ASP Supports Rally of the Deaf
Article 30 Section 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) states “Persons with Disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign language and deaf culture”.
As a member of the Philippine Coalition on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ASP supports the advocacy of the Deaf for the passage of House Bill No. 6079 (*An Act Declaring Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language of the Filipino Deaf and the Official Language of Government in All Transactions Involving the Deaf, and Mandating Its Use in Schools, Broadcast Media, and Workplaces*) filed by Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio.
ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon and Abner Manlapaz of Life Haven joined the rally last November 4 participated by more than 200 deaf persons and supporters coming from as far as La Trinidad to push for the immediate passage of the said bill.
The group assembled at PhilCOA Jollibbee vicinity then walked towards the office of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Commonwealth Avenue to meet with the representative of the commission. Dr. Renan Basas, the Focal Person for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Ms. Karen Dumpit assured the group of the support of the commission.
After the meeting at the CHR, the group marched to the House of Representatives to express their sentiments and give support to their representatives who will join the Technical Working Group (TWG) to further study the bill and push for its enactment at the lower house.
The rally was spearheaded by the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) with the support of the Philippine Deaf Resource Center, PWD organizations and other groups that promotes human rights.
ASP supports and promotes the rights and welfare of all people with disabilities