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Monday, July 21, 2008

IPCAP now SEC-registered!

Just this afternoon today July 21, 2008, IPCAP Treasurer Cesar S. Cong, RGC (Registered Guidance Counselor) and myself as IPCAP Secretary received from the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) our Certificate of INCORPORATION. Our Company Registration Number is CN200811283. We also got the Membership Book, and the next step is to move for certification as PRC-accredited professional organization.

As has been blogged here as early as 2006, this organization aims to fulfill the stipulations of Republic Act 9258 or The Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004. The purposes of this professional association are as follows (culled from the SEC-registered IPCAP Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws):

1. the promotion and development of the Guidance and Counseling Profession and its licensed practitioners;
2. accredit counseling-related organizations and ensure the observance of ethical standards among the organizations and its members;
3. information-dissemination about the profession;
4. conduct and publish researches pertaining to the profession of Guidance and Counseling;
5. conduct and provide Continuing Professional Education activities in Guidance and Counseling.

We are greatly thankful to the Securities and Exchange Commission for its swift action on our application which we filed only last week, July 15, 2008 to be exact. As the SEC certificate of Incorporation attests, it was on the 18th of July 2008 when the SEC Company Registration and Monitoring Department signing officer set his hand and caused the seal of the SEC to be affixed on our certificate.

We are also thankful to the Professional Regulation Commision (PRC) for acting on our petition for endorsement of IPCAP to be SEC-registered. We submitted our papers on June 13, 2008. With persistence and courage, we got the PRC indorsement letter on July 11, 2008, wherein states the letter as a "certification of non-objection." Thanks be to God indeed!

I hope the next steps will show us our clear intention to really help make Guidance and Counseling an active and relevant profession in Philippine society. With IPCAP, we hope to make this direction something worth pursuing, for the good of the profession, for the good its practitioners and for the good of those we serve. God bless us.