San Juan, La Union – Some 13 Division Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Coordinators were benefited in the Training-Workshop on Basic Sign Language that was conducted at Villas Buenavista this municipality on January 15-17, 2020. 

The training was in support to the Republic Act 10821 otherwise known as the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act of 2016 that provides the policy of the State to protect the fundamental rights of children before, during, and after disasters and other emergency situations as well as when children’s are gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances that affect their survival and normal development.

The participants learned the significance of sign languages as extremely important communication tool for persons with disabilities and children with special needs in times of emergency and disasters.

The activity provided the participants the knowledge, skills, and DRRM and emergency terms in sign languages. They were also taught on how to become a sign language education advocate.

The training team was composed of teachers from the City of San Fernando Special Education Master Teacher II Brenda E. Padilla, Special Education Teacher I (SPET I) Anabelle E. Mendoza, and SPET III Rosebeth R. Gabay.

By Jose Ritchie B. Perez, PDOII – ESSD