Rules and regulations on IPv6 implementation released
By: steph, February 23, 2011

Philippine IPv6 ConferenceThe Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Executive Order (EO) No. 893 Promoting the Deployment and Use of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) dated 29 June 2010, was issued last 21 January 2011.

In a memorandum signed by Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Chairman Ivan John Enrile Uy, the CICT stressed the importance of the development of IPv6, as well as the worldwide migration from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to IPv6.

“There is a need to promulgate policy directives to promote investment in Internet-based infrastructure, applications and services and to enable continued improvements in various sectors and enhance government operations and services such as but not limited to health care, national security, public safety, education, environment, and the economy,” read the eight-page memorandum.

“One major component of Internet-based operations is the IPv4 address, which, by industry measure, is now becoming scarce and would be difficult to obtain by 2011, potentially impeding the growth and development of Internet-based services.”

“The development of IPv6 as well as the worldwide migration from IPv4 to IPv6 will pave the way to solve the problem of IPv4 address exhaustion, and deploying IPv6 will enable continued expansion of the Internet in the country.”

The CICT laid down its conditions on said IPv6 use and deployment, including the following: a.) all government online services shall be IPv6-compliant two years after EO No. 893 takes effect; b.) government procurement of IPv4-only equipment, software and services shall be forbidden two years after the effectivity E.O. No. 893; and c.) all government agencies shall have an IPv6 migration plan in their Information System Strategic Plans.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) will assist the government agencies in the conduct of interoperability testings of IPv4 and IPv6 infrastructure and systems. The National Computer Center, however, will monitor the government agencies’ migration to IPv6.

E.O. No. 893 was issued by the Malacañang Palace to encourage the use of IPv6 since exhaustion of IPv4 threatens to deter the growth and development of the country.

The DOST-ASTI, through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), initiated the use of IPv6 in the Philippines. PREGINET got its IPv6 assignment from the Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives in 2000 and received from the Asia Pacific Network Information Center, the first IPv6 address block in the Philippines in 2003.