Taguig hires deaf, mute individuals

To demonstrate equal employment opportunity for all Taguigenos, the city government of Taguig hired 14 deaf-mute individuals as office personnel for its citywide survey system.

The deaf-mute Taguigenos are assigned in the Taguig City Integrated Survey System (TCISS), a department that conducts house-to-house surveys regarding the basic social services needed by its constituents.

Through the TCISS, the city government  is able to properly allocate its resources such as maintenance medicines for asthma,  diabetes and high blood pressure, among others.

The 14 new survey encoders are tasked to input to the computer the data gathered by the field survey personnel.

Mayor Lani Cayetano said the city’s effort to provide equal work opportunity roots in its belief that all people should be treated similarly, unhampered by any hindrances.

"We are not leaving anyone behind. As the city of Taguig progresses, we want to give equal employment opportunities for all our constituents who are looking for a job and are willing to be trained even if they are physically challenged," Mayor Lani maintained.

Last May 2015, the local government jumpstarted the training for the deaf and mute TCISS encoders as part of the widened employment opportunity in the city.

The trainees were identified from the previous surveys conducted by the TCISS for physically impaired constituents that wanted to be trained and employed.

They were trained in data processing and encoding work. They were assisted by professionals from the  Philippine Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

"As the first local government unit to initiate the citywide survey program, we are happy about the continuing positive results in public service. We are now making plans to widen the scope of this program," the local chief executive added.

The 14 newly hired deaf and mute encoders receives the same compensation just like any other member of the TCISS.

For better and more efficient work production and relationship, the city government also trained serving TCISS enumerators in Sign Language.

"Our newly hired encoders are very manageable and work efficient, they also work well harmoniously with other TCISS encoders," said Alfred Anchado of the TCISS.

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