Yay! First 22500 Visits!

Yehey! Another triumph for me. With only four posts and nine days later, I got my first 22500 visits! This is the shortest and fastest time I was able to reach 2,500 visits. Congratulations to me! hehehe

This month is significant to me because its the time where mainstream Filipino bloggers took notice of my posts, picked them up and made discussions threads about them. The controversial issue was about the discriminatory act made by Cebu Pacific against the ten deaf passengers. It’s with these causes that blogging really becomes a potent force to expose their inhumane acts.

This development boosted my Filipino visitors to 26%, an increase of a per cent. At least, it generates interest from my own countrymen. However, my top visitors remain Americans with 57%. My GeoCounter shows that 39 people from Saudi Arabia visited my site. I wonder why. 🙂

There are already 30 blog posts/web sites linking here. I also have more than 200 comments and pings with 15 responses coming from my first blog post.

After reaching 25,000, I will start congratulating myself after every 5,000 visits. 🙂


Cebu Pacific discriminating deaf passengers stirs attention from Filipino bloggers

Cebu Pacific Logo with Discrimination of Disability
I know that the incident involving Cebu Pacific happened earlier this year. But at least people from outside our community are slowly taking notice of it. After making it my first blog post in April, some notable bloggers picked it up and commented about it. I have so far collected a few and I’m posting them here.

Here is the blog post link made by Filipino Voices entitled “No Hear, No Fly” which so far has more than 36 responses. Filipino Voices Blog was awarded one of the Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs of 2008.

Another Award Winning Blogger Jester-in-Exile posted his though-provoking insights. The issue was also being discussed in Plurk and other social networking

Mr. Kevin Ray Chua, web designer of Mar Roxas for President in 2010 already wrote an email asking Mr. Palengke for his assistance and would also blog about this.

This is shameful” was the intriguing blog title posted by Bny Castro on his The Beanster Blog.

Cebu Bloggers also made a forum thread discussion (Blog Swarm) about this. I have also added this on the All Deaf Forum to find out the international deaf communities’ sentiments.

There was even one commenter saying that he would fully support us should we file a class suit against Cebu Pacific and would even help us in rallying for our cause. I would ask the organizers of Philippine School for the Deaf Centennial Celebration if the 10 deaf persons would want to file a case.

Blogger Rom made an opposing scenario where a deaf person needs a caregiver.

Ms. Katrina Segundo, a deaf-blind person from Dumaguete City personally took the challenge and filed a case against Cebu Pacific last November 17. I will post here the progress of her court case as it unfolds.

In behalf of the Filipino deaf community and the rest of the PWDs in the country, we are truly grateful for the support you guys gave to us. Let us hope that Cebu Pacific or other companies and government agencies that trample the law and basic human rights would think many times before repeating their sins. The Internet is now a powerful avenue for exposing your discriminatory activities. Mabuhay ang mga Pilipinong may K! :-

Are deaf people considered as flight risk?

I received this reponse from a flight attendant codenamed “theskygirl” about my blog entry on Deaf passengers not allowed to board Cebu Pacific Airline.

theskygirl, on August 21st, 2008 at 12:56 am Said:

It goes with the procedures in an airline. As you can see, Cebu Pacific has only Airburs 319’s and 320’s – with three to four cabin crew. It’s with their discretion if they would want to take 10 deaf people on board, not unless they have let’s say 18 cabin crew? It goes with the ratio as what aviation people would say. One cabin equals to fifty passengers I suppose for an Airbus. And think about having emergencies on board. You cannot accommodate 10 deaf people with only 4 cabin crew.

I’m a flight attendant from a different airline. And we have standards when it comes to passenger handling. For example you have four cabin crew on board, usually your airline (again with it’s discretion) would allow 2 deaf people on board. Again, when it comes to aviation, sometimes it would be unfair if we would react negatively. Think, safety.

