Position Paper

Jan. 07, 2019
We in the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) oppose the current approach of criminalizing drug use, with its attendant programs that vilify drug users, violate human rights, and disregard legal and due process. Criminalizing drug users has been shown in other countries to be ineffective in solving the drug addiction problem.
Jan. 03, 2019
This statement is issued by the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) to clarify what bullying is, its causes, and what schools and families can do to prevent it. > WHAT IS BULLYING? > HOW OFTEN DOES BULLYING HAPPEN? > WHY DOES BULLYING HAPPEN? > WHAT CAN SCHOOLS DO TO PREVENT BULLYING? > WHAT CAN PARENTS DO? > ON SOCIAL MEDIA USE
Mar. 02, 2018
This statement is issued by the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) to inform the public regarding the ethical and valid use of psychological assessments, in response to the recent legislative proceedings that highlight the alleged mental/psychological condition of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The PAP maintains that in giving this statement, the organization is neither supporting nor opposing any position regarding the issues involving Chief Justice Sereno. It only seeks to clarify the function of psychological assessments and the diagnosis of psychological conditions.
Jan. 31, 2017
The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) presents current scientific knowledge about child and adolescent development and expresses its position against House Bill No. 6052, titled “An Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines.” Deficiencies in decision-making capacity, heightened vulnerability to coercive circumstances, and the disadvantaged environment of children in conflict with the law in the Philippines are elaborated as the primary reasons for this position. The organization maintains that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should NOT be lowered from 15 to 12 years old. We call for the strengthening of the juvenile justice system through the strict implementation of existing laws that prosecute adults who coerce children to engage in criminal behavior and protect and rehabilitate children in conflict with the law (CICL) through restorative means.
Jan. 30, 2017
The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) articulates its position on capital punishment from the point of view of evidence-based social science, psychology in particular, as well as of ethics. We are convinced that the Philippines has made great strides in humanitarian development by abolishing the death penalty. We are not in favor of reinstituting it in our penal system. Capital punishment does not deliver on its hopes for better justice, closure for all parties concerned, and better crime prevention. It does not give full cognizance of the implications of its irreversible effect, the reality of the limits and inevitable class discrimination of the judicial process, and the misconception of closure and justice itself. The PAP advocates for the much better alternative of informed and rehabilitative justice, where both offender and offended get the best chance for a more positive process of closure and redemption.
Apr. 04, 2016
The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) issues this statement in response to the misuse of a psychological evaluation report from confidential court records to publicly scrutinize an electoral candidate. Not to be taken as either a support for or as a statement against any candidate, the PAP takes this opportunity to highlight the basic principles that guide the use of psychological assessment findings and subsequent reports, namely, respect for the dignity of persons, right to private and confidential communications, use of relevant and updated assessment results, and the proper use of terms.
Mar. 15, 2013
The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) reaffirms its position on the non-discrimination and the dissemination of accurate information on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community following a feature article on the topic published in a national newspaper. This reaffirmation is followed with a short response in question and answer format clarifying some salient points on parenting LGBT youth and children written by developmental psychologist Liane Peña-Alampay, PhD.
Feb. 01, 2013
As the Department of Education prepares for the 13-year basic education curriculum for schools in the Philippines, the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Technical Panel for Psychology expresses its concern on the lack of communication (and possible attention) on the equally important non-academic formation of students. The following recommendations are made: 1) develop a parallel non-academic curriculum; 2) train teachers in these courses; 3) include a course on introductory psychology or an equivalent course; 4) allow the hiring of school psychologists alongside guidance counselors; and 5) adopt a holistic developmental perspective in caring for and protecting children.
Feb. 01, 2013
The Industrial-Organizational Psychology Division of the Psychological Association of the Philippines issued this statement in the wake of the implementation of Republic Act 10029 or the Psychology Act of 2009. It seeks to clarify the roles of IOPs that may or may not be covered by the said law.