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COMELEC website rated as “Pro-PWD”

The official website of the Commission on Elections, www.comelec.gov.ph, passed the Web Accessibility Standards set by the Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG), the National Computer Institute (NCI) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA).

In an award given on July 17, 2012 during the “34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week” Stakeholders Forum at the Occupational Safety Health Center in Quezon City; the NCDA, NCI and the PWAG said it would put the “accessibility seal” on the COMELEC’s website in recognition of the agency’s “commitment to use it as an empowering tool to ‘MAKE THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION REAL’ for persons with disabilities, towards equal access to socio-economic opportunities, called for in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD).”

The award was received by Atty. Rexie May Magsano, in behalf of Commissioner Rene V. Sarmiento, champion and advocate of PWD voting rights.

According to COMELEC Information Technology Department Director Jeannie Flororita, the award recognizes the poll body’s effort to ensure access to information in the COMELEC website to anyone using the internet, even the visually impaired, through the use of ‘screen readers.’

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  1. dear chairman brillantes,

    nag-submit po ng application for gun ban exemption ang BFP nung december 2012 pa po at until now wala pa pong result yung request.

    follow up kami ng follow up sa comelec law dept ang kadalasang sinasabi ay wala pa raw update. nung pinuntahan po na aming authorized representative ang law dept, sinabi na nawala po yung request ng BFP. pinag-submit ulit ang bureau ng copy nung request at list tapos wala ring action ang law dept.

    folow up kami ng follow up den sinabi lang ng atty na in – charge sa gun ban na hindi raw kasama sa resolution ang BFP. kya nga nag-request ang bureau pra isama kc dati naman po during previous elections ay kasama ang BFP sa gunban exepmtions.

    sabi ng abogadong tga law dept ng comelec na hihingi raw sya ng legal opinion from PNP kya irere-route nya raw sa Directorate for Opns ng PNP Crame ang request ng BFP. nagbigay naman ng favorable comment ang PNP pero tinulugan pa rin ng abogadong tga law dept ang request.

    ibinaba raw ang request sa Committee on Ban of Firearms for evaluation. at ang sabi ni mam sara at mam nilda ay expired na ang mga PTC/Letter Orders ng aming personnel. ang appeal namn namin ay kung pwedeng i-consider na kc po DECEMBER pang nareceive ang request kya almost 5 months ng nsa comelec ung papel. natural aabutin ng expiration ang aming mga PTC/letter orders o lisensya. ganun pa man, hindi po ito kinonsidera ni mam nilda. kaya inalis na lang po sa list ung names of personnel with negative remarks at nag-issue po ng panibagong letter orders ang bureau pra ma-comply ang requirements.

    until now po wala pang malinaw na aksyon o tugon ang comelec.

    alam namin na privilege lang ang pagbigay ng exemption pero sana maging fair naman ang judgement ng comelec considering that BFP was a uniformed bureau at isa ring law enforcement bureau (per R.A. 6975, R.A. 9514 at legal opinion from PNP).

    hoping for appropriate action and consideration.

    Posted by horsie | 17 May 2013, 10:10 pm

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