MCCID Participates in Congress Hearing

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The entire MCCID student population trooped to the House of Representatives building to attend the House Committee on Social Services last January 24, 2011 to support the two house bills on telecommunication services for the deaf.

MCCID was part of the government group which includes the National Computer Center, National Telecommunications Commission and the National Council on Disability Affairs.

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The two house bills were discussed in the committee hearings. These are House Bill No. 1681 or “An Act Providing Telecommunications Systems Accessibility to the Hearing-Impaired and Speech-Impaired” authored by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and House Bill No. 2955 or “An Act Providing Hearing-Impaired and Speech-Impaired Persons Access to Telecommunication system” authored by Rep. Marcelino Teodoro.

For his part, MCCID Training Director Jojo Esposa proposed that instead of pushing for this bill, a study must be made to upgrade its content to include the latest technology. He demonstrated to the house the use of 3G technology in video calls. He only requests the congress to require major telecommunication companies to lower the cost of their services.
A Technical Working Group was put up in order to study the enhancement of the said two bills.

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