The history of
Isabela School for the
Deaf (ISD) is one of the meticulous
struggles through the years. Hard work and determine
were then the main trust just to educate the
hearing-impaired in the province, form basic through
high school level. An achievement, which is considered
can of its kind ever to be presented and materialized in
this part of the country and truly an outstanding event
in the history of deaf education in the region.
In the years 1993,
from its humble beginning and formal organization, none
other than the ever-philanthropic beloved Governor of
Isabela, Hon. Benjamin G. Dy conceived the program that
conducted a preliminary survey in establishing a school
for the deaf in the Isabela.
Managing the school
was not that easy during its first year of operation
because of its insufficient supply of water and
electricity. The task was quite uneasy due to the fact
that giving orders to the students was a real mess
because majority were unable to communicate property or
what we called International Sign Language, teachers
just followed their usual style or signs at home or
simply called “household Signs” where in the only resort
to be effective in communicating with them is a strong
facial expression and short cut signs using the hands
and pair of eyes.
Since 1993, the organization of
good-heart people in the Provincial Planning and
development office through the recommendation for a
financial assistance of Mr. Bagnos Quebral supported by
Mr. Edmund Guzman Sr. and Mrs. Leonora Mamuri and was
later turned over to Mr. Nestor G. Salvador’s office being the department
head. This department purpose of these people, are to
provide financial help fished-out from the I.R.R.A in
the local level as part of the provincial wide
development, for the operation of school. Several
personnel have been tapped, whereby cooperation was
firmly demanded. In order to keep the school in regular
operation, this program continued through the years as
it gathered momentum to form concrete plans for the
maintenance of a unique learning institution for the
established efforts for the purpose of upgrading school
operations and supervision. What took place after that
was the school brought much closer to the realization of
its goals and objectives. Governor Benjamin G. Dy
offered the building in the Isabela Sports Village, just
a store’s throw to the sports complex to be the formal
training ground for the deaf students. That includes
boys and girls’ dormitories, dinning hall, and two rooms
for teachers and at the same time use as classrooms.
After those struggles, the pursuit for success has
progressed considerably through the years. At present
the school has a total enrollees of 52 from basic to
high school levels compared to 15 students eleven years
The valuable and
generous support being extended by the office of the
governor and the P.P.D.O. family to the school is really
a great help.
department of the school is the most important area for
the formation and development of the life of every
student. It is in this respect where the students will
imbibe the changing power of true education.
Hearing-impaired as they are, they need to know and
experience the life time benefits which education offers
because real education is a continuous process which
actually begins with life of life to be worthwhile,
feelings need to be disciplined, true and worthy motives
are to inspired a profound religious feelings and
convictions must be instilled and pure morality must be
inculcated in them.
school is trying to uplift their almost forgotten
condition in the society and give courage to face
challenge in the future. To open new horizons in order
to disentangle the unforgiving bondage of hopelessness
In conclusion, we
thank God for His bountiful blessings, for the humble
contribution being made by the equally good hearted
figures in the local government, for the spirit of
sharing having been cultivated indelibly among the deaf
and hearing alike and above all, for the incomparable
consideration and concern of our great leader, the Hon.
Benjamin G. Dy for our physically handicapped brothers
and sisters in the silent world, made more meaningful
with the most simple and basic things in life-such as
goodness, kindness, decency, understanding and love.
many deaf children and adults can be benefit through
approximately 8 to 10,000 deaf and hard hearing people
in the region. Around 100 or more of them have benefited
some education through school and other special school
in the region. The remaining 99% or more are most likely
illiterate. Even with the doubling of existing
facilities for deaf education, there would be a huge
number of students who would remain unreserved by the
formal education region wide. Provincial school for the
deaf approaches can begin to narrow the educational gap
and touch the heart of thousands of students including
potential deaf teachers. The I.S.D. approach includes
the promotion of sign language and the training
volunteers and paid interpreters to support their
department of the school is the most important area the
formation and development of the life of every student.
It is in this respect where the students will imbibe the
changing power of true education. Hearing-impaired as
they are, they need to know and experience the life time
benefits which education offers because real education
is a continuous process which actually begin with life
or life to be worthwhile, feeling needs to be
disciplined, true and worthy motives are to inspired a
profound religious feelings and convictions must be
instilled and pure morality must be inculcated in them.
This means that
education should be conscious and a methodical
application of the best mean in the wisdom of the ages
to the end that the youth, handicapped or otherwise, may
know how to live completely with joy and contentment.
Value of hard work and industry is the next important
emphasis of the school. All students are taught and
trained how to work because the school believes that
hard work is the sure foundation of a happy and
prosperous life. It is therefore a must, that each
students has to fulfill a certain duty or responsibility
as his practical education throughout his entire sojourn
as a student. Of course, the core of the whole
curriculum Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art
Education, P.E., English and Christian Values. This is
for both elementary and High School levels.
Most important activity of ISD includes
1. Train community
sign language teachers.
2. Teach family
member how to sign and to adjust to the deaf member in
3. Organize parent
groups and home instruction using an individualized
4. Offer sign
language courses in the community to train interpreters.
5. Provide short
training course for those wishing to engage in deaf
social work and teaching.
6. Work with local
health care professionals to prevent and treat middle
ear infections and other conditions that cause deafness.
7. If sufficient
need exists, conduct teacher’s training seminars.