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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

IPCAP-FPCAP 1st Partnership Convention Accredited as a CPE Event/Activity or Source: 21 UNITS

For the benefit of those who participated in our most recent IPCAP-FPCAP 1st Partnership Convention last Nov. 18-20, 2010 at St. Paul University, Quezon City, let it be officially announced that the Continuing Professional Education Council for the Guidance and Counseling profession (CPECGC) chaired by Dr. Luz Guzman, Chair of the present Board of Examiners of the Guidance and Counseling profession has accredited the IPCAP-FPCAP 1st Partnership Convention as a CPE Event, Activity or Source. If my memory serves me right, we were granted 21 CPE credit units. I hope to get the accreditation certificate soonest so we can announce here the data pertinent for the certificates given to RGC participants.

Thanks to colleagues who braved participation amid the news spread around that no CPE units would be granted to that event. Just a word of advice: If ever there are news like this that an event is not to be credited, it would be best to communicate with the organizers rather than believe outrightly. God bless and take care

Saturday, October 23, 2010

RGC's Needed in Lyceum-Laguna

Here is a clearer email on this need for Registered Guidance Counselors in Lyceum o the Philippines-Laguna. Until the matter on the Guidance Counselor being licensed was included, I kept it from being posted. While there are quite a few RGCs in the Philippines (1,952 as per last count mentioned during our meeting with the Board of Guidance and Counseling), the job title of Guidance Counselor now requires the license either through the Grandfather's Clause or through passing the Board exams. Without the license, the person doing Guidance Counselor work and the institution risk the ire of the law. I hope we can map out a way to increase this number in the next few years so that we can afford the services to our own people.

Happy Reading! God bless

The Lyceum of the Philippines- Laguna would like to announce that we are looking for professionals in the field of guidance and counseling to be part of our Institution. May we kindly request that you forward this job vacancy to suitable and interested individuals who might read this posting in the course of your organization site.

Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna will be able to provide individuals with extensive exposure and training in the field of guidance and counseling. The job will further hone their skills in doing counseling sessions, Psychological testing and more. Here are the qualifications needed for the position:

Guidance Counselor

Ø Male/Female
Ø Graduate of BS Psychology / degree in Guidance and Counseling
Ø Preferably with MA units in Guidance and Counseling
Ø Licensed or Registered Guidance Counselor;
Ø Has at least three years experience in the field of counseling and psychometrics
Ø Mature in all aspects; strong moral and spiritual values; with good interpersonal skills; ability to facilitate activities; administer psycho test and counseling skills

For inquiries, feel free to get in touch with us through our email @ or you may call/fax us to (049) 502-0973/(049) 502-0974

Thank you for your assistance and we look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Ann-Lyn Galicia
HR Recruitment Coordinator
Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna
Km.54, Makiling National Highway,
Calamba, Laguna
049 5020973

Friday, October 22, 2010

Attention: Guidance Counselors Needed

Here is an email from Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna wherein the person has requested posting for their need for Guidance Counselors. Interested parties, please read carefully. The contacts are clearly mentioned below. All the best, and to the lucky one, may you enjoy your work: God bless

Dear Sir:

Good day!

We at Lyceum of the Philippines -Laguna believe that your organization will be a huge help in promoting our hiring for guidance counselors. In line with our immediate need for Guidance Counselors, may i humbly request for your support to please allow us post these needs from your blog site. Hope you can help us as we help our student to have credible counselor.

Thank You and God Bless.

Best regards,

Ann-Lyn Galicia
HR Recruitment Coordinator
Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna
Km.54, Makiling National Highway,
Calamba, Laguna
049 5020973

Monday, October 18, 2010

IPCAP-FPCAP 1st Partnership Convention

Finally, our application for accreditation of the IPCAP-FPCAP 1st Partnership Convention on Nov. 18-20, 2010 as a CPE Event/Source/Activity has been accepted at the PRC just this afternoon, Oct. 18. We have applied for 21 credit units for this event which many have requested to be accredited for CPE credit units. Please see the invitation below. I had it printed in short bond for blogging purposes, although the original is in long bond.

After submitting the requirements for this activity to be accredited for 21 credit units, I went to the scheduled meeting with other heads of guidance-related organizations. We had met before with the same group. Who showed up? Current CDAP President Mari Jose and PACERS Chair Dr. Barbie Wong-Fernandez, and myself as Chair of the IPCAP. All three are PRC-accredited CPE Providers for the Guidance and Counseling profession. There are currently six organizations accredited by the PRC as CPE Providers. The meeting was basically meant to help in the professionalization process we are going through in Guidance & Counseling in the Philippines.

This may be really an interesting process we're going through, given the fact that the current group of practicing licensed Registered Guidance Counselors comes in varied types (I'd rather keep the matter to myself for the moment although it is common knowledge in the field how some got their licenses!). It thus becomes clear that even with the license, competence remains something to improve in. Hence, as strongly advocated in the last meeting at the Far Eastern University, RGCs have to choose which activities can best address their competency needs so they can practice with confidence and utmost professionalism.

Hence, this upcoming IPCAP-FPCAP 1st Partnership Convention may be relevant to RGCs because our clientele may be into situations which the plenary discussions will deal with. Do you have clients who have significant others in the hospice? Or clients who are in the call centers or maybe have siblings/parents there? Or still, have parents who are in the military? What about if one works in the prison ministry - how to do Counseling in there? The challenges are many that await us RGCs.

The workshops also appear very promising - both for practitioners and clients as well. Feel welcome to join us in the Convention. RGCs, be not afraid to become members of IPCAP. Your membership will go a long way in terms of benefits and bonding with fellow Registered Guidance Counselors!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Words Before Registration

Just to answer some queries:

1. It is alright to do ONSITE Registration. While we prefer Pre-registration as Early Bird or Regular, there are those who may have decided to register onsite. That's alright. We have time and space still available.

2. RGCs pay only P2,500, not P3,000 as mistakenly written. CULPA NOSTRA! Por favor senyores y senyoras hehe.

3. RGCs are IPCAP members. They just have to activate their membership. Membership fee is P500, CPE Certification fee is P200. ID fee of P200 is good for three years. We have already started printing IPCAP ID's of those who have pre-registered. BRING ALONG YOUR most recent ID PICTURE, YOUR PRC LICENSE. We will provide the membership application forms as you register, with an IPCAP ID form as well. 1 picture should be sufficient.

4. This Convention has been approved for the number of CPE units requested, except that there is still a running discussion as to whether non-RGC workshop facilitators' workshops are credited as CPE. I hope the Board will hear our point which was granted last time: even non-RGC's workshops are CPE-credited because the speakers have credentials that show the Guidance Counseling profession can be enriched by them, can be continuing professional education sessions. They may not be RGCs but their contents are more than the entry level as licensed Counselors. Hope this can be given due consideration.

Until the next entry. Got to go. God bless and take care

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CHED Memo and DepEd Endorsement for IPCAP-PACC Partnership Convention released

As guaranteed in the letter, the CHED memorandum for the upcoming IPCAP-PACC Partnership Convention has been released last Thursday, Sept. 09. Thanks a lot to the very efficient and reliable personnel at the Commission on Education. Acts such as this makes me realize we are on the "daang matuwid." While we shall make it available onsite for those who may request for it, here it is for everyone to read:

The DepEd Endorsement has likewise been released a day earlier. You may upload it from the DepEd website or simply click on the highlighted DepEd endorsement above. Thanks a lot as well to our very able and efficient, very helpful people at the Department of Education. We shall make it available onsite for those who request it.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Corrections on the upcoming IPCAP-PACC Convention

We would like to apologize for the typographical error in the invitation letter, particularly regarding the fees. For IPCAP and PACC members, fees paid starting Sept. 4 and onwards (Regular and no longer Early Bird) remains at P2,500, while non-members of both organizations shall pay P3,000. Fees may be paid in either accounts of the banks mentioned in the letter. Indeed, members are to have some benefits as we have enshrined in our by-laws. And to think that as non-stock, non-profit organizations, IPCAP and PACC would like to live by what we have been registered in the SEC for.

For IPCAP, membership fees are not included though in the current fees. Annual membership fee remains at P500. ID fee of P200 is good for three years. We charge P200 for the CPE certificate of earned units. Please note though that for IPCAP members who have already updated their membership this year are free from paying their membership dues. We pay membership dues ONLY ONCE A YEAR! Laking tulong na din for members no?

For membership, application forms are provided only to those with the PRC License as Registered Guidance Counselor (RGC). APOLOGIES TO THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE AN IPCAP MEMBER WHO ARE NON-RGC. You may email me ( for that form. After completion of the application form, please provide us a copy of your PRC license front and back sides, your recent ID picture 1 copy lang for inclusion in the membership application form.

