PFD to Teach FSL to Hearing Parents of Deaf Students in Novaliches

December 19, 2015

[L] GMEFI President Dr. Evelyne Dominguez, and PFD Vice-President Yvette Apurado [R] during the MOA Signing held last Thursday, December 17

To address the communication and language barriers in the family of Deaf children, the Philippine Federation of the Deaf [PFD] submitted a proposal to Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] under their Educational Fund Assistance Program. PFD’s proposal is titled, “Communication Skills Training to Hearing Parents of Deaf Students.” The Filipino Sign Language [FSL] will be explained and taught to  target beneficiaries who are parents of Deaf students in a public elementary [Susano Elementary School], and a public high school [Novaliches High School] in Novaliches City. GMEFI is based inside the campus of Metro Manila College in Novaliches City.

GMEFI PFD Signing2

[R-L]: Dr. Menandro Magculang, Yvette Apurado, Evelyne Dominguez, Jemuel Japson [hearing interpreter], Dr. Ramon Garcia, Thelma Jadaque

Yvette Apurado, Vice-President of PFD with Jemuel Japson, a hearing interpreter met Dr. Evelyne  Dominguez and some of the Board of Trustees of GMEFI last Thursday. Ms Apurado signed the MOA in behalf of PFD. Because of my busy-ness to finish my educational docu on Apolinario Mabini [Filipino version with FSL interpretation] entitled “PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon” at DLS-CSB SDEAS, I wasn’t able to witness the MOA signing between GMEFI and PFD.

Executive Officer, Annalissa Penullar said that some members of the Board of Trustees got so interested on the project that they too would like to sit-in when the seminar starts in summer. The exact date is yet to be determined.

We hope that awareness will be elicited on the linguistic rights needs of the Deaf in the area of Novaliches. And that both hearing parents, and their Deaf children build self-esteem in the process when they come to know clearly about their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. [Part of my repost from gawadmetronian.org]



  1. Salamat po for inyong suporta!

  2. Hoping for the best for PFD and FSL in the Philippines!!!

  3. That sounds like a very exciting and worthy program for both the children and the parents good luck with that program.

    I was wondering if you might have ever heard of a Baptist missionary in the Philippines 20 or 30 years ago his name was Harvey Espland, we knew him quite well.

  4. Hello!
    Thank you for wishing us luck! We are as excited. Re Mr. Espland, no! I have not heard of him. There are more than 7,100 islands here so it would be difficult to know people from other places. I actually haven’t personally met any Baptist missionary here. Our country is dominated by Catholics.

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