Showing posts from June, 2012

Respect for Deaf’s rights in K to 12

“DepEd made the least provisions for Deaf learners in K to 12,” ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio laments.  “In its haste to implement K to 12, DepEd is pushing the Deaf more into the margins.”
On paper at least, DepEd now implements mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTBMLE), which directs teachers to use the student’s first or home language (L1) as the medium of instruction (MOI) from Kinder to Grade 3.  The guidelines for the implementation of MTBMLE (DepEd Order 16, series of 2012) lists Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, and nine other major languages teachers should use in the various subjects.
However, neither of these 12 languages, all oral and written, applies to education of Deaf persons, whose L1 is visual—sign language.  It was also revealed in consultations with the Filipino Deaf community that DepEd started implementing MTBMLE in K to 12 without due regard to them.
Last summer, DepEd issued teachers a curriculum guide for the language arts which se…

Building chairs, building lives

Did you ever wonder who made the school chairs that give students comfort while in school?

They are the members of the Association of Differently-abled Persons in Iloilo Multi-Purpose Cooperative. “It is mandated and through the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities that .5 percent of the Department of Education’s needs, like the school furniture and chairs, must be catered by the PWD sector. That’s more or less one percent of the national budget,” according to Louie Arches Posa, manager of the cooperative.

The DepEd contract states that they should finish the chairs within 150 days.
Jeremias Balleza, 34, for one, feels lucky to have been given this chance. “Working at the cooperative has helped me and my family. I am married with one child. Because of my work, we now have a home. The training given to us also helped. I learned electronics and carpentry,” he said.

Balleza and his fellow workers now number 35, who also cater to the school chairs of the Uygongco Foundation, Inc. and fur…