For the ID, please email me a scanned copy of your picture (in jpg format), and your signature - use black ink on a white bond paper, your license number, and address you want to be used in the ID. Please provide ample space for cropping purposes between your name and your signature. We have an official ID which we can use anywhere for official purposes.

Welcome to the IPCAP-PACC partnership Convention on Empowering Counselors to Reach out to Families on Sept. 16-18, 2010. God bless and take care

Friday, September 03, 2010

2010 Guidance & Counseling Board Exams Results Released

The Board of Guidance and Counseling has released the list of those who passed the 2010 licensure examinations in Guidance and Counseling which were conducted last week, Aug. 26-27, 2010. Here is the news directly carried from the PRC website. Likewise, the Board has released another list of those who applied for licensure under the Grandfather's Clause (Sec. 14 Art III) of RA9258. Thanks to the present Board for all that they're doing. Here is the news:

September 01, 2010

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 108 out of 180 passed the Guidance Counselor Licensure Examination given by the Board of Guidance and Counseling in Manila last August 2010 and 13 applicants were approved for registration without examination as Guidance Counselors in accordance with the provisions of R.A. No. 8981, cited as the “PRC Modernization Act of 2004”, Section 14, Article III of Republic Act No. 9258, known as the “Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004”, and Section 14, Rule III of Resolution No. 02, Series of 2007, known as the “Rules and Regulations of the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004”, and per Board Resolution No. 05 dated September 1, 2010, Series of 2010.

The members of the Board of Guidance and Counseling are Dr. Luzviminda S. Guzman, Chairman; Dr. Elena V. Morada and Dr. Carmelita P. Pabiton , Members.

The results were released in two (2) working days from the last day of examination.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on Monday, September 6, 2010 but not later than September 17, 2010. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 1 piece 1” x 1” picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps, and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession; and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2010-2013. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The oathtaking ceremony of the successful examinees in the said examination as well as the previous ones who have not taken their Oath of Professional will be held before the Board on Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.

Registration for membership with the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Inc. (PGCA) will also start on Monday, September 6, 2010.

The performance of schools in the August 2010 Guidance Counselor Licensure Examination in alphabetical order as per R.A. 8981 otherwise known as PRC Modernization Act of 2000 Section 7(m) “To monitor the performance of schools in licensure examinations and publish the results thereof in a newspaper of national circulation” is as follows: (Any discrepancy in the report is not intentional on the part of the Commission, but rather due to miscoding of school codes by the examinees themselves. Concerned schools may write the Commission for correction.) Click here to view.

The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places are the following:

NOTHING FOLLOWS----------------------

The list of successful examinees in the GUIDANCE & COUNSELING LICENSURE EXAMINATION held on AUGUST 26 & 27, 2010. Click here to view.

The list of approved applicants for registration without examination per Board Res. No. 05 dated September 1, 2010, Series of 2010. Click here to view.

CONGRATULATIONS! May the tribe of Registered Guidance Counselors increase. God bless

1st IPCAP-PACC Partnership Convention 2010

The Integrated Professional Counselors Association of the Philippines (IPCAP) will hold a Convention in partnership with the Philippine Association of Christian Counselors (PACC) on Sept. 16-18, 2010 with the theme, “Empowering Counselors to Reach-Out to Families”. We want to strengthen the know-how and skills of counselors as they reach-out and help families thrive with the different challenges they are facing today. We want to further: 1) empower counselors to continue their work with confidence and look out for opportunities to help families struggling with co-dependency & addiction issues, having a child with special needs, or adolescents who are at-risk; 2) help counselors incorporate the 6 Essential Ingredients of Healthy Parenting into their work; 3) provide counselors a framework of the healthy Filipino family, identify dysfunctional family dynamics, and how setting emotional boundaries can help each family member live and function better; 4) help counselors have a better understanding of emotions and family relational patterns and how these work out in everyday situations in the home.

The Convention will be held at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries 102 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati.

There will be 7 workshops, 5 of which each participant is entitled to attend. IPCAP, a CPE Provider (Acc. # 2010-005) has applied with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for 21 credit units for CPE or Continuing Professional Education. Participation in the plenary session and workshops is open to non-RGC’s and others for personal enrichment purposes. CHED, DepEd endorsement letters are available on request.

For more information, please email or text Fr. Bernardo R. Collera, SVD ( or 0919-6236605/ 0927-3842739/0932-4459810, Cesar Cong (cesarcong or 0917-6076427, or Jane Lee ( or 0916-3763604 or call 867-1961. We look forward to seeing you at the Convention. God bless!

Friday, April 30, 2010


This is from an email I was requested to post just a few minutes ago:

There are three openings for a Counselor position at DLSU Manila. Interested RGC's or Registered Guidance Counselors may contact Julius Pre, RGC at his mobile number +630228100906 (SUN).


Sunday, April 18, 2010

IPCAP 2nd National Convention gets 21 CPE credit units

Among the surprises we had during the IPCAP 2nd National Convention was the confirmation about the number of credit units for the participants. Dr. Leticia Rebilion, who was the Continuing Professional Education Council (CPEC) representative to monitor the PRC-accredited CPE program of IPCAP personally attended our last day (April 16) from morning 'til the afternoon. She came over to me at one point in the morning to tell me that this 2nd National Convention of IPCAP has been now awarded 21 credit units. The same was announced when we had our closure program in the afternoon, an added feature of the CPE Program. There we were able to put our learnings together. The emcee Dr. Elvira Ramos, after confirming from Dr. Rebilion herself announced that indeed, the 2nd IPCAP National Convention was worth 21 credit units to all who religiously attended all the events of the Program.

Thank you very much, Dr. Rebilion. Your presence together with Dr. Rosales during the Opening Program was very reassuring. We knew from the start that the CPE Council for Guidance and Counseling was serious about this 1st PRC-accredited CPE event of the profession. Thanks also to the PRC guidelines which we followed to the letter, hence we were able to hold this event without much fuss.

The speakers had very good evaluations, plus the workshop presentors were tops in their line. We are indeed greatful for everyone's support. Here are some pictures I have received. More shall be published here as they come, including a video clip of the event (hope the one who promised me won't renege on that).

Our Keynote Speaker Mr. Antonio P. Meloto made his thoughts clear, that before poverty is ever an economic problem, it is first a psychological, behavioral problem. This in itself is worth confirmation through a study. Thanks Tito Tony and your secretary who helped make this tie-up with Gawad Kalinga something to pursue for the good of our people. We are with you in pursuing your dream for our nation and people.

During the picture taking, I happened to sit beside Dr. Rebilion, who was herself seated beside Dr. Rosales (we should have a picture of her during the Convention). This was on Day 1: Opening Day.

Dr. Rose Llanes, 1st President of IPCAP and Convenor of this organization since 2006 when she was then PGCA President gave an animated introduction of the our Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Julian Montano (1st IPCAP Vice-President) and Mr. Cesar Cong (1st IPCAP Treasurer) were all ears during Dr. Llanes' Presidential Address in the afternoon.

Dr. Lily Rosales graces IPCAP's 2nd National Convention:

Dr. Rosales' presence at the Opening Program was indeed very gracious. Thanks for the support Ma'am. Now with you, all three members of the 1st Board of Guidance and Counseling have given IPCAP the approval to continue what it was established for: the 1st 2 were with us during the crafting of the IPCAP Constitution - Dr. Rhodelia Gabriel (1st Board Chair), and the current and 3rd Chair of the Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling (albeit being the 1st to be appointed by the current Philippine President) Dr. Luz Guzman. With your signing the accreditation certificates (PRC Accreditation of IPCAP as CPE Service Provider, and the 2nd National Convention as a CPE Program), we have felt the enduring commitment you have made for this profession. Rest assured we will do our best for the good of the practitioners and the profession at large.

More shall be written in the coming days. God bless and take care

Saturday, April 10, 2010

More Workshops Prepared for the Convention

As the days come closer to the actual 2nd National Convention of IPCAP, it may be good to announce here that other than the six workshops mentioned in the program, The IPCAP Board has approved four more workshops which have been prepared and sent to the PRC CPE Council for approval. This is to ensure that the workshops we have are not those organized the night before the event. I remember very well one of the few times I attended a National Convention in an organization when the Vice-President then asked me, there and then if I could deliver a workshop for the following day. I may have had one that time, however, and not because of selfishness or other negative intention, but I found that practice rather onerous. In another organization, the workshop facilitator spent the whole period SINGING her way out, making the President of the organization feel so jittery that the said workshop facilitator was told to wrap her talk within one hour after the first break (morning snacks) because the President herself will be the one to give the workshop.

