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Cebu City, 6000, Philippines
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First High School for the Hearing Impaired





First High School for the Hearing Impaired




What Are We Doing?

The First High School for the Hearing Impaired (FHSHI) was founded in 1982. There are currently 42 students at the FHSHI from grade 7 to 11. The schools works towards the vision: “We dream of Filipinos who passionately love their country and whose competencies and values enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation.”

The FHSHI serves as the headquarters of PADS, and PADS is committed to helping the school grow and achieve its vision by nurturing the education of the Hearing Impaired in Cebu.



The Problem



The FHSHI has been in existence for over 30 years and has produced many successful graduates. A number of them are in the world of work, while other graduates pursue their post secondary education in different schools and colleges. In order to continue delivering high quality education, the FHSHI needs to address the following issues:

  • Lack of funding
  • Lack of resources
  • Accessibility for students
  • Post graduation options for students.


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What We Want



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We want the FHSHI to continue its work long into the future. The provision of education to PWD is at the heart of PADS, and we are proud to support such an institution.



What We Do



PADS and the FHSHI work in a collaborative partnership, which aims to support the activities of both groups. The FHSHI is a significant institution for PADS, as many of our Deaf volunteers went to school there. PADS supports the FHSHI in a number of ways, including:

  • The development of an Internship Program in conjunction with Shangri-La Mactan. The aim of the Internship Program is to equip students with the necessary skills and competencies required to become part of the team at Shangri-La Mactan
  • Provision of local and international volunteer teachers. Volunteer roles can last from anywhere between a month to a year
  • Organizing fund raising activities to support the purchase of equipment and resources
  • Facilitating sport clinics and Physical Education classes for the students
  • Educational excursions for the students.


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Our Testimonials

  • "I volunteer with PADS for over a year and has much exposure to the Deaf community. I learned their culture and their language. I am lucky to have had this experience."

    Asmin Monib
    Asmin Monib
  • "The Break the Silence Project has made me feel motivated and really enhanced my skills. It has given me an opportunity to meet new friends who share the same passion."

    Suzette Lu
    Suzette Lu
  • "It was my teacher who originally encouraged me to learn Sign Language. Now, I am happy to continue learning and developing my interpreting skills."

    Melissa Raye de los Reyes
    Melissa Raye de los Reyes
  • "As I learnt Sign Language, I also discovered a lot of things about the Deaf community and that made me realize how I love to be with the Deaf as well as understanding their culture."

    Razel Ann Calderon
    Razel Ann Calderon
  • "After attending the Break the Silence Project, I am hopeful for the future and happy to see such like-minded people learning Filipino Sign Language."

    Bon Jovi
    Bon Jovi
  • "After attending the Break the Silence Project, my skills have improved and I have a much deeper understanding of Deaf interpreting."

    Edgar Vinluian
    Edgar Vinluian
  • "After volunteering during Typhoon Yolanda, I realized that the PWD community is the more vulnerable sector and that they need to have more integration with society at large."

    Gabrile Anthony Labra
    Gabrile Anthony Labra
  • "I want to make a difference for the People with Disability community. The discrimination I see makes me cringe. I will strive to improve my Sign Language skills to help create an inclusive society."

    Resiel Recio
    Resiel Recio
  • "As a teacher, I want to spread the rights of my students who live with a disability, to enable them to contribute something valuable in society."

    Laarni Sumagang
    Laarni Sumagang
  • "The Break the Silence Project has enhanced my ability to use Filipino Sign Language, and allowed me to understand my next steps in this space."

    Gladice Dublin
    Gladice Dublin
  • "My experience volunteering with PADS opened my eyes and heart to the Deaf world and as I went into the community. I learned about the challenges they are facing including lack of accessible social services."

    Francis Librando
    Francis Librando
  • "My niece is Deaf, and it is important to be able to communicate with her. I also want to help as many people as I can through my advocacy and my work."

    Melody Jane Wahing
    Melody Jane Wahing


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