Studies have indicated that once a person experiences hearing loss, other senses are heightened, including vision.

It is this extra sensitivity to visual cues that has the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) hiring deaf and mute persons to bolster its staff at the agency’s monitoring center, Metrobase.

“There are studies which indicate that when a person loses one of the bodily senses, the other senses are more sensitive or heightened. Their visual acuity is sharper,” said MMDA General Manager and concurrent Officer in Charge Tim Orbos.

MMDA x DLSU-CSB memorandum signing

The MMDA and the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLSU-CSB) School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies have signed a one-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to hire hearing-impaired individuals who will be assigned to monitor the CCTV cameras that take surveillance videos of major roads in Metro Manila.

These individuals will be on the lookout for various vehicles committing traffic violations based on the rules and regulations set by the MMDA and different local government units.

“They will undergo training. We might employ a flagging system for them to alert Metrobase team leaders if they see something on cam that needs immediate attention on the ground,” added Orbos.

DLSU-CSB’s School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies will be responsible for providing the MMDA qualified graduates for the program while also assisting in their orientation and integration in the agency.