ANGELES CITY -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo toured Monday the state-of-the-art Angeles University Foundation Information Technology Center (AUF-ITTC) as part of her Cyber Corridor Roadshow.

AUF President Joseph Emmanuel Y. Angeles said it was a rare privilege that the country’s chief executive personally inspected the AUF-ITTC facility, particularly its computer training center laboratories equipped with internet connectivity, printers and multi-media projector systems.

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“We are honored that President Arroyo personally picked AUF to be part of her tour. Being the only Center of Excellence in IT (information technology) education in Central Luzon, this gave us the opportunity to showcase our programs and facilities and special projects with partner institutions such as DOH (Department of Health), DOST (Department of Science and Technology), IBM, Philip Morris, among others,” Angeles said.

President Arroyo addressed a crowd of some 2,000 AUF students, faculty and personnel and presented the country’s accomplishments in attaining global competitiveness in IT.

The Cyber Corridor Roadshow is a project of the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) that determined top 10 New Wave Cities chosen on the basis of an industry scorecard published in the BPAP Industry Roadmap 2010.

These cities include Metro Laguna, Metro Cavite, Iloilo, Davao, Bacolod, Pampanga Central, Bulacan Central, Cagayan de Oro, Bulacan South and Lipa.

Joining the President during her visit was Higher Education department Chairman Doctor Emmanuel Y. Angeles, Representative Carmelo Lazatin, AUF Dean of College of Computer Studies Lilibeth Quizon, Police Chief Superintendent Nilo dela Cruz, Public ways Regional Director Alfredo Tolentino, Police City Director Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista and some officers of the Philippine Army.

The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in March 2007 has identified AUF College of Computer Studies as Center of Excellence in the Information Technology Education. (Chris Navarro)