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October 6, 2017

In every month of September, this observed International Day of the Deaf 2017 celebration with theme "Full Inclusion with Sign Language". This said event aims to enable a Barrier – Free Sign Language Environment to enjoy equality of opportunity and full participation of Deaf Filipino in all areas of Society.


On behalf of DEAF, Inc. we’re appreciated to thank Ms. Carol Dagani, Deaf president of the Philippines Federation of the Deaf (PFD) and Mr. Raymond Manding, president of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf – Youth Section (PFD-YS) for inspirational message, also support to the said above event.

This held in the ASRC Reference Librarian Silliman University on Saturday, last September 30, 2017 at 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, also contributed with our Deaf presenters.

    1. Marie Jan Salvoro joined attendance in said seminar of the Filipino Sign Language Bible, Philippine Deaf Sign Language Association (PDSLA) for 3 days.

    2. Christopher Amomonapon, Deaf Alumni from Cebu participated in the 18th Duskin Leadership Team in Japan about 10 months. He has also some experienced to share about Japanese Sign Language (JSL) and culture Deaf people in Japan.

    3. Rommel Lo is the winner proposal contest for the chance to present his work before the A2R Leadership Group.

July 20, 2017

We have the pleasure to announce that Mr. Rommel Lo have received the winner of the MIT Climate Colab contest on “Anticipating Climate Hazards” hosted by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and the UN Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R). He would be an opportunity to meet with the UN Climate Resilience Initiative’s Leadership Group - some of the world’s leading experts on climate resilience.

Mr. Lo was one of 5 finalists selected as the Judges’ Choice Winner, a proposal focused on helping a particularly vulnerable community–the deaf community– in preparing for and responding to climate hazards. From among these, the public at large also voted on 5 finalist favorite proposals, issue-expert Judges evaluated the proposals and selected 19 Semi-Finalists, and the 95 proposal submissions entered to the contest.

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June 2, 2017

Language is particularly important to linguistic minority communities seeking to maintain their distinct group and cultural identity, sometimes under conditions of marginalization, exclusion and discrimination. - Rita Izsák, UN Independent Expert on minority issues

Filipino Sign Language (or FSL) is the indigenous natural sign language of the Filipino Deaf community. It is distinct from spoken or written Filipino, because FSL has its own linguistic features and grammar as evidenced by research of the Philippine Deaf Resource Center (PDRC) and Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD).

The Philippine House of Representatives has already approved the Filipino Sign Language House Bill 2094 in the third reading and it is now the Senate's turn to do so.

Unfortunately, because of the several erroneous points and uninformed views provided by the National Council on Disability Affairs representative to the Senate Committee, this Senate Bill is at risk of being archived, and the Filipino Sign Language go into extinction.

The Filipino Sign Language Law will seek to declare FSL as the national sign language of the Filipino Deaf and the official language to be used in all government transactions. It will recognize FSL's crucial role in the preservation of the Filipino Deaf culture and heritage, and will mandate the use of this natural language in schools, media, and the workplace (as opposed to other modes of sign language considered as 'artificial' or unnatural to the Filipino Deaf).

According to the report of the World Federation of the Deaf, there are 41 countries that have already legally recognized their own country sign languages.

We want the Philippines to be the 42nd.

But more than a statistics figure, the Filipino Deaf people and their allies support and recognize the importance of having this bill be enacted into a law because this is their basic human right that should be given back to them. Filipino Sign Language should be preserved and protected, and having a law to back it up will ensure just that.

This is a call for the Filipino Deaf community, its allies, and all who believe in the importance of having their own language be recognized to support and lobby for the passage of these Senate bills.

If you are one with us in this cause, please sign our petition.

To read the Senate bills in its entirety, please click Senate bills No. 390, 966, 1455

#SaveOurFilipinoSignLanguage #PassFSLSenateBillNow #SupportFSLSenateBills #WhyIsignFSL #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

May 31, 2017

Deaf Filipino can start enjoying their value added tax (VAT) exemption privilege. The new benefit is on top of the 20% discount PWDs are already entitled to under the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons. Since the passage of Republic Act (RA) 10754, An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons With Disability (PWDs), it is only now that disabled members of society will be fully enjoying the benefits granted by this law.

