Passing the Filipino Sign Language Act

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[Description: A woman signs directly to the camera for the whole video. An abstract painting hangs on the wall behind her.]

“Hello, deaf Filipino community! This vlog is about the bill in front of the House of Representatives and the Senate of Philippines. Remember before I shared a flow chart that shows how a law is passed. The Filipino Sign Language Act (House Bill 7503) has passed the third reading in the House of Representatives. The Senate version of the bill (Senate Bill 1455) will have its third reading by the full Senate Plenary. After it passes the third reading in the Senate, the two versions of the bill will be brought together in Conference Committee. When the two versions are reconciled with each other, the bill will be brought to Philippine President Roderigo Duterte for him to sign–so we hope.

“It is important for all of you to know that if President Duterte refuses to sign the bill and instead vetoes it, then we will have to start the process all over again to try to pass the bill. Or, if the bill is reconciled then submitted to [?] for approval. For example if on September 1st, President Duterte becomes too busy and forgets to sign the bill. After three days, it will pass automatically.

“It is very important for all of you to communicate to Senator Chiz Escudero as frequently as possible, be nice and thank him so he feels proud for helping bring the Senate version of the bill to its third reading. We hope it goes well! Thank you all very much again!”

View tweets announcing the third reading of the Filipino Sign Language Act in the House of Representatives

Read a news article on the Filipino Sign Language Act passing the House of Representatives. (This was before the third reading of the bill in the Philippines Senate.)

Read a press release explaining the Filipino Sign Language Act.

Watch a video, or read a Facebook post, announcing that the Filipino Sign Language Act was passed on August 28, 2018!

 

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