Psychological Association of the Philippines

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Notice on Membership Renewal

Dear PAP Colleagues,

For all PAP members who have recently become Registered Psychologists (RP)/ Psychometricians (RPm), please update your records with PAP secretariat by sending your current registration at PRC with your full name and indicate if you are Registered Psychologist (RP) and/or Registered Psychometrician (RPm).  For all RP and RPm, regardless of previous membership category, your membership category will automatically fall under that of Regular Members of PAP.  Annual membership dues for Regular Members is P1,000.00 per year. For those who have not renewed their membership dues, please be advised of the change in membership rate.

All other members who are not RP or RPm will retain their current membership classification until the final revision of Membership Categories is announced.

Affiliate New Rates - 800.00 (500.00 - renewal)
Associate New Rates - 1,000.00 (800.00 - renewal)
Fellow Renewal Fees - 1,000.00 (All Upgrade to Fellows are on hold)

Notice to Public :

We advise all RP and RPm to apply as Regular Registered members of PAP by downloading our membership form, submitting your current PRC registration, TOR and payment of P1,000.00 .

PAP 51st Annual Convention at Xavier Sports & Country Club, Cagayan de Oro City on August 21-23, 2014. Payment starts on June 1, 2014.

EARLY REGISTRATION (June 1, 2014- July 15, 2014)

PAP Member’s Conference Fee       P5,000.00
Non-Member’s Conference Fee *    P6,500.00

ON-SITE REGISTRATION (July 16, 2014-August 21, 2014)

PAP Member’s Conference Fee       P6,000.00
Non-Member’s Conference Fee *    P7,000.00


EARLY REGISTRATION (June 1, 2014- July 15, 2014)

PAP Member’s Workshop Fee    P1,000.00
Non-Member’s Workshop Fee    P1,500.00

ON-SITE REGISTRATION (July 16, 2014-August 21, 2014)

PAP Member’s Workshop Fee    P1,200.00
Non-Member’s Workshop Fee    P2,000.00


  • (*) - inclusive of PAP Member’s Fee as Affiliate
  • PAP-Member’s rate are given to those members who have paid their membership dues until May 31, 2014 only.


Date:   April 2, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time:   1:00 to 5:00 pm (please be on time)
Venue: Manila Hotel One Rigodon Hall, One Rizal Park Manila
Attire:  Inductee: Long Dress/Barong Tagalog
          Guest:     Formal


Early Bird Registration:           P 1,000 (March 18-March 26)
Late Registration & On-Site:    P 1,200 (March 27-April 2)

ALL Payments are on CASH basis only and shall be made at:

Psychological Association of the Philippines
Rm 208 2/F Philippine Social Sciences Center
Diliman, Quezon City


Membership Renewal is ongoing until May 31, 2014. Please be guided accordingly of the following renewal dues:

Affiliate - 500.00
Associate - 800.00
Fellow - 1,200.00

New membership aplicants must download the membership form and send it via together with highest completed TOR in psychology, PRC RP or PRC RPm Licensed number (for licensed applicants). Payment is upon approval. Fees for New applicants:

Affiliate - 800.00
Associate - 1,000.00

Please be advised that upgrade of membership to Fellow is on hold due to a foregoing discussion on Membership Revisions.

Thank you for your usual understanding.


New and Renewal Applicants for CPE Provider Accreditation and RENEWAL for Certified Specialists has been extended until April 30, 2014.

Extended Deadline for New applicants for Certified Specialists until March 31, 2014. Also PRC Licensed Psychologists may apply for certification provided with guidelines below for your reference.


Background and Principles

In 2009, the Psychological Association of the Philippines implemented the program of certifying specialists in the various fields in psychology to recognize and professionalize the practice of psychology in the Philippines, and to inform our publics about the competencies of the different specialists in psychology.  Certification is granted for a three-year period after which, psychologists are required to renew their certification.


1.Active Associate or Fellow of the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

2.Photocopy of PRC License and/or a copy of the PRB Resolution with the name of the applicant marked or highlighted.

