As the year 2009 draws to an end, we feel that we can look back on a very successful and eventful year for Philippine St. Francis of Assisi Deaf Center, Inc. and its members of the board would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your continuing support for the association and sincerely wish all members a happy and prosperous New Year 2010. I am delighted to share the excitement and pride each of the joys in being part of the mission.
During this year 2009 there have been new developments for the Association, including:
· The regular mass celebration for the Deaf is officiated by Fr. Sato OFM every 1st Sunday of the month at St. Joseph church, Quezon City. During the mass, Filipino Sign Language is said and without voice-spoken. Although some hearing people who attend will feel strange to hear and join the mass. Regardless of how it is done, that is usually the Deaf daily life.
· PSFADC Calbayog Community continues to help Deaf enrich spiritual aspect through inviting them join Sunday mass with the interpreter at Poor Clare Monastery in Calbayog City.
· In the beginning of the year, we accommodated the group from Sapporo Diocese of Japan who came for their exposure and guided them to the place of House of Joy, Tala Leprosarium, Poor families living at railroad side.
· PSFADC’s board meeting was held in Manila on January 24 & 25, 2009 for the finalization of the Usufructuary Rights documents and preparation for opening of Deaf High School class in Carayman, Calbayog City.
· As we continue our services for the Deaf, five Deaf assistant teachers and Fr. Sato, OFM could successfully handled teaching from Preparatory level, Elementary (1, 5 & 6) level & Secondary (1st & 3rd year) high school at Bicol. But as they live with other hearing companion, problem occurred by them as they complain to the Deaf attitude…. We decided to be excused from Daet mission by the middle of February 2009 due to some uncontrollable circumstances that cannot be avoided. Furthermore, we still supported the Deaf scholars until the school year 2008 – 2009.
· We extend also our support at Cagayan Valley to the three (3) Deaf elementary scholars who are studying at the private school of St. Luis University-Tuguegarao City. We could find time to visit them and so far they are so good at their attitude and little by little improving on their academic studies.
· To expand and gain more knowledge for the Deaf mission, we enriched in joining the International Conference on Aural Rehabilitation in Asia – Pacific (ICARAP). It was the first annual conference and workshop in the Philippines, which aims to upgrade the competence in assessing the needs of Deaf children along with the psycho-educational area and subsequently utilizing findings as diagnosis for individualized educational planning and implementation.
· The Bureau of Internal Revenue officers did an ocular visit and inspection on several documents in our principal office at La Verna Prayer House regarding the financial statements of this association and help us in the recommendation to give us an exemption of Tax every calendar year as one of the requirements from the government.
· Since our association is open to all Deaf, on the first week of March 2009 we welcomed Japanese Deaf – Mr. Toshihiro Kaji for a week stayed with our Deaf members in order to mingle with other Deaf and shared experiences.
· As part of the Catholic religious activities, Fr. Minseo Park – Korean Deaf priest visited and conducted retreat for the Deaf high school graduating held at Buda Davao (Mindanao) in which the climate is as same as Baguio City on March 9 to 11, 2009. The Deaf participants were happy and very attentive with the lectures and assisted by Angela Patagoc, our Deaf Head and Fr. Sato. In coordination with Fr. Park, we celebrated Eucharistic Mass to end the last day of the Deaf retreat.
· SAID (South-East Asia Institute for the Deaf) under Miriam College in Quezon City invited Fr. Sato, OFM to officiate the Baccalaureate Mass for the graduation of the Deaf high school last March 29, 2009. On the same day, he conducted confession for the Deaf at St. Joseph church. Confession and mass was also rendered to other Deaf group during Lenten Season.
· When summer time comes, we took the opportunities to gather all our members and successfully held our General Assembly in order to wrap-up the association events done and in the coming future activities and projects for us to grow, develop the group as well as to the individuals undertaking where Deaf mission is concern. We also focus discussed and decided in opening of Deaf high school in Carayman, Calbayog City, Western-Samar because of the highly recommended by the school President of Christ the King College. As of this time, we still process several documents and permits to operate such school.
· In enhancing more our intelligence particularly to our Deaf members’ English improvement as well as our Sign Language skills, we provided group study within the Deaf members. In connection with this, we prepared our Deaf members in the person of Angela Patagoc, Josephine dela Pena, Michael Dave Fabila, Kathereen Honrales and Eunice Rosquillo for their higher educational development. Since their English ability is not well enough, Angela, Michael and Josephine assessed themselves that they are not yet ready to take education unit and Kathereen as well accepted that she is not ready to college studies. Only Eunice could enrolle 1st 1st year college and took up Education course at Christ the King College – Calbayog but she couldn’t finish the 1st term of the school and quitted from the organization. Josephine dela Peña started her On the Job Training (OJT) as office secretary and treasurer under the supervision of Fr. Sato, OFM and Adelfa Tio – office accountant.
