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MGB conducts Training in the Deployment and Configuration of Active Directory Domain Services in the MGB Network Environment

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau conducted the Training in the Deployment and Configuration of Active Directory Domain Services in the MGB Network Environment on October 15-20, 2018 at NTT DATA PH Training Center in Makati City.

In line with the transparency initiatives of the Government, a Microsoft Certified learning course is to be completed by the MGB Information Technology Specialists. The five-day instructor-led Course 20742B: Identity with Windows Server 2016 taught IT professionals how to deploy and configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in a distributed environment; to implement Group Policy; to perform backup and restore; and to monitor and troubleshoot Active Directory-related issues with Windows Server 2016. Additionally, this course taught the participants how to deploy other Active Directory server roles such as Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS).

            The training was specifically designed for the MGB Information Systems Group and the IT Specialists of Regional Offices. It aimed to prepare the participants for the next phase of the agency’s continuing upgrade of its network. The participants are expected to deliver the output, Active Directory Configuration and Implementation, one month after the completion of the training. The AD DS Training was funded by lnfoBahn Communications, Inc., the Project Contractor for the MGB Network Enhancement, as part of the project’s Phase III.

On Day 1 of the training, Mr. Enrique Castillo Jr. II, Microsoft Certified Trainer of NTT Data PH Training Center, laid out the Expectations, House Rules and Overview of Modules.  He also initiated the Introduction, Background and Common Applications of Active Directory.  The importance of Active Directory was underlined in that it helps the personnel-in-charge control the organization’s users, user groups, computers, devices, security settings through certificates, the operating system environment, roles and access to resources through policy settings. It can organize the bureau’s complete hierarchy to which computers belong in a particular network and can easily replicate policies from top management down to the lowest level users in minutes. It improves the infrastructure while securing data at the same time.  Module 1 focused on Installing and Configuring Domain Controllers.  The laboratory for Module 1 then followed.  Module 2 delved into Managing Objects in Active Domain Directory Services while Advanced AD DS Infrastructure Management was presented for Module 3.  The laboratory for Modules 2 and 3 ensued after the presentations.

On Day 2, the Active Directory Training was given a pause for one day to give way to Technology Updates implemented in the MGB Network which is an in-house training.  Mr. Jeffrey Ledesma, ICT Officer of Information Systems Group of MGB Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division presented the vision behind the AD Training and future plans.            With the vision of “One I.T., One Network, One MGB,” the ICT Group of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau believes that the MGB must share the same policies, resources and technological advancements that are interconnected and interactive as an organization. Mr. Ledesma stressed that a region must not be left behind and all must work as a single unit. He added that the MGB must thrive in securing its network and data from multiple threats without compromising public service. As a final point, he stated that the MGB IT Specialists must push through obstacles and barriers within and outside the bureau to take it to global standards while helping to uphold its mandates.

On the same day, Adobe Inc. as the Information Systems Group of PPIAD from MGB Central Office introduced the newest products and product updates of Adobe Inc.’s leading application software. Information on MGB’s license subscription with Adobe was also disseminated.  Moreover, a demonstration of Bitdefender Antivirus’ features, advanced analytics and reports using a web-based dashboard was conducted by representatives of the local distributors.  In the same way, the Sophos Firewall was presented. An open forum on how to manage and apply policies to the firewall appliance, Sophos, followed. Questions regarding bottlenecks encountered by the participants in respective Regional Offices were raised and answered by a Sophos certified specialist from Infobahn. Information about best practices on security threats management using the Sophos Firewall was also shared.

On Day 3, the Active Directory Training   resumed. Mr. Castillo continued to facilitate Module 4 which was all about Implementing and Administering AD DS Sites and Replication and followed by the laboratory on Module 4. In the same vein, Module 5 which tackled the Implementing Group Policy was followed by a laboratory period.

On Day 4 of the training, Mr. Castillo went on to discuss Module 6 on Managing User Settings with Group Policy and Module 7 on Securing Active Directory Domain Services.  The laboratory on Modules 6 and 7 took place after the discussions.  Module 8 centered around Deploying and Managing AD Certificate Services.  It was followed by a laboratory period.

On Day 5, the Active Directory Training continued. Module 9 tackled Deploying and Managing Certificates and Module 10 discussed Implementing and Administering AD Federation Services.        Modules 9 and 10 laboratories followed after the presentations. Module 11 on Implementing and Administering AD Rights Management Services was the last presentation of the day.  The laboratory for Module 11 ensued thereafter.

On the last day of the training, two modules were discussed. Mr. Castillo presented Module 12 on Implementing AD DS Synchronization with Microsoft Azure AD and Module 13 on Monitoring, Managing, and Recovering AD DS.  A laboratory period followed after said modules.

The activity culminated in the distribution of certificates and photo opportunities  .  Before returning to their respective regions, the participants visited the MGB Central Office and were taken on a tour of the bureau’s very own data center in Quezon City.