I am very elated that someone from the airline industry, a flight attendant like Ms. Skygirl would go out of her way to reply. Thank you very much for commenting. You are greatly appeciated. 🙂

Now, for my reaction. I believe this merits a separate blog post and not just a comment-reply. I go back to my earlier explanation about people’s general ignorance and common misconception about deafness and Deaf people.

If airline companies have policy against boarding ten or more deaf passengers because of safety concerns, does it mean that they are considered as flight risks?

Please remember that a Deaf person only has one ability lacking, the ability to hear. He can run, jump and swim just as fast as anybody else because he has complete and functioning extremities. He doesn’t need someone to lead him just like a blind person. He doesn’t need to be pushed and carried into his wheelchair just like an invalid or orthopedically impaired person. He has a complete state of mind and can recognize his surroundings unlike a mentally challenged or autistic. He can listen to instructions with his eyes. Think of Deaf people as people who are from a different nationality and don’t understand English.

For the sake of argument, let’s just say that there is an emergency situation. The stewardess would announce that something is wrong with the airplane. People started to get panicky. Do you think a Deaf person would do his own thing and not copy what other passengers are doing? Certainly not! If the emergency oxygen mask drops from the ceiling, what would you normally do? Would the ten deaf people do it differently? Do they need individual personal instructions from the crew when the “Seatbelt On” red light is flashed on the plane’s ceiling? Remember, they are not blind.

I don’t consider harping about this incident a negative reaction. I consider it as a clear violation of the Deaf’s basic human right to travel.

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Update on Davao exec who discriminated deaf teacher

After posting about the school official in Davao suspended for discriminating against deaf teacher, I tried to Google any new information regarding this infamous personality. Well, I dug up a lot more can of worms from this shrewd official. It seems that this person has done more dishonorable things aside from just discriminating a deaf teacher.

Ms. Florita Masing was permanently discharged as a Special Schools Principal of Davao City Integrated Special School. She, together with Jocelyn Tayactac, an office clerk of the same school were administratively charged before the Ombudsman for Mindanao by the parents of the students for allegedly collecting unauthorized fees and to account public funds.

The Ombudsman in Mindanao rendered a decision finding Masing and Tayactac guilty of gross misconduct and neglect of duty, for violating Republic Act 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The two sought recourse with the Court of Appeals, which reversed the Ombudsman’s decision. The case was eventually elevated to the High Court, which held that respondents Masing and Tayactac were administratively charged for violation of RA 6713, for collecting unauthorized fees, failure to remit authorized fees, failure to account public funds, oppression and serious misconduct.

It also said that the authority of the Ombudsman to conduct administrative investigations “is beyond cavil,” and the exceptions are officials who can be removed only by impeachment. Masing was dismissed from the service, while Tayactac was found guilty of simple neglect of duty and was meted a six-month suspension.

For more about her shameful acts, visit the Manila Times Internet Edition and the Philippine Supreme Court Ruling dated January 2008.

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School exec suspended for discriminating against deaf teacher

As I was looking for books about deaf in our school’s mini-library, I found this old newspaper clipping inserted in one of them. Although this news item came about almost eight years ago, printed in April 6, 2000 at Philippine Star, this issue is as timely as today’s happenings. So I decided to post this as part of my blog as a reminder for our continued struggle against discrimination of any kind. 🙂

Davao City – Ombudsman Aniano Desierto has suspended for six months without pay the principal of a special school for the disabled here, ironically, for discriminating against teachers and students of the institution who have physical disabilities.

Desierto warned Florita Masing, Head of the Davao City Integrated Special School, of a stiffer penalty should she again commit the same offenses.

Investigator Joy Arao found evidence that Masing was guilty of oppression, misconduct and discourtesy.

The Ombudsman acted on the complaint of a teacher who claimed Masing refused to promote her because she was deaf and even maligned her by spreading rumors that she begged the Civil Service Commission for a higher rank.

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