Organizers and delegates of the Indo-ASEAN Seminar on “Shruti Drishti” held at Pune, India from January 18 – 19, 2007 were very much impressed by the country presentation and active participation of the Philippine delegation.
The Philippines was represented by participants from the government’s Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) led by Ms. Nieva S. Neri, Information Technology Officer of National Computer Center-CICT, Ms. Maria Leanna Alvero Beltran, Content Development Coordinator of CICT, and Mr. Remberto I. Esposa Jr., one of the administrators of Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG) and MCCID Training Director.
During the country presentation, Mr. Esposa explained in detail the initiatives made by the Philippine government in helping persons with disabilities access to information technology through the partnership between CICT and the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) as well as vigilant participation of the private non-government national organizations like ATRIEV, RBI, PBU, and PWAG. It was most applauded by the delegates and interests in it were gauged by the numerous questions raised by the group.
Queries range from web accessibility and use of ALT text attributes on images as well as text messaging systems in the Philippines which were all answered clearly by Mr. Esposa and the rest of the team. Host delegation led by Mr. Ajai Kumar of India’s Department of Information Technology and other delegates congratulated the Philippine team for its wonderful presentation.
Among those who participated include delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and host country India.