It is now the time for professional work, and Conventions have to be well prepared. It is thus good that we have Conventions for CPE credits in order for the participants to end up feeling really enriched rather than cheated. I remember a year after I was asked to give the workshop the night before, I received email and even text comments saying that their workshop facilitator apologized at the beginning with these words: "First of all, let me say my apologies: if ever you realize that I am not well prepared, it is because I was told to run this workshop ONLY LAST NIGHT." (I could have been the one had I not been cautious a year before that.) Galit na galit yung participants kasi ang mahal mahal naman kasi ng participation fees tapos ganon ang makukuha nila? Well, it's high time I suppose that this manner is erased from our midst because it can be quite demeaning to the participants who eck out their living in honest means only to be "thrown away."

For the sake of understanding, workshops are never meant to be money-making gimmicks by the workshop facilitator. Truly, part of our participation fees are meant to pay the workshop facilitators.

For me, I take it like homilies I deliver as a priest: I never go when I'm not prepared. And, part of the preparation is the envisioning of the listeners in order to fit the language to their level. It is always good to situate the workshop or seminar within the context of the participants. A night before delivery is not sufficient to meet those preliminary targets.

I am not anymore going to put here the titles of the new workshops we will run and which we have sent to PRC CPE Council for accreditation because there is a perception that our workshops are being copied by other orgs (yabang ba?). It's high time this matter is addressed because we cannot allow plagiarism or any form of duplicating to take place in our midst. Sure there are many others who can deliver the same workshop just as there are other schools that offer the same course contents and just label them differently. However, it is important that those who give workshops do not just SING their way out, or TALK themselves off to the participants because either they do not know their topics or they have been told to do so only a night or two before. With the CPE Council helping determine whether a workshop is worth a credit unit or not, such types of "midnight workshops" (sounds like "midnight appointments" lately hugging the newspaper headlines?) will be hopefully eradicated.

Hence, we at IPCAP have ensured that the workshops our participants will be able to attend will be those that have been approved. First, the workshop presentors have their credentials that warrant technical competence on their topics. Second, they have workshop descriptions that can guide the participants in ascertaining their expectations of the workshops. Without this component, it will be very difficult to determine the scope and content of the workshops. Remember, we only have eight hours for the workshop. Some even compress it to four hours, which will in the end become a lecture or seminar. Thirdly, we ensure that our workshops afford participants the chance to really practice impromptu, there and then, what they have learned. Learning thus becomes hands on, hopefully to make the learning last longer than simply a seminar can make. Welcome everyone!

God bless

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Good News: Early Bird Rates Extended to April 7

During our Board Meeting last Monday, March 29, the birthday of IPCAP President Dr. Rosa Maria I. Llanes, the Board decided to extend the Early Bird Rates for the upcoming IPCAP 2nd National Convention. RGCs, whether they have been IPCAP members since the 1st National Convention, or simply are licensed, only pay P2,500 + P200 for their membership ID fee (ID is good for three years). RGCs are then to submit the following: accomplished IPCAP membership Form, your PRC license xeroxed front and back copy (hope you have paid your PTRs already), 1x1 or 2x2 ID picture to be placed in the ID, and their signature. Please have them scanned and emailed to me: so I can prepare them for ID printing which will begin on April 12, 2010. Remember to look for your Official Receipts for Convention participation, IPCAP membership and ID fee in your kit when you come on the 14th of April, the 1st day of the 2nd National Convention. Non-RGCs pay P3,000. Since the IPCAP membership is reserved for RGCs, we cannot charge ID fee nor give the certificate of membership to non RGCs.

We very much understand that there were those who waited for the IPCAP to be accredited as a CPE Provider before they decided to act on the invitation. I know of those who called or texted me so they could reach today's 1st early bird deadline. There were those who availed of the modified Pre-Registration, allowing them to pre-register via fax or email (to me or to any of the other ones mentioned in the invitation letter: Dr. Julian Montano, Mr. Cesar Cong, or Ms. Nila Urrea) due to the fact that there is no BDO branch in their place. Still others mentioned their difficulty at their fund's release, hence their paying onsite. Hence, we decided to provide as much benefit to the RGCs in particular. I'm sorry though if I failed to input this information earlier. I got so entangled with other matters in my present placement.

In view of the increasing number of pre-registrants, we have prepared more than the present number of workshops so every one gets to attend for their growth as well as their CPE credit units.

Pre-Registration is highly encouraged for this event because we will have to ready so many documents in time for the Convention. Besides, please realize that there is only ONE HOUR for the Registration Period. The Keynote Speaker will be going somewhere and thus we need to start on time. Besides, the counting of credit units is based on the actual Convention itself. Hence, for the good of all, Pre-register! You have until April 7 to avail of the 2nd Early Bird rates mentioned above.

As regards the CPE Provider Certificate of Accreditation, we shall be showing it on the Convention Opening Day. Plus, we have added one hour for a presentation and discussion of the CPE Policy of the PRC and the requirements for renewal. This may not be done again. Many have been inquiring about this matter, and I think as a CPE Provider, we will disseminate information to those who attend this ground-breaking CPE Program. Dr. Rosales, the former 2nd Chair of the Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance Counseling (the first was the late Dr. Rhodora L. Gabriel, and the third is Dr. Luz Guzman, who just newly took her oath taking last March 26) strongly agreed to this new feature of the Convention. Let's do this for the good of the Guidance and Counseling profession and its practitioners.

God bless and take care

Free 1st Day Participation for ONLY ONE

I got an email from a colleague who can only attend the workshops of the 2nd National Convention. That leaves the 1st day free for anyone to attend the day the colleague can "transfer" participation to.

What do I mean by this? Remember that the fees for the Convention are "NONREFUNDABLE BUT TRANSFERRABLE," meaning once you pay the prescribed fees, IPCAP cannot refund anymore. However, in cases like this one cited, with the participant's permission, someone may use the day that the colleague failed to attend. TRANSFERRABLE may also mean that if you fail to attend the event you have paid for, those fees can be used for the next program or event of IPCAP (as long as the fees are the same, or just add the balance for the fees of the next event!) IPCAP is not interested in your money. We care about your professional development. I remember having participants in our 1st National Convention who had paid another organization but was not allowed anymore - were those participants late in coming, despite paying the bank already?

Here is the message of the payee (I cannot reveal the name unless I get permission [lest the reward in heaven be forfeited] hehe). "Father. Actually, i am not yet desperate for points as my license is good for another two years. If you know of anyone who can benefit from the first day that I will miss, you may just give the first day's points to whoever that will be."

There you are. If anyone is interested, just email or text any of the following numbers - 09196236605 (SMART) / 09273842739 (GLOBE) / 09324459810 (SUN).

This has implications however to the credit units earned. The colleague above knows her CPE talaga. Only those who really attend gain the credit units of the day. Even if one has paid but one did not attend, no credit units will be given or gained. Hence, the person who gets to attend this free first day of the Convention gets the credit units of the day. The person who paid but gave away free the first day will then gain the credit units of the later days attended. I hope this is clear?

So hurry! Text or email me now as soon as you read this.

Nakakatuwa ito kasi may isa namang participant who said that s/he can only participate for the 1st day. If that person pays, there will be two workshop days free "to transfer". Anyway, either that participant pays or gets this 1st day free offer. God really knows how to match us in our conditions.

Friday, March 26, 2010


As mentioned in the previous blog, I went to the PRC Standards and Inspection Division this afternoon to receive the Accreditation Certificate of IPCAP as a PRC-accredited CPE Provider (professional organization). IPCAP's Accreditation Number 2010-005 is valid for the next three years, from today March 26, 2010 until March 26, 2013. Everyone will see this certificate during the Convention. It's not just an announcement. It's a signed document, complete with documentary stamps and the PRC dry seal.

We also got our accreditation of the 2nd National Convention as a CPE Event. I will just have to provide a revision of the program due to a technical matter which is relatively easy to resolve (the CPE Council noticed the breaks were quite long!) We were given seven days to correct that, and on Monday or Tuesday, March 29 or 30, we hope to resolve it through a resubmission of our revised program. What we have made sure is that the Keynote, plenary discussions, and workshops are all tops in the field and really CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION activities that further enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies, and attitudes of our participants, both RGC and non-RGC alike. I would like to believe that even the CPE Council members will get continuing education through these workshops!

Thanks to the concern of our pre-registrants who texted me about whether by April 14 the IPCAP will be a CPE Provider. We wanted to ensure that participants who need the credit units for license renewal starting next year shall not be wasting their money on nothing. Besides, this concern has always been tackled during our regular IPCAP Board Meetings. In fact, our decision to delay our application to be accredited as a CPE Provider was due to the fact that there were NO GUIDELINES SPECIFIC to the Guidance and Counseling Profession. Yes, there was this PRC Board Resolution 2008-466 Series of 2008 and we complied by whatever was stated in there.

