Sanctions sought for Mocha Uson, blogger over offensive sign language video

September 19, 2018

(As an advocate on the use and recognition of Filipino Sign Language in the Philippines for more than a decade now, it is quite irritating to see people unmindful of the plight and feelings of our Deaf brothers and sisters. Please read the report below courtesy of ABS-CBN – MM)

MANILA – The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has urged government to penalize Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Andrew Olivar for making fun of sign language in a video.

The school, in a statement, said the video was a “clear violation of RA 9442, which penalizes verbal, non-verbal ridicule and vilification against persons with disability.”

“The mimicry of sign language and of the Deaf’s voice, as well as the statements of incitement and insult from a government official and a blogger are definitely discriminating against the Deaf, their culture, and language,” it said.

In a video shared by Uson to her 5.7 million followers last Thursday, Olivar can be seen mimicking sign language and making sounds in an apparent imitation of hearing-impaired people. Uson, who filmed the clip, can be heard laughing in the background.

The school also called on the government to consider the removal of Uson from office.

“We call on the government to take action against Mr. Olivar and Asec. Uson, and impose the appropriate penalties as provided by law,” it said.

“Furthermore, the acts of Asec. Uson are deemed unbecoming of a government official who, according to RA 6713, is expected to have a high standard of ethics in public service. We urge this government to consider the removal of Asec. Uson.”

The school is an advocate for the deaf community and houses a School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the Benilde Deaf School.

Uson and Olivar on Monday posted separate videos of apology to the deaf community.

However, Deaf groups on Monday rejected the apology, saying they would still need to consult with their 55 member organizations, as well as the National Council on Disability Affairs. They are thinking of lodging a complaint, as well as coordinating with the government for deaf awareness seminars.

They also want the public to be more aware of how they value sign language, which is their main form of communication. They hope the issue will help promote the proposed law on Filipino Sign Language, which was recently approved by the Senate.

Uson and Olivar’s offensive use of sign language was featured in a clip promoting their noontime radio show. The video has garnered 150,000 views.

The duo earlier drew flak for a controversial video featuring the jingle “pepedederalismo” – a play on the term federalism – on Uson’s Facebook page. – with reports from Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News 

(Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/18/18/sanctions-sought-for-mocha-uson-blogger-over-offensive-sign-language-video)


PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon sa Dasma, Cavite

July 21, 2018

The film screening of PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon, a documentary on Apolinario Mabini was shown yesterday as part of the 40th Celebrations of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in Dasmarinas, Cavite. Venue was the Audio-Visual Room at the Pagamutan ng Dasmarinas located in Barangay Burol II. The program was initiated by Dasma DSWD in collaboration with Jan Pena, former National President of the Autism Society Philippines [ASP}. PULE was participated in by Deaf performers who interpreted Mabini’s El Verdadero Decalogo, and was music scored by a twice exceptional Person with Autism, Thristan Mendoza.

Two screenings were scheduled in the morning. from 8:00 to 12 noon. Viewers were CFDI Presidents, officers and members of ASP, SPED teachers and parents. Another viewing was held in the afternoon to accommodate more SPED teachers and parents. According to the text message of Jan Pena, the film was well-received by the stake holders probably because of their having learnt more about a man who is taken for granted as just one of those images of heroes in the Philippine coins nationally in circulation.

Below is the Calendar of Activities by DSWD Dasma up to July 31

Note: PULE will be shown again but in the province of Rizal on Monday, July 23, Apolinario Mabini’s birthday. Venue on Monday is SM Angono.


PWDs CAN! Film Festival – July 23, 2018

July 7, 2018

(Antipolo – Taytay – Cainta – San Mateo – Angono)
in partnership with the

PWDs CAN! Film Festival
a special screening for the 40th NDPR (with a cast of multi-talented PWDs)

Saliksikin ang mga Kakayanan at Kasanayan ng Filipino PWDs
sa mga makasaysayang dokumentaryong likha ni Mirana Medina,
2015 Apolinario Mabini Media Advocate Awardee

July 23, 2018, Monday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SM Center Angono Events Center

P r o g r a m
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:00 Opening Ceremonies

Film Fest Proper
9:00 – 10:00 #1 PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon

10:00 – 11:30 #2 Silent Odyssey (Deaf)

11:30 – 11:45 #3 Hand in Hand (Deaf Employment)

11:45 – 12:00 Open Forum

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:30 #4 RIZAL: Mi Ultimo Adios

1:30 – 2:00 #5 The Blind Architect (Accessibility)

