Archive for September 2009

Dr. Allan Bernardo Is PAP’s 2009 Outstanding Psychologist Awardee

September 12, 2009

Awarding of Outstanding Psychologist 2009The Psychological Association of the Philippines conferred on DR. ALLAN B. I. BERNARDO the title of Outstanding Psychologist during the 46th PAP Convention at Silliman University, Dumaguete City. Dr. Bernardo was recognized for his exemplary work and accomplishments as a teacher, mentor, researcher, leader, and psychologist.

The Outstanding Psychologist Committee was composed of former Outstanding Psychologist awardees namely, Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Carandang, Dr. Amaryllis Torres and Dr. Allen Tan. Congratulations to Dr. Bernardo!


President’s Report 2009

September 12, 2009

by J. EnJay Saplalarique G. Saplala

1. Certification of Psychology Specialists

  • In recognition of their contribution to the field of psychology, all former presidents were certified psychology specialists in their respective fields.
  • Former PAP presidents were invited to assess applicants who applied for certification.
  • Immediate past president, Dr. Allan Bernardo was appointed by the board to be the chair of the certification committee. He sat with the appointed former presidents who acted as assessors for the PAP certification.
  • He was also tasked to formulate and create a mechanism to recognize the psychologist’s competencies, specifically the continuing professional education. This includes defining guidelines and procedures for PAP to decide which workshops and organizations will be recognized by the organization and creating a point system for the CPE for those renewing their initial certification. The mechanism would be used by future assessors in reviewing the
    applicant’s documented CPE. Dr. Regina Hechanova was appointed as his co chairperson.
  • The first list of certified psychology specialists was released during the last week of July.
  • 2. Code of Ethics

    • The Board of Directors appointed Dr. Allan Bernardo, chair of the professional and scientific ethics committee, to head the task force in compliance with the PAP charter. The board also appointed the following as members of the committee: Dr. Lourdes Carandang, Dr. Natividad Dayan, Dr. Rosalito De Guzman and Ms. Anna Guerrero. The Task Force on the Code of Ethics was convened last February 27, 2009 at Cravings Katipunan Avenue, QC.
    • The Code of Ethics was ratified by the board on July 17, 2009. Copies of the code will be posted in our website soon.

    3. Psychology Bill

    • The Psychology Bill Task Force Committee task force composed of Drs. Lucy Bance, Lota Teh, Allan Bernardo, Caring Tarroja, J. Enrique Saplala and Isabel Melgar were invited to be part of the Technical Working Group (TWG)to review and finalize the Psychology Bill last December 3, 2008 at the House. There was a follow up meeting on the bill on the months of January and February 2009 and the bill was approved by the Lower House on June 9, 2009.
    • We are awaiting the second and final reading of the bill before it is submitted to the office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines for approval. Update: The second hearing would be held on August 24, 1:00 p.m. at the Senate. Senator Panfilo Lacson is sponsoring the bill.

    4. Continuing Professional Education

    • Two CPEs were held during the year: Jumpstarting your Research with Dr. Allan Bernardo and Integrating Gestalt –Competence into personal ID and professional profile with Dr. Hans Lenhard. One workshop on Performance Management Systems from the I/O Division will be held on September 19, Caritas Hall, Miriam College. The Clinical Psychology division will offer one workshop with Dr. Roger Davis this October at the PSSC. More workshops summer 2009 will also be offered by the clinical and counseling psychology division. Other CPEs will be discussed during the division meetings and the upcoming strategic planning.

    5. Communication

    • We have upgraded our website,, and requested psychologist, AJ SAGMIT, to be the webmaster. Our website is also registered with the International Union of Psychologists’ directory.
    • Our electronic newsletter is updated regularly by Mr. MARSHALL VALENCIA, our external relations officer. You are welcome to contribute articles to the newsletter.

    6. PAPJA

    • We had our PAPJA at De La Salle University last November 2008. The event was attended by close to 1,600+ students from different parts of the country. Based on the suggestions made during the PAPJA 2008 focus group discussion, a job fair and workshops related to careers in psychology were conducted. Speakers from the different fields in psychology were also invited to conduct workshops in psychology.

