Personnel of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and the extension office of the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) with some Community Organizers took the initiative to undergo classes in sign language.
This is for them to serve their clients better especially the hearing-impaired and those who have difficulty in expressing themselves verbally.
This decision was arrived at during the celebration of the Persons with Disability Day at the Ayala Center Cebu early in the month of July. In the activity, these personnel came in contact with many hearing-impaired and verbally-challenged persons in the crowd.
Liza Aldred of the Volunteer Services Overseas – Bahaginan, a non-government organization (NGO) based in the United Kingdom, conducts the classes for free as part of the NGO’s outreach program. In the Philippines, the NGO holds office in Manila.
Classes started last July 7 and are divided into four sessions that last for two hours per session. After the second session, the participants can already express the alphabet, numbers and some basic greetings with the use of their hands.