3.Educational Requirements: Refer to the area of specialization in the PAP Certification of Psychology Primer for the nature of document (e.g. in Clinical psychology: Master of Arts or PhD in psychology with major/specialization in counseling psychology or clinical psychology)

4.Documented evidence of professional work experience showing consistent work over at least a five-year (5) period: Refer to the area of specialization in the PAP Certification of Psychology Primer for the nature of document (e.g. in Clinical psychology: psychological reports, therapy reports, peer-evaluated research reports, and the like). Proof of community involvement and service related to the applied field of specialization (e.g. community development, humanitarian/relief mission, advocacy activities) organized by legitimate private organizations or local government units.

5.Must have attended within the past three (3) years prior to the date of application conferences, seminars, and continuing education workshops in psychology organized by agencies recognized by the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

  • Two sets of all documents should be placed in a long folder with applicants printed name (SANTOS, M. A.) on the ear of the folder.
  •  Two folders placed inside one long brown envelope (regular or expanded, depending on the amount of documents submitted) with applicants printed name (SANTOS, M.A.) printed on the upper right hand corner of the front side of the envelope, and the area of specialization applied for printed on the upper left hand side.


Psychological Association of the Philippines
Developmental Psychology Division
Continuing Professional Education Seminar-Workshop Series 2014
Title: The Self in Connection:  Experiential Session (Understanding the importance and role of Body Movement in our physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive development.)
The workshop explores the vitality of the body in motion and on how each of us relates to others and the environment using body-based work and the creative arts. Our body, from the very beginning of life, the cells connected to each other in an intriguing ways. The cells speak of life in our being. It nourishes and provides nutrients to our body. It allows the bones to bones connection that structures our being. This connection allows our body to respond to the way we think, feel and act. As our body constantly challenges with positive and negative thoughts, we can mindfully move our body to use this information to create change. Drawing upon the body for the answers, we want to enhance our lives and our well-being. It is a powerful source of resources that in turn allows the mind to respond to the body in the connection. When the body is fully connected in the fullest sense, and with the ability to have connection with the environment, it functions as a vehicle of life to others as well. The ability to create physical, emotional and social change that supports one’s well-being is paramount to good health, finding harmony in the “now” and “within” of the self in connection in its containment.
Learning Objectives
1)    To provide an experience on Dance/Movement Therapy through experiential learning.
2)    To introduce to practitioners the use of Dance/Movement Therapy as a form of psychotherapeutic intervention and to promote well being.
Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, and allied mental health professionals.
Proposed Date
21 April 2014 (Monday) 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Philippine Social Science Center: Mercedes Concepcion Seminar Room
Ms. Lily Thio-Kaplan
About the Speaker
Lillian Thio-Kaplan is a Provincial Registered Psychotherapist and Licensed Dance/Movement Therapist. She owns - “iexpress2explore” - a registered educational/training company in Australia. She is a consultant/accredited trainer for the corporate and the health sector based in Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Being a pioneer in Dance/Movement Therapy (2000) from Singapore, she has been providing training workshops in Singapore and other countries in Asia. In her practice in Australia, she works with babies to school-aged children; provides training to nurses in dementia care; speaks to the corporate/charity sector for staff development; and runs natural essentials workshop.

P1000.00 – for non-PAP members
P  800.00 – for PAP members
Payment Instructions
Deposit payment to Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI, Commonwealth Avenue Branch) Current Account Number 0421-0208-68
Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip with the name of the participant and registration form to: or fax number (02)453-8257 (Payments made are non-refundable but transferrable.)
CPE Credits
4 points

March 4, 2014

Dear PAP Colleagues,

The Philippine Regulatory Commission is calling for nominees for the 2014 Outstanding Professional of the Year in Psychology. The award will be given to licensed psychologists or psychometricians who:

1) Amply demonstrate professional competence and integrity in the exercise of profession (integrity, competence, academic background, training, CPE)
2) Participated meaningfully in  professional activities through the professional organization (leadership, projects, conferences)
3) Contributed to the advancement of the profession (publication, research, awards, positive impact to the profession)
4) Social responsibility (involvement in civic organizations, community and public citations).

Attached is the PRC circular that details the requirements for nomination. The PAP will be accepting nominees until March 28, 2014.


Ma. Regina M. Hechanova, PhD
PAP President

51st PAP Convention 
August 21-23, 2014
Cagayan de Oro City

The Psychological Association of the Philippines will hold its 51st Annual Convention on August 21-23, 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City in partnership with Xavier University on the theme "Philippine Psychology in the Midst of Change."

