Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP)reigned supreme in the final round as their two team representatives dominated the Philippine Programming Challenge (PPC) 2017.

TIP Team A clinched the top spot while its Team B placed third in the national programming competition to take home a total of Php 60,000.00 in cash prizeduring the Awarding Ceremony on 10 March 2018 at Sequioa Hotel in Quezon City.

The double win was extra sweet for TIP as they completed its climb to the top since joining the inaugural Challenge. “In 2015, we were third place. Last year, we were second place, so sabi ko, we should be first this year; that was really our objective and we did it,” shared Ms. Maria Christina Aragorn, Computer Science program chair of TIP.

Cebu Institute of Technology University (CITU)–Banilad Campus joined TIP in the podium as they finished second in the team event, pocketing Php 25,000.00 in cash prize.

Raymond Mejia of the University of Cordilleras, King Joshua Montayne of CITU, and the TIP trio of Derwin de Castro, Efren Mercado, and Joseph Rodriguez were named the top individual scorers of the 3rd PPC, which earned them a spot in the Gurango Software internship program.

Gurango Software CEO and founder Joey Gurango said he was proud of the participants’ growing competitiveness in the field of programming. “In terms of the individual scores and performance, we really have the best of the best programmers in the country this year,” Mr. Gurango shared.

DICT Usec. Monchito B. Ibrahim, in his opening message, highlighted the need to discover more software developers and programmers to fully utilize the Department’s infostructures.

“We need more changemakers, more rainmakers. We need more of you if we want to change this nation,” emphasized Usec. Ibrahim to the young programmers present.

OIC-Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. echoed Usec. Ibrahim’s message, while expressing the challenge to the institutions in bringing the old glory of the country back through ICT.

“Schools and universities can now evaluate and improve their current IT and CS curricula based on the examinations conducted here which are vetted according to standards of the industry,” said OIC Rio.

University of Cordilleras, Holy Angel University, and University of Cebu rounded up the finalists for the third edition of the PPC.

The PPC is an annual programming competition organized by the, in partnership with the DICT and the National ICT Confederations of the Philippines (NICP). The Challenge 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.