(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 21 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. π—¦π—¬π—‘π—’π—£π—¦π—œπ—¦: Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) affecting southern Mindanao. Ridge of High Pressure Area extending over the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA). Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, 25 July 2023

Inclusive healthcare through sign language fosters in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY -- In a momentous event celebrating the 45th National Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Week and in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act  No. 11106, also known as the "Filipino Sign Language Act," the Department of Health - Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga conducted a Basic Sign Language Orientation on July 21, 2023, held at Grand Palace Hotel, Butuan City.

A diverse group of 66 participants, including persons with disabilities (PWD) workers from DOH, doctors, nurses, and midwives from across Caraga, were gathered under the Department of Education- Special Education and rural health unit persons with disability focal persons to learn and master fundamental sign language skills. The training equipped them with the necessary tools to enhance communication and interaction with the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

The Basic Sign Language Orientation commenced with a warm welcome from Ma. Dorothy C. Hornido, DOH Caraga PWD coordinator, who highlighted the importance of inclusivity and effective communication in healthcare. Following this, Darrylie B. Molina, a DepEd SpEd Teacher at Mangagoy East Elementary School, Bislig City Division, delivered an enlightening presentation on Filipino Sign Language (FSL).

The highlight of the event was the workshop and return demonstration, during which all 66 participants confidently introduced themselves on stage using Filipino Sign Language. This practical exercise allowed them to put their new found knowledge to immediate use.

To further engage the participants and hone their skills, the program included interactive quizzes, activity drills, and engaging games. These activities made the learning experience enjoyable and also ensured that the participants retained the information effectively.

In his message, Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, the regional director of DOH Caraga, expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, "This year, we take a step further in strengthening our goal of inclusivity by organizing this Basic Sign Language Orientation. We recognize the significance of effective communication in healthcare, and this orientation served as an avenue to bridge any communication gaps and ensured that every individual receives the care and attention they deserve."

Dr. Agnes L. Cullantes, MPM, NCD cluster head/DOH Caraga-medical officer , delivered an inspiring closing remarks. In her speech, Dr. Cullantes expressed her hope that all the participants would apply the valuable lessons they learned during the orientation. She emphasized the importance of appreciating and using the skills acquired, emphasizing that this training allowed them to put the learned sign language into effective practice.

With the successful completion of the Basic Sign Language Orientation, the Department of Health - CHD Caraga, has taken significant strides in promoting inclusivity within the healthcare system. By empowering healthcare professionals and personnel with essential sign language skills, they are better equipped to provide equitable and compassionate care to all individuals, regardless of their hearing ability. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)