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The Philippine Federation of the Deaf, Inc. (PFD) is a non-stock. non-profit national federation of Deaf organization in the Philippines. A member of the World Federation of the Deaf, PFD's existence was legitimized upon its registration with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 26, 1997.

PFD was founded on October 19,1996 in a meeting held at the Philippine School for the Deaf where 17 leaders of different Deaf organizations nationwide participated. It was formally established during its 1st General Assembly held at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City on May 19, 1997. Members of the assembly, composed of 100 Deaf leaders and Deaf representatives from 15 regions of the country elected its 11 Executive Board composed of Deaf persons for a term of two years from 1997-1999

PFD's vision list, among other things, empowerment of Deaf people to make them become independent, united, equal and productive members of society; to represent the Deaf groups in national and international meetings/forum; and legislative bodies. PFD likewise aims to provide training to its grass-roots self-help Deaf member-organizations specifically on organizational management, community organization, advocacy techniques, leadership training, values formation and other skills necessary for their development.

PFD's activities include close monitoring with government/non-government agencies on the implementation of their basic rights and equalization of opportunities especially on employment to ensure that they are given just and equitable treatment.

Since its inception, PFD has 24 recognized deaf member-organizations within Metro Manila and provinces and expects to increase in number once the requirements for membership have been complied with by other Deaf groups requesting to affiliate with PFD.







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