DOST-ASTI Training Unit and PREGINET conduct Trainings for NAMRIA Network Administrators
By: Katherine Babaran, February 14, 2012

NAMRIAThe Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) – Training Unit, in collaboration with the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), conducted a series of technical trainings for network administrators of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), from October 2011 to January 2012.

Said undertaking was pursued as part of the implementation of an e-Governance-funded project, the Philippine Geoportal: One Nation, One Map Project, which is a collaborative project of the DOST-ASTI and the NAMRIA, an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The project aims to provide a platform for the country’s national spatial data infrastructure, a geospatial data center, an internet-based mechanism for sharing of geospatial information, and a policy for the government’s one base map advocacy all for a nationwide strategic planning, decision making and economic development.

“I can identify three main benefits of ASTI-conducted trainings for NAMRIA,” said Knowledge Management Division Chief Rene C. Mendoza.

According to Mendoza, the trainings gave the NAMRIA technical staff a good understanding of the benefits of Open Source and how said operating system could improve their operations, as well as enable the NAMRIA technical staff to manage their operations on their own with the use of Open Source. Further, he said that the DOST-ASTI stands to benefit from subject trainings as well because the Institute, being a research and development agency and a primary advocate of Open Source, has been given an opportunity to promote Open Source in the Philippine government.

The ASTI-conducted trainings were divided into basic and advanced trainings, as follows:

*Basic trainings conducted:

  • OpenBSD/Free BSD/Linux for Beginners Training (03-07 October 2011). This course provided an overview of the fundamentals of Ubuntu as a Linux operating system. It likewise provided an introduction to the structure and operation of Ubuntu using a wide range of fundamental commands and utility programs. Hands-on exercises on shell programming techniques were given which allowed participants to experiment with useful shell scripts.
  • Basic DNS and Wireless Configuration Training (26-28 October 2011). This course introduced to the participants, the theory behind the DNS hierarchy, DNS syntax and terminologies, forward and reverse mapping zone files, including basic wireless configuration techniques. A number of DNS types were likewise presented, including Root, Master, Secondary (Slave), Caching Only and Forwarding.
  • Basic Training on Routing and Switching (10-11 November 2011).  Participants learned the basics of routing and switching, which include OSPF and BGP basics. Participants also had the opportunity to work on laboratory exercises pertinent to Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) configuration and LAN switching techniques, which are vital elements in having a secure network.

*Advanced trainings conducted:

  • Advanced Training on Voice over IP (VoIP) / Asterisk IP PBX (14-18 November 2011). This course taught participants how to install, configure and maintain the popular Asterisk IP PBX. Participants were given an in-depth knowledge of Asterisk and its possible applications in the world of digital telephony.
  • Advanced Training on PC-based Routing and Firewalling (12-16 December 2011). In this training, participants learned advanced Squid implementations, including Unix systems administration. Participants likewise had an opportunity to work on laboratory exercises related to different caching techniques and Squid Proxy server installation and configuration techniques, necessary to effectively deploy a steady network.
  • Advanced Training on File Sharing (16-18 January 2012). In this training, participants learned advanced concepts and techniques on file sharing (Samba) which would be helpful in distributing or providing access to digitally stored information.