Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Deaf Education Seminar

In celebration of SDEAS’ 25th Anniversary with the theme “Trailblazing Deaf Education in the Philippines,” a Deaf Education Seminar was held last May 25-26, 2017 at the Vatel Manila, Hotel Benilde, Taft Avenue, Manila. Around 50 educators from across the country attended the two-day event with topics including Introduction to Filipino Sign Language (FSL), Bilingual Education and Methodologies, Local Compilation Research in Deaf Education, Educational Technology, and Interpreting in Deaf Education.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Senate bill pushes to recognize Filipino Sign Language as the national sign language

Senator Nancy Binay has filed SB1455, the Filipino Sign Language Act, to recognize Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of the Philippines. The bill includes comprehensive provisions on the use of the unique visual language of the Filipino Deaf community in access to health, employment, justice, broadcast media, and culture and the arts. It supplements landmark legislation already recognizing FSL in education through R.A. 10533 (K-12 law) and R.A. 10410 (Early Years Act) in 2013. The Mother Tongue Based - Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) policy of the DepEd would implement FSL as the mother language of deaf learners, and the development of literacy in second/ third languages.
The Philippine Federation of the Deaf, the national umbrella organization of over 55 Deaf member organizations has advocated for the national recognition of FSL for over two decades. It led the Deaf community in a rally in 2011 to lobby for FSL legislation. In the 16th Congress, the House of Representatives passed on 3rd Reading HB6428, the Filipino Sign Language Act. It is refiled currently by Rep. Antonio Tinio as HB2094.
Though historically influenced by American Sign Language, research by the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and the Philippine Deaf Resource Center have established FSL as a true and linguistically distinct language. Evidence of signing in the Philippines is documented in Leyte since the 1590s, over three centuries before the entry of American Sign Language in the Philippines.
The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino supports legislation that shall promote the Filipino Deaf identity. Senator Binay sees the recognition of Filipino Sign Language as ensuring that deaf Filipinos enjoy their human, legal, linguistic and cultural rights.
Contact persons:
Carolyn Dagani, President, Philippine Federation of the Deaf
Mobile 0995.9964191 (text only); FB: PFDeaf
Liza Martinez, PhD, PDRC /Deaf Resources Philippines
Tel 9941441; email:

22th Deaf Festival: One Towards Change - Day 3 Events

Environmental Program

at Villar SIPAG Las Pinas City
8:00am - 3:00pm
November 16, 2016

Inauguration Day 2016


22th Deaf Festival: One Towards Change - Day 2 Events

Seminar on working
with interperter
John Xandre Baliza

  November 15, 2016
at Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater
9:00am - 12:00nn

One in Photography with
Jun Miranda

Seminar on Basic Photography
at Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater
1:00pm - 4:00pm

One in Volunteerism

Seminar on Deaf Leadership
at Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater
5:00pm - 6:30pm