Introducing the PWAG

Posted May 16th, 2007 by Mel Pedley

The Philippine Web Accessibility Group (P.W.A.G.) was established in August 11th, 2006 based on the recommendations made by more than 80 participants of the “Webmasters’ Interface on Accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Persons with Disabilities” held in May 2006 in Cebu City. The group was envisioned as an association of web designers who would promote web accessibility, provide training to upgrade skills and open up opportunities for the disabled sector.

PWAG is a government registered, non-stock and non-profit, grassroots association of web designers and advocates of web accessibility based in the Philippines. Although operating as an independent body, PWAG is under the supervision of the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons as part of its sub-committee on ICT and in partnership with the National Computer Center — Commission on Information and Communications Technology.

Mission/Purpose

PWAG’s primary mission is to:

“Teach and promote web accessibility in the Philippines as a method of making information accessible to all — including persons with disabilities.” PWAG

It is also formulating and recommending web accessibility guidelines and standards to be used in the Philippines. The group aims to work with government and other non-government organizations in lobbying for inclusion of web accessibility in pending laws on information and communications technology.

As part of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific initiative on

“Promoting an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for people with disabilities in the Asian and Pacific region in the twenty-first century.”
Draft Biwako Millennium Framework For Action

The group aims to collaborate with international groups in promoting and learning new developments and technologies relating to web accessibility.

Achievements

In less than a year since its formation, PWAG has already accomplished the following:

  1. It has finalized and approved the drafting of PWAG Web Design Accessibility Recommendations on top of the Manila ICT Design Recommendations
  2. It has increased awareness of web accessibility by targeting other non-government web designers and increased membership of its own Accessibleweb Yahoo e-group to 76 members.
  3. It has increased the turnaround time of tasks assigned to the National Computer Center by validating more web sites. Three sites were validated by the National Computer Center between 2004 to 2006. PWAG has since validated an additional five sites with eight more sites currently awaiting review.
  4. In May, the group will be publishing a book containing a set of training guideline for basic web accessibility in the Philippines.
  5. The group held its first web accessibility workshop in Baguio City, Philippines in February 2007 which was attended by web designers from the government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development.
  6. It delivered a presentation on web accessibility in the Philippines to delegates at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum in Pune, India in January 2007.
  7. The group is now officially recognized by the Philippine government as a non-stock, non-profit corporation through the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission.

Despite already accomplishing a great deal in its first year, PWAG feel that this is just the beginning and the group continues to work hard to promote web accessibility and support web developers across the Philippines. Information regarding membership of PWAG can be found on the PWAG web site


P.W.A.G.
PWAG, or Philippine Web Accessibility Group, is a government registered non-stock and non-profit grassroots association of web designers and advocates of web accessibility based in the Philippines. (Back to PWAG Instance)

7 Responses to: “Introducing the PWAG”

  1. Lemuel Cabia responds:
    Posted: May 16th, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Wow! It’s really a great tribute for us as a group (PWAG) to be noticed in the larger web development community like Accessites.org. It’s really a pleasure reading the introductory notes about our mission and accomplishments!!

    Yes, the group feel that this is just the beginning and continue to work with great effort… and certainly we anticipate more fulfilling things to come, knowing that we are now officially recognized by the Philippine government as a non-stock, non-profit coalition (corporation) by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last May 8,
    2007.

    Mel, thank you very much for this nice and precise article.

  2. Gudick de Guzman responds:
    Posted: May 16th, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Great to be recognized. The “Webmaster’s Interface” was a very good initiative by the Phils. and its community. More power to PWAG and Accessites!

  3. David Zemens responds:
    Posted: May 16th, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations on the hard work it took to form this group, and also for the hard work it takes to design accessible websites. Keep up the good work!

  4. Arielle Cruz responds:
    Posted: May 16th, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Hey, hey, hey! =)

    It is truly good to be recognised and endorsed by our fellows in the international community. This shows that web design in the Philippines and by Filipinos is at a level comparable to that of more developed nations and web professionals. Mabuhay tayo, woohoo!

    Lem: when do we sit down and talk again. So the real work begins… (excited, giddy and ready to face the challenges ahead).

  5. Jojo Esposa responds:
    Posted: May 16th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    On behalf of the Board of Incorporators and Trustees of the Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG), we are truly grateful for doing an article about us. Being a widely read website among international web designers and web standards community, Accessites.org would surely generate much interest in PWAG. We are truly humbled by featuring our group and our accomplishments. With this, we also hope it would encourage other international groups to support our efforts even financially. :-)

    Thank you very much again Mel and also for being PWAG’s ready helpline. :-)

  6. Mike Cherim responds:
    Posted: May 16th, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Good job, PWAG, and good luck in the future. You guys are doing good work.

  7. Rey mendoza responds:
    Posted: May 16th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Yes, there’s a lot of work ahead for the PWAG and the sucess of this group relies on its members being very dedicated to the cause. We just want to help this specific sector. We also like to acknowledge Leo Valdes who is the mentor of these group. As he would say “it’s the right thing to do”

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