As soon as we submitted the required documents, we were required a certification from the SEC. This was not required in the PRC Resolution. We complied immediately. Another requirement was a descriptive mechanism to measure program quality. We complied immediately. We complied by all the criteria specified in there but our 1st application was deferred for a reason NEVER MENTIONED in the said PRC Board Resolution! One cannot but question if there is a different yardstick or criteria for IPCAP and another for others. The criterion we were required was not imposed on other applicants who were given accreditation, in at least one organization which is now a CPE Provider.

But we never make any contention on the matter anymore. We just want to record these here because these were the obstacles we had to overcome before we got this graciousness of becoming a CPE Provider. In this way, we can have a standard to look forward to because these were the ones required of us. Thanks to the CPE Council, particularly to the signatory of the accreditation certificate, outgoing PRBGC Chair and CPE Council Chair Dr. Lily Rosqueta-Rosales.

God bless and take care

IPCAP gets accredited as CPE Provider

This is really good news! I just called up the PRC Standards and Investigation Division to follow up on our accreditation as CPE Provider. Thank God! I will go this afternoon to receive the certificate of accreditation as a CPE Provider. Hence, from hereon, we will even be more persistent in doing what is good for the profession.

In the meantime, please await for the accreditation of the Program. Thanks and God bless!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

IPCAP 2nd National Convention Abstracts and Workshop Descriptions

Just a little introduction: As we have written in our invitation for participation in our 2nd National Convention on April 14-16, 2010, the Integrated Professional Counselors Association of the Philippines (IPCAP), Inc. has applied to be an accredited continuing professional education (CPE) provider on March 1, 2010. In fact, to make that statement true in fact, I only released our invitation here in this blog, and later through email after our application was received by the PRC Standards and Inspection Division. The ball is in the hands of the CPE Council composed in accordance to the PRC Board Resolution No. 466 Series of 2008. I had the whole document published here in toto so that everyone will have a view into the documents which guide our actions. We have sought application months ago, but decided to file our application only after we had the Program ready. We very much understand that the economy is not that good but we also would not like Guidance Counselors to lose the chance to grow simply because we are in difficulty. Hence, when you pre-register, you pre-register for a READY PROGRAM at a very affordable price. We are not here to make money because IPCAP is a NON-PROFIT NON-STOCK SEC-certified PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION. That has always been the battlecry of IPCAP since we were formed by the organization representatives that came together since Feb. 4, 2006, way before the Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling (PRBGC) was formed. Making IPCAP an organization only for the Registered Guidance Counselors has always been due to Republic Act. No. 9258 or the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004. We are thus apologetic to those who would like to be our members but could not yet qualify because they simply have no PRC ID yet as a licensed or registered Guidance Counselors. We thus have strongly encouraged them to go and take the Board Exam and having passed the licensure exams in Guidance and Counseling, they will definitely be entitled membership in this organization. Hence, the reduced fees of RGCs in our events.

So much for that, herein are the abstracts of the Plenary Discussions and Workshop Descriptions. Happy Reading, and welcome to the Convention. God bless

There will be two sessions, and we have applied for a total of 3 hours for these presentations. An hour of participation = 1 credit unit (1 c.u.) for CPE. An hour for the presentors/speakers/facilitators = 5 credit units (5 c.u) for CPE. Speakers may only have 20 minutes presentation, but they are required to stay until the session is over. The interchange of ideas constitutes here a very lively process, one that will hopefully stimulate participants to learn about something they can apply in their lives and practice.

Plenary Session 1: April 14, 2010 1030AM - 1200nn
I. Topic: The Counselor as Educator

Abstract: This 20 minute talk is an attempt to characterize the counselor as educator. It seeks to appreciate and challenge the counselor as a catalyst for growth in whatever role he plays in life and society while discussing a few important points on self-awareness and integration.

1. The Counselor in terms of teaching content:
a. Integrates the psychological, spiritual, cognitive and behavioral aspects of human functioning;
b. Maintains integrative skills in all areas of life.
c. Every written and unwritten syllabus educates toward wholeness and character.

2. The Counselor in terms of conduct:
a. Is bound by moral and ethical standards;
b. Is aware of his/her own strengths, limitations and is therefore aware of his/her own character flaws that need change. Knowledge and skills without character can hurt others.

3. The counselor in terms of vision:
a. The counselor sees him/herself as a catalyst for growth;
b. The counselor educates for higher functionality and therefore effects positive change in society through the lives he/she touches as counselor and educator.

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. ( James 3:1)

II. Topic: The Guidance Counselor as Research Practitioner

Abstract: Guidance and counseling, being a profession, has the responsibility of keeping the practice at a high standard of service. The measure of quality standards is through the conduct of research and the dissemination of results to the field.The research findings have to be scrutinized and those that are useful may be explored in terms of applicability to our own settings. With the wide array of topics and issues confronting the practitioners, there will be no reason to look for solutions. After the focus on research and the consolidation of findings, then, theory generation in our own settings may ensue. With the wealth of data collected, we can use these for practical purposes. The benchmarking that comes as a result of research sharing hopefully may encourage encourage everyone to conduct simple research until expertise is attained. The cooperation of everyone is needed.The ultimate purpose is to upgrade the competencies of the practitioners so that quality delivery of guidance services is assured in whatever settings. The beauty of group research is the team-approach which competitiveness. Those who prefer quantitative research can do their part while those prefer the qualitative approach can proceed. The aptitude and interest will come in handy in the choice.

III. Topic: The Guidance Counselor as Manager of Guidance Services

Abstract: Learning the art of managing guidance services is a topic not oftentimes, if not at all, discussed and shared among colleagues. The speaker shall be sharing her own experience of how she handled her managerial skills in terms of the guidance programs and services she has developed and implemented in her school. Listeners should be able to find sparks of wisdom and knowledge to use in one’s practice as a guidance director or future manager of these services.

Plenary Session 2: April 14, 2010, 130-300PM
IV. Topic: The Guidance Counselor as Community Builder

Abstract: The speaker hopes to explore the role of community based counselors within the context of Basic Ecclesial Communities (religious) and Self-Help groups (secular/ecumenical). The stages of group development (forming, storming, strengthening, commitment, transforming) will be presented to enable counselors to empower communities and beyond. The integrity, focused listening and coaching skills of counselors will be shown as determinants of the impact or extent of influence counselors play in journeying with communities.

V. Topic: The Guidance Counselor as Legal Advocate

Abstract: The speaker hopes to tackle what Counselors need to know about the legal consequences related to clients entangled with cases of attempts at abortion, suicide, rape, addiction, women’s issues and difficulties in family and marital relationships. As a lawyer, he hopes to tie with up providers of helping services like the Guidance Counselors in both pre-legal and post-legal assessment and counseling periods in the client’s life. Counselors may yet learn how to handle such types of clients who oftentimes have to confront themselves with legal implications in their counseling concerns. It is thus best that Counselors are aware of their own legal responsibilities and accountabilities in handling such types of clients.

VI. Topic: The Guidance Counselor as Agent of Counselor Wellness

Abstract: Wellness focuses on the whole person. It is a holistic, expansive approach to happiness, peace, balance, and well-being. As counselors called to the helping profession there is a need to focus our vital role as an agent of wellness. However, we need to give attention first to our own well-being. Imbalance in one of these areas affects the balance of your whole system. As a wellness advocate counselors should seek to address what it means to live a happy and productive life as the balance of a whole life is sometimes disrupted by anxiety, stress, worry, or even fear.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS (April 15 & 16, 2010)
(These are concurrent, and offered also for the second day; hence, participants are entitled to attend at least two of them. Unless otherwise stated (there are two workshops that each offers only 4 hours), each workshop gives us 8 hours of participation = 8 credit units (8 c.u.) for CPE. Facilitators have 5 credit units per hour, hence, 8 x 5 = 40 credit units (40 c.u) for CPE, enough for a year's CPE requirements. If the interpretation is right, and there is seriousness in implementing the CPE provisions, 60 credit units are required for renewal (giving us 20 credit units per year since renewal is done once every 3 years). Excess units are not counted for the next renewal. I don't think facilitators can share their extra credit units with others hehe.

I. Workshop Title: Games as career metaphors: application of the chaos theory of career in counseling

Workshop Description: Games simultaneously illustrate the closed and open systems aspects of human endeavors and therefore can be a useful way of encouraging clients to appreciate the contingent and uncertain nature of their career development. It is argued, therefore, that metaphors provide an example of analogical reasoning that is useful for dealing with the modern counseling realities of complexity, connectedness, systems, changeability and chance. In this workshop the potential of game as a career metaphor for use in counseling would be explored. This metaphor will be linked with the Chaos Theory approach to careers as a framework for conceptualizing career development challenges and strategies for career counseling.

