117 government websites down due to system failure

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — Over a hundred government websites are down — but they aren't hacked, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said Tuesday.

"As of earlier... [there are] 117 website that are affected [or not] accessible," DICT Asec. Alan Silor told CNN Philippines.

The department announced in a public advisory that one of the Government Web Hosting Service storage systems is suffering a hardware failure. It also said the department was working to fix the issue.

"We're looking at hopefully the end of the day... kung walang (if there is no) hardware replacement," said Silor.

If such a replacement is needed, Silor said they would try to get the websites back up by the weekend.


Silor said most of the affected sites are line agencies of the government.

A search shows the Office of the President, Presidential Communications Operations Office, and Official Gazette were affected by the system failure.

Apart from DICT, some Cabinet websites were also affected, including the Departments of Agrarian Reform, Education, Health, Labor and Employment, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Transportation.

Other affected sites are the Land Transportation Office, National Economic and Development Authority, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Philippine National Police, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

In the meantime, Silor said it is up to the individual government agencies to disseminate information and announcements while their websites are under repair.