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PIA Press Release
2006/12/15

RITECC 8's 3-day website development training-workshop deemed a success

By Neil D. Lopido

Tacloban City (15 December) -- The Regional Development Council – Regional Information Technology and E-Commerce Committee (RDC-RITECC) – Eastern Visayas chaired by Director Cynthia Nierras of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), successfully hosted a three-day Website Development Training-Workshop held recently at the Leyte Normal University here.

The training which was aimed to equip participants with the knowledge/skills in developing, maintaining and updating its own website using the Mambo/Joomla Content Management System (CMS), was participated in by representatives from the national government agencies, local government units, academe and private sectors which are members of the RITECC.

According to Claire Fernandez, IT coordinator of the National Computer Center , and one of the lecturers during the training, Mambo is an open source CMS. Open source, she said, allows anybody to make a new version of the software, port it to new operating systems and processor architectures, share it with others or make it while CMS is a web application used for managing websites and web content making communication and publishing via the web easy.

Mambo Open Source CMS, Fernandez added, is easy to set up and use; has a simple and unique Administration interface to manage website content; easy, flexible enough to create custom designs, using the template system; easy to add content and images; and is designed with simplicity and flexibility for everyone.

Moreover, Mambo can be used for portals, commercial websites, intranet services, non-profit websites, integrated flash sites and even personal websites.

Director Nierras said that the training-workshop was a good venue for the participants in designing their own website like the LGUs to be able to introduce their place, promote tourism, culture, investment opportunities, among others. For the line agencies, she said, they will be able to promote to the people worldwide their office’s programs, services, mission. vision, goals, and the like as she noticed that only a small percentage of the country’s population use the e-business transactions.

RITECC is an affiliate committee of the Regional Development Council and a multi-sectoral committee composed of government agencies and private sector-representatives who are stakeholders of ICT industry with the main objective to promote and develop the ICT industry of Region 8. (PIA-8) [top]

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