The first ever TV Inset interpreting Summit was held at Montebello Villa Hotel in Cebu City from November 8-10, 2012. The summit was led by Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme for the Deaf.
The three-day summit\’s aim was to develop a Tip Sheet (Guideline) on how to implement sign language inset interpreting on news programs. This will then be used both by the interpreters and TV stations as guidelines. MCCID College was represented by Moises Libot while MCCID Training Director Jojo Esposa Jr. represented both MCCID and Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters. Participants from Metro Manila include John Baliza, Naty Natividad and Leo Cabasag. They shared their experiences interpreting in national TV news programs.
Among those who gave a lecture were Dr. Lisa Martinez of Philippine Deaf Resource Center who talks about the Filipino Sign Language as a medium to be used in TV inset news, Ms. Charie Villa, Regional News Head of ABS-CBN who discusses about duplicating inset interpreting to other regional centers, Ms. Carmen Zubiaga, Executive Director of the National Council on Disability Affairs which informed the group about the government\’s efforts in providing access for all Persons With Disabilities and John Paul Maunes together with Fr. Peter Miles explaining about GVSP and their programs for the deaf in Cebu province.
TV news inset sign language interpreting has been implemented in regional news programs of ABS-CBN in Cebu, Baguio, Puerto Princesa Palawan and Iloilo City.
The activity was a joint project of Australian Aid (AusAID), GVSP, Fully Abled Nation, VSO Bahaginan and The Asia Foundation.