PAP officially announces the CALL FOR PAPERS today. We will inform you right away once the online process for Abstract Submission is up at This site is currently under construction, but please refer to it or the PAP website at for further announcements.

Deadline for Abstract Submission is April 4, 2014Notification of acceptance will be made on May 9, 2014.

Papers may be in the form of research presentations, best practices, symposium, or posters. 

Paper Presentation. This refers to individual or separate presentations of a research study or documentation of psychological practice. These presentations will be clustered into a maximum of four papers per session based on a common theme, concept or issue. To facilitate the grouping into clusters, please take care in providing relevant key words in your abstract submission. For presentations with multiple authors, kindly designate a main or primary presenter to complete the submission requirements. Please click here to submit a paper presentation. 

Organized Symposium. A symposium refers to a set of four different presentations that cluster around a common topic, issue or subject matter with the aim of providing complementary or divergent views and perspectives. To foster inter-institutional collaboration, it is encouraged that presenters in the symposium come from at least two different institutions. The symposium convenor or chair is responsible for the submission of the abstracts for the symposium and the facilitation of the symposium session. Please click here to submit a symposium paper presentation. 

Poster Presentation. Poster presentations are recommended for work that can be explained briefly and effectively with the use of graphics or visuals that illustrate components of the study (e.g., procedure, research findings) or practical experience (e.g., program components, etc.). Poster presentations are also most appropriate when the presenter benefits from interaction and discussion with others interested in their field of research. It is also a good format for graduate students and beginning researchers. Please click here to submit a poster paper presentation. 

Abstracts will be evaluated and screened by the Scientific Program Committee. The primary presenter or symposium chair of the accepted papers will be notified through email on May 9, 2014. All presenters will also be provided with official letters of invitation by the Scientific Program Committee through email. Please be reminded that if you have more than one submission as primary presenter, only the earlier submission will be prioritized for screening.


How to be a PAP member?

You may apply as a PAP member via online application.

Please follow the steps:

1)    Register at using the register button at home page section . Please make sure you have completed the

2)    Send your completed Transcript of records (Psychology course e.g. BS/AB course in Psychology, MA/MS in
       Psychology, PhD course in Psychology ) via email at

3)    Wait for results of application via email

4)    Payment for the approved membership category is needed for activation of your membership with PAP.

Please be reminded that incomplete documents will not be evaluated.Thank You.

Dear PAP Colleagues,

We wish to inform you that for those who are to renew ther membership dues you may start paying your memberhsio dues to avail the rates as indicated until May 31, 2014 only. (Affiliate: 500 ; Associate - 800; Fellow - 1,200). Otherwise, you will have to pay as new member's rate as follows: Affiliate - 800 ; Associate - 1,000 and Fellow - 1,500.

For those who are unable to pay personally, you may pay membership dues through the PAP BPI account.

Account Name: Psychological Association of the Philippines
Current Account Number 0421-020868

Please email the deposit slip to the PAP Secretariat to ensure updating of your record.

* New members are applicants who submitted their documents to the Membership Committee and have received an acceptance letter from the Membership Chair. Please check your records if you have been accepted before you pay your dues.

Thank You.


Angela V. Regala, PhD
Executive Secretary
Membership Chair


July 25, 2013

Dear PAP Members,

For almost three decades the PAP worked on a Psychology Law to protect the public and to allow psychologists to practice their profession amidst other licensed mental health professionals. The Philippine Psychology Act was signed into law in 2009 and our gratitude go to all those who were part of the efforts at getting the law passed.  Last Friday July 19, 2013 was the induction of the first batch of psychologists and psychometricians who were granted licensure without examination. Our congratulations go to all 400 oath-takers!  We would like to thank our Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) Dr. Miriam Cue and Dr. Emy Villar for making this event special. We wish to remind the rest of the PAP community that application for licensure without examination is only until May 21, 2015. According to the PRB, the examination for licensure will be done before the year ends.

PAP will be applying to be the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) to assist the PRB in implementing the Psychology Law. Yet as we are finding out, our law has its challenges and we are trying to navigate through these as best as we can.  The Professional Regulatory Commission requires that all new officers of the AIPO are licensed. Thus our biggest challenge is balancing QUALITY, INCLUSION, and GROWTH - not just for those covered in the law but for the entire Psychology community in the country.  The Board is currently exploring various options to ensure representation of the many specializations in Psychology and to prevent the marginalization of those who practice is not covered by the law. We will also be asking the division officers not covered in the law to consult its members whether its practice areas should be regulated.  Once we have done this, we will be reviewing the PAP constitution, certification and membership policies and processes to align these with the directions we set.

