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The AdMU Psychology Department requests prayers for our founder and mentor Fr. Jaime Bulatao. His wake will be at  the Loyola College Chapel beginning 1 pm today Feb 11 until Friday, Feb 13. Masses are at 8 pm. The mass tonight will be presided by Fr Jett Villarin. His funeral mass will be on Saturday, Feb 14 at the Gesu at 830 am.  Interment follows after at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches. Presider will be Fr. Bill Abbott and homilist Fr. Kit Bautista.

Jaime C. Bulatao, S.J. was born on September 22, 1922.  The son of teachers, Father Bu was the valedictorian of his Ateneo high school class. After his graduation, Fr. Bu entered the Jesuit seminary and obtained his college degree at Sacred Heart in Novaliches.  He taught in the Ateneo for a few years and left to pursue his masters in Experimental Psychology and doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Fordham.

Upon his return, he was appointed head of Central Guidance Office of Ateneo de Manila University.  He established the Department of Psychology of the Ateneo in 1960 and co-founded the Psychological Association of the Philippines in 1962.

Fr. Bulatao introduced group dynamics in the Philippines and wrote The Technique of Group Discussion (1965). He advocated the importance of understanding of the Filipino psyche, and undertook studies on Filipino culture, and the phenomena of spirituality and consciousness.  This led to his seminal Phenomena and their Interpretation: Landmark Essays 1957-1989 (1992).

As a clinical psychologist, Fr. Bu aimed to find the kind of therapy best suited for Filipinos, experimenting with different alternatives that combined both his knowledge of Western methods and his understanding of the local culture. He used hypnosis to understand these occurrences and other related paranormal phenomena such as ESP, clairvoyance, and telepathy.  Fr. Bu undertook experiments about altered states of consciousness and taught hypnosis and hypnotherapy. In 2000, he published the book Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.  At the turn of the century, he devoted most of his time grounding his thoughts about relationships through numbers and quantitative methods.

Although Fr. Bu has received many awards and recognition for his contribution to Psychology, he claims that his best achievement is in teaching.  In a book entitled Therapeutic Tales: Healing, Hypnotherapy, and Father Bu (2010)  his students recount how they have learned to love learning, trust themselves, and have the courage and confidence to pursue what often may appear daunting and mysterious.


the brightest star in the night sky

guide to the unknown universe

our teacher, jedi master

Fr. Bu


always teaching us to fly

always kidding us to smile

always seeing in our heart

and minds


with eternal gratitude

we return to you in prayer

as we sing to you with love

love love


Poem by Mira Ofreneo 22 Sept. 2013

Teaching Psychology Special Interest Group
in cooperation with Miriam College – College of Education

Invites colleagues from the academe on our first major event of the year The International Survey of Psychology Education and Training Challenges for Curriculum Development in Philippine Psychology


A talk with  Dr. Allan B.I. Bernardo Full Professor of Psychology University of Macau

February 28 2015, Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 nn.

ES1 Seminar Hall, College of Education, Miriam College

Katipunan Ave., Quezon City


Registration fee:  

 PAP Non-member – Php700;  PAP Member – Php500 inclusive of kit, hand outs, certificate, and snacks

*Discount will be given to a group of 4 per Institution

Please make your payments to Psychological Association of the Philippines Current Account 0421-020868.

CPE points:  2.5


Target Audience:  

Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chairperson, Coordinator, and Faculty (Psychology)



            The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) convened a Work Group on Psychology Education and Training (PET), which oversaw the international survey of PET from 2011 to 2012 to cover the member countries ofthe IUPsyS. The first part of the talk will summarize the main findings of the survey as they may be relevant to planning how PET programs in the Philippines can be further developed in the future.  

              The main results to be discussed relate:  

             (a) program levels and status, 

             (b) curriculum coverage and requirements across different levels,  

             (c) textbook and resources,  

             (d) faculty resources and international exchange,  

             (e) quality assessment, and  

             (f) issues and prospects for developing psychology curriculum.  

             The presentation of the survey results will highlight differences in PET in countries with advanced economies and developing economies.  

             The second part of the talk will cover some of the issues that arise from the survey, particularly as regards the tension between the perceived need for common global standards and the perceived need to develop PET that responds to local/national needs. The specific issues will be considered with reference to aspects of the Philippine PET experience (c.f., CHED PSGs, accreditation, PRC requirements, etc.). The discussion will not aim to prescribe directions for PET in the Philippines, but should provide a broader and deeper context within which PET planning and development can be discussed. 



Dr. Allan B. I. Bernardo was a member of the IUPsyS Working Group on Psychology Education and Training and co-authored (with Martin Pinquart) the publications that report the main findings of the survey. He was one of the 28 participants in the Dornburg PET Conference organized by the IUPsyS in Altes Dornburg Schloss, Jena, Germany in May 2012 where the survey and its implications were discussed.  