Workshop Title
: Emotionally Focused Approach to Family Life Cycle Transitions

Workshop Description: Change can cause stress and anxiety. Transitions in the Family Life Cycle are no exception. This workshop will illustrate how the principles of EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED COUPLE THERAPY can be applied to each stage in family life to avoid or minimize the accompanying stress. A short introduction to EFT will be given with particular attention to the role of Attachment Theory in this method. A description of each stage in the Family Life Cycle will be included and relevant cases showing how EFT can be applied. Participants will be able to identify their own particular needs through activities designed to reinforce learning.

• Review of the Developmental Stages (Erikson) and the Stages of the Family Life Cycle
• Brief description of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
• Importance of emotion and emotional responses
• Brief description of Attachment Theory

• Description of each stage of the family life cycle
• Case studies for each stage showing how EFT can be successfully applied


III. Workshop Title: The Social Constructivist Model in the Counselor’s Ethical Decision-Making

Workshop Description: Ethical decision-making is an integral part in Counseling. Every Counselor ought to be aware of one’s self, their clients and the ethical foundations of one’s practice. Fitting the Filipino counselor’s world view, the Social-constructivist perspective will be presented, its tenets and essential aspects, followed by vignettes for the participants to apply their learnings. This workshop aims to help Counselors get more deeply in touch with their self, their views about the client and the ethical foundations of their practice, as well as gain some confidence in their practice using this model.

IV. Workshop Title: Dealing with Infidelity: A Counseling Intervention (This is a 4-hour workshop held in the afternoons only.)

Workshop Description: Statistics show that marital problems are the most common issues brought to counseling. Infidelity is one of its top reasons. This workshop presents an empirically proven approach to working on the personal yet intertwined issues of two individuals whose worlds have been shattered by betrayals. Ultimately, it will answer two integral questions: “When do we talk about forgiveness?” and “What happens to the marriage?”

V. Workshop Title: Cyber Addiction: Assessment & Initial Counseling (This is also a 4-hour workshop to be held in the mornings only.)

Workshop Description: The world today teems with technologies that capture almost everyone who has access to them. The use of the internet, while aiding human communications, has however become disruptive of everyday functioning among a growing population of its users, particularly the youth. When is one addicted to the internet? How does a counselor approach such clients? What are the assessment measures to be to diagnose such addiction? How are these data to be used in initial counseling? What competencies and skills must counselors have in properly handling such types of clientele? Is there a way out of this “addiction”?

VI. Workshop Title: Trauma Counseling for Disaster Survivors

Workshop Description: A review of literature on trauma defined this phenomenon as a psychological wound that results from an emotionally-demanding circumstance or incident. Effects of trauma indicate the inability of the person to cope adequately with what they have experienced and/or witnessed. A key feature of whether an event or circumstance is likely to be experienced as traumatic is whether it is perceived by the person as a threat to their physical or psychological integrity. People involved in overwhelming disasters and incidents often report typical reactions. Knowing how to deal with traumatized disaster survivors often provide a major challenge for those counselors called to address the situation. In this workshop, the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) will be introduced as a tool in counseling traumatized disaster survivors. EMDR has been “strongly recommended” for the treatment of trauma and has been placed in the “A” category as a very effective tool in acute distress disorder and PTSD cases.

VII. Workshop Title: Program Development for Guidance Services in the Educational Setting

Workshop Description: The successful delivery of guidance services in the educational setting marks the hallway for the school’s success as shown in the academic performance, appropriate behavioral indicators, and career directions and placement of its students. The Guidance Counselor is thus challenged to provide programs and services that aim to develop each and every student and other clientele specific to each school and its policies. Participants will start developing their own programs and services, as well as appreciate the roles they play in achieving the school’s vision, mission and goals.

These are really topics beyond entry point in our life as Registered Guidance Counselors. Everyone is welcome to attend. We only want the best for the practitioner.

DepEd Endorsement Released

The DepEd has endorsed our upcoming IPCAP 2nd National Convention. Upload it by clicking their website for your own copy. We understand that many of the participants are required that document for their participation in our Convention. Now that is resolved. Thank God.

I have been following this up since last week. I emailed the IPCAP members about the status. Until last night, I couldn't find it despite the reply from DepEd that it has been uploaded. DepEd Advisory #66 Advisory was not there while #68 was. This morning (today is March 25) I called up the DepEd again because its endorsement of IPCAP could not be found. Before 9AM, there was only #68; I checked again their website and it was already Advisory #72, but Advisory #67 was still empty. Sa kakukulit (persistence, a trait I will always keep), I tried to see if the problem is still there. Ganoon pa din. I pressed all others, and realized only IPCAP's was not found. Until I clicked #66 and realized it had 3 pages in it for #s 66, 67 (IPCAP's) and #68. I called up the DepEd and gave them the observation. In a few minutes, DepEd's endorsement of our 2nd IPCAP National Convention was uploaded the normal way. Thanks for the quick service of Ms Rhea at the DepEd. May God bless you and your comrades there. A reward awaits for you (in heaven? hehe). Talagang madrama ito hehe

I shall be posting the Abstracts and Workshop Descriptions next because indeed our upcoming 2nd National Convention is something that can definitely add to our knowledge, skills and aptitudes, and attitudes, a truly continuing professional education (CPE) event. Please feel free to come and attend it. We have made it responsive to the conditions of the participants (read: not expensive). Pre-registration is for a ready program and not a promise on its way. Pray we have a good number of participants. God bless and take care

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CHED Endorsement for IPCAP 2nd National Convention


Herein is the CHED endorsement for the IPCAP 2nd National Convention. Thanks to Dr. Emmanuel Angeles for giving us this endorsement. Things are falling in place. And this is all for the good of Counseling, for love of Counseling.

One may notice the difference in the fees. One will notice that RGCs are charged lower. This is in line with the IPCAP Constitution where we have agreed that RGCs be given benefits like discounted fees for Conventions and other activities. I myself am for this because of the times we have. In fact, one will notice that the Pre-registration is for a prepared and ready program. We would not like to collect pre-registrations when we have nothing yet in line. I bet this is a quality true among professional activities. It's high time we set benchmarks so that standards can be raised. It's the profession we would like to raise in this process.

For the pre-registrants, please fax your Pre-Registration forms to this number: (02)735-9037. This number is now included in our invitation letter. Thanks for those who have emailed me or faxed their pre-registrations. God bless and take care

Monday, March 01, 2010

IPCAP 2nd National Convention Invitation

Finally, with everything more or less ready, herein attached is the invitation letter to IPCAP 2nd National Convention. Everyone is welcome. You may email any of the three persons mentioned including other IPCAP members you know.

March 01, 2010

Dear Colleagues,


We are all aware that counseling professionals assume varied functions in different settings which require appropriate competencies. In this context, each counselor is
challenged to hone one’s competencies and skills to function effectively in one’s area of specialization. Hence, IPCAP is sponsoring its 2nd National Convention with the theme “Serving Humanity through the Counseling Profession” to: (1) highlight the
multiple roles of guidance counselors; (2) to strengthen our competencies and skills; (3) to uphold ethical and legal responsibilities and accountabilities; and (4) to appreciate the changing roles of guidance counselors in our world today. It will be held at the Conference Hall of the University of the East, C.M. Recto Ave.,
Manila on April 14-16, 2010. There will be at least six (6) workshops, two (2)
of which every participant is entitled to attend. IPCAP has applied to be a PRC-accredited CPE-provider, hence we hope our participation in this affair will be
granted at least 22 credit units. While a General Membership Meeting of all IPCAP
members (RGCs) is on schedule, participation in the Plenary Sessions and workshops is open to non-RGCs and others for professional updating.

Fees for this 3-day National Convention are as follows:
RGC* / Non-Member
EARLY BIRD (until March 31, 2010) P2,500.00 / P3,000.00
REGULAR FEES (April 1-14, 2010) P3,000.00 / P3,500.00

The fees (non-refundable but transferrable) will cover certificates, 3 lunches & 6 snacks, convention kits, facilitators’ fees, and handouts. For IPCAP members (RGCs), fees include your membership fee (renewal or entry); the membership ID
good for three years separately costs only P200.00.

