Some 38 representatives from 25 government agencies, mostly offices under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), attended the opening of the five-day training on web template and hosting services of the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office) on Monday. The training is being conducted by DOST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) for the webmasters of DOST consortium. Available slots, however, were used to
accommodate participants from priority agencies whose websites were hacked from within a year.

The goal is for the participants to learn the techniques on the use of the Government Website Template (GWT) and the requirements in migrating their websites to the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS). The move is part of the implementation of Administrative Order 39, which mandates government agencies to transfer their websites to GHWS. While centralized hosting is needed to boost security and promote the efficient use of resources, the template provides the government a corporate identity through websites that showcase a common look and feel.

A second batch of training for DOST consortium is scheduled on December 2-6 at the ASTI office, according to Pinky Manio, ASTI training coordinator.
“This seminar is led by ASTI as a pilot training. We’re doing this to come out with a standard training format for AO 39. Even the manual [on migration] is being pilot tested here,” said Angelita Nicolas, head of the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Project’s capability building component. “After this, iGovPhil will hold similar five-day seminars in the future. The next training is on December 9-13.”

Rommel Siscar, a participant from the National Food Authority, said his agency’s website was defaced by hackers last year. “But it wasn’t that serious. The site was restored immediately,” he said.

“Government hosting is a good idea,” Siscar added. “Security is more robust because it is centralized, unlike private hosting service, which has to attend to numerous and different clients.”

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