April 23 to 27, 2012, the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), together with DOST Region 7, Central Visayas Information Sharing Network (CVISNET), and University of the Philippines Cebu, held the IPv6 Unleashed: the 2nd Philippine IPv6 Conference and Training workshop, in Cebu city.

The event was opened through a welcome remarks by DOST VII Regional Director, Rene Burt Llanto, and followed by local and international speakers from different organizations. Among the speakers that presented their expertise and case studies are; Anna Mulingbayan, Senior Internet Resource Analyst of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APAN); Azlan Osman, Deputy Director of Industry and Community Network of the National Advanced IPv6 Centre of Excellence (Nav6); Tomoya Yoshida, Deputy General Manager of the Technology Department of Internet Multifeed; Ashish Kapahi, Advisor, IAP and Visiting Researcher of NAV6 and University of Sains Malaysia, Raymond Nunez, professor from the University of he Philippines (UP)- Diliman campus and Director for IT security of Chikka; and Lawrence Hughes, Director and CEO of Infoweapons.

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated for a Knowledge Management activity which was held to capture the issues and possible solutions towards IPv6 migration in the Philippines. Three major issues/groups were created to make an Open Space, and the groups include, Technical issues, Capability building, and Management issues/Marketing to Policy makers. A Press Conference was also held for the local media of Cebu which was attended by fourteen (14) people from seven (7) media groups, including GMA-7 Cebu, Philippine Information Agency Region 7, DYAB Radio Patrol Cebu, The Freeman, Sunstar, DYHB Radio Bacolod and Manila Bulletin Cebu.

Status update

According to Mulingbayan, the main driver for deploying IPv6 addresses in the Asia Pacific region is the exhaustion. She also said that Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (Internet registry in Asia Pacific) has fully exhausted the IPv4 address as of April 2011, mainly because some of its member countries has the largest population in the world, namely China, India, Indonesia. The increased need in these largely populated countries also adds to the exhaustion. One of the difficulties encountered in migration according to APNIC members are lack of support and budget from the management. She added that in order to support its members with its pending issues, APNIC has various services. In their web portal, members can ask richability testing, and access help desk services. In her talk, Mulingbayan also shared recent policies being implemented by APNIC, training statistics, inter-governmental activities, and other activities held by APNIC for its members such as conferences.