Ex-NCC chief Javier succumbs to heart attack

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[/caption] The information of Javier?s death, which was posted in the Facebook page of his friend and Internet pioneer Dr. Bill Torres, did not indicate his age. Javier served as NCC chief from 1993 to 1995, just when the country was embarking on its computerization efforts amidst the dotcom boom sweeping the online world. A colonel in the armed forces and member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1957, Javier was one of the pioneering employees of the NCC when the agency was created on June 12, 1971 through Executive Order 322. He was a prot?g? of Col. Juan Sanchez, the first director of the NCC, who was also his boss at the Presidential Economic Staff (PES) at the Department of National Defense (DND). Sanchez, along with Javier, helped create the PES-DND Computer Center (PDCC), which became the precursor of the NCC. In the official website of the NCC, Javier is mentioned as one of the pillars during the agency?s foundation: ?And so the stage was set for the formal establishment of the PES-DND Computer Center (PDCC) with the inauguration of the FACOM 230/20 computer on February 1, 1969. ?Its first managing director, Col. Juan Sanchez provided the leadership impetus to his lean yet strong staff composed of the magic ?12? who were just trained by the Japanese experts. ?Col. Fermin Javier became chief of the programming team. They were both programmers and analyst. After the inauguration, the center’s pillar men rolled up their sleeves and began servicing government agencies.” Torres, who also became NCC chief, said Javier played a low-key role during the historic 1986 presidential elections when Comelec programmers staged a dramatic walkout in protest of manipulation of the poll results. In an interview with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Torres said he and Javier ? who were both pro-bono IT consultants then for the Comelec — decided to follow the lead of the technicians when they walked out of the PICC. ?Torres’s and Javier’s act, however, was never to be immortalized by a TV or still camera,? the PCIJ noted. Javier is survived by his wife Milagros Manigque-Javier, a daughter, and three sons. His remains are at Funeraria Paz at the Manila Memorial Memorial Park in Paranaque City. Interment is scheduled on Saturday, May 12, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. ]]>

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