Lingayen- Gov. Victor E. Agbayani has formed a committee to undertake preparation for this year’s celebration of the Computer Consciousness Month this November.
This year’s celebration is aimed at drumming up awareness of the date-change problem known as Y2K or millenium bug.
With the provincial government spearheading the preparation, other agencies are also giving full support such as the Pangasinan Economic Development Foundation, Inc. (PEDFI), Pangasinan State University (PSU), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS).
The governor is the honorary chairman while Management Information Services Office (MISO) Chief Modesto Singson is the over-all chairman.
The vice-chairman are Dr. Rodolfo Asanion (PSU), Felipe Andrada (DOST), Agrimero Cruz (PEDFI) and Francisco Jucar (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) while members are Dr. Rolando Andico (PSU), Ruel Camba (PIO) and Dr. Alma Ruby Torio (DECS II).
TASK FORCE FORMED
The Pangasinan Y2K Task Force convened here to formulate plans and activities related to the Y2K preparedness program of the province including coordinative efforts with other concerned sectors and agencies.
The Task Force created by Gov. Victor E. Agbayani under executive order No. 070-99 is chaired by Modesto Singson, chief of Management Information Services Office, with P/Supt. Agrimero Cruz of the PNP provincial commands as vice-chair.
Task Force members include, Ruel Camba, Provincial Information Officer, Rafael de Peralta president of the Metro Dagupan Bankers Association, Corazon Degollacion, center head of Informatics in Urdaneta and Jaime Lucas, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry.
The Task Force has also expanded its membership which include the Bangko Sentral, Department of Health, National Power Corporation, Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Army command of Camp Abat in Manaoag, PLDT/DIGITEL and the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce since the Y2K problem is likely to cause more impact on banking, power and telecommunications.
During the meeting, it was suggested that the task force should come out with information related to the Y2K problem to correct the wrong notion of people about the would-be-effects of the so-called millenium bug.
Towards this end, Singson disclosed that the task force members agreed that information dissemination be centralized and all press statements shall come from the provincial government thru the PIO in coordination with the various agencies concerned.
Meanwhile, Wilson Chua, general manager of Bitstop Computers, pledged to extend free website hosting that will provide information on the Y2K effects.
Mr. Rafael de Peralta, president of the Metro-Dagupan Bankers Association, gave his assurance that all banks in the province will have normal banking activities during the rollover period i.e. Dec. 15, 1999 to Jan. 15, 1999.