On October 23-26, 2013 we are holding our first joint international conference with the Asean Regional union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS).  We would like to thank Dr. Allan Bernardo and Dr. Chee Leong Goh, Dr. Caring Tarroja, Dr. Mira Ofreneo, Mr. Jay Yacat, Dr. Ronnie Motilla, Dr. Sean Mansukhani who are part of the organization committee and committee chairs Dr Boboy Alianan, Dr. Ola Regala, Dr Paz Manaligod, Dr. Marge Alvarez, Dr. Grace Dalisay, Dr. Claudette Agnes, and Dr. Delia Belleza who are working very hard to make the upcoming conference a success.  We are excited because we will have lined up both local and international speakers, presenters and workshop facilitators.  On the first day of the conference, we will also be having free learning sessions on various topics. We will be opening up conference registration by August 1 so we hope you will join in yet another milestone!

Even as we are preparing for the PAP ARUPS conference, we are also beginning to prepare for PAPJA to be held on Jan 17 & 18, 2014 under the leadership of Mr. Hector Perez.  Please inform your students to save the date!

Finally in terms of outreach and advocacy, the Psychology for Philippine Education program is underway with the pilot schools beginning their work with public schools. We will also be continuing to partner with Interaksyon for an advice column to make psychology more accessible to the public

We thank you for your support and ask for your continuing involvement as we continue to build our discipline, organization and nation.  We hope to see you all in October!


Ma. Regina M. Hechanova, PhD
PAP President

January 22, 2013

Dear PAP Members,

Happy New Year to all!  Last week, we hosted the 2013 PAPJA convention at the SMX MOA and FEU and it was a great way to start the year.  We had about 4500 participants who gave us positive feedback on the program. Thank you to all the participants, student and faculty volunteers, our emcees, workshop facilitators and the board members who made the event a success!At the end of last year, the PAP board and division officers finished our strategic planning process. We revised our vision and mission and identified our key result areas, goals and strategies that will serve as our roadmap in the coming years. We are happy to share with you the plan which can be downloaded in the PAP website. Here are some highlights of the plans:

Revised Vision and Mission. The new PAP vision is PAP is an internationally recognized leader in Psychology in Southeast Asia. Our mission statement is “We are a national organization that advances the professional development of Filipino psychologists in the areas of teaching, research, and practice; upholds the quality standards of the practice of psychology; facilitates the generation and dissemination of knowledge in Philippine psychology, promotes the public awareness of psychology as a scientific discipline; shapes public policy via providing psychological perspective and fosters collaboration and partnerships towards social transformation.”

Quality Assurance. As part of our efforts at quality assurance, the certification process will continue. The deadline for application for/renewal of certification is on March 31, 2013. Details are posted in our website. The publication of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10029 signals the start of the licensure and registration process. We have posted the IRR in our website and will be releasing another document on Frequently Asked Questions about the Psych Law shortly. PAP will also be assisting in the orientation sessions on the Psych Law and we will inform you when these will take place.

Research & Publications. We wish to announce the appointment of our new Editor in Chief Dr. Melissa Macapagal who will be responsible for bringing in an international advisory board and reviewers for the Philippine Journal of Psychology.  Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Allan Bernardo who raised the quality of PJP and made it available online.  Dr. Bernardo will continue to serve on the PJP advisory board and we are grateful at his willingness to continue conducting publication workshops in the country.

Professional Development. In line with our efforts at continuous professional education (CPE), the various divisions and certified CPE providers will be hosting workshops throughout the year. We are inviting schools, psychological centers especially in the regions to apply to become CPE providers so that we can have more CPEs across the nation.  Our next big event is the upcoming PAP Convention on October 23 to 26, 2013 at the Miriam College, Quezon City. We are happy to announce that this will be an international convention in partnership with the Asean Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS).  We look forward to going to Cagayan de Oro for our convention in 2014.  PAP has also agreed to partner with the Asian Association of Social Psychology for an international conference in 2015.