· Mario Cagomoc who is an ex-seminarian from Calbayog Samar, applied to our group and wished to serve for the Deaf in interpreting. As well as Sangmin Kim – Korean Deaf who is also an ex-seminarian came to join our group for his exposure with the Deaf in the Philippines for a year. At the same time, Sangmin joined the English class with Deaf members and Basic Filipino Sign Language (FSL), likewise to Mario to train the sign language interpreting.
· On May 2009, the standards Unit head of Department of Social Welfare and Development Office Region 8 Tacloban, conducted an ocular visit to PSFADC Calbayog. The purpose of which is to visit all NGO located in the area including our center and also to give additional technical assistance to our Social worker who is now presently working on the completion of the requirements for registration and licensing.
· One of the new development, we expanded and opened Literacy class for the Deaf in Carayman, Calbayog under the supervision of our Vice President – Rizzielle Maghari who is a licensed teacher and we are also sending Angela Patagoc for a mission to handle and started the Literacy class for the Deaf in Sta. Teresita parish with the support of the Franciscan priest Fr. Florencio Mendones Jr. OFM – Sta. Teresita parish priest.
· On the other hand, the organization gives another chance to one of our secretary of the board – Maria Lovella A. Borja to support her continuing education and she also took a review class for licensure examination for teachers in Manila.
· It is our pleasure as a chosen institution to have one Deaf volunteer named– Marvin Prieto from honoured school for the Deaf – De La Salle, College of St. Benilde the opportunity offered his services to our Deaf staff and conducted staff development including leadership training and sign language communication skill. It was a successful workshop activity done within two months every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
· Eventually, we welcomed Fr. Abe Keita, OFM – Japan Province Foreign Mission Secretary visited to PSFADC projects both in Manila and Calbayog. He could celebrate mass also in the main office and a few moments of sharing.
· On August 22, 2009 our Deaf children were invited by SOS Kinderdorf International, a non government organization located in Calbayog for a “CHILDREN’S CAUCUS”. It was a whole day celebration where series of activities were conducted to heighten children’s awareness about their rights. The Deaf children’s participation on the said event was appreciated by many hearing facilitators because on their own simple way, they were able to express themselves during series of sessions. The social worker and 2 Deaf adults assisted them in interpreting.
· For the first time, Fr. Sato reached at Vietnam and Cambodia on late part of August 2009 and met Fr. Minseo Park who comes from Korea in order to extend their services for our Deaf brothers and sisters. They have a good time together with plenty of Deaf people in that place. At the same time in the Philippines, office staffs attended half day Linguist Forum in celebration of the month of language at University of the Philippines entitled; TINIG NG SENYAS: pagbubuklod tungo sa pagpapanday ng isang makabuluhang pambansang patakaran sa senyas. In this event, it was strongly recommended to the government agencies to implement as to what stated in the Magna Carta of Person with Disability (PWD’s). It is important for us on how schools will be able to use FSL in our class.
· The fruit of our efforts come when the official blessing was successfully done in PSFADC Carayman building which was officiated by bishop of Calbayog, Rev. Bp. Fr. Isabelo Abarquez, D.D. on September 12, 2009. Before the proper blessing, he had an intimate sharing and talking with Fr. Sato regarding problems in the past. During the blessing, bishop Abarquez showed a good understanding about the Deaf and was also amazed with Deaf capabilities during our short presentation. Our distinguished guests, the landowner in the presence of Ms. Anita Lazo, Dra. Fulgencio, and Mr. Mavillo Miel and Mrs. Dolores Varona Miel whose mother is Ms. Purita passed away. As they witnessed the important event, Ms. Lazo also shared her inspirational talk. She expressed that she felt honoured and blessed to help deaf people and in addition, she thanked people behind the success of PSFADC mission. The representative of St. Anthony custody of OFM in the Philippines (Custos Fr. Arturo Daquilanea, OFM) in the presence of Fr. Alberto Sekito, OFM gave us his message to our mission. To entertain the visitors, Deaf children shown their talents in dancing and other entertainment. Korean and Japanese friends in Calbayog City were also present during the blessing.
o After the event, 1st SDLC board members meeting was held on the same day and discussed about establishing preparatory and elementary Deaf class that could be accepted. It was suddenly proposed change of plan to prefer open elementary class for the Deaf instead to discuss about establishing Deaf high school class in Carayman. However, to establish Elementary school was our initial plan, when we were not suggested to establish Deaf high school by CKC. Anyway, since the presenter of the agenda did not prepare well, we will continue to discuss about this issue.
o The PSFADC board meeting also was followed and discussed members’ problem.
