Christian Pisla — 2nd place, Edwin Cuizon Jr. — 6th place, Prof Cherry Mae Galangque  — MSU-IIT,Prof. Erman Marajas — COET assistant dean at MSU-IIT,Prof. Earl Ryan Aleluya — MSU-IIT, Prof Allenn Lowaton — MSU-IIt, and Prof. Stephen Haim — MSU-IIT. (Photo: Huawei Philippines) 

Serino, the third place winner, was a reluctant participant in the contest. He joined at the last minute.

He related in an interview after the contest initially he did not intend to join the skills competition.

As the event went on, he “found the examinations conducted by Huawei challenging and the final round difficult. But it was all worth it.”

He was glad that he decided to participate. Now, Serino is looking forward to the regional contest and traveling for the first time to Malaysia to represent his school.

Serino and his fellow top three winners are grateful to Huawei for giving them the opportunity to enhance their skills in ICT.

Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo Zhi described the ICT Academy and the ICT Competition as “our way of giving back to the Philippines and supporting the Philippine Government and the programs of the Department of Science and Technology’ (DICT) to train ICT talents.”

Related story: China’s Huawei Accredits USeP as its First ICT Academy in PH to Give Back to Filipinos


MSU-IIT  students wracking their brains during the Huawei ICT Competition on January 19. (Photo: Huawei Philippines)

He added:

“The local competition will help university students taking up engineering and technical courses hone their skills. We know that Filipinos are one of the best professional workers but the challenge is that only a few universities and colleges provide hands-on training in telecommunications and ICT. Focusing early in local talent development, especially in the ICT Industry, will contribute to the growth of the Philippine economy.”

Graduates of the ICT Academy in the Philippines will have an easy time finding work not only locally but also globally because of the skills and competence they obtained from Huawei Certification Course, the Chinese company assured.

Meanwhile, as the newest member of the Huawei ICT Academy, BulSU will also be having the ICT Competition soon. (SDN)

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnership, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecoms and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei has 190,000 employees globally and 40 R&D Centers worldwide. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

About Huawei ICT Academy

Huawei ICT Competition is one of the key activities under the Huawei ICT Academy, a not-for-profit partnership program that authorizes academic institutions to deliver Huawei Certification training to their students. The Purpose of the program is not only to cultivate local ICT talent and help students to prepare for employment but also aims to fill the Global ICT skills gap by creating a bridge between the Academy and the ICT Industry.

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