Partnership & Extension. Our initial partnership with Department of Education will continue as we seek to broaden and deepen our involvement in helping our public schools.  This year, we will be launching a volunteer program entitled “Psychologists for Philippine Education” (“Sikolohista para sa Sambayang Edukasyon”) that aims to match public schools with Departments of Psychology that can provide faculty and student volunteers to assist in teaching and guidance counseling services.

Public Awareness & Advocacy. Last year, PAP was able to publish 17 media articles through our partnership with Interkasyon. We encourage you to contribute articles that will educate and inform our public on psychology.  We will continue putting forth position papers and assisting in policy formulation on psychology related matters.

Inclusive Growth. As the PAP grows, we wish to encourage greater representations from the regions. This year, we will put out guidelines for the formation of regional chapters so we may ensure that the voices of psychologists across the country are heard. We thank all those who participated and gave their inputs to our strategic directions. As we celebrate a glorious past, we also look forward to the future with great excitement. More importantly, we enjoin all of you to actively take part in the future yet to be! 

Yours truly,

Ma. Regina M. Hechanova, PhD
President, PAP

September 10, 2012

Dear PAP Members,

In behalf of the PAP Board, allow me to extend our thanks to all who came to the 49th PAP Annual Convention in Cebu.  We would also like to give recognition to the people who were instrumental in making it happen: Dr. Mira Ofreneo (Convention Chair), Dr. Delia Belleza (Convention co-chair) and all the faculty and student volunteers from the University of San Carlos.  Daghang salamat sa inyong tanan!New Board Members and OfficersWe also wish to welcome our newest PAP board members: Dr. Ronnie Motilla, Dr. Arsenio Alianan, Dr. Grace Dalisay, Mr. Hector Perez, and Sr. Angie Julom.  After our election last Sept. 7, 2012, the PAP officers are:Vice President – Dr. Ronnie MotillaSecretary – Dr. Ola RegalaTreasurer  - Dr. Seann Tan-MansukhaniInternal Relations Officer – Dr. Arsenio AliananExternal Relations Officer – Dr. Marge Udarbe AlvarezOur heartfelt thanks to the outgoing officers who have so generously shared their time: Dr. Chit Salonga who served as our Treasurer, Ms. Mariflor Gatchalian who was head of our 50th anniversary committee, Dr. Aurora Corpuz-Mendoza who was head of the Psych Law committee.  Our utmost appreciation goes to Dr. Caring Tarroja who after her sterling leadership of the PAP now becomes a part of the board as ex-officio and Dr. Allan Bernardo former ex-officio who has been a big influence in the growth and professionalization of Filipino psychologists.

Update on the Psych Bill. Many people are concerned about the status of the IRR of the Psychology Law (RA 10029).  We have sought legal counsel and are continuing to dialogue with the members of Professional Regulatory Board to ensure that the IRR reflects the spirit and the letter of the law but is also fair to all psychologists.  We realize that there are those who have different opinions about the coverage of the bill and we accept that consensus in such a large organization may be difficult. However, the bill was crafted after many years of consultation, research and benchmarking with the intent to protect clients as well as allow clinical and counseling psychologists and psychometricians to practice given existing licensure in similar professions. We enjoin those who have questions about the Psych Law to read PAP’s position or contact us if you have questions.  Please be assured that once we have reached a resolution regarding the IRR, we will launch a communication campaign.

Psychosocial Support. We are happy to announce that we raised a substantial amount of funds for the psycho-social support fund during the convention.   After discussions with DOH and organizations such as Save the Children, we are in the process of mobilizing debriefing and training for those affected by the Habagat floods.  The PAP Board has created a Psycho-social Support Committee to spearhead these efforts.

Strategic Planning. In the coming months, the board will be sitting down to craft the organizations strategic plan for the coming years.  Please feel free to email us your ideas on the directions for PAP until the end of September.   We have seen the growth of Psychology and we thank you for your involvement and for making such growth happen. As we celebrate the past, we begin to look towards the future. We realize that there is much to be done for our members, organization and the nation and we look forward to continue building a community of competent psychologists and serving the nation.