Sales discount for qualified PWDs

Similar to our senior citizens, qualified PWDs shall be entitled to a 20% discount on purchases of goods and services from the following establishments:

    a. hotels and similar lodging establishments, restaurants and recreation centers

    b. theaters, cinema houses, concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement

    c. medicines in all drugstores

    d. medical and dental services, including diagnostic and laboratory fees, and professional fees of attending doctors in all private hospitals and medical facilities (in accordance with the rules and regulations to be issued by DoH in coordination with PhilHealth

    e. domestic air and sea travel

    f. land transportation

    g. funeral and burial services for the death of the PWD

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April 27, 2017

We would like to invite you to participate in the Deaf Youth Camp on May 20 - 21, 2017 at Mama Mary’s Garden, Camanjac, Dumaguete City. The activities will start at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon on May 20 and ends at 10:00 am on May 21. Our goal is to encourage more Deaf youth to become future leaders and advocates through our activities. The participants are Deaf youth individuals from Negros Oriental. There will be a registration fee of Php 100 for the rental of the venue.

For questions and inquiries, please contact Noel Canlas on Facebook Messenger or thru text: 09173352044 or Clea Mae Palahang, 09276801741.

April 2, 2017

MARCH 31, 2017

On March 31 2002, the first Deaf organization in Negros Oriental was established through the initiative of Rev. Fr. Raul Gabo Ragay.

From March 27 to 30 of that year, a group of Deaf young adults from Dumaguete and neighboring towns went through their first ever Holy Week Retreat, held at Goretti Gardens in Bacong, Negros Oriental. The 5-day activity was facilitated by Retreat Master Br. Dennis Libarnes of the Gualandi Mission for the Deaf, along with Deaf leaders from Cebu City.

On the last night of the retreat, the group decided on a name to call their organization, followed by the election of the first set of officers. On March 31, the newly-elected officers took their oath and were inducted into office.

To our founders, Fr. Raul and Br. Dennis, we are forever grateful to you for building this community for us. You are the living proof of the Effata spirit, opening us into the greater Deaf community where we now belong and continue to grow.

To our volunteers, interpreters and advocates, thank you for journeying with us and we hope that you will continue to support us and promote Deaf awareness and Deaf rights.

Most importantly, to all officers (past and present) and members of the Dumaguete Effata Association of the Deaf, thank you for all your hard work for our Deaf community, this our Deaf family! Congratulations to all of us and may continue to move forward as a united Deaf people.

MARCH 28, 2017

“Happy anniversary my Deaf loves! I wish I was there to celebrate another milestone but I hope this video will compensate for my absence.” Ms. John R. Lumapay, Volunteer - DEAF, Inc. Thanks to Rafa Domingo and friends from Philippine Federation of the Deaf for sending their messages.

Congratulations and thank you so much for 15 years of hard work, for building this community up, and for reaching out to many people to become part of this circle.

Ms. Lumpapay “I know I haven't been around for awhile but I hold you all dearly close to my heart including my co- volunteers who continue to inspire me with their commitment and love. I really really miss you all and I wish DEAF, Inc nothing but the best. Cheers to more success my loves!”

MARCH 09, 2017

It is our great pleasure to inform you that DEAF, Inc. 15th Anniversary celebration will be held at the Sidlakang Negros Conference Hall, Piapi, Dumaguete City, on Saturday 25th of March 2017 with this year’s theme: “Empowering Deaf Youth for a Stronger and Successful Organization”.

The said activity, will be an annual gathering of all Deaf in Negros Oriental that is open to the public. It's rooted in the Deaf effata organizations such as Sibulan, Tanjay, Bais, Guihulngan, and Bayawan. It will start at 8 am to 12 noon, please come before 8 o'clock for the registration.

As part of our celebration, we bring back STOP, LOOK & LISTEN: A Primer on Deaf Culture and Basic Filipino Sign Language. We invite our Hearing friends to join us as we share to you our unique culture & language through this mini seminar-workshop on 25 March 2017, 1:00-4:00 PM, for inquiries and reservations, text 0927 207 6462.

Registration Fee is Php 50.00 per participants, it will help cover the expenses of the said activity. Please feel free to ask or message us at this no. 0915 557 4329 for deaf participants.