A Pre-registration form is attached herein for early bird registrants. Deposit your
payments in any of the BDOs nationwide to our BDO E. Rodriguez, Quezon City
branch Current Account No. 220-084-661. For inquiries, please contact any of the
following IPCAP Officers: Dr. Julian Montano ( or 0917-5026992 / 09228990130), Fr. Bernardo R. Collera, SVD ( or 0919-6236605 / 0917-3842739 / 0932-4459810), Mr. Cesar S. Cong ( or 0917-6078427) or Nila V. Urrea (UE-Manila)( or [02] 7358537 or 09163212579). CHED, DepEd & other endorsement letters are available on request. We look forward to having you in this growth-promoting professional Convention. God bless

Sincerely yours,

Sgd. Fr. Bernardo R. Collera, SVD
Program Coordinator

Sgd. Dr. Rosa Maria I. Llanes

The Schedule is the above, while the Pre-registration form is here below:

Friday, February 19, 2010

CPE Question #1

A texter's question: Will you please enlighten me about Sec 16 CPE, 60 credit unit 4 wt baccaureate degree, 30 crdt unit w/o baccalaureate degree? Thank u n God bless u.

Answer: When I called up the Standards Division last Feb. 5, 2010, I got this answer: "every professional needs to gather 20 units per year (60 credit units every time one renews the license."

You know? I think we need to channel this question to the Council for CPE in Guidance and Counseling so they can make an OFFICIAL STATEMENT. Anyone may care to also inquire with the PRC Standards Division, tel. # (02) 314-0048. Ask either Ms. Aida or Marjorie (I may be mistaken because I immediately associated Ms. Margie, former 1973 Ms Universe of the Philippines) Moran to help you understand this matter. You may quote directly from the PRC document which I posted in the blog. In fact, it may be best to write a letter of inquiry which they are obliged to respond w/in 15 working days so we get official responses. From there, we can make appropriate and correct statements, and even make further questions when left still unanswered. K?

In the meantime, let that be the answer. God bless and take care

Some thoughts on the CPE Documents

First, my apologies for my statement emailed to our IPCAP members about there being no Guidelines from the Board of Guidance and Counseling. The more recent truth is, the PRC-set Guidelines (PRC BR 2008-466 Series of 2008 & Annex A) have now become THE Guidelines. Thanks to the PRC Standards Division for enlightening me. That mistaken thought or impression has led me to actually clarify why there is no official word from the CPE Council for Guidance & Counseling except a statement I read somewhere about which are the accredited CPE providers for the profession. I would really want to read MORE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS coming from the legitimate source like the CPE Council for Guidance and Counseling without which doubt can be an easy preoccupation. Aren't they supposed to meet ONCE A MONTH (Article II Section 11 which reads: "The Council shall hold regular meetings once a month on dates to be fixed by said Councils.") Since the PRC Board Resolution No. 2008-466 Series of 2008 & Annex A has taken effect - Oct. 22, 2008, I have yet to get more reliable information, at least the PRINTED one like the aforesaid PRC Resolution. Maybe the Board is still busy with the many documents submitted for Grandfather's Clause licensure. Nonetheless, it is essential for our profession that this matter be attended to. We at IPCAP have been discussing these matters in our meetings.

With that taken care of, let me share some thoughts on the documents I published in here. There are more PRC Resolutions connected with the ones I placed here (e.g., the payments for applications for CPE provider-ship, etc...), but for the purposes of those who read this blog on this matter (I bet I haven't read this document somewhere else other than the ones I got from PRC Standards Division), let these thoughts be for now. I shall add as the days come.

1. Is there a discrepancy between these two statements coming from the document (Annex A) itself? Here are the statements, to wit,

"No CPE provider shall be allowed to conduct CPE programs, activities and sources without approval and accreditation from the Council." (Article III Section 15 sentence 2)

"Programs and activities conducted by providers which were not pre-accredited may be given credit upon submission of documents relevant to the programs to the APO CPEC and upon approval of the Council." (Article III Section 16 par 4)

This is how I understand the first statement (Sec. 15 sentence 2): A CPE provider may not conduct CPE programs, activities and sources WITHOUT approval and accreditation.

As regards Sec. 16 par 4, this is how I understand it: If there were programs and activities that were not pre-accredited, just submit documents relevant to that program/activity to the APO for approval by the Council (CPE Council), and the units there may be given credit.

The first statement PROHIBITS holding of non-pre-accredited events (programs and activities and sources) even by a CPE PRovider, which the second statement denies because submission of relevant documents suffices. Isn't there a discrepancy? Akala ko di pwede, bakit pwede pala? All in one document. Ano ba talaga Kuya? Ate? Lolo? Lola?

2. What about professionals (read: those with PRC IDs) invited to give talks and workshops by organizations that are not accredited CPE providers: are those experiences of being a RESOURCE PERSON not given credit?

I'd like to think that the document itself provides for credit units being given to those programs and activities having sources other than the CPE provider organizations. Just look at the credit units given to masteral and doctoral degrees (academic preparation), journal articles published and presented, and obviously MOST of the other programs may obviously not come from accredited CPE providers alone. I don't know if I have missed a portion of the document, but the impression left in me after the many readings I did on the document is that if one is over one's masters, or doctorate, one may be left with participation as the only mode by which one can get credit units from the accredited CPE providers. Well, if my understanding were right, when one becomes resource person/panelist reactor or facilitator/moderator, one must be the resource person/panelist reactor or facilitator/moderator ONLY in the CPE provider-sponsored event. I hope I am mistaken. It is thus best for the Board or the Council to really think about it.

Let these be for now. I am open for discussion and exchange. I may be mistaken. Let me know where. Thanks and Good Day. God bless

Saturday, February 13, 2010

PRC Documents Regarding the CPE for Guidance & Counseling Part III

It was only after I had these pages blogged that I realized the pages were reversed. This matter is divided into 3 blog entries. I have identified each by the Roman numeral. Pardon the technological glitch here. Thanks.

i. Submission of the proposed budget and seminar or convention fee to be collected shall be reviewed by the Council.
j. Seminar or convention fee to be collected.
k. Evaluation to be used which could either be any of the following modes or systems:
i. evaluation of seminar by participant
ii. evaluation of participants by CPE providers, tests.
iii. other methods of evaluation.
3. If the Council concerned finds the CPE program, activity or source to be relevant to the profession, cost effective to the participants and to be in accordance with these guidelines, said Council shall issue a certificate of accreditation within thirty (30) days from receipt of application.

Section 18. Post-accreditation Requirements. – Upon the completion of an accredited CPE program, activity or source, the CPE Provider shall submit a report to the Council concerned within fifteen (15 days) from the last day of the offering. The report shall include, but shall not be limited to the following information:

1. Name of CPE provider.
2. Name or description of CPE program, activity or source.
3. Accreditation number and date of issuance of accreditation.
4. Certified list of participants indicating names and PRC professional license/identification (ID) cards and expiry dates, resource speakers, lecturers, discussion leaders, panelists, moderators or facilitators who took part or participated in the CPE program, activity or source.
5. Date and time of start and completion of the holding of the CPE program, activity or source.
6. Venue location of the holding of the program.
7. Summary evaluation results and participants.
8. Name of Secretariat representative who monitored the CPE program or activity.

Section 19. Sanctions.

a. Accredited CPE Provider – Accreditation shall be withdrawn from the Provider who:
1. Is found not complying with the prescribed rules and regulations for CPE, or
2. Has committed substantial deviation from the approved program, or
3. Has submitted false reports, or
4. Has committed such other acts that the Council finds to be in violation of the interest of the program.

b. Commission employees –

Any employee of the Commission who causes, abets or helps in the renewal of the ID card/license of a registered professional without complying with CPE requirements shall be considered to have violated office and/or civil service rules and regulations and shall be proceeded against administratively, and, if found guilty, shall be meted out the penalties provided for by the said laws and rules and regulations.

Nothing follows.

This one below I got from and decided to bring it in here so everyone can read it as well. Hope there is no mistake in the typing here.

Republic of the Philippines
Professional Regulation Commission

Resolution No. 2009-542 Series of 2009

AMENDING SEC.19(b) of RESOLUTION No. 2008-466 SERIES OF 2008
“Revised Standardized Guidelines and Procedures for the Implementation of the CPE/CPD System for All Registered and Licensed Professionals

WHEREAS, the Commission issued Res. No. 2008-466 Series of 2008, prescribing,
issuing and promulgating the “Revised Standardized Guidelines and Procedures
for the Implementation of the Continuing Professional Education/Development
(CPE/CPD) System for All Registered and Licensed Professionals,” Annex “A”;

WHEREAS, Sec. 19 Sanctions of the aforesaid Resolution states, to wit

“b. Commission employees –

Any employee of the Commission who causes, abets or helps in the renewal of the ID card/license of a registered professional without complying with CPE requirements shall be considered to have violated office and/or civil service rules and regulations and shall be proceeded against administratively, and, if found guilty, shall be meted out the penalties provided for by the said laws and rules and regulations.”