Sincerely yours,

Ma. Regina M. Hechanova, PhD
PAP President

PAP launches Psychology for Philippine Education

The ratification of the Anti-Bullying law in both the Senate and Congress is  landmark milestone in the efforts at ensuring the protection of Filipino children. Bullying has been defined as any aggressive behavior inflicted by one or more individuals that is repeated and over time and where the victim is in a weaker position to defend himself or herself resulting in physical and mental abuse, harassment, intimidation, or humiliation. A study by Dr. Liane Alampay and Dr. Melissa Macapagal for UNICEF shows that 36% of urban students experience bullying. Forty one percent of the bullying was verbal (being called names, being made fun of). Other forms of bullying include: physical violence, harassment, extortion, social exclusion and cyberbullying.

The bill requires schools to create anti-bullying policies, systems, structures and counseling for both victims and perpetrators and their families. Despite its good intention, however, implementation of this law will become a challenge especially for public schools. Only 4% of public schools have licensed guidance counselors and majority of public schools merely assign one of their subject teachers to take on the guidance function.

With this in mind, the Psychological Association of the Philippines launched the Psychology for Philippine Education program in partnership with the Department of Education. The program will be piloted starting this school year and initially 12 Psychology departments from 12 colleges and universities will be adopting 20 public schools for the next three  years. Faculty from Assumption College, Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Naga, DLSU, Far Eastern University, Miriam College, Silliman University, University of San Carlos, UP Diliman, UP Iloilo, UP Tacloban, and UST have volunteered to assist their adopted public school/s. Last May 27 & 28, Psychology faculty from these institutions came together for a workshop on bullying, anger management, positive discipline and service learning. Starting this school year, these faculty and their and students will be conducting research on bullying, training, and providing psychology related services in their adopted schools. The Scientific Program Committee would like to announce that the Call for Papers is closed. Notication of results will  be emailed by June 30, 2013.

Report on the 49th PAP Convention in Cebu

This 2012, the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) celebrates its 50th founding anniversary as an organization. In light of this celebration, the recently concluded 49th National Convention focused on “Strengthening Psychology, Serving the Nation.” The Department of Psychology of the University of San Carlos (USC) hosted the 2012 Annual Convention, which gathered over 1,100 scholars and professionals from all over the country. The convention was held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, from August 15 to August 17, 2012. With such a remarkable attendance, the 49th PAP convention is considered to be the biggest assembly in the organization’s history. Day 1 of the three-day event was packed with stimulating speeches and symposiums. Following USC President Fr. Dionisio Miranda’s welcome message, incumbent PAP President Dr. Maria Caridad Tarroja briefly talked about the organization’s history and its present thrust in her presidential address. The convention’s keynote speaker was no less than Hon. Patricia B. Licuanan, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Hon. Licuanan, who also formerly served as PAP President, gave her personal tribute to pioneers, namely Fr. Jaime Bulatao, Dr. Alfredo Lagmay, Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim, and Dr. Virgilio Enriquez.

The first plenary session focused on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009 (RA 10029). The salient features of the controversial IRR were discussed by the members of the Psychology Professional Regulatory Board (PRB), Hon. Imelda Virgina Villar and Hon. Miriam Cue. Dr. Lourdes Carandang has officially resigned from her post as chair of the PRB for health reasons. The IRR remains subject to the Professional Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) final approval. Day 2 started with a plenary session that discussed how to strengthen the teaching, research, outreach and professional practice of psychology in the Philippines. Dr. Lota Teh talked about the establishment of the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 38 Series of 2010 and CMO 39 Series of 2010 in line with strengthening the teaching of Psychology in the Philippines, among other things. Dr. Allan Bernardo followed with a discussion on Research in Psychology, highlighting ten (10) important things to do when engaging in research. Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio discussed Outreach in Psychology, which she notes is a “promising and a very fruitful approach.” Dr. Carandang then talked about Practice in Psychology, which she capped with the statement that “the ultimate goal of our practice is the well-being of the people we serve.”

