Recognizing the changes with the way web sites are being perceived now and how it is valued, the Digital Filipino Web Awards Body conferred the 2010 Digital Filipino Web Awards for government category to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), an agency under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The distinction was handed to PAGASA during the awarding ceremony held recently on the 4th Digital Filipino e-Commerce Summit at Makati City.
Since Filipino primary internet activity today is to search and interact through social networks, high quality websites filled with relevant content and its attractiveness for social media sharing influences, which websites matter more than the rest, the Awards body believed PAGASA website deserved the award.
The awards as stated by the organizers aim to promote effective utilization of the Internet and e-Commerce for business development by recognizing websites who exhibited the best e-Commerce practices from various websites in the Philippines
The nominated websites were meticulously selected based on search engine competitiveness, ranking on popular category keywords, website traffic stickiness, technical performance, and social media engagement, which was scanned from local websites in 50 to 100 categories to create the Digital Filipino Web Awards – Search Profile Index Top 100 list.
From January to November 2010, pagasa.dost.gov.ph recorded 181.20 million hits, 18.7 million page viewed, 111 million files downloaded and 6 million unique visits.