WHEREAS, the aforequoted provision is appropriate if the submission of CPE units requirement for the renewal of the professional identification card (PIC) issued to a registered and licensed professional is a mandatory provision under the concerned PRB, and

WHEREAS, the CPE Task Force decided to recommend to the Commission for the amendment of Section 19 (b);

NOW, THEREFORE, the Commission Resolves, as it is hereby Resolved, to amend Sec. 19 (b) Res. No. 2008-466 Series of 2008 which shall read as follows:

a. Commission employees –

Any employee of the Commission who causes, abets or helps in the renewal of the PROFESSIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARD [license] of a registered and licensed professional without complying with THE MANDATORY CPE REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE PERTINENT PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY LAW (PRL) shall be considered to have violated THE PRL AND ITS IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS (IRR), office and/or civil service rules and regulations and shall be proceeded against CRIMINALLY AND/OR administratively, and, if found guilty, shall be meted out the penalties provided for by the said PRL (laws], IRR, OFFICE and/or CIVIL SERVICE rules and regulations.”

PRC Document Regarding the CPE for Guidance & Counseling Part II


Article III


Section 14. Criteria for Accreditation.
– In order to merit accreditation, the following criteria shall be complied with:

A. For CPE Provider

1. Must be a duly registered organization, firm, institution or agency, or a registered and licensed professional of good standing in the APO concerned, and who has never been convicted of a crime;
2. Shall have an established mechanism for measuring the quality of the program being offered or administered;
3. Must have adequate, modern and updated instructional materials to carry out the CPE programs and activities;
4. Shall have a pool of regular instructors, lecturers and resource speakers with good moral character and technical competence and must be holders of current/valid professional registrations and licenses, if they are professionals regulated by the Commission.

B. For CPE Programs, activities or sources

1. The scope shall be beyond the basic preparation for admission to the practice of the profession. The contents shall be relevant/related, but not limited to, the practice of the profession.
2. The programs, activities or sources shall enhance the competence of the registered and licensed professional by upgrading and updating knowledge and skills for the practice of the profession as brought about by modernization and scientific and technical advancements in the profession.

Section 15. Programs, Activities and Sources for Accreditation and Equivalent Credit Units. - Any provider may submit to the CPE Council programs, activities or sources to be approved and accredited for credit units (CUs). No CPE provider shall be allowed to conduct CPE programs, activities and sources without approval and accreditation from the Council.

As used in these guidelines, the following terms shall mean:

1. Seminars shall refer to the gathering of registered and licensed professionals which shall include, among others, workshops, technical lectures or subject matter meetings, non-degree training courses and scientific meetings.
2. Conventions shall refer to the gathering of registered and licensed professionals which shall include, among others, conferences, symposia or assemblies for round table discussions.
3. Doctoral degree shall refer to a post-graduate degree from a recognized school, college or university.
4. Masteral Degree shall refer to a graduate degree from a recognized school, college or university.

5. Fellowship shall refer to the completion of a post-doctoral training program in a specific field pre-approved by a duly recognized institution, scientific faculty meeting and the like.
6. Residency/Externship shall refer to the apprenticeship training at the graduate level which is beyond the basic preparation for the regulated and licensed health professionals. This should be conducted by duly-accredited hospitals and medical centers and the like.
7. Authorship shall refer to the ownership of intellectual property which includes technical or professional books, instructional materials and the like. Credit units (CUs) earned must be claimed within one (1)b year from the date of publication.
8. Self-directed Learning Package shall refer to learning which uses course manuals or accredited learning modules. Accredited learning modules include self-instructional materials or programs which may be in the form of printed manual, audio and video cassette tapes, films, computer-assisted learning (CAL), study kits, learning aids and modules or the use of the information highway. These should include among others, clearly defined objectives, adequate content and an evaluation component for each module.
9. Post-Graduate/In-Service Training shall mean training or specialization at the post graduate level for a minimum period of one (1) week.
10. Resource Speaker shall refer to a professional who acts as a discussion leader or lecturer, in a convention or seminar or similar gathering.
11. Peer Reviewer shall refer to professional who acts as an evaluator of a research paper, conference paper or journal article before it is presented or published.
12. CPE Provider shall refer to a natural person or a juridical entity which includes among others, accredited or non-accredited professional organization, firm, partnership, corporation or institution which offers, organizes or arranges CPE programs, activities or sources for implementation and administration.
13. CPE Programs, Activities or Sources shall refer to the regime of CPE which enhance the competence of the professional by upgrading and updating knowledge and skills for the profession as brought about by modernization and scientific and technical advancements in the profession. The scope shall be beyond the basic preparation for admission to the practice of the regulated profession. The content shall be related but not limited to the practice of the profession.

The following is the Matrix for CPE programs, activities or sources with their corresponding credit units and supporting documents required. Credit unit (CU) allocation for other CPE activities may be decided upon by the concerned Council.



Section 16. CPE Credit Units. – The total CPE credit units (CUs) for registered and licensed professionals with baccalaureate degree shall be sixty (60) credit units for three (3) years. Any excess credit units earned shall not be carried over to the next three-year period except credit units earned for doctoral and masteral degrees or for other special training.

The total CPE credit units (CUs) for registered and licensed professionals without baccalaureate degrees shall be thirty (30) credit units for three (3) years. Any excess shall not be carried over to the next three year period.

One credit hour of CPE program, activity of source shall be equivalent to one (1) credit unit.

Programs and activities conducted by providers which were not pre-accredited may be given credit upon submission of documents relevant to the programs to the APO CPEC and upon approval of the Council.

Section 17. Procedures. - Each Council shall observe the following procedures for the accreditation of CPE providers and CPE programs, activities, or sources:

A. Procedure for Accreditation of CPE Provider:

I. In case of natural persons:
1. Any person seeking to offer an organized or arranged program, activity or
source shall accomplish and submit to the appropriate Council an application
2. An application shall include, but shall not limit to the following information:
a. Full name, address and telephone number of the applicant provider.
b. Relevant educational background.
c. Profession, principal area of professional work and number of years in
the legal practice of the regulated profession.
d. PRC License Number and date of expiration.
e. Current employment.
3. Applicant-provider shall submit a valid NBI clearance.

II. In case of juridical entity:
1. Any agency, organization, institution, association or similar juridical
entity seeking to offer an organized program, activity or source shall
accomplish and submit to the appropriate Council an application form.
2. An application shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following
information and documents:
a. Full name, address, and telephone/fax number/s and email address.
b. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Department of

Trade and Industry (DTI) original registration papers.
c. List of officers with their PRC License Numbers and expiry date if officer
is a member of a regulated profession.
d. Plans for CPE programs or activities for the year applied.
e. Proof of past CPE activities or programs conducted/arranged (immediate past
year) for applicants renewing accreditation (not required for first time

III. All applicants shall submit to the CPE/CPD Council concerned the following:
1. Mechanism for measuring the quality of the program, activity or source being
2. Criteria for selecting and evaluating speakers, resource persons or

IV. Issuance by the Council of Certificate of Accreditation (CoA) as CPE provider in the case of natural persons and juridical entities and their programs, activities and sources by the Commission Proper. Accreditation shall be for a period of three (3) years, renewable every three years (3) years.

B. Procedures for Accreditation of a CPE Program, Activity or Source

1. A CPE provider seeking accreditation of an organized or arranged CPE
program, activity or source shall submit said program, activity or source
(in triplicate) to the Council concerned for its evaluation and approval.
The program, activity or source shall cover a period not to exceed three (3)
2. The application for accreditation of a CPE Program, activity or source shall
include the following information and documents:
a. Title/s of program/s, activity/ies or source/s.
b. Name of CPE provider, address, phone and fax numbers.
c. Date and venue of the Administration of the program.
d. Objectives.
e. Targeted audience or participants.
f. Contents and number of hours.
g. Resource speakers, lecturers, discussion leaders, panelists, reactors,
moderators, and facilitators including their qualifications and current PRC
license if they are members of the regulated profession.
h. Actual program and schedule.

