On its third year, PNASLI's National Interpreters Conference is dubbed "Power Up- Empowering and Enhancing the Skills of Sign Language Interpreters." Over 100 interpreters, signers and Deaf came to CSB Auditorium of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines. In addition to the conference, three workshops were also conducted on Expressive Skills, Receptive Skills and Professional Conduct of Interpreters. Mr. Jeffrey Bowden was the keynote speaker as well as workshop facilitator. Joining him as workshop facilitators were Board Members Liza Presnillo, Junjun Sevilla and Rey Lee as well as Deaf facilitators Bernadette Infanta and Angel Laygan.
It was a knowledge and experience-filled workshop and conference as participants went home with smiles in their hearts and the enthusiasm to become better interpreters. They look forward to the next PNASLI workshop or activity. Truly everyone was "powered up" and rearing to go full speed ahead!
About the Keynote Speaker.
On May 19, 2012 about 70 people trooped over to the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines to attend the 2nd National Interpreters’ Conference hosted by the Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI).
The theme of the conference was “Level Up: Taking Professionalization of Sign Language Interpreters in the Philippines to the Next Level” and featured speakers that discussed various topics on how sign language interpreters in the Philippines could better hone their craft. During the conference elections were also held for the new Board of Trustees of the association, its regional representatives, and members of its Deaf Advisory Council.
Starting off that day’s conference were Ms. Etsuko Umemoto from Japan and Ms. Monica Punjabi Verma from India. Both are Asia Representatives of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI). They welcomed the newly formed PNASLI with their messages of encouragement. This was followed by the Keynote Speech delivered by Mr. Lauro Purcil,Jr. , Lead Convenor of the Philippine Coalition on the United Nations Council on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities who is himself blind. “Ka Lauro”, as he is fondly called, made several important points which included the scarcity of interpreters in the Philippines, and how important it was to “develop a standard of interpreting that will result to the equalization of opportunities, non discrimination, accessibility, inclusion and enjoyment of all rights and fundamental freedoms of the Deaf.” But he also pointed out the importance to equally fight for the rights of the interpreters and how this special group of individuals must also be ensured to enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with others.
After Ka Lauro’s keynote speech, came a slew of presenters who gave different perspectives on issues concerning sign language interpreters and how the profession could be brought to greater heights in the Philippines. Davin Searls of Discovering Deaf Worlds discussed his experiences interacting with Deaf Leaders and their Hearing Allies from all over the world. Dr. Rosalinda M. Ricasa, Ph.D. of Gallaudet University, herself a Filipina, and one of the pioneers of Deaf Education in the Philippines, talked about the strategies and linguistic features of interpreting. Dr. Liza Martinez, Ph.D. of the Philippine Deaf Resource Center discussed the difficulties of voice interpretation. Mr. John Xandre Baliza of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies talked about interpreting-related injuries and how interpreters can sign effectively without inflicting harm on themselves and avoiding serious injury. Lastly Mr. Soya Mori of the Development Studies Center of the Institute of Developing Economies tackled the importance of Deaf relay interpreters being included in the sign language interpreting profession.
Board members of PNASLI also presented the PNASLI Vision, Mission, Code of Ethics and the Membership Report.
It was indeed a full day for those who attended and everyone left looking forward to this year’s work of professionalizing sign language interpreting in the Philippines and to the next National Interpreters’ Conference next year.
The Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI) had its GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING last March 31, 2012, Saturday at 5:00 p.m. to at PAIDE office, Angels Institute for Learning at 89 P.Cruz Street, Brgy. San Jose, Mandaluyong City.
The Interpreters' Gathering was held last August 20, 2011 at the
1.GENERAL ASSEMBLY VIDEO Click the link to watch the two-hour video
2. KEYNOTE SPEECH - Click to view the video presentation of "Professionalization of Sign Language Interpreting in the Philippines" by Dr. Liza Martinez. Click this LINK to view the powerpoint presentation.
4. ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SL INTERPRETERS - presentation by Mr. Jun Celada
5. CREATING A VISION/MISSION - Click to view the video lecture by Dr. Liza Martinez, "A National Sign Language Interpreting Organization: A vision for the Philippines."