Newsbytes.ph reports that the national government has unveiled on June 10 a "new email and collaboration system worth P55 million" for use by government offices in sending and receiving official correspondence.
The report explained that the new email system, which is called GovMail, "will have unique agency names with gov.ph suffix and will use a central server and public key infrastructure for added security, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)." DOST added that the new email system "aims to minimize the use of free Web-based email services such as GMail, Hotmail, and Yahoo for official government communications as well as give government personnel a credible online identity, especially when communicating with the public."
The report said that prior to the launching of GovMail, "government email systems are independent of each other and are maintained by the agency's respective system administrators, while those with limited resources still use free Web-based email."
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