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Two (2) employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII attended training on web migration and development using Joomla 3.4.8 content management system (CMS) at Icon Hotel, Timog, Quezon City on May 24-27, 2016.

They were trained on the content, structure and design of the government website following the Philippine Uniform Website Content Policy (UWCP). Furthermore, installation, configuration and secure administration of the web was taught. Mr. Gregorio E. Iyo, Jr., an accredited trainer of the Department of Science and Technology-Information Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and presently the Information Systems Analyst II of the Department of Energy is the resource speaker for the entire duration of the training. 

The training was hosted by the central office to all regional webmasters and their alternates in preparation to the migration of MGB websites to the Government Web Hosting Services (GWHS) of the DOST-ICTO. Administrative Order No. 39 (AO 39) provides that GWHS will be the centralized host to all government websites.

AO 39 issued by the Office of the President on July 12, 2013 mandates all government agencies, financial institutions, government-owned and controlled corporations and inter-agency collaborations, programs, and projects to transfer to the GWHS for security against cyber-attacks and for the government to have a standard format or common look responsive to regular screens and to smaller devices. After the effectivity of the AO, hosting of private or commercial entities to government websites are no longer allowed.

GWHS is a new facility of the government’s iGovPhil project under the DOST which was implemented by ICTO.  Since the platform is within their control, ICTO will be able to monitor and control the modules installed by government websites to the content management system to prevent hackers from entering. Currently, ICTO is now separated from the DOST. A law was recently signed by President P-noy making ICTO a department.

MGB has set the target date of compliance to AO 39 and complete migration by the end of September this year.