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.
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.
In less than a year since its formation, PWAG has already accomplished the following:
- It has finalized and approved the drafting of PWAG Web Design Accessibility Recommendations on top of the Manila ICT Design Recommendations
- 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.
- 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.
- In May, the group will be publishing a book containing a set of training guideline for basic web accessibility in the Philippines.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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)