Free hearing aids!

Good news! Rotary Club of Pasig South President Gilbert Magbutay, one of my long time friend and colleague in our university publication “The Featinean” of  Feati University informed me about their project of donating free hearing aids. Here are the details:

Rotary Club of Pasig South through their President Gilbert Magbutay will be giving away 80 pcs. of hearing aids for FREE! Here are the requirements:
1. Must be between 7 to 17 y/o.
2. Must be residing within Pasig, Marikina, Caloocan, Navotas, Mandaluyong, San Mateo and Rodriguez Rizal, San Juan, and Valenzuela.
3. Must be able to sustain the purchase of batteries after our initialset and spares.

1. Candidate must seek a clearance/certification from an EENT that they can be fitted with hearing aid.
2. Submit EENT Certification via FB/Email or fax at +6326828467.
3. Rotary Club of Pasig South will schedule the hearing test and ear mould fitting at the Manila Hearing Aid.
4. Awarding of hearing aids is the culmination.

Deadline for submission of EENT Certificate will be on October 20.

Please avail of this free hearing aids. You may email the requirements in our school at or submit it in their official Facebook page at:

Deaf persons want to be heard come elections

This is a repost from website written by Voltaire Tupaz. 🙂

FIRST TIME TO VOTE. Azel Christensen, a deaf person, will vote for the first time and for the sake of her son. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz

MANILA, Philippines – They heard about the special registration for persons with disabilities (PWD) only a day before it was held, still reeling from the recent torrential rain and floods that hit Metro Manila.

But when the sun shone on Saturday, August 11, Azel Christensen and Ronald Yambao, both deaf persons, prepared to go to St Peter’s Shrine along Commonwealth Avenue, the registration center in the 2nd district of Quezon City.

It was an important day for them. Azel is 28 while Ronald is 40, but it will be their first time to vote come 2013 midterm elections.

According to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, (PPCRV) of the nearly 9 million PWDs in the Philippines, about one-third, or 3 million, are qualified to vote.

What’s at stake

They brought their respective families. A single mother, Azel came with her one-and-a-half month old child. Ronald came with his wife and his son who is in grade 2.

“Im here to give my son a good future,” Azel gestured to the sign language interpreter, explaining why she registered.

She has been hopping from one job to another to raise her son. A college graduate, Azel has worked as a bartender and a computer graphics artist.

On Monday, August 13, she will start her 4th job as a helper in the warehouse of a local clothing brand.

She said she is working hard because she cannot wait for the support of her former partner who is also a deaf person.

Unlike Azel, Ronald does not have a job. Unable to finish his college education, Ronald said he has faced one rejection after another.

His sister has been supporting his family. But he dreams of opening his own grocery store one day.

For now, he would like to work. He hopes that the candidates he will vote for will give people with disabilities work opportunities.

“Iboboto ko ang mga good leaders; yung marunong mag-observe sa (pangangailangan) ng lipunan,” Ronald said.

(I would vote for good leaders; those who are sensitive to the needs of society.)

Express lanes

The day-long special registration went smoothly for Azel, Ronald, and 8 other PWDs.

Three nuns from the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Elizabeth walked them through the registration process. They also served as sign language interpreters.

Lawyer Sheila Rafanan, a Commison on Elections officer in Quezon City, said that only about 10 PWDs have registered today. In the 2nd district of Quezon City, 59 PWDs have registered so far.

Rafanan attributed the low turnout to transportation problems, the floods and the incessant rain that pounded Metro Manila recently.

Rafanan encouraged PWDS to register until Oct 31, 2012, the end of the registration period. She assured the PWDs that “express lanes” have been provided for them in all Comelec field offices.

The Comelec has promulgated the following resolutions that would benefit PWDs:

Resolution 9149, a measure which creates express lanes for PWDs during registration
Resolution 9220, a measure which allows PWDs to have assisters when registering and voting
“As Filipinos, they have the right to vote. They should exercise their right,” Rafanan said.

But Sister Dawelyn de la Cruz, one of the nuns who accompanied the PWDs, wished they were given ample time to mobilize more PWDs.

The PWD rights advocate said she was only informed about National PWD Registration Day a day before it was held.

Since 2011, this is the second time that the Comelec, in partnership with PPCRV and the PWD group Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy (AUP-PINOY), organized a special registration for PWDs.

The PPCRV noted that only a total of 803,518 of the PWDs have registered to date. –

DFA’s Outstanding Employee Awardee is a Deaf!

Nonito with Renato also of MCCID, at work in DFA Processing Division.One of my former deaf students, Nonito Visagar Jr., tagged me in a few of his photos. I thought it was just a picture of him and his deaf friends or co-workers having an outing or get-together party. But when I clicked on the photos, I was pleasantly surprised that his was pictures of his plaque of appreciation as an Outstanding Employee of 2012!

Outstanding Employee Award Plaque given to NonitoHearing great news like this one is truly a breath of very fresh air. When Nonito graduated in MCCID College in 2008, he received 1st Honorable Mention Award. Although he was quiet and unassuming among his batchmates, he did excel in sports and academics. After he graduated among top of his class, he continued his training at Nova Foundation for the Differently Abled Persons.

Nonito awaits the receiving of award.During the training, he again showed his diligence and skills. That’s why the foundation selected him together with five other MCCID alumni to undergo trial work at the Department of Foreign Affairs. After passing the Civil Service Examination, they became regular government employees.

But Nonito did not remain contented. He again exhibited above average work attitude and enthusiasm serving clients, mostly hearing people, in the passport division. In 2011, he received his first “Certificate of Recognition”. This year, he upped his level by receiving the “Outstanding Employee of 2011”.

The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs is the government agency responsible for the pursuit of the State’s foreign policy and the nerve center for a Foreign Service worthy of the trust and pride of every Filipino. To know more about the awards, please visit this link.

To Nonito, this blog post is my special tribute to you! MCCID College Facebook page also created a special timeline photo honoring you. I hope that many deaf would emulate your success by serving as a good role model. 🙂

International Deaf Day Celebration for Northern Philippines

International Deaf Day Poster

Newly government recognized Tarlac Province Association of the Deaf together with La Union Association of the Deaf, Deaf Association of Pines City, Ilocos Norte Association of the Deaf and La Trinidad Association of the Deaf will be holding their first ever “International Deaf Day Celebration” on September 12. Parade starts at 8 am at Prazuela, Tarlac City.

With the theme “Sign Bilingualism is a Human Rights”, fun, games and advocacy programs are some of the activities that will be held. For more information, please text Vincent Ramos at +639469267227.

2nd National Interpreters’ Conference on May 19

Are you a Filipino Sign Language interpreter? Are you a team player? Do you like to “level up” your interpreting skills?

Then join us this Saturday, May 19. Look at the details in our tablet below. For more details, visit the Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI) official website at See you there! 🙂

lebel up invitation written in tablet pc