The Philippine National School for the Blind (PNSB) is a government learning institution that caters educational services to learners with visual impairment who are of school age. It is a special school of the residential type as its students reside in a dormitory inside the school campus while attending to their schooling during school days. PNSB used to be a component unit of the then School for the Deaf and the Blind which was established in 1907 by Miss Delight Rice, an American Thomasite, which was also the very same year that formally marked the beginning of the special education program in the Philippines.
Considering, however, the distinct differences in educating the deaf and the blind students especially in terms of instructions, communication modalities and specialized learning needs, efforts got underway toward the inevitable separation of the special education program of the blind from that of the hearing impaired. PNSB came into existence and became a fully independent school on July 10, 1970 by virtue of the passage of R.A. 3562 entitled “AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE EDUCATION OF THE BLIND IN THE PHILIPPINES.”
As the country’s pioneer and leading exponent in the education of visually impaired Filipino children, it serves as a Pilot Educational Resource and Service Development Center for the ultimate integration of the visually limited into the mainstream of the social spectrum. It is charged with the task of catering to the educational needs of the blind as an integral part of general education with specific role of taking active participation in the nation building through the transformation of the blind youths into productive citizens of the country despite their unique deviation from the so-called average.
PNSB takes pride and honor in being the sole government Residential School for learners with visual impairment in the entire Philippine archipelago. Currently, there are 85 learners benefiting from the educational program and services being offered by this school.