· Each individual take self-release as a human in good spirit and need to look back the imperfect life that we have at the times of our weaknesses. In this way, the staff as well as the minister enable us the consideration to gather and convene us for a retreat on October 9-21, 2009 at the Easter Village-Kidapawan City. We did grateful moments with Fr. Sukke, a diocesan Japanese priest who gave us the accommodation. After those retreat, we continually advocate our missions to General Santos City on October 17 -18, 2009 and gave orientation seminar on basic sign language with five (5) hearing participants, three (3) participants also for lesson 5 – level 1 and one participant for interpreting level. On the second day, our two Deaf staff rendered seminar entitled “Sexual Awareness” for over thirty Deaf participants held at Notre Damme University. Confession and Eucharist done after the successful seminar.
· International Deaf Day comes! We all participated the event facilitated by the Philippine Federation of the Deaf and celebrated the Eucharistic Mass by Fr. Hozo Sato, OFM on October 25, 2009 for all the Deaf. The theme of the day was talked about the “Human rights!” This event was a successful with the coordination and supports from Japanese Federation of the Deaf.
· During the Deaf Awareness Week celebration in Calbayog City on November 9-13, 2009, Miss Ana Joy, our social worker, closely coordinates to schools for the Deaf in order to help facilitate some activities. Our deaf scholars actively participated all activities as well as their parents during the symposium.
· Recently, this November 16, 2009, Deaf festivals at DLS-CSB come in coordination with the celebration of universal Deaf awareness day. Fr. Sato led the ceremony by opening in Eucharistic Mass celebration for the Deaf with a theme “The Best of 15 Years”.
· Fr. Sato will leave for Japan on November 20, 2009 and will be back to Philippines on January 2010.


フィリピン・アシジの聖フランシスコ・デフ・センターへ            ようこそ!


1. 毎月、第一日曜日は、ケソン市クバオに在る聖ヨゼフ教会の建物内でろう者のためのミサを捧げている。それは手話という言語によるミサであって、一切発声しないミサである。聞こえる人にとっては奇異に思われるかもしれないが、聞こえない人にとっては、日常生活の延長にあることにすぎない。
2. 1月には札幌教区の高校生や青年リーダーたちが上杉神父様と共に当センターを訪問してくださった。彼らは、マザーテレサの会が設立した「ハウス・オブ・ジョイ」、タラにあるフィリピンで一番大きいハンセン病施設や病院、更には、線路わきの貧しい人々の家を訪問し交流を図った。
3. 1月24、25日には当会の理事会がマニラで開催された。主な議題は、カルバヨグ市カライマンの土地(アニタ・ラソさん所有)に関する用益権の最終原稿の検討と同地にろう者のための高等ろう学校開校についてであった。用益権の文章については、数回のやり取りの上、合意に至り、弁護士を介在し、正式な書類を作成した。〈写真〉
