Free Y2K seminars were sponsored by the United States Department of Commerce through the American Embassy in the Philippines last June 16, 17 and 18, 1999. The seminars were held at the Dusit Hotel in Makati, at the Department of Transportation and Communication in Ortigas and in Cebu City.
The seminars aim to gather private and government sectors to share information and best practices on Y2K remediation or develop contingency measures should resources and timing become limited.
The seminar at the Dusit Hotel held on June 16 were attended by Y2K Commission Chairman Amable Aguiluz and several US dignitaries. A panel discussion where Philippine experiences of the Y2K bug problem were shared was conducted with representatives from two US firms and two local companies. Richard Dickerson of the US Department of Commerce (USDOC) presented the USDOC Contingency Planning tool which will serve as guidebook for the participants of the seminar.
Meanwhile, a special session for the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and its attached agencies were held at the DOTC Conference Room in Ortigas on June 17 as a part of the Y2K seminars. Topics discussed were Y2K issues concerning the transport sector and a discussion of the USDOC Y2K Contingency Planning tool.
The third day seminar which was held in Cebu City enabled the industry players in the key city of the South to fast-track their Y2K efforts.
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