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.’