Facilitators and participants of the training during the demonstration of sign language.

The CALABARZON Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) conducted the Training on Filipino Sign Language on November 4, 2022 at the RDC Conference Room, NEDA Region IV-A, Calamba City to promote awareness and inclusive culture in the Region for the Filipino deaf community.

The one-day training included presentations and demonstrations on sign languages for introduction, greetings and occasions, asking questions, counting numbers, survival signs, and practice of basic sign language conversation. The training and sign language demonstrations were led by deaf and hard of hearing resource persons and facilitators from the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) Lipa City Chapter.

RGADC Vice Chairperson and NEDA Region IV-A Director Luis G. Banua, in his opening remarks, emphasized that more than the physical disability, deaf and hard of hearing individuals also experience social and economic challenges such as slower learning, limited access to opportunities, social isolation, and stigma. He encouraged everyone to be society’s agents of change by giving the deaf and hard of hearing stakeholders a chance to be heard.

Before the activity ended, NEDA Assistant Regional Director Susana S. Santiago reminded the participants that one of the basic human rights is the right to freedom of opinion and expression. With the new knowledge and skills gained through the training, she enjoined everyone to continue working together towards upholding human rights and providing our deaf clients a platform to be heard.

The activity was attended by over 40 participants from the regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, and local government units in the region.

Aprille M. Suyat, NEDA Region IV-A | November 10, 2022