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MGB RXIII participates in Training on Managing ICT Services in Government ITIL Framework

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII participated in the Training on Managing Information Communication Technology (ICT) Services in Government Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Framework on September 26-28, 2018 at the DICT Building in Diliman, Quezon City.

The training was conducted by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Central Office.  It was participated by National Agencies, Local Government Units and stakeholders from the private sector.

The following topics were discussed during the training:

  • ICT Service Management and Competency;
  • Performance View of ICT Services Management;
  • ICT Service Management Life Cycle, Processes and Organization;
  • ICT Services Strategy;
  • ICT Services Design;
  • ICT Services Development;
  • ICT Services Support;
  • ICT Services Information Security;
  • ICT Service Desk Guide; and
  • Technologies on ICT Service Management.

The aforesaid topics were discussed by Mr. John J. Macasio.  These topics centered on how stakeholders manage ICT computer architecture services properly within the guidance of the government mandated agencies such as the National Privacy Commission, Department of Justice – Cybercrime Division, MITHI, IGov and of course the DICT itself. Based on the ITIL framework presentations, the ICT services of institutions/agencies in the Philippines run/manage technically instead of governance, that is why the participants are enlightened on issues which surfaced in the past and present times regarding government dealings with ICT services in the Philippines.

During the discussion and storyline on manning ICT services, it was pointed out that the respective institutions/agencies must undergo impact assessment with regard to their procurements, records inventory, data privacy, cyber security, and other IT related services. As for citing procurement process as far as Provincial/District/Regional Offices is concerned, the Information System Strategic Plan (ISSP) is the only methodology on procurement not to mention the backbone which is the Enterprise Architecture (EA). The Enterprise Architecture Framework defines the institutions/agencies’ needs from the manpower resources up to the end-user/client services that provide principles and practices by way of layers, models, domain, matrices and diagrams for making systemic design decisions for sustainability. In that regard, a certain agency which has proposed a special ICT project will undergo thorough deliberation with respect to the EA Framework.

The end-product of the said ICT impact assessment will serve as the best practices and standards of agencies/institutions which are ICT-related International Standard Organization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards particularly the ISO/IEC 38500 (The Corporate Governance of Information Technology), ISO/IEC 20000 (The Information Technology Service Management) and ISO/IEC 27000 (The Information Security Management System).

An Information Technology (IT) Service Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Questionnaire was given as a sort of guide/process on how the participants will assess their respective agency’s/institution’s IT management governance towards ITIL framework.

Finally, a sideline discussion on Data Privacy Protection (DPP) took place. The National Privacy Commission (NPC) wants all government agencies and institutions to be aware of, comply with, and properly regulate Data Privacy Protection.

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MGB conducts Training on Networking and Finalization of the Information System Strategic Plan 2018-2020

In connection with the MGB Net Project of the Information System Section under the supervision of Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division implemented in June 2017, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau conducted the Training on Networking and Finalization of the Information System Strategic Plan (ISSP) 2018-2020 with the theme “One IT, One Network, and One MGB” on July 17-21, 2017 at Brentwood Suites in Quezon City which was attended by Regional ICT Focal Persons and IT Specialists.

The training started with a short program wherein the Assistant Director, Atty. Danilo U. Uykieng, welcomed the participants with inspiring words which envisioned the theme of One IT, One Network, and One MGB. It was then followed by the opening remarks of Engr. Glenn Marcelo C. Noble to further strengthen the theme concept.

During the introduction, Mr. Jeffrey S. Ledesma of Information System Section under the Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division presented the house rules and objectives of the training. The aforesaid training was aimed at the following objectives: 1. To participate in the IT Specialist Competency Assessment Program Examination from DICT, Competency Management Service; 2. To be aware of what Mithi is all about regarding the process of having ISSP; 3. To know better the mandate of DICT with respect to ISSP in every National Government Unit budgetary purposes; 4.  To know more of networking specifically the present network infrastructures that the MGB Net is using; 5.  To become familiarized with the Sophos hardware firewall firmware dashboard; 6. To be acquainted with Bitdefender Security Tool cloud base dashboard; 7. To standardize the ICT inventory vis-à-vis the ISSP; 8. To adopt and implement the regionwide Internet Acceptable Used Policy; and 9. To keep abreast with new technological products up for grabs on tech talk time.

On the course of IT Specialist Competency Assessment examination, almost all participants have taken the examination to assist in the present capabilities of IT personnel assigned in each Regional Office including the Central Office. This signifies that passing the said examination is equivalent to passing the Civil Service Commission Professional Eligibility pursuant to PD 1408.

The DICT representative also discussed the conceptual framework on how the ISSP is being done which is crucial to local and national agency ICT budgetary measures.

Engr. Raul Ocampo of InfoBahn Communication, Inc. thoroughly discussed the concepts of data communication and networking in relation to the network infrastructures established in every Regional Office and these include the HP Aruba core switch, HP Office Connect edge switch, Super Micro server computer, Sophos hardware firewall, and Bitdefender endpoint security tool. Furthermore, he explained the cloud base firmware dashboard of such devices.

