#SaveOurFilipinoSignLanguage Lobby for FSL Senate Bills and support to make it a Law!
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Language is particularly important to linguistic minority communities seeking to maintain their distinct group and cultural identity, sometimes under conditions of marginalization, exclusion and discrimination. - Rita Izsák, UN Independent Expert on minority issues
Filipino Sign Language (or FSL) is the indigenous natural sign language of the Filipino Deaf community. It is distinct from spoken or written Filipino, because FSL has its own linguistic features and grammar as evidenced by research of the Philippine Deaf Resource Center (PDRC) and Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD).
The Philippine House of Representatives has already approved the Filipino Sign Language House Bill 2094 in the third reading and it is now the Senate's turn to do so.
Unfortunately, because of the several erroneous points and uninformed views provided by the National Council on Disability Affairs representative to the Senate Committee, this Senate Bill is at risk of being archived, and the Filipino Sign Language go into extinction.
The Filipino Sign Language Law will seek to declare FSL as the national sign language of the Filipino Deaf and the official language to be used in all government transactions. It will recognize FSL's crucial role in the preservation of the Filipino Deaf culture and heritage, and will mandate the use of this natural language in schools, media, and the workplace (as opposed to other modes of sign language considered as 'artificial' or unnatural to the Filipino Deaf).
According to the report of the World Federation of the Deaf, there are 41 countries that have already legally recognized their own country sign languages.
We want the Philippines to be the 42nd.
But more than a statistics figure, the Filipino Deaf people and their allies support and recognize the importance of having this bill be enacted into a law because this is their basic human right that should be given back to them. Filipino Sign Language should be preserved and protected, and having a law to back it up will ensure just that.
This is a call for the Filipino Deaf community, its allies, and all who believe in the importance of having their own language be recognized to support and lobby for the passage of these Senate bills.
If you are one with us in this cause, please sign our petition.
#SaveOurFilipinoSignLanguage #PassFSLSenateBillNow #SupportFSLSenateBills #WhyIsignFSL #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs
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