In upholding their mandate to protect and promote the rights and dignity of every human being in the Philippines including those with disabilities, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) partnered with MCCID to conduct basic Filipino Sign Language and Deaf Sensitivity Training to the staff of Human Rights Centers Management Office (HRCMO) from June 22-24 at CHR Compound in Diliman, Quezon City.
Director Jojo Esposa Jr., leads the training team together with deaf co-trainor’s Ervin Reyes and Moises Libot. More than twenty participants from four Centers which is composed of 4 centers: Child Rights Center (CRC), Center for Gender Equality & Women’s Human Rights (CGEWHR), Center for Crisis, Conflict & Humanitarian Protection (CCCHP) and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Center (ESCRC) learned conversational Filipino Sign Language and became aware of the needs of those who cannot hear and considers their hidden disability. Ms. Cresta Nina Baraan-Anore, a lone deaf employee of CHR for more than three years also lent her expertise and personal experience by acting as one of the panels in assigning “sign names” to the hearing participants.
The activity was under the activity project of Dr. Renante M. Basas, Director of CHR – HRCMO Human Rights Centers Management Office – CHR while Ms. Rozelle Perucho, ROZELLE S. PERUCHO, Development Management Officer I – ESCRC was the lead coordinator.