Thanks and Cheers to the Office of the President of the Philippines

Last August, I wrote an accessibility review of the web site of the president of the Philippines. And yesterday I told you what the Office of the President said about my accessibility review.

This post is the third installment in this collection of articles. And I’m happy to say that it is a positive and promising one.

On August 31, a gentleman named Jay Jaboneta gave a new comment on my accessibility review and said the following statements:

Note: You can also read this comment in the comments section of the accessibility review.

Hi Julius,

Thank you for this wonderful review. We will surely take note of this for the next phases of the President’s website. Be sure to check it out from time to time.

We want to convey our apologies for not being able to put into consideration accessibility issues at the outset and I hope this will not prevent you from participating in the President and our government’s programs.

Maraming salamat po.

Jay Jaboneta

I am very happy about this comment, and I replied by thanking Mr. Jaboneta and his office, and showed appreciation for the fact that the office would consider the points I raised in the review.

I am looking forward to the changes in the site. And once the changes have been implemented, we in the Philippine Web Accessibility Group will be the first to promote the site and support the office’s efforts to make information accessible to all.

I also stated that I and the other members of the Philippine Web Accessibility Group are certainly willing and able to help the office in any accessibility-related matters.

Thanks to everyone who has commented on the review and the previous article. Also, thanks to those who have shared and commented on my Facebook posts and who have retweeted the articles in Twitter. You guys are awesome!

This is truly a happy day for accessibility advocates in the Philippines.

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7 Responses to “Thanks and Cheers to the Office of the President of the Philippines”

  1. Tom Says:

    On the contrary, I am very disappointed about this reply. First, what does int mean that they are not being able to put accessibility issues into consideration. As far as I know, the issues were standard design problems, which any developer should understand after minimum design/development experience.

    And it is nothing less than ironic to hope that you will still participate in similar programs. It is not at all about whether you want to or not, but whether you can or not, due to accessibility.

    Please understand, it is a great thing that you got a reply. But accessibility will only happen if they won’t be able to get away with a lousy sorry message.

    • Julius Charles Says:

      Mr. Tom,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Rest assured that we won’t let them get away with a sorry message. We will certainly monitor the site in the coming months.

      I am hoping that they will indeed make the necessary changes, which as what you’ve said, are standard design procedures any developer with minimum experience should know.

      Julius

    • foobarph Says:

      well, we can certainly hope for the best regarding this issue. let’s just wait and see and hope that it will not take moonntthhss to clear this up.

      after all, it’s hard to become a President. ^^

      cheers to you Tom. ^^

  2. foobarph Says:

    yes! go PWAGERS!

  3. Jojo Esposa Says:

    At long last! They replied. Although not what we hoped for, but it’s still positive.

    I do agree with Tom, accessibility should be the top priority and not just an “add on” or “We will take note of this.” or “Be sure to check out from time to time”. Similar comments like these are the ones we usually hear from companies when our deaf students are applying for jobs. It basically means, we are rejected.

    Theirs is a top level government site. They should set an example.

    • Julius Charles Says:

      Mr. Jojo,

      Indeed it is a positive response. But although we appreciate the message, it’s the accessibility of the site that matters most to us.

      Come to think of it, we should ask them when the “next phases” of the web site would be carried out.

      I believe that we can say that they listened to us, only if they made the site accessible in the soonest possible time.

      Julius

  4. Gabby Says:

    @Tom –

    Don’t look at the glass half empty. The guy did acknowledged the website’s lack of accessibility features and promised to include it on the next revision. I’m sorry, but I don’t think it’s a lousy sorry message.

    It’s high time that we show support to our government and refrain ourselves from being cynic.

    @ Jojo –

    I understand your frustration, but let us give those guys the benefit of the doubt. If after some time the website is still inaccessible, then we follow up. This kind of things should not hinder us from fulfilling our vision.

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