4. ろう者への奉仕続ける当会は、昨年の7月以来、5人のろう者と佐藤神父を補助教員としてダエット町に在るカマリネス・ノルテ・ステイト・カレッジへ派遣し、幼稚園レベル、小学校レベル(1、5&6年)、高校レベル(1&3年)を成功裏に教えることが出来た。しかし、ろう者補助教員たちが共に生活していた聞こえる人たちが、ろう者の生活態度に不満を述べ、人間関係が壊れてしまった。私たちは、彼らの差別的行動についてまとめ、学校に提出し、2月の中旬に残念ながらダエットにおける活動から撤退した。金銭的には2008年度の授業が終了するまで当会が授業料を支払った。
6. 同2月、私どものデフ・ミッションについての知識を向上させるために、アジア・パシフィック口話教育訓練に関する国際会議に出席した。それは、フィリピンで行われた最初の会議であり、また研修の場でもあった。目的とするところは、心理学的・教育的な分野に加えて対個人への教案とその実施のために、教師たちがろう児の必要を査定する能力を向上させることである。
7. 同2月、国税局の係官が現地調査のために私どもの事務所を訪れ、当会の会計に関する書類を調べ、毎年払わねばならない税金を免除申請するよう指導してくれた。
8. 当会はすべてのろう者に対して開かれている。3月の初め日本人ろう者、梶さん(男性)が当会のデフと共に1週間滞在し、他のデフとの交流も楽しんだ。
9. 韓国人ろう司祭ミン・ソォ・パク師を招いて、3月9-11日、ダバオ市リサール特殊学校の卒業記念黙想会をバギオと同じくらい涼しいブッダという山の中で開催した。ろう学生たちは、同じ環境にあるろう神父の手話に目を見開いていた。また、当会のアンジェラさんも自分の体験を語り、佐藤神父はイエスの受難手話劇について指導した。最終日には、赦しの秘跡とごミサが執り行われた。〈写真〉
12. 3月から5月まで、アンジェラ、ジョゼフィン、マイケル、キャサリン、ユーニスに対する英語の特訓が毎日行われた。というのは、アンジェラ、ジョゼフィン、マイケルの英語力は、教師になるための教育単位を取得するには、まだ不足だからである。3人は、今年、教員試験の単位及び小学部課程への編入を伸ばすことを決心した。キャサリンも大学入学をもう1年延ばすことを決断し、ユーニスのみがCKCに入ったが、個人的理由で継続することが出来なかった。ジョゼフィンは佐藤神父の秘書として仕事の訓練を受けることになり、また、会計担当のアデルファの下会計帳簿の作成や、領収書の整理で忙しく働き、アンジェラは、サンタ・テレシータ教会でリテラシイ・クラス(読み書きクラス)を引き受けることになった。キャサリンは、英文読解力と英語作文に力を入れることになった。
13. サマール出身で、元神学生のマリオは当会に加わり、手話通訳者としてろう者のために働き始めた。同じく、元神学生バシル・サンミン(韓国人ろう者)が体験学習のために当会の下でリテラシークラスを手伝うことになった。マリオとバシルは共にフィリピン手話の基礎コースを学んだ。
14. 今年の新たな事業としてリテラシークラスがカルバヨグ(リシェル)とサンタ・テレシータ(アンジェラ)で開催されている。〈写真〉
15. また。当会会員マリア・ロベッラ・ボアルハ(マベル)は、教員試験に向けて準備した。
16. ラサール大学聖ビニール校、3学年に所属するマービンの指導のもとに、リーダーシップ訓練やフィリピン手話のセミナーが開催された。(9時間x4週間)当会からは、アンジェラ、ジョゼフィン、キャサリン、マリオ、バシル、エルマー(カルバヨグから)が出席し、マニラ市の成人ろう者も参加した。
17. 7月27日~8月3日の間、フランシスコ会日本管区から阿部慶太師(海外宣教担当)が当会視察のため来比した。セブ・カルバヨグを回り、最後には、マニラで当会のろう者のためにミサを捧げてくれた。〈写真〉
19. 8月26日、マベル、ジョゼフィン、マイケルはフィリピン大学の言語学討論会に出席。内容は障害者に対する障害者憲章の実践を求めるもので、特にろう者にとっては、フィリピン手話の教育とメディアへの導入が必要である。
21. 9月の後半の2週間、東京から矢嶋哲さんが訪問、積極的にろう者と交流した。また、サンタ・テレシータのリテラシークラスの見学、カルバヨグ・デフ・センター訪問の後、マニラに戻ったが、台風オンドイに遭遇、10時間足止め。
22. 祝別式後、サマール・デフ・ライフ・センター旗揚げの理事会が開催されたが、準備が十分でなく、まとまりのない会議になってしまった。理事会が出してきた、高校開設ではなく、小学部から始めようという改案については、将来を考えるとその方がはるかに教育的効果が上がるので了承することにした。
23. 同日、PSFADC理事会も開催した。前回の会議の議事録点検の後、会員の個人的な問題について討議し、決定した。
24. 10月9―21日までキダパーワン市のイースター・ビレッジ(佑川神父担当)にお世話になりながら、当会の黙想会、17-18日のジェネラルサントス市ノートルダム・カレッジにおける手話講習会(12名名参加)、ろう青年の赦しの秘跡・ミサの黙想会(35名参加)を開催した。また、最後には、会員同士の腹を割った分かち合いをし、今後についての決意を確認した。
25. 10月25日には、インターナショナル・デフ・ディに招かれ、ろう者と共にキリノ高校でごミサをささげた。またこの行事は、森壮也氏とその友人たち、すなわち日本のろう者たちの支援を受けて開催された。
26. 11月16日には、ラサール大学聖ビニール校で開催された第15回デフ・フェスティバルに招かれ、同校でごミサをささげた。
27. 佐藤神父は、11月20日,日本に帰国。
28. 11月23日東京喜多見教会でカトリック東京教区聴覚障害者の会の集まりで話す。