Archive for May 2009


May 16, 2009

The deadline for the first batch of certified psychology specialists is over, with a whopping total of 195 applicants beating the April 30 cut-off date. Clinical psychology had the most number of applicants (72), followed by assessment psychology (44), counseling psychology (32), industrial/organizational psychology (16), educational psychology (15), developmental psychology (8) and social psychology (8). Submissions came from as far as places like Baguio, Palawan and Zamboanga.

cert last day2The “early bird award” goes to MARICAR FAJARDO who submitted her application for Educational Psychology & Developmental Psychology on Feb 19.  PEACHY FERNANDO was the last person to beat the deadline when she submitted her application and documents for Counseling Psychology on April 30 at 5:00 pm. According to Linda Sevilla and Mercy Mondejar of the PAP secretariat, the submission of applications peaked on April 30, 2009 with a total of 43 applications received. Most of the applications came from Metro Manila with a total of 108 applications. Interestingly, one hundred applications were submitted through courier service or express mail.

All submitted applications and documents will be reviewed by a committee of past PAP presidents who received automatic certifications by virtue of a board resolution last September 12, 2008. The certifications were granted to them in recognition of their important contribution to their respective area of specialization.  The first batch of certified psychology specialists will be posted as soon as all applications and documents are reviewed and screened.

(article by J. Enrique G. Saplala)


Call for Nomination: Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao Award for Teaching (2009)

May 7, 2009

The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) is pleased to announce its call for nomination for the Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao Award for Teaching for 2009.

The Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao Award for Teaching is an award for outstanding teaching in any field of psychology. This award is given to an individual who embodies the ideals of Fr. Bulatao as a teacher. The recipient of this award is one who, like Fr. Bulatao, instills in students a genuine love for learning by inspiring them to explore, experience, and experiment.

Nomination Criteria:

     The nominee must be a psychology teacher who:

         1.  has been teaching psychology subjects for the past 3 years (for a full-

              time faculty) and past 5 years (for a part-time faculty)

         2.  is a PAP member

         3.  preferably has at least an MA/MS degree in Psychology

Nomination Process:

A. The nomination may be submitted by the Chairperson of the home department of the nominee, or by any other school administrator, or by colleagues.

    The nominator will submit a brief letter addressed to the Chair of the Award

    Committee which includes the following:

        1.  complete name  of the nominee

        2.  name and complete address of the nominee’s school

        3.  contact no. and e-mail address of the nominator

        4.  reasons why the nominee deserves to win the Award

B. The nominator, in cooperation with the nominee, must submit the following:

     1.  nominee’s current CV which includes his/her detailed teaching history

     2.  evidence of the nominee’s ability to inspire students to explore, experience, and experiment, such as course evaluation, written testimony of peer, and testimony of students (current or past) 

     3. an essay by the nominee on My Teaching Philosophy (maximum of 500 words)

     4. a 15-minute video clip of actual teaching by the nominee


Selection Process and Administration of the Award:

The PAP will constitute an Award Committee that will include senior members of the PAP who are not nominees for the Award. The finalists will be invited for a panel interview. The recipient of the Award will be notified through a letter by the Award Committee Chair. The Award will be given during the Annual Convention of the PAP in Dumaguete City in August 2009.

Deadline for Submission: June 25, 2009

Please submit both hard and soft copies of all the required materials (please refer to the Nomination Process above) using the following address:

     The Award Committee

     Room 210, Philippine Social Science Center (PSSC)Building

     Commonwealth Avenue

     Diliman, Quezon City

For any questions about the Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao Award for Teaching, please contact Dr. Lota A. Teh at lateh@ateneo. edu.

PAP 2009 Convention in Dumaguete

May 3, 2009
photo by: Judex12

photo by: Judex12

The 46th Annual National Convention of PAP will be in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on August 13-15, 2009. The convention is co-sponsored by Silliman University and has the theme “Character Strengths of the Filipino: A Positive Response to Current Challenges.”

This year’s convention will feature the Keynote Address of Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann (United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, Hong Kong), a distinguished social psychologist and educator, awarded one of the Outstanding Psychologists during PAP’s 2002 convention. The convention will also feature several plenary lectures clustered into three areas: courage and justice, humanity and temperance, and wisdom and knowledge. Plenary speakers include Dr. Ma. Carmen Alcuaz-Reyes (Ateneo De Manila University), Dr. Rosalea Araneta-De Leon (West Visayas State University), Dr. Allan Bernardo (De La Salle University), Dr. Frederic Boholst (University of San Carlos),  Dr. Mila Lagrosa (Asian Institute of Management), and Prof. Ma. Angeles Lapena (De La Salle University). The convention will be packed with research paper presentations and symposia by psychologists from different universities and organizations in the country.

Check out the PAP website for more details.