Malacanang, August 27, 2002 - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today congratulated Craig R. Barret, president and chief executive officer of Intel Corporation, for his firm’s plans to expand their business in the Philippines and open the second Intel Computer Clubhouse in General Trias, Cavite.

"Congratulations and thank you. We are looking forward to your expansion of your business in the Philippines," the President said during her meeting with Barret this afternoon at Malacañang’s Music Room.

The Intel head made a courtesy call on the President to personally inform her and invite her to the launching of their second Intel Computer Clubhouse located near the Governor Ferrer National High School in General Trias, Cavite.

Barret said the Computer Clubhouse is a program where youths aged 10 to 18 have access to technology equipment and mentors to develop technology and life skills that encourage self-confidence and foster creativity.

Barret also explained to President that one of the greatest benefits of an Intel Computer Clubhouse is seeing the excitement of young people using PCs (personal computers), peripherals and applications to create art, music and websites, while working together to solve problems.

"The youth in Cavite will learn to use technology by investigating it for themselves. The Computer Clubhouse also allow young people to see for themselves how exciting computing and the Internet can be and help develop the necessary technology skills for today’s competitive digital economy," Barret said.

The first Intel Computer Clubhouse in the Philippines opened last May 2002 at the Mater Dolorosa Parish in Makati City and approximately 300 young Filipinos have already used the facility.

After their conversation, the President proceeded to the Ceremonial Hall to lead the distribution of presidential citations and a P200,000 cash award each to the winners of Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) where four high school students from Manila Science High School and the Mindanao State University and a teacher from Iloilo won the major awards at Intel ISEF held in the United States last May.

Those who received presidential citation and cash awards were Richard Kristoffer Sanchez Manapat, Jeric Valles Macalintal and Allan Noriel Estrella. The three students of Manila Science High School won the first-prize award and $3,000 for their physics project.

Prem Villas Fortran Moso Rara of the Integrated Developmental School – Mindanao State University in Lanao del Norte, won the second prize and $1,500 for his microbiology project.

Dr. Josette Biyo of the Philippine Science High School in Iloilo was awarded the Intel Excellence in Teaching Award. The $20,000 teaching grant she received will enable Dr. Biyo to conduct intensive science research workshops. She also received $5,000 in cash and a high-performance computer.

Present during the courtesy call of Barret were Trade and Industry Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II and Science and Technology Secretary Estrella F.Alabastro.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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