    7. Membership in IUPsy

    We have also reactivated our membership with the International Union of Psychologists last September 2009. The PAP appointed Dr. Allan Bernardo, a regular member of the IUPSY to represent PAP.

    8. PAP Research Survey – being undertaken by Dr. Allan Bernardo. Details will be posted soon.

    9. Response to disaster prone areas ‐ Ms. Suzette Agcaoili is presently inviting interested volunteer psychologists to be part of the core group of volunteers to give appropriate therapeuticinterventions for survivors or victims of natural or man‐made calamities.

    10. Forensic psychology meeting –An interest group for psychologists practicing in a forensic setting was formed. Two meetings for psychologists working in a forensic setting were held this year: May 18 at Miriam College and August 12, 2008 at Café Antonio, Dumaguete City. Elected as overall chairperson is Dr. Naty Dayan. Dr. Jay Saplala serves as her assistant. Point persons were also elected to represent Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

     Addendum: PJP – two PJP journals were released: June 2008 and December 2008. The June 2009 and December 2009 issues would come out soon.


    September 7, 2009

    The 46th annual convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) was held in Dumaguete City, August 13-15, 2009, and co-sponsored by Silliman University. Participants arrived as early as August 11, some returning home as late as August 17. Local organizers worked closely with PAP officers and secretariat, preparing for some 350 people, but that number was far short of those who actually showed up, equaling 476! Former PAP presidents in attendance included Dr. Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang, Dr. Natividad Dayan, Dr. Lucy Bance, and Dr. Allan Bernardo.

    Day 1 opening program and first plenary session was held at the luxurious Luce Auditorium at the Silliman Campus. Among those present to welcome participants were SU president Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, VPAA Dr. Betsy Joy B. Tan, University Chaplain Rev. Noel Villalba, and Acting Dean for Graduate Programs Dr. Margaret Udarbe. The indefatigable PAP president Dr. Jesus Enrique Saplala ably addressed the theme of the convention in his presidential report, identifying research endeavors over the years in the different character strengths and suggesting possible areas for further investigation. Keynote speaker Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann, Vice President for Programs of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, highlighted the Filipino strengths in kapwa or regarding others, living the faith, explaining misfortune, and, ultimately “staying alive.” Special recognition was made of PAP immediate past president, Allan Benedict I. Bernardo, this year’s lone awardee for Outstanding Psychologist, acknowledged for his work as teacher, mentor, researcher, leader, and psychologist.

    Plenary session speakers had their own take on the theme, sharing work that has captured their interest in recent years, inspiring, and modeling their own philosophy: On leadership, Nena Alcuaz-Reyes (Center for Leadership and Change, Inc.); on integrity, Ma. Angeles G. Lapeña (De La Salle University); on spirituality, Mila Du-Lagrosa (Asian Institute of Management); on forgiveness, clinical and organizational psychologist Frederick A. Boholst; on social intelligence, Rosalea Araneta de Leon (West Visayas State University); and, on love for learning, Allan B. I. Bernardo (De la Salle University).

    The theme was reflected as well in over 120 oral paper presentations covering such wide-ranging interests that included hope theory, forgiveness therapy and pagpapatawad, police personality types, depression among the elderly, resilience among athletes, mga bilanggo, abuse survivors, and gay men, understanding hazing, movie audiences, Filipino domestic helpers, thanatology, pakikipagkapwa, utang na loob, Filipino social entrepreneurship, burial rituals, the social Pinoy, and psychometric properties and analysis of psychological tests. The 18 posters had their own variety, displaying research on such diverse samples as preschool children, nursing students, college faculty, public high school students, male homosexuals, male police officers, and child rapists. Each of the six continuing education workshops provided at least one thing of interest to all—through play therapy techniques and developing wellness centers in schools, the assessment center and testing in court, and performance management systems and the Jung in fairy tales.

    The membership meeting was well attended. There were 12 nominees presented to take over six vacancies in the PAP board of directors. Jay Saplala updated members on the certification of psychologists and the status of the psychology bill. Division meetings were then chaired by Ces Conaco (social psychology), Liane Alampay (developmental psychology), Isabel Melgar (clinical psychology), and Gina Hechanova (I/O psychology).

    (prepared by Marge Alvarez)