The Department of Interior and Local Governments will speed up its Year 2000 Computer program with P1-billion loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines.
DILG Undersecretary Ronaldo Puno said the DBP has agreed to grant a P1-billion loan which is part of the proposed P3 billion local development fund.
The rest of the money, meanwhile, will be used by the agency to promote agriculture, public works and revenue collection capability of municipalities, cities and provinces.
"We intend to use this to purchase computer equipment for use in priority areas where over 900 hospitals dependent on water and sewerage services provided by local government units are located," Puno said.
Puno said that many of the LGUs in the country have computerized their operations and face the risk of a shutdown of the so-called Y2K problem.
He explained that a computer breakdown could lead to massive disruption in social services, health telecommunications and public utilities.
Puno also appealed to the private sector to help LGUs train their information technology personnel in solving the problem.
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