This document describes the registration policies for the domain “.gov.ph”. Thus far, government domain and their agencies have registered without any guidance. This document fixes this by restricting registration to coincide with the approved structure of the Philippine Government. The document cited, General Appropriations Act, provides a standard recognized structure into which domain registrations for .gov.ph can be fit. This policy is exactly comparable to that for the top-level domains.
As a side effect, this reduces the number of .gov.ph top level registrations and reduces the workload on the domain name servers maintained at the Department of Science and Technology.


The .gov.ph domain is delegated from the root authority to the Department of Science and Technology. The .gov.ph domain is for registration of Philippine Government agencies on the national level only. Registrations for provincial and chartered city level may be accepted in accordance with the policies for that domain.

1) The document “General Appropriations Act of 1997”, R.A. No. 8250 (or its successor) lists the official names of Philippine Government agencies.

A) Top-level organizations (e.g., those with initials are in Roman numbers such as “VI. Department of Budget and Management”) and independent agencies and organizations (e.g., “National Computer Center” and other non-indented listings unless prohibited below) as listed in this document are eligible for registration directly under .gov.ph.

B) Autonomous law enforcement components of top-level organization (e.g., National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue) and all Government Owned and Controlled Corporations [GOCC] (e.g. GSIS, SSS) are also eligible for registration.

C) Cross-agency collaborative organizations (e.g., Inter-Agency Council, Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council [LEDAC]) are eligible for registration under .gov.ph upon presentation of the chartering document and are the only non-GAA-listed organizations eligible for registration under .gov.ph.

D) Subsidiary, attached agencies, non-autonomous components of top-level or other entities are not eligible for separate registration. Government organizations such as the GO-IT should register under .ORG.PH domain. International organizations listed in this document are NOT eligible for registration under .gov.ph.

E) Organizations listed as “Government Funded Organizations” are not eligible for registration under .gov.ph and should register under .ORG.PH or other appropriate top-level domain.

F) Organizations subsidiary to “Department of National Defense” must register under the “.MIL.PH” domain. Contact Mr. J. Emmanuel Disini at jd@fc.emc.com.ph.

G) State Universities, colleges and public schools should register under .EDU.PH domain which is under the administration of PHnet. Contact hostmaster@ph.net.

The only standard exceptions to these rules are changes to governmental structure due to statutory, regulatory or executive directives not yet reflected in the above document. The requesting agency should provide documentation in one of the above forms to request an exception. Other requests for exception should be referred to the Department of Science and Technology.

2) A domain name should be derived from the official name for the organization (e.g., “da.gov.ph” or “agriculture.gov.ph”.) The registration shall be listed in the registration database under the official name (per GAA) for the organization or under the name in the chartering document.

3) Only ONE registration and delegation shall be made per department. The .gov.ph registration authority shall provide registrations on a first-come first-served basis. It is an individual department matter as to which portion of the department is responsible for managing the domain space under a delegated department domain.

4) Those department and entities that have multiple registrations under .gov.ph may retain them for a maximum of 1 year from the publication date of this document. Within 2 months after the publication of this document, one permanent domain must be selected for the agency. The other (auxiliary) domains must cease further sub-delegations and registrations at this time. As of 1 year after the publication of this document, the auxiliary domains will become undelegated and will revert to the control of the .gov.ph owner. As of 2 years after the publication of this document, all registrations in the auxiliary domains must be mirrored in the permanent domain and those names should be used where possible. At the 3 year point, all auxiliary domain registrations will be deleted.

5) Those agencies and entities already registered in .gov.ph but not listed in GAA (e.g., PIDS, PPA, NTC) may retain their registration within the constraint of the single registration rule (see para 4). No further non-GAA- listed registrations will be made.


  1. Request For Comment (RFC) 1811
  2. Request For Comment (RFC) 1816
  3. General Appropriations Act of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8250)