The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) held the National Digital Challenge last May 30, 2017 at the DICT Building, Diliman, Quezon City. Through the National ICT Competency (NCM) Service, partner Local- and State- Universities and Colleges (LUCs and SUCs) from all over the Philippines were invited to join. A total of seventeen (17) schools participated and each sent two (2) students who were either hand-picked or were winners of the school’s elimination round.


The National Digital Challenge 2017 was DICT’s Qualifying Round to the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Digital Challenge 2017 in Singapore, the first Digital Challenge in Asia, held last July 19, 2017. The ICDL Digital Challenge 2017 aimed to search for and recognize the top student with the best digital and ICT skills.


The National Digital Challenge 2017 tested the students on selected ICDL modules namely Basic Word Processing (diagnostic test), Basic Spreadsheet, Online Essentials, Computer Essentials, and Basic Presentation.


Among the thirty-three (33) students, Reanne Kate C. Aranza from Laguna State Polytechnic University and Victor Samuel V. Quinto from Southern Luzon State University were able to top the ICDL modules taken. They scored 93 and 96, respectively, for the Basic Word Processing, 97 and 94 for the Basic Spreadsheet, 94 and 97 for Online Essentials, and 94 and 97 for Computer Essentials. Before Aranza joined Quinto, she and Failyn Kaye Sedik from Central Luzon State University had a tie-breaker on the Basic Presentation Module. Aranza proved to be more digitally skillful by outscoring Sedik, 97 to 94. Both Aranza and Quinto are now set to be the country’s representatives to compete in Singapore against twenty (20) other students from Asia.


The other students who represented their schools in the National Digital Challenge 2017 are the following:

  • Aaron Dave D. Roque and Renz Rowen D. De Leon (Bataan Peninsula State University)
  • Milliscent C. Lucio and Joachim A. Rives (Benguet State University)
  • Pamela Navarro (Bulacan Polytechnic College)
  • Shayne Castro and John Mark Centeno (Cagayan State University)
  • Clarisse Ann B. Casuar (Central Luzon State University)
  • Maria Gabrielle Dominique F. Godoy and Jarod Camilo P. Yarre (Centro Escolar University – Malolos)
  • Maricel O. Pre and Jeric R. Nisperos (Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University)
  • Guadalupe Duran and Joel Rostata (Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Jumar Maglalang and Erika Mae Kobayashi (La Consolacion University of the Philippines)
  • John Marcus H. Dizon (Laguna State Polytechnic University)
  • Michael Jarod R. Tolosa and Elijah Kristopher I. Catli (Lyceum of the Philippines)
  • Joshua Pintero and Aljon S. Sumilhig (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa)
  • Lady Janis Kate G. Acuña and John Andre Abengana (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila)
  • Jan Darwin R. Reyes (Southern Luzon State University)
  • John Ferrie Vivo and Carl Noel Villar (Taguig City University)
  • Romeo Manuel E. David and Christian Jose Santos (Tarlac State University), and
  • Rannie Peralta and Luzviminda Domingo (Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology).


With ICDL Asia only covering the two-night hotel stay in Singapore for the two students, the NCM Service partnered with the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Foundation, through their Corporate Social Responsibility project, to aid in the funding of the airfare of the two students together with their coaches.


Together, Aranza and Quinto had the chance to compete for the Final Challenge Grand Prize, which included a Student Exchange Program with ICDL Asia (for 1 week), laptop/tablet, medal of achievement, trophy, winner’s certificate, ICDL Profile Certificate, and short exclusive winners’ interview to be published on ICDL Internal Newsletter or Social Media platforms.


For the ICDL Digital Challenge results, read: