PAP PARTNERS WITH ARUPS FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Psychological Association of the Philippines is proud to announce that for its 50th annual convention, it has partnered with the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS) for a joint conference on October 23–26, 2013 at Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines. The convention seeks to be a venue for exchange of best practices and cutting edge research in Psychology in the ASEAN region. It will feature international speakers and include learning sessions, research and practice sessions, and skill-building workshops.
This joint ARUPS 4th Congress and PAP’s 50th Annual Convention will focus on the role of ASEAN Psychologists in building hope and resilience among individuals, communities, and organizations. This conference will take the place of PAP’s 2013 annual convention. Cagayan de Oro City will be the site of the PAP national convention in 2014.
For further details please go to: www.papconvention.org
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
The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) successfully held its 48th annual convention, co-hosted by Central Philippine University, in Iloilo, August 17-19, 2011. Attended by 896 participants (majority of whom are members of PAP), the three-day conference included a well-received keynote speech by former PAP president Ma. Lourdes Arellano-Carandang; a plenary on the Psychology Law with former PAP president Allan Bernardo and practitioners Maria Teresa Gustilo-Villasor, Natividad A. Dayan, and Imelda Virginia G. Villar, and moderated by UP Diliman psychology department chair Aurora Odette Mendoza; eight PAP division meetings; PAP membership meeting; 153 paper presentations; 14 poster presentations; and, nine post-convention workshops.
During the closing ceremony on August 19, current PAP president Maria Caridad H. Tarroja led the oath taking for the 3rd batch of certified psychology specialists, numbering 72; PAP member of the board of directors Mariflor Gatchalian took charge of launching the PAP’s 50th anniversary; and PAP COMELEC chair Allan Bernardo announced the election of five new members of the PAP Board.
Newly elected board member Delia Belleza of University of San Carlos closed the convention with the invitation to everyone to attend the 49th PAP convention in Cebu City in August 2012. The 50th PAP convention is expected to be held in Cagayan de Oro City.