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Naga’s frontline gov’t personnel undergo sign language training as part of PWD Month celebration

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Frontline office personnel of various government agencies in Naga City underwent a sign language training as part of the celebration of the Person’s With Disability (PWD) Month.

The training was facilitated by the Persons with Disability Affairs Office, together with the Naga City Sign Language Interpreter Federation.

“Celebrating this year’s Person’s With Disability Month, the Persons with Disability Affairs Office, together with the Naga City Sign Language Interpreter Federation, conducted an inclusive sign language training for government agencies,” the city said.

“The training, dubbed as ‘Making It Sign: Inclusive Sign Language Training for Government Frontliner and Personnel’, was attended by city hall frontline office personnel, and other frontline officers from health centers, medical institutions other agencies,” it added.

The city government said that training aims to help make government offices more PWD- friendly, especially for the persons with hearing impairment to be able to communicate properly, by equipping frontline officers and personnel with knowledge on sign language so as to attend effectively and efficiently to the needs of the PWD clients asking for assistance from the government offices.

Topics discussed include the proper response that should be accorded to the PWDs when dealing with their needs.

Philip Mark Olivan, the president of the Naga City Deaf Society, said that the seminar will help government agencies “improve their services in line with gender responsiveness.”