The final set of Parallel Oral Presentations jumpstarted the activities of the third and last day of the 49th Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. The theme for this year’s national convention is “Strengthening Psychology, Serving the Nation.” The PAP is also celebrating their 50th founding anniversary.
The topics for the morning sessions were:
- Student Motivation, Engagement and Achievement
- Creativity, innovation, and Entrepreneurship
- Understanding and Addressing Issues of OFWs and their Children
- Practices of Filipino Clinical Psychologists
- Family, School and Community Dynamics
- Parenting Issues, and
- Gender, Sexuality and LGBT Psychology
After these oral presentations, over 1,000 psychology practitioners gathered for the Closing Ceremonies of the 49th PAP Convention at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Hotel.
The ceremonies started with a quick video presentation showcasing next year’s venue for the 50th convention, which is The City of Golden Friendship - Cagayan De Oro City.
The oath-taking for the newly certified psychologists followed. According to Dr. Angela Regala, PAP Executive Secretary, although such certification is not a requirement by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), the PAP certifies its practitioners in recognition of their expertise and as a means of promoting professional practice in the different fields of Psychology. Incumbent PAP President, Dr. Maria Caridad Tarroja, led the oath-taking ceremonies for the newly confirmed certified psychologists in the areas of Assessment Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Social Psychology.
PAP Awards were then presented by the Chairpersons (Dr. Lota Teh, Dr. Aurora Corpuz-Mendoza, and Dr. Jerry Jurisprudencia) of the Awards Committee. The awards are the Estefania-Aldaba-Lim Service Award, the FG David Teaching Award and the Most Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Awards.
This year, the Estefania-Aldaba-Lim Service Award was given to two recipients who have embodied the ideals of the PAP founder, specifically it recognizes professionals who excel in their practices and advocacies. The recipients for the said award are Dr. Maria Teresa Batangan of the University of the Philippines Diliman and Dr. Marylenda Penetrante of Divine Word College (Legaspi).
Professor Lina Marie Sysip was granted the FG David Teaching Award for her creative teaching modules for challenging courses including Psychological Statistics and Experimental Methods. Dr. Sysip is currently a faculty member of the University of the Philippines Diliman and was also an East West scholar.
Ten (10) researchers were awarded Most Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Awards. According to the committee’s Chairperson Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, the awards show recognition of the notable studies and rigorous research methodologies that these individuals have engaged in.
Also, the newly-elected members of the PAP Board of Directors for 2012-2013 were introduced. Out of a total of 294 qualified votes, Dr. Hector Perez, Sr. Angelina Julom, Dr. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, Dr. Boboy Alianan, and Dr. Ronald Motilla won the recently concluded election.
Workshops were conducted in the afternoon. Specifically, the workshops were:
- Assessment/Teaching Psychology Divisions
Test Development and Adaptation: Process and Issues
Dr. Richard Gonzales
- Clinical/Counseling/Assessment Psychology Divisions
Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques Techniques in Emotional Management
Dr. Arsenio Alianan, Jr., of Ateneo de Manila University and PsychConsult, Inc.
- Clinical/Counseling/Assessment Psychology Divisions
Conducting Child Custody Evaluation
Dr. Natividad Dayan and Atty. Polly Dy, MA, Dayan’s Psychological Center
- Developmental/Assessment Psychology Divisions
Issues and Trends in Assessing Adolescents
Christabel Garcia-Chan, MA, RGC, Philippine Psychological Corp.
- Educational Psychology Division
Developing Instruments for Research in Educational Psychology
Dr. Felicidad Villavicencia and Dr. Jerome Ouano, De La Salle University
- Industrial-Organizational Psychology Division
Strategic Training for Transformation in the Workplace
Dr. Carmela Ortigas
- Social Psychology Division
Quantifying Qualitative Analysis using Open Source Tools: A Workshop on Text Mining
Dr. Regina Estuar and Mr. Nico Canoy
- Teaching Psychology Division
Integrating Course-Based Service in the Teaching of Psychology: Principles and Application of Service-Learning
Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann (Lead Facilitator)
Dr. Enrique Oracion and Dr. Betsy Joy Tan (Co-facilitators)
For more information regarding the PAP, please visit their Web site: http://pap.org.ph. For pictures and other information regarding the recently concluded 49th PAP National Convention, you can check the Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/49thPAPconventionFUNinCEBU. You may also read a quick recap of the PAP events at The 49th PAP Convention – Day 1 and The 49th PAP Convention – Day 2.
The recently concluded 49th PAP Convention was co-presented by the Department of Psychology of the University of San Carlos (USC). USC is considered one of the Philippines’ top universities outside of Metro Manila. It is a Roman Catholic university, which is governed by the Society of the Divine Word. It was established in 1935, in Cebu City, Cebu.
The university currently has four campuses: (1) Main Campus, located along P. del Rosario St.; (2) the Talamban Campus popularly called “TC,” which is located along Gov. M. Cuenco Ave.; (3) the North Campus formerly known as “Boys High,” which is located along Gen. Maxilom Ave.; and (4) the South Campus formerly known as “Girls High,” which is located along corner J. Alcantara St. (or P. del Rosario Extension) and V. Rama Avenue.