Thursday, February 24, 2011

Deaf Human Rights and Legal Access Videoconference Training

Knowledge for Development Center

Philippine Deaf Resource Center

St. Paul University Philippines

Philippine Deaf Resource Center (PDRC) in partnership with St. Paul University Philippines - Knowledge for Development Center (SPUP-KDC) conducted a Deaf Human Rights and Legal Access Training (DHRLA) on February 21-23, 2011 in SPUP-KDC, Tuguegarao City. This is part of the project “Strategies for attaining legal access and safeguarding human rights of the deaf in the Philippines” funded by Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), in partnership with Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD) and its affiliate member organizations, Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services, Inc. (IDEALS), and World Bank - KDCs.

The three-day videoconference attended by the deaf community (teachers, volunteers, students), local government units (city and provincial social workers), academe (law and social work educators), non-government organizations (social workers, psychologists, volunteers) and law enforcer (officer of Women and Children’s Desk) aimed to increase awareness and provide training regarding human rights of the deaf among deaf and hearing advocates in the locality. The training consists of two parts: the pre-videoconferences wherein the modules and assignments were sent to each participant and videoconference sessions where the participants are gathered in the SPUP-KDC connected via videoconference with project legal consultants of PDRC transmitting from the World Bank- KDC in Ortigas, Pasig City.

As part of the action plan, the participants of the training created a Paralegals and Advocates committee. Mr. Panfilo Marantan, a member of the board of governors of Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc. (KAMPI) was chosen as the Chairperson. Mrs. Marge Obonan, a social worker of the Breaking Barriers for Young Adults with Disabilities and Mrs. Herminia Danao, a social worker and a faculty of SPUP were selected as Vice-Chair and secretary respectively. The committee plans and intends to organize similar DHRLA training to the other groups in Tuguegarao City.

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