2:00 – 4:00 #6 ALYANA: A Study of Autism in the Philippines

Open Forum
4:00 – 5:00 Closing Ceremonies



Persons with Disability ENTRE-PLOYMENT EXPO – June 28-29

June 20, 2018

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), through the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) and the Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Training Institute (SBJHI), with De La Salle University and funded by the US Embassy, will conduct a 2-day economic opportunity fair for persons with disabilities (PWD) to promote employability and generate business opportunities for the sector. Dubbed as PWD Entre-ployment Expo: Bringing together the community to empower PWDs, this event will be on June 28-29, 2018 at the Henry Sy Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila

Expo Features

The PWD Entre-ploment Expo will be characterized by

*booth-exhibits featuring government services, training institutions, employers, and disability organizations;

*seminars and workshops on employment, business skills and PWD-employers fora;

*photo exhibit;

*plenary program;

*consultation sessions on business and employability

*networking opportunities

The Exhibition of the Expo will take place at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila while the plenary session and main seminar session will happen at the 5th Floor of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila.

Email: pwdentreployment@benilde.edu.ph Call: (632) 230 5100 local 1661
Text : 0917-8698231

For complete details, click PWD Expo General Description


On LEVEL-UP – Invitation from ChildFind Learning & Play Center

April 20, 2018

Dr. Edilberto I. Dizon, SPED-Diagnostician-Counselor & IEP Specialist and SPED Professor, and a Pillar of SPED in the Philippines is currently conducting a series of classes for students, professionals, parents and other support-persons/stakeholders involved/interested in the education of learners with special education needs (LSEN).

LEVEL-UP has been designed for a small group of participants – a maximum of 35 – who are committed to helping LSEN achieve the BEST they can. They have systematically and professionally planned this series specifically for participants who can effectively, conscientiously and emphatically make a significant contribution as practicing/prospective trainers and practitioners. Thus, such intimate classes ensure training with provisions of better interactions and focused skill-building utilizing a wide range of small- group strategies.

The series which commenced last April 7 and will end on October 20 with one or two topics per scheduled session. Click this link for details: Trainings for 2018

The Venue for this series of classes is UNIT 210, CHILDFIND, The Tower at Emerald Square, J.P. Rizal St. cor. P. Tuazon St., Project 4, Quezon City (across the emergency gate of Quirino Memorial Medical Center).

Helpful handouts are provided, and a certificate of attendance is awarded at the end of the training for each of the training program.

Each training session provides flowing water and coffee! You may bring your packed-lunch/snacks or you may want to dine at the canteens during lunch break.

A team of highly qualified and dedicated practitioner-lecturers are led by Dr. Edilberto I. Dizon, a Pillar of SPED in the Philippines.



Post-World Autism Awareness Day in Rizal 2018

April 20, 2018

The presidents of Autism Society Philippines [ASP] – Rizal Chapters: Barbara De Guzman of ASP Taytay, Laarni Francisco of ASP Cainta, Esperanza Marzo of ASP San Mateo and Victoria Cabason of ASP Marikina in partnership with the Rizal Provincial Government and ASP National represented by former ASP National President Mary Janette Pena will be conducting the “1Rizal Auto-Sympo” on April 27, 2018, Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. The event will be held at the Provincial Multipurpose Center, Antipolo City, Rizal to raise the level of awareness, understanding and empowerment of parents, professionals, and government on urgent agenda relevant to the autism community of Rizal.

As part of the Understanding and Advocacy for Autism program slated from 8 – 10 a.m., my documentary ALYANA – A Study of Autism in the Philippines shall be screened. It will be followed by lectures on “Nutrition and Autism” and the “Philippine Health Circular on Benefits for Children with Autism” in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

ASP hopes that the documentary will be able to enlighten and educate our community on the nature of persons with autism and provide helpful guides in overcoming the challenges of autism


The Amazing Life of Joan Baez

April 1, 2018

Joan Baez is a folk singer I have long time admired. Her rendition of the song “Amazing Grace” turned me into one of her fans. I loved it the first time I heard it. Since then, it has become my favorite. Up until now it mesmerizes me whenever I hear it.

Unbelievably perhaps, it is just tonight that I had a glimpse of her life both as a singer and a political activist. This beautiful documentary all the more made me appreciate this stunning and wonderful woman. Her life is quite inspiring and impressive. Her songs meaningful and relevant. Thanks to artfrob who posted it via Youtube. [To watch, click this — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQRAGIZybiA%5D

Inspiring acceptance speech of JOAN BAEZ’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction award during the 2017 Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in New York City.