He is presently Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Macau, where he maintains an active research program on three broad themes: (a) lay theories and intergroup relations in hierarchical societies, (b) cultural aspects of learning and education, (c) hope and positive psychology in Asian contexts. He has published over 180 journal article, book chapters, edited books, and monographs in international and national journals and publications in psychology and Education.

Dr. Allan B. I. Bernardo is the President-Elect of the Asian Association of Social Psychology.  He is also Senior Adviser of the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies, of which he was also former President, and continues to be active in working committees of the International Union of Psychological Science.  Before moving to Macau, he spent most of his academic life in De La Salle University. He was former President of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, which gave him the Outstanding Psychologist Award in 2009. 

He served in various capacities in the Philippine social science and education community, including serving as Chair of the Philippine Social Science Council, Chair of the CHED Technical Panel on Teacher Education, Chair of the CHED Technical Panel on Social Sciences and Communication,  Chair of the CHED Technical Committee on Psychology, among others. He has received numerous awards including the UNESCO International Award for Literacy Research (1996), the US National Academy of Education Spencer Fellowship (1996), the NRCP Achievement Award (2002), the Ten Outstanding Young Men Award (2003), and the Fulbright Research Fellowship (2011).  In 2007, he was elected into the prestigious National Academy of Science and Technology of the Republic of the Philippines.    

**Please send your queries and /or completed registration form and scanned copy of deposit slip to 

The Asian Association of Social Psychology in cooperation with the Psychological Association of the Philippines and the University of San Carlos, invite you to submit proposals for presentations to its 2015 Convention with the theme “Psychology and Asian Societies in the Midst of Change.”

We are inviting the following types of presentations:

Paper Presentation. This refers to individual papers on a research study or documentation of psychological practice. These presentations will be clustered into a maximum of four papers per session (about 15 minutes per presentation) based on a common theme. 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.   Paper Presentation submission click here

Organized Symposium. A symposium refers to a set of four different presentations (about 15 minutes per presentation) 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. Preference will be given for symposium featuring participants from different countries. Organizers have the right to not accept all the papers in the symposia or re-organize a symposium should the need arises.   Symposium submission click here

Poster Presentation. Posters involve the use of a  visual aid to illustrate a study. Presenters are expected to talk about their research during their assigned schedules. Guidelines for the poster size and content will be given to accepted papers.  Poster Presentation submission click here

Learning Session. Learning sessions aim to teach participants specific knowledge or skills pertaining to current trends, teaching, practice and/or research and publication in Psychology.  Sessions are typically an hour and a half hour long and should be able to accommodate as many as 100 participants. Abstracts should indicate specific learning objectives and content.   Learning session submission click here

Submit you proposals in the following site

Presentations titles should not be more than 12 words. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words. Deadline for Abstract Submission has been extended until January 30, 2015.   Submission of an abstract implies the commitment that the presenting author will be available between August 20 – 22, 2015 and the financial resources to register for the conference. Abstracts will be evaluated and screened by the Scientific Program Committee. Please be reminded that if you have more than one submission as primary presenter, only the earlier submission will be prioritized for screening. Notification of acceptance will be made on March 15, 2015.

To All PAPJA Delegates,

You may download a copy of the souvenir program here. Just click the link PAPJA Souvenir Program 



January 12, 2015

Dear PAP Colleagues,

The Certification Committee of the Psychological Association of the Philippines is reminding all PAP Certified Specialists who are due for renewal this year 2015 to renew your Certification as Certified Specialist in the your Specialty Area since your official certification will end on May 31, 2015.  You may check your certification renewal period with PAP Secretariat at 4538257.

In line with this, kindly submit the required documents as stated in the Primer for the renewal of  Psychology Specialist in your Specialty Area  on  or before April 30, 2015 to the Secretariat Office of the Psychological Association of the Philippines at the Philippine Social Science Center in Diliman, Quezon City.  Please include a self-addressed envelope from a courier so that your documents will be returned to you immediately after the evaluation of your papers.

Hoping for an immediate action on this matter. Thank you very much.

Very truly yours,

(Sgd.) Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD

Chairman, Certification of Psychology Specialists



(Submissions before February 20, 2015 may be considered for the June 2015 issue)

Please read the guidelines for submissions below.


The Philippine Journal of Psychology (PJP) is an international refereed journal published biannually by the Psychological Association of the Philippines.  It is the flagship journal of psychology in the Philippines, and its principal aim is to promote psychological studies in the Philippines and psychological studies of the Filipino people.  The PJP publishes articles representing scholarly works of Philippine psychologists, articles on psychological studies conducted with Filipino participants and/or conducted in Philippine society, cross-cultural studies including a Philippine sample, and articles of general interest to psychologists studying and working with Filipino people.


