162 webmasters from different government agencies are set to undergo intensive training on how they can develop and manage their respective government websites, based on a template specially designed to give the web portals a standard “look” and “feel”.
The Website Template Project is a response to an Executive Order mandating all government websites to have a standard “look” and “feel”. In addition, it also supports the Department of Science and Technology’s goal to improve accessibility and security of government websites by providing a central web hosting facility.
According to an official statement, the training series will instruct the webmasters on how they can integrate the Government Website Template, including its policies and standards, using Joomla, Drupal and WordPress as content management systems (CMS).
“Through the standardised 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.”
The Government Website Template is an initiative under the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) project led by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute and Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) and in collaboration with the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).
the iGovPhil project aims to enhance government efficiency and effectiveness by using and putting relevant mechanisms to implement interactive, interconnected and interoperable government applications.
Its components 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.