Parallel oral presentations were conducted in the afternoon of both Day 1 and Day 2. Topics covered various areas of interest in the different divisions, specifically Assessment, Teaching, Clinical, Counseling, Developmental, Industrial-Organizational, and Social Psychology Divisions. A Special Policy Forum on the PAP Statement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Nondiscrimination was also conducted during Day 2 of the convention. The well-attended LGBT Forum discussed the key concepts and implications for practice and for Psychology in the public interest. The PAP 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Pacific Grand Ballroom capped Day 2. Prior to officially starting the evening’s feast, Dr. Cue informed the body that the PRB will be asking for an extension from the PRC, with regards the filing of the final IRR in light of the issues raised on the matter. Among the highlights of the night’s festivities were the tribute to past presidents, the service awards given to Ms. Linda G. Sevilla and Ms. Mercedita G. Mondejar of the PAP Secretariat, and a sneak peek of next year’s venue. Day 3 began with the final set of parallel oral presentations followed by the Closing Ceremonies, which was held at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Hotel. Newly certified psychologists took their oaths and PAP Awards were presented. Dr. Maria Teresa Batangan of the University of the Philippines Diliman and Dr. Marylenda Penetrante of Divine Word College (Legaspi) received the Estefania Aldaba-Lim Service Award; Prof. Lina Marie Sycip was granted the FG David Teaching Award; and a total of 10 researchers received distinction for Most Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation. With several outgoing members of the PAP Board of Directors, an election for new BOD members for 2012-2013 was conducted. With 294 qualified votes cast, the newly-elected members are Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla, Dr. Arsenio Sze Alianan, Jr., Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, Sr. Angelina M. Julom, and Mr. Hector M. Perez.

Workshops capped the three-day convention. The topics for the said workshops were: Test Development and Adaptation: Process and Issues; Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques Techniques in Emotional Management; Conducting Child Custody Evaluation; Issues and Trends in Assessing Adolescents; Developing Instruments for Research in Educational Psychology; Strategic Training for Transformation in the Workplace; Quantifying Qualitative Analysis using Open Source Tools: A Workshop on Text Mining; and Integrating Course-Based Service in the Teaching of Psychology: Principles and Application of Service-Learning. Next year’s venue for the 50th national convention is Cagayan De Oro City, which is dubbed as The City of Golden Friendship.

This report is written by: Gracele Canilao-Nieva 08/27/2012

News & Updates

How to get a PAP (PVC type) member Card?

To All PAP Members,

The PAP Board of Directors is issuing new IDs to all PAP members for a minimal cost of P150.00.

For those who would like to avail of the new ID, please send a clear scanned copy of your 1x1 ID photo together with your e-signature to with subject heading: PAP Member ID: Surname, Name and membership Category (affiliate, associate, fellow)

For clarification and inquiries, please call the PAP Secretariat at +632-4538257 or email at


Thank You,

Angela V. Regala, PhD
PAP Executive Secretary

Posted by Admin | Posted September 04, 2013

How to get a PAP (PVC type) Certified Card ID?

To All Certified Specialists,

For those who wish to have their ID’s done, please send a clear scanned copy of your 1x1 ID picture together with your e-signature to with subject heading: PAP Certified ID: Surname, Name and Area of Specialization.

Note: Cost is P100 per area of specialization.

Thank You,

Angela V. Regala, PhD
PAP Executive Secretary

Posted by Admin | Posted September 04, 2013

Want to be a PAP member? Please follow the steps

You may apply as a PAP member via online application. Please follow the steps:

1) Register at using the register button at home page section . Please make sure you have completed the fields

2) Send your completed Transcript of records (Psychology course e.g. BS/AB course in Psychology, MA/MS in Psychology, PhD course in Psychology ) via email at

3) Wait for results of application via email

4) Payment for the approved membership category is needed for activation of your membership with PAP


Please be reminded that incomplete documents will not be evaluated.


Thank You.

Posted by Admin | Posted February 18, 2014

NEW! PAP Membership Rates applies

Dear PAP Colleagues,

Please be informed that for renewal of membership fees please see below provided that you pay until May 31, 2014. Otherwise, new membership rates will apply;

Membership Renewal Fees:

Affiliate - 500.00
Associate - 800.00
Fellow - 1,200.00

* Effective June 1, 2013 -  New Membership Rates:

Affiliate - P800.00
Associate - P1,000.00
Fellow - P1,500.00

Account Name: Psychological Association of the Philippines
Current Account Number 0421-020868

Please email the deposit slip to the PAP Secretariat  at to ensure updating of your record.

* New members are applicants who submitted their documents to the Membership Committee and have received an acceptance letter from the Membership Chair. Please check your records if you have been accepted before you pay your dues.

Thank You.

Posted by Admin | Posted February 18, 2014

PAP Mobile Number

Please be informed that the PAP office mobile number is 0915-8477PAP

Posted by Admin | Posted April 08, 2014