Hundreds of sign language interpreters complete certification program

By ANTONIO G. CAÑAVERAL JR.

Date Posted: December 7, 2020

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A total of 287 students for Level 1 and 171 for Level 2 completed the Certification Program for Sign Language Interpreters (CPSLI) this second term of the Academic Year 2019-2020. They received their certificates in a culminating activity that was held in various ecclesiastical districts via livestreaming on November 24, 2020.

The ministers, ministerial workers, and brethren who signed up for and finished the CPSLI course are from the ecclesiastical districts of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Lingayen, Pangasinan; and Albay.

The Church Administration launched the CPSLI of the Center for Languages of the New Era University (NEU), under the auspices of the Christian Society for the Deaf (CSD), to have more Sign Language interpreters to help the Deaf who are joining the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ).

Brother Charmil Castro, from the office of the Christian Family Organizations (CFO), said in his opening remarks, “To all brethren who finished the course and learned sign language interpretation, let us all be part of the Church Administration’s aims and purposes in taking care of our brethren to further strengthen their faith.” Brother Isaias Reyes II, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of NEU, greeted and welcomed all who finished the program. He stated, “Learning sign language is helpful for communication. The program benefits people with hearing loss to know and receive God’s teachings for salvation.”

After the livestreaming, the giving of certificates was facilitated by the district leadership from their respective districts.

Brethren from the Ecclesiastical District of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija gathered at the Local Congregation of San Roque and was led by Brother Bernard Beltran, district CFO overseer.

Meanwhile, in the Ecclesiastical District of Lingayen, Pangasinan, Brother Roselito Carlos, district supervising minister, led the giving of certificates. Juvelle Villafania, level 1 passer from the Local Congregation of Bugallon, said, “I promise that with what I have learned in this program, I will help our deaf brethren to be steadfast in the faith.”

Brethren from the Ecclesiastical District of Albay, gathered at the Local Congregation of Legazpi City. Brother Macleo Ibasco, district supervising minister, led the giving of certificates. ― With reports from INC News Section

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