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Persons with disability (PWDs) are now given equal access to information.

Sen. Grace Poe revealed this after her bill, the “Closed Caption Law,” during the 16th Congress was allowed to lapse into law by Malacanang. The 17th Congress begins July 25.

Poe, chairperson of the Senate public information and mass media committee and principal sponsor of the measure, said ‎the Closed Caption Law is assigned Republic Act No. 10905.The measure requires television franchise holders or station operators and producers to use closed caption methods in their broadcasts or programs has lapsed into law, allowing the hearing-impaired full access to information and opportunities.

The law, entitled “An Act Requiring All Franchise Holders or Operators of Television Stations and Producers of Television Programs to Broadcast or Present Their Programs With Closed Caption Options,” will ‎take effect 15 days after publication.

“One of the objectives of this legislation is to provide our hearing-impaired access to news, entertainment and information in promoting their welfare.‎ Full realization of the goals of the measure is consistent with the Philippine Government’s commitment when it ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008, which states that there should be full accessibility and recognition of the linguistic and cultural identity of persons with disability,” Poe said.

Closed captioning is the method of subtitling TV programs by coding statements as vertical interval data signals that are decoded at the receiver and superimposed at the bottom of the TV screen.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), in consultation with other concerned agencies, shall promulgate the rules and regulations.
Courtesy of Manila Bulletin

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