Ma. Elizabeth J. Macapagal (Ateneo de Manila University)


Liane Peña Alampay (Ateneo de Manila University)

Margaret Helen U. Alvarez (Silliman University)

Mendiola Teng-Calleja (Ateneo de Manila University)

Eric Julian Manalastas (University of the Philippines Diliman)


David Allbritton (DePaul University, USA)

Allan B.I. Bernardo (University of Macau, Macau SAR China)

Stephen Colarelli (Central Michigan University, USA)

Emee Vida Estacio (Keele University, United Kingdom)

Gregory Arief D. Liem (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

James H. Liu (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Cristina Montiel (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)

Rogelia Pe-Pua (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Joseph H. Puyat (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Felicisima C. Serafica (The Ohio State University, USA)

Tes Tuason (University of North Florida, USA)

Types of Articles 

In pursuit of its aims, the PJP will publish various types of articles: (a) regular research reports, (b) brief research reports, (c) theoretical review articles, (d) general articles on psychology in the Philippines, (e) book reviews, and other types of articles that may be invited and/or approved by the Editors.

Regular research reports describe original research papers that describe empirical work that represents a significant addition to psychological knowledge in any of the major areas of psychology science.  Regular research reports should be no more than 8,000 words, and should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 50 items.

Brief research reports describe original research papers that describe empirical work that either (a) replicates findings previously published in the international research literature, (b) validates theories, hypotheses, methods, and psychological instruments developed in other countries, or (c) presents preliminary or exploratory findings that present innovations in theory, method, or analysis.  Short research reports should be no more than 3,000 words, and should include an abstract of not more than 150 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 30 items.

Theoretical review articles present either a tutorial, a critical review, and/or a metanalysis of Philippine research on a research problem or research method that relates Philippine research to global research on the same topic.  Theoretical review articles should be no more than 8,000 words, and should include an abstract of not more than 200 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 50 items.

General articles give perspectives on problem, issues, and/or new developments pertaining to research, teaching, and practice of psychology in the Philippines or to psychology in Philippine society, government, or social problems. General articles should be no more than 6,000 words, and should include an abstract of not more than 150 words and five keywords; the reference list cannot exceed 50 items.

Book reviews provide critical commentaries on psychology books published in the Philippines , books authored or co-authored by Filipino psychologists, or edited books with contributions by Filipino psychologists.  Book reviews should be no more than 2,000 words, and should not include an abstract; the reference list cannot exceed 5 items.

Articles that do not fall under any of the five types described above, but that fit the aims and scope of the PJP may be invited by or proposed to the Editors.

Preparation and Submission of Manuscript

All manuscripts should follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6thEdition); all prescriptions regarding the handling of references, tables, figures, headings and subheadings, abbreviations, symbols, among others must be followed.  Permission from the copyright owner should be included for use of any figure previously published elsewhere.

Only electronic versions of the manuscripts will be accepted.  Manuscripts must be prepared using any readily available word processing software.

Authors should submit at least three separate document files:

        1. Title page: this contains the following: (a) title of manuscript, (b) running head, (c) author(s), (d) author affiliation, (e) contact information of the corresponding author including postal address, phone, fax, and email address;

        2. Manuscript: authors should remove all personal information in the actual manuscript, and should ensure that the actual manuscript contains no information that may indicate the identity of the authors.

        3. Cover letter: addressed to The Editor indicating the intention to submit the manuscript to the PJP and the type of article being submitted (i.e., regular research report, book review, etc.).  The letter should also affirm that the authors complied with all ethical guidelines related to research (see Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Philippine Psychologists), and that the manuscript being submitted has not been published in any form previously, and is not currently being considered for publication in any form elsewhere.

All submissions are done electronically; no submissions with hardcopies of the manuscripts will be accepted.  Authors should email their submissions to PJPEditor@yahoo. com.

Peer-Review Policy and Procedures

Upon submission, the Editor or one of the Associate Editors reads the manuscript and decides whether it is likely to be competitive for publication.  Within three to four weeks of submission, authors are notified by email that their manuscript either (a) has been declined without review or (b) has been sent to referees for peer-review.  For manuscripts that are reviewed, authors can expect a decision within 90 days after submission.  The editorial decision for such manuscripts shall be one of the following: (a) acceptance with routine or minor revisions, (b) revise and resubmit, or (c) rejection.

The PJP  implements a double blind peer review policy.  It also seeks to implement a constructive peer review policy, wherein referees are encouraged to provide authors with detailed comments that would help authors improve their manuscripts for publication.

Manuscripts that are accepted will be subject to edited to improve readability and effectiveness. Prior to actual publication, authors will be asked to review the pre-publication proofs of their manuscript, and to supply corrections and/or missing information.


