The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), together with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and Gurango Software Corporation, through CodersGuild.NET, officially announced the six finalists of the 3rd Philippine Programming Challenge (PPC).

Luzon teams Holy Angel University, Technological Institute of the Philippines-QC Campus, University of the Cordilleras, and Visayas challengers University of Cebu-Banilad Campus and Cebu Institute of Technology-University, will now vie to be named the best college team in the final round of the competition, which will be held on March 10, 2018.

The PPC is an annual programming competition that aims to identify talented entry-level programmers in the country by utilizing an automated assessment tool, localized for the specific needs of the Philippine software industry. Now on its third year, the PPC 2017 has opened the competition to all 3rd and 4th year college students taking up courses in programming.

For this run of the competition, participating student teams composed of ten (10) members representing colleges and universities from different parts of the country, took the PPC 2017 examination individually. Individual scores per team were tallied and six teams with the highest average score were named finalists.

Gordon College, La Consolacion College-Bacolod, University of Cebu (Lapu-Lapu Mandaue Campus), and University of Mindanao rounded up the Top 10 for this edition of PPC.

Aligned with the goals of the DICT’s Digital PH Program, the PPC2017 is a step in supporting the ICT talent in the country particularly in software development and management and in providing an avenue for software professionals to become entrepreneurs through building technology startups.

“We are grateful to be the government partner for this competition to address the gap and ensure that the software developers being produced by universities are industry-ready. We are hopeful that through this competition, we will be able to help create a nation of programmers,” shares DICT Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim.

Mr. Jonathan Gurango of Gurango Software believes that this competition will open opportunities to the Filipino programmers which will enable them to be at par with their counterparts in other countries.

“I’ve been in the Philippine software industry for more than 20 years, and we are very dependent on the quantity and quality of our local programmers. Assessment statistics indicate that programming students in the Philippines ranked quite a little bit lower than their counterparts in Singapore and North America. Through Coders Guild and the Philippine Programming Challenge, we hope to change this and produce more world-class entry-level programmers,” said Gurango.

Aside from identifying talented entry-level programmers, PPC2017 also aims to help aspiring Filipino programmers establish their credentials as software development professionals by identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses in different aspects of programming.

PPC2017’s Final Round is also co-hosted by the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP).

About DICT – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that plans, develops, and promotes the national ICT development agenda.

About CodersGuild.Net – CodersGuild.NET is an organization committed to industry-aligned programmer assessments that identify talented entry-level programmers in the Philippines.