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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), in collaboration with the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Forum - Philippines, and Internet Society - Philippine Chapter (ISOC-PH) held the 2011 World IPv6 Day celebration on June  8, 2011 at the CICT. The internet community from different parts of the world simultaneously celebrated this activity. As part of its support for the celebrations, DOST-ASTI is offering an IPv6 technical training from June 9-10, 2011 at the ASTI Training Room to interested participants from the private sector, government, and academe.

The 2011 World IPv6 Day event aims to promote IPv6 adoption in the Philippines as well as prepare Philippine organizations, especially the government, with proper technical knowledge on migration and deployment of the new Internet protocol. The celebration will also convene the Philippine Internet Community to strengthen the advocacy of migration as their role coincides with the government’s promotion of IPv6 through Executive Order (E.O.) 893.

Why Migrate?

For the past few decades, the Internet has used Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). IPv4 uses IP addresses to uniquely identify these electronic devices or hosts, may it be a computer or any other machine. Despite its tremendous success, IPv4 is showing signs of strain especially in its limited address space and its fast depletion. To address these concerns, the IPv6 was created.

The newer version IPv6 serves the same function with that of the IPv4 but it does not carry the same limitations. Among the features of the IPv6 are larger addresses in a way that it becomes unlimited for everyone, flexible header format, improved options, support for resource allocations, and provision for protocol extension. IPv6 preserves everything that is good about today's Internet and adds more features such as stateless auto-configuration, seamless mobility, automated network management, mandated security, and new optional service levels.

Executive Order No. 893 and DOST-ASTI

The Malacañang Palace issued E.O. 893 on 29 June 2010 to encourage the use of IPv6 since exhaustion of IPv4 threatens to deter investments in Internet-based infrastructure, applications and services. Government services that may be affected by the exhaustion of IP addresses include health care, national security, public safety, education, environment, among others.

DOST-ASTI, through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) is a pioneer in using IPv6 in the Philippines. PREGINET got its IPv6 assignment from the Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives as early as 2000, and received the first IPv6 address block in the country in 2006 from the Asia Pacific Network Information Center. Since then, DOST-ASTI has conducted research and development projects to develop IPv6 related know-how, solutions, and services to support industry, government, and the academe.

Today, the law enjoins all government online services to be IPv6-compliant two (2) years upon its effectivity date. DOST-ASTI has thus embarked on a series of IPv6 awareness campaigns, seminars, and trainings, as well as provided technical assistance for the past years in order to achieve the smooth interoperability testings of IPv4 and IPv6 infrastructure and systems, towards the full implementation of said executive order.

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