The copyright of all published manuscripts will be shared by the authors and the Psychological Association of the Philippines.  The shared copyright will apply to all printed and electronic copies of the manuscript, and will be affirmed by both parties in the copyright forms.


Statement of the PRB-Psychology on Requests for Refund to unused Oath Taking tickets last Dec. 9 due to Flight Cancellations.

It is very sad that the PAP has to face a barrage of complaints and demands for refund re oath taking tickets and schedule in the face of Typhoon Ruby. Please note that the schedule was set a month ago; and that the path of the typhoon, even within the day, was rather unpredictable and did not threaten Manila as initially forecasted. Some of you wanted us to move the schedule but we could not because of the many others who already flew in to Manila for the event. The Board of Accountancy also had their oath taking that day at the PICC and they proceeded as planned. At any rate, the joint oath taking ceremonies went well as scheduled with more than 2,300 inductees and guests.

We certainly understand that some of you could not make it and would like a refund of the ticket you purchased for the event from the PAP. But please realize that the Psychological Association of the Philippines cannot act on your request because they only facilitated the ticket sales for the Board of Psychology who does not have the means to do so. The PRB nonetheless could not and cannot commit itself to a refund simply because the money you paid for the ticket was already committed to PICC and other related service-providers. The proceeds of ticket sales went directly to the food and venue rental, pins, medals, souvenir programs and other related expenses which had to be paid for before the event. 

For those of you who failed to come to the joint oath taking ceremonies at the PICC, please be informed that you still have to take your Oath of the Profession. This is a must if you want to be fully registered and licensed to practice… so the Board of Psychology decided under the circumstance to hold special oath taking ceremonies, either in Manila or in the region, for all those who could not make it last Dec 9 and in all past oath taking ceremonies. We encourage you now to make an official request in coordination with your respective PRC regional office, and for those from the NCR, with the PRB at the Central Office for the required oath taking ceremony so this can be scheduled accordingly. If there are more than 50 inductees, a member of the Board may make herself available to administer the oath with the approval of the Commission. Those who already paid for their oath taking ticket should coordinate with the PRB if payment is to be waived under the new oath taking schedule, provided you submit proof of ticket purchase and proof of flight cancellation for consideration. Please understand however that this should not be considered a precedent to future similar events and circumstances.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the PRB or the PRB secretary. 

General Inquiries
(632) 3100026

Central Office
P. Paredes St. cor. Morayta St.
Sampaloc, Manila
Tel. (632) 3100026
Telefax (632) 7354476



The Ateneo Department of Psychology wishes to correct an article in the Nov 11, 2014 issue of Philippine Daily Inquirer entitled “Drawing in crayon is therapy of Yolanda kids.”  The article features an exhibit by Aspac Creative Communications of pictures of the Typhoon Yolanda disaster that were colored by child survivors and are being sold for P9000 – P14000.  It states that the proceeds of the sale will go to the Ateneo Psychology Department disaster outreach activities. This is incorrect and our Department does NOT have anything to do with this project. Furthermore, although we believe in the value of art therapy, exposing child survivors to graphic photographs of the disaster is inappropriate (and even harmful) and does not constitute art therapy. We do not endorse this activity or exhibit.



June 23, 2014


The Professional Regulatory Commission selected Dr. Honey Carandang as Outstanding Psychologist for 2014. In its awarding ceremonies last June 20, 2014, the PRC hailed Dr. Carandang and 30 other awardees from different professions for their exemplary work. Dr. Carandang was cited for being a key figure in Psychology having created the committee that first drafted the Psychology bill, which was later enacted as the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009. She was also cited for pioneering the practice of psychotherapy in the country specializing in children and families, for founding the Philippine Association of Play Therapy, authoring 13 books on the FIlipino families that created widespread impact on parents and mental health professionals. She  founded the MLAC Psychological Services for Wellbeing that specializes in the wellbeing of the marginalized, traumatized, abused, survivors of disasters, street children, OFW families left behind, and children in prostitution.  Dr. Carandang is the first Psychologist awarded this honor by PRC.  She was joined in the ceremonies by  Dr. Imelda Villar, Psychology Regulatory Board (PRB) of Psychology, her spouse Dr. Brigido Carandang, Dr. Gina Hechanova, PAP President and Dr. Miriam Cue, Chair of PRB for Psychology. The PAP extends its warmest congratulations to Doc Honey with thanks for her continued service to the profession and others!



You may apply as a PAP member via online application.

Please follow the steps:

1)    Download the membership form from the Forms Section.

2)    Send your completed form together with your Official Transcript of records (Psychology course e.g. BS/AB course in Psychology, MA/MS in Psychology, PhD course in Psychology ) via email at For those who are licensed psychologists, and psychometricians, please send a copy of your PRC id as well.

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.



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.


July 25, 2013

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!

January 22, 2013

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!  

September 10, 2012

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. 

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


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