The Presidential Commission on Year 2000 Compliance has stressed anew the need for all countries to link arms in preparing for the effects of the millennium bug on vital public services and commerce.
Y2K Commission chairman Amable Aguiluz V said his office, which hosted the recently concluded world Y2K summit in Manila, cannot overemphasize the urgency of global cooperation in fortifying defenses against this computer glitch.
"We cannot overemphasize the urgency of realizing prompt, candid and thorough disclosure and exchange of information related to Year 2000 readiness among all entities, products and services," Aguiluz said.
He pointed out that the active exchange of information and relevant experiences can "greatly enhance" the ability of governments and corporations to prepare for the millennium bug.
"The sharing of information will aid us in attaining Y2K compliance and in preparation of corporate, national and global contingency plans," he added.
The millennium bug is a built-in flaw in older computer systems that causes them to recognize dates in two digits.
With this glitch, some computer systems may recognize Jan. 1, 2000 as Jan. 1, 1900, and cause malfunctions in vital services that are date-sensitive.
During the three-day summit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), participants discussed collaboration efforts in preparing contingency plans for Y2K.
They also agreed to use the summit as a means to boost global awareness of practices such as Year 2000 conversion, government initiatives and industry support structures.
In the Philippines, the Y2K Commission has identified seven critical sectors that have to be fortified against the possible adverse effects of the millennium bug.
"We have all identified the problems and our tasks are clear. It is only through your support and participation that we can ensure the success of the second global year 2000 summit," Aguiluz said.
As a response to the millennium bug threat, President Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada created the Y2K Commission and instructed it to study measures that will minimize, if not eliminate, the potential problem.
The President said there is an urgent need to avert the possible adverse effects of the Y2K problem that may disrupt the flow of commerce, industry, basic utilities, government, safety and defense systems in the country and throughout the world.
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