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Binay wants mandatory sign language during Senate proceedings

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Senator Nancy Binay wants persons with hearing impairment to be aware of the issues being tackled during public hearings and sessions in the Senate.

Binay on Thursday raised the need for the Senate to have “sign language interpreters” available to assist them.

“The growing presence and involvement of PWDs (persons with disabilities) in matters of national importance is an indication of their resolve to participate in the development of our nation and it is the duty of the Senate to promote their rights by policy or by law,” she said.

“This is why we in the Senate must recognize the rights, privileges, and freedoms of PWDs and provide the assistance they need during our sessions and committee hearings,” she said.

Binay added, “Tulungan po natin silang magawa ito at bigyan natin sila ng oportunidad na makilahok sa pagtalakay sa mga importanteng pagpupulong, lalung-lalo na dito sa Senado.”

She cited the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons which mandated that “PWDs should be able to live freely and as independently as possible… including their participation in discussions on significant social, economic and political issues.”