House approves bill on sign language

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MANILA, Philippines—Persons with hearing disabilities may soon get a better TV viewing experience.

The House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a measure seeking subtitles and sign-language insets for local newscasts.

Should it become a law, the bill would make TV programs more accessible to people with hearing disabilities, said Representative Teddy Casiño, one of the authors.

“State affirms and mandates the rehabilitation, self-development and integration of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) into mainstream society through Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities,” he said in a news release.

“Through the said law, television stations are encouraged to use subtitles or sign-language interpreters in their newscast programs.”

Under the bill, “all free-to-air television stations will be required to provide Filipino sign language insets, and if possible, closed caption or subtitles in at least two newscast programs a day and special programs covering events of national significance.”

“The measure will also grant the free-to-air television stations the option to provide for Filipino sign language insets in other programs such as those pertaining to cultural affairs, livelihood and those catering to children,” according to the news release.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raphy-Domingo/588135986 Raphy Domingo

    Yahoo!! I hope the Senate would also support and approve the bill… I cannot wait to see the TV programs with both FSL insets and closed caption. I did not get a chance to watch TV 5 with FSL insets because of my work schedule. I really enjoyed watch TV news, movies, dramas, reality and entertainment with sign language insets and closed caption in the US and UK. So I want to make it happen here in the Philippines. 

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