October 3, 2016
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dela Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) for the hiring of deaf and mute persons to man the monitors of the CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras installed along several major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the project, one of the initiatives of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic, is anchored on studies which show that persons with hearing disability have heightened or more akin to details using their sense of sight.
“There are studies which indicate that when a person loses one of the bodily senses, the other senses are more sensitive or heightened. Their visual acuity is sharper,” he said.
Orbos said the agency wants to engage persons with hearing impairment to show their worth in the workforce as well as to complement the current personnel at the Metrobase, the agency’s monitoring center.
“They will undergo training. We might employ a flagging system for them to alert Metrobase team leaders if they see something on cam that needs immediate attention on the ground,” Orbos pointed out.
He said these deaf and mute persons would also be valuable in monitoring traffic incidents on the road or traffic violations committed by motorists.
DLS-CSB, an educational institution that runs the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies shall provide MMDA the agreed number of qualified graduates for employment. They shall assist the agency in the orientation and integration of the deaf. Further, DLS-CSB shall assign a project coordinator who will conduct monitoring and provide feedback on the effectiveness of the project.
The MOU shall be effective for a period of one year.