The Philippines celebrates Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) every second week of November pursuant to Proclamation No. 829, which was signed by President Corazon Aquino in November 1991. This annual celebration aims to increase the public’s awareness on issues involving the deaf and to support them in their endeavors by making sure that education and other services are accessible to them.
Below is a copy of Presidential Proclamation No. 829, which states:
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION No. 829
DECLARING THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 10 – 16 OF EVERY YEAR AS “DEAF AWARENESS WEEK”
WHEREAS, the deaf, a vital segment of our society, can be transformed into a significant force in the efforts for national development; and
WHEREAS, consistent with the foregoing, there is need to focus public awareness on deafness, its prevention and rehabilitation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare NOVEMBER 10 to 16 of every year as “Deafness Awareness Week” under the auspices of the Philippine Institute for the Deaf and the Philippine School for the Deaf and other concerned organizations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 8th day of November, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and ninety one.
(Sgd.) CORAZON C. AQUINO
President of the Philippines
By the President:
(Sgd.) FRANKLIN M. DRILON
The events that will be held during Deaf Awareness Week will be lead by the Philippine Institute for the Deaf and the Philippine School for the Deaf in cooperation with other agencies and organizations. According to the entry on health.wikipilipinas.org, the suggested events may include, but are not limited to, these activities:
- hanging of streamers
- academic competitions
- arts and crafts competitions
- visual and performing arts competitions
- sports competitions with hearing student
- skills training and jobs fair
- tiangge exhibits
- free screening and sign language
- parent symposia on early detection, intervention and education of the deaf
- week long exhibit of education services offered to the deaf
Every year, the annual celebrations focus on certain themes. In 2005, the theme of the Deaf Awareness Week celebration was “Isang Tinig, Isang Pintig,” emphasizing unity and understanding. In 2006, the theme was “Mga Hadlang ay Buwagin… Ang mga Tulay ay Pagtibayin” and in 2007, it focused on “Mga Hadlang Buwagin… Mga Hinaing ay Dinggin.” “Ano DAW? Deaf Ako, Walang Hadlang!” was the theme for the 2008 celebration and “Tinig Ko… Dinggin Mo…” for 2009. In 2010, the theme was “Be a Part… Not Apart.”
In November 2011, the Cebu Association of the Deaf (CAD), Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme (GVSP), Apostolic Movement of the Deaf (AMD), and Deaf Community of Cebu, together with the Cebu City Local Government, launched The National Deaf Awareness Week 2011 with the theme “Educate, Enrich, Empower.”
This year, GVSP in cooperation with the CAD, AMD, The Gualandi Mission for the Deaf (GMD),The Deaf Association of Bohol, and the Dumaguete Effatha Association of the Deaf, will be celebrating DAW from November 12 to November 17, with the theme: “Deaf and Able”.
According to GVSP, “the observance aims to enhance significant public awareness on the prevention, early detection, intervention, rehabilitation and education of the people with Deafness together with the Deaf Advocates.”
The groups will be organizing a series of activities for the entire week of the said celebration. This event will be participated by different schools of the Deaf, Government agencies, partner organizations and colleges and universities.
Below is a copy of the activities scheduled in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week.
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For more information, you can get in touch with GVSP. Check out their Web site (http://gvspvolunteers.org), like their Facebook account (http://www.facebook.com/GVSPphilippines) or follow the Gualandi Volunteers on Twitter (@GVSPvolunteers).