Training starts this week for personnel of government agencies who will develop and manage their websites based on a template designed to give all government sites a standard look and feel, and provide the government its own corporate online identity.

The training series will instruct webmasters of various government agencies on how to integrate the Government Website Template, including its policies and standards, using Joomla, Drupal and WordPress as content management systems (CMS).

Two five-day training sessions on the use of Joomla CMS, basic and advanced, are scheduled from Monday, March 18, to Friday, March 22. They will be held simultaneously in two venues: the National Computer Center (NCC) and Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

“Through the standardized websites, Local Government Units, National Government Agencies and State Universities and Colleges will experience ease in navigation and use of digital assets,” said Antonette Torres, iGovPhil Project Manager. “More than that, content, news updates, public documents and other services will be easily accessible to the citizens.”

“Lastly, issues about government transparency, efficiency and accessibility will be addressed,” she added.

The Government Website Template is an initiative of the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) project led by agencies under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – ASTI and Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) – in collaboration with the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).

Webmasters from 162 participating government agencies in Metro Manila are expected to attend the training sessions scheduled from March to April. Trainings for webmasters in the various provinces will be done by region starting May this year, with state universities and colleges as training venues.

This training on the use of the standard Government Website Template is being done in anticipation of an Executive Order mandating all government websites to have a standard look and feel.

According to a study conducted by the National Computer Center, content and structure are significant issues facing government websites, too many menus confuse users and heavy multimedia content cause slow loading time with some websites.

This website template project also goes hand in hand with the plan of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to improve accessibility and security of government websites by providing a central web hosting facility.

About iGovPhil

The iGovPhil project aims to enhance government efficiency and effectiveness by using and putting relevant mechanisms to implement interactive, interconnected and interoperable government applications. Some of the components of the project include a Government Email system, Public Key Infrastructure to enhance the security of transactions and communications, the National Records Management Information System (NARMIS), a secure payment gateway, secure data centers and integrated fiber optic network to interconnect the various agencies of government.