The measure requiring the use of Filipino sign language insets for local news programs took one step closer to passage into law this week after the House of Representatives approved it on second reading.
The said measure, numbered House Bill 1214 and authored by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez and Maximo Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro and Abante Mindanao party-list, respectively, requires television stations to provide Filipino sign language insets and where possible, closed captions or subtitles in at least two newscast programs a day and special programs covering events of national significance.
Likewise, House Bill 1214 provides that televisions stations on free television may opt to provide for Filipino sign language insets in other programs such as those pertaining to cultural affairs, livelihood and those catering to children.
“With the advances of information technology and the relevance of television programs, motion pictures and other audio-visual presentation as tools of learning, there is a need to enable persons with hearing impairments to take advantage of such technology and enjoy audio-visual presentations with their seemingly unbounded innovation,” the Rodriguez brothers said in their explanatory note.
The Rodriguez brothers’s proposal amends Section 22 of the Republic Act. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities. LLANESCA T. PANTI