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Y2K Contingency Plan To Push Through


To provide foolproof safety measures to avert Y2K-related crises by year 2000, the Presidential Commission on Year 2000 Compliance is pushing for a National Y2K Contingency Plan.

Y2K Commission chairman Amable Aguiluz V said his office will start requiring government agencies this March to submit their own contingency plans. He said that through this the Commission can formulate the masterplan to strenghten the country's defense against the millennium bug.

He said it will be the Commission's blueprint on how the country will respond when it come face-to- face with the millennium bug.

The respective heads of the concerned agencies will carry out the contingency plan. The Y2K Commission will be issuing the guidelines on implementation.

Aguiluz futher said he expects the National Security Council to help the Y2K Commission implement the plan. The plan is expeted to draw up by September.

The national contingency plan stemmed from House Bill 5368 that the House of Representatives approved on second reading last Feb. 24.

Providing the technical and administrative support in fleshing out the plan are the Y2K Commission, the Department of Science and Technology, and National Disaster Coordinating Council.

Under the revised bill, government agencies, particularly those belonging to the seven "mission critical sectors" utilities, telecommunications, transportation, finance, health, government services and manufacturing should submit their contingency plans outlining the steps to be taken in the event of disruption on public services that may escalate into emergency proportions due to the millennium bug.

The millennium bug is a built-in flaw in older computer systems that uses two digits to mark dates, causing them to recognize Jan. 1, 2000 as Jan. 1, 1900.

Since March 1, experts from around the world have been attending an international conference on the Y2K problem in Manila to tackle the problem which many fear would disrupt vital services and transactions across the globe.

President Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada created the Y2K Commission as a response to the millenium bug threat. He instructed the Commission to study measures that will minimize, if not eliminate, the potential problem.

The President also asked Congress to speed up the enactment of HB 5368. This would further ensure the country's preparedness against the threat posed by the Y2K problem.

The measure would help avert the possible adverse effects of the Y2K problem that may disrupt the flow of commerce, industry, basic utilities, government, safety and defense systems in the country and throughout the world.


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