Towards the end of the training, Mr. Jeffrey S. Ledesma introduced a standard matrix on how to come up with the formula to evaluate and assess the past, present, and future ICT Inventory in accordance with the ISSP framework. He also discussed the possible outcome of the aforesaid training particularly the possibility of upgrading the present MGB Net Infrastructure.

Lastly, Engr. Noble as IS Planner of MGB and Chief of the Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division presented the approved CY 2018 ISSP and the Internet Acceptable Used Policy that will be implemented in Regional Offices.

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MGB conducts Training on Web Migration and Development Using Joomla 3.0X Web Template

Pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 39 which mandates government agencies to migrate to the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) of the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), the Mines and Geosciences Bureau conducted the Training on Web Migration and Development Using Joomla 3.0x Web Template on May 24 to 27, 2016 at the Icon Hotel in Quezon City which was attended by regional Information Technology Officers and their alternate representatives.

The training started with a short program wherein the Assistant Director, Atty. Danilo U. Uykieng, welcomed the participants with inspiring words. “The website is the office itself because it will introduce us to the public we serve to show that the MGB is effective and efficient in the delivery of public service.  The website will help educate the public on what we do and the services we provide.  It will help us to promote who we are,” Atty. Uykieng said.

During the introduction, the trainer, Mr. Gregorio Iyo, presented the objectives of the training. The aforesaid training was aimed at the following objectives: 1. install and configure Apache and MySQL server using XAMPP software; 2. install, configure and update the Government Web Template (GWT) using Joomla Content Management System (CMS); 3. administer Joomla CMS through the Administrator Dashboard; and 4. administer iGov web hosting cPanel Portal used as staging server for all government websites.

To inform the participants of the legal basis of the training, Mr. Iyo gave an overview of Administrative Order No. 39 which mandates government agencies to migrate to the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) of the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO). DAO No. 39 enjoins government agencies to produce and regularly update the contents of their websites, subject to prevailing policies, rules and regulations of the government. It is clearly stipulated in the same order that all NGAs, GFIs, GOCCs, and inter-agency collaborations, programs, and projects shall completely migrate their websites to the GWHS.  In addition, all migrated websites to the GWHS shall make their content compliant with the Uniform Website Content Policy (UWCP).

            Mr. Iyo also gave an overview of DOST-ICTO Memorandum Circular No. 2015-001, Series of 2015, otherwise known as the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) Memorandum Circular.  Said Memorandum Circular enumerates the rules and regulations on migrating to the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) of the DOST-ICTO Office.  The Government Website Template Design (GWTD) Guidelines aims to institutionalize a corporate online identity for all government websites.  It contains the guidelines governing the look and feel of government websites in terms of content, structure and design.

Before he gave an overview of XAMPP server, Joomla Content Management System, and iGov cPanel Portal, Mr. Iyo assisted the participants to install XAMPP and Joomla softwares on their laptop units.  As learned by the participants, XAMPP is an open source web server used to host the CMS and its database system, while Joomla is also an open source Content Management System (CMS) that enables people to develop websites and powerful online applications. The participants were also informed of the latest features and developments in Joomla.

Hands-on activities were given by the trainer to the participants to enrich and intensify their knowledge of XAMPP and Joomla and assist them in their web migration through the iGov Web Hosting cPanel Portal.  The first day of the training ended with a comprehensive discussion on the content, structure and design of government websites. Mr. Iyo also discussed the basic interface requirements and mentioned the vertical measurements.

The comprehensive discussion of the content, structure and design of government websites continued on the second day of the training.  Mr. Iyo enumerated the required content and demonstrated to the participants how these elements will be added to the website development.

The use of gender-fair language was also discussed.  According to Mr. Iyo, government agencies should consider the gender-fair use of language based on the recommendation of the Center for Women’s Studies of UP Diliman.  He told the participants that guidelines can be found in the Gender-Fair Language Primer.  In the same way, Mr. Iyo recommended the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Style Manual to the participants in order to be guided in writing articles.  The participants were tasked with more intensive hands-on activities to reinforce their newly-acquired knowledge and learning experience during the day.

CMS_2On the third day of the training, the participants were introduced to the cPanel Interface.  They were also asked to access their respective cPanel accounts and to use the login details provided.  According to Mr. Iyo, cPanel is a unix-based web hosting control panel with automation tools and a graphical interface to quickly and easily manage the hosting of a website. The migration to the GWHS Joomla SEO Settings which is purely a hands-on activity followed after the discussions.

During the last day of the training, some of the participants presented their respective websites which were critiqued by Mr. Iyo. It was followed by the Analysis and Synthesis of the Project in which some participants shared the challenges they have encountered during the course of the training. Some participants also imparted their realizations and learning experiences which the MGB Central Office Organizing Committee and the trainer appreciated and took note of.  The training culminated in closing ceremonies wherein Engr. Romualdo D. Aguilos, OIC-Chief of Mineral Economics, Information and Publication Division, gratefully acknowledged the active participation of the MGB Central Office and Regional Bureau representatives.

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