The training aims to equip health workers with the tools to communicate with patients who have hearing impairment

MANILA, Philippines – In a nod to the Filipino Sign Language Law, the Department of Health (DOH) in Calabarzon hosted the first FSL training for health workers in the region in San Mateo, Rizal.

A total of 60 medical doctors, nurses, health promotion officers, barangay health workers, and media personnel from all over Calabarzon attended the training held from July 3 to 5.

“Basic FSL must be introduced and become an integral part of our health care system for the benefit of those who have difficulty hearing or speaking,” said DOH-Calabarzon regional director Eduardo Janairo.

Health workers, including primary care providers such as barangay health workers, must have the basic skills in communicating and understanding the needs and concerns of these patients in order to provide them the proper treatment and care,” he added.

Republic Act RA 11106 or the Filipino Sign Language Act was, signed on October 30, 2018. It recognizes FSL as the official sign language to be used by government, schools, and media when communicating with the deaf in the Philippines.