PRC Documents Regarding the CPE for Guidance & Counseling Part I

Herein are the pages of the PRC Resolution for CPE Provision. I can only place 5 pages per entry, hence the rest shall follow in the succeeding blogs. I would like to understand it myself, so I decided to type it and place it here for us to read the documents directly. You may check if my verbatim copying of the document herein printed is faithful to the original, and if alright with you, let me know where I failed so we can correct it immediately. My email is Thanks and Happy Reading! God bless

Republic of the Philippines
Professional Regulation Commission

Resolution No. 2008-466 Series of 2008


WHEREAS, Sec. 14, Article XII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution partly provides that “the sustained development of a reservoir of national talents x x x professionals x x x shall be promoted by the state;”

WHEREAS, the Professional Regulation Commission (the “Commission”), under Section 7 (a), (n) and (y) of Republic Act (RA) No. 8981 otherwise known as the “PRC Modernization Act of 2000,” has these specific powers:

“(a) to administer, implement and enforce the regulatory policies of the national
government with respect to the regulation and licensing of the various professionals and occupations under its jurisdiction including enhancement and maintenance of professional and occupational standards and ethics and the enforcement of rules and regulations relative hereto;”

“(n) To adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectively implement policies with respect to the regulation and practice of the professions;”

“(y) To perform such other functions and duties a may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act, the various professional regulatory laws, decrees, executive orders and other administrative issuances;”

WHEREAS, Section 9 (b) of R.A. 8981 provides that one of the Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of the Various Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs) is “[T]o monitor the conditions affecting the practice of the profession or occupation under their respective jurisdictions and whenever necessary, adopt such measures as may be deemed proper for the enhancement of the profession or occupation and/or the maintenance of high professional, ethical and technical standards, x x x;”

WHEREAS, the formulation of the policy on CPE is in consonance with the objective to enhance and maintain high professional and occupational, ethical and technical standards in the practice of the professions;
WHEREAS, the President of the Republic of the Philippines issued on June 23, 2003, Executive Order (E.O.) No. 220, “Directing the Adoption of the Code of Good Governance for the Professions in the Philipines;”

WHEREAS, the said Code was adopted by the Commission and the forty-four (44) PRBs, embodying principles of professional conduct, specifically, integrity and objectivity, professional competence, and global competitiveness;

WHEREAS, all the forty-three (43) PRBs and the forty-three (43) accredited professional organizations (APOs) are in favor of implementing a CPE in the practice of their respective professions;

WHEREAS, the Commission, as the instrument of the Filipino people in securing for the nation a reliable, trustworthy and progressive system of developing professionals whose competencies are globally competitive, has decided to prescribe guidelines and procedures to carry out the CPE for the registered and licensed professionals;

WHEREFORE, the Commission hereby RESOLVED, as it now RESOLVES, to prescribe, issue and promulgate the Revised Standardized Guidelines and Procedures for the Implementation of the Continuing Professional Education/Development (CPE/CPD) System for All Registered and Licensed Professionals, which is made the integral part hereof as Annex “A”.

This Resolution shall take effect after fifteen days following its complete and full publication, in the Official Gazette or any newspaper of general circulation.

Done in the City of Manila, this 1st day of August, 2008.

Sgd. Leonor Tripon-Rosero

Sgd. Ruth Raña-Padilla

Nilo L. Rosas

Date of Publication in the Official gazette: 10-6-08
Date of Effectivity: 10-22-08



Article I


Section 1. Definition.
– Continuing Professional Education (CPE) refers to the inculcation, assimilation and acquisition of knowledge, skills, proficiency and ethical and moral values, after the initial registration of a professional, that raise and enhance the professional’s technical skills and competence.

Section 2. Objectives. – The CPE Programs shall have these objectives: (1) To provide and ensure the continuous education of a registered professional with the latest trends in the profession brought about by modernization and scientific and technological advancement; (2) To raise and maintain the professional’s capability for delivering professional services; (3) To attain and maintain the highest standards and quality in the practice of his/her profession; (4) To comply with the professional’s continuing ethical requirements; (5) To make the professional globally competitive; and (6) To promote the general welfare of the public.

Section 3. Nature. – The CPE programs consist of properly planned and structured activities, the implementation requires the participation of a determined group of professionals to meet the requirements of maintaining and improving the occupational standards and ethics of the professionals.

Section 4. Rationale. – Compliance with the CPE program is deemed a moral obligation of each professional and within the context of the concerned professional’s code of ethics and is considered a necessary, effective and credible means of ensuring competence, integrity and global competitiveness of the professional in order to allow him/her to continue the practice of his/her profession.

Article II


Section 5. Creation.
– Each of the concerned Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs), upon the approval by the PRC (the “Commission”), shall create a Council within thirty (30) days from the effectivity of this resolution. This shall be known as the CPE Council (the “CPEC” or the “Council”) which shall assist its corresponding PRB in implementing its CPE programs.

Section 6. Composition. – Each CPE Council shall be composed of a chairperson and two (2) members. The chairperson of each CPE Council shall be chosen from among the members of the PRB by the members themselves. The first member shall be the president, or in his absence or incapacity, any officer chosen by the Board of Directors of the Accredited Professional Organization (APO). The second member shall be the president or, in his absence or incapacity, any officer of the organization of deans or department heads of schools, colleges or universities offering the course requiring licensure examination. In the absence of such organization, the second member shall be chosen and appointed by the PRC from at least three (3) recommendees of the PRB concerned. Said recommendees shall be academicians.

All members of the Council shall be appointed by the Commission and shall take their oath of office before any or all member/s of the Commission.

Section 7. Terms of Office. – The term of office of the chairperson of each Council shall be co-terminus with his/her incumbency in the PRC or determined by his/her capacity to fully discharge such functions. Should a change be required by the PRB before the end of the Council Chairperson’s incumbency, the necessary replacement shall be nominated/named by the simple majority of the PRB and thereafter appointed by the Commission in accordance with due process. The first member shall have a term of office co-terminus with his/her incumbency as officer of the APO; the second member shall have a term of office co-terminus with his/her incumbency as officer of the organization of deans or heads of departments. In the case of the academician chosen and appointed by the Commission, his/her term of office shall be two (2) years with one reappointment. Except in the case of the academician-member, upon the expiration of their respective terms of office in the PRB, APO or organization of deans or heads of departments, the chairperson, first member and second member shall continue to function as such in the Council until the appointment or election of their respective successors in the PRB, APO or organization.

Section 8. Exercise of Powers and Functions.
– Each Council shall, upon a majority vote, exercise powers and functions which shall include but shall not be limited to the following:

1. Accept, evaluate and approve applications for accreditation of CPE providers.
2. Accept, evaluate and approve applications for accreditation of CPE programs, activities, or sources as to their relevance to the profession and determine the number of CPE credit units (CUs) to be earned on the basis of the contents of the program, activity or source submitted by the CPE providers.
3. Accept, evaluate and approve applications for exemptions from CPE requirements.
4. Monitor the implementation by the CPE providers of their programs, activities or sources.
5. Assess periodically and upgrade criteria for accreditation of CPE providers and CPE programs, activities or sources.
6. Perform such other related functions that may be incidental to the implementation of the CPE programs or policies.

Section 9. Function of the Council Chairperson. – Each Council Chairperson shall have the following functions:

1. To preside over the meetings of the Council.
2. To direct or supervise the activities of the Council.
3. To submit minutes of regular and special meetings within thirty (30) days from date of said meetings.
4. To submit Council annual reports before the end of February of the succeeding year.
5. To issue the certificate of accreditation (the “CoA”) to CPE providers found by the Council to be qualified in accordance with these Guidelines as well as the certificate of accreditation of program/s (the “CoAP”), activities and sources.

Section 10. Secretariat.
– The Chairperson of the Commission shall designate or appoint an official of the Commission with the rank not lower than Division Chief who shall act as the Secretary of all CPE Councils. The designated official may participate in the deliberations of the CPE Councils but shall not vote. His/her main duties and functions shall be as follows:

1. To see to it that the sessions, meetings or proceedings of all the Councils are recorded;
2. To prepare the minutes of all meetings and proceedings of the Councils;
3. To receive applications for accreditation of CPE providers, programs, activities or sources;
4. To submit to the Councils applications for accreditation of aspiring CPE providers and CPE programs, activities or sources;
5. To release Certificates of Accreditation to CPE providers and programs, activities or sources;
6. To assist the Councils by providing relevant statistical data on the renewal of professional licenses and other related matters.

The Secretary shall exercise general supervision and control over each of the Council Secretaries, the staff of which shall be selected by the Chairperson of the Commission from among the existing personnel of the Commission. Each of the Council Secretaries shall have, among others, the following functions:

1. To release CPE certifications of credit units (the “CUs”) earned to the registered and licensed professionals concerned;
2. To keep all records, papers and other documents relative to the evaluation, approval and accreditation of CPE programs, activities or sources.
3. To maintain records of accredited CPE providers, ongoing, continuing or completed CPE programs, activities or sources, the list of participants and other relevant data.

Section 11. Meetings.
– The Council shall hold regular meetings once a month on dates to be fixed by said Councils. Special meetings shall be called by a Chairperson or upon written request of at least a member of a CPE Council.

Section 12. Budgetary Requirements.
– Direct costs and other expenses of all the Councils may be provided for in the annual Commission Budget.

Section 13. Involvement of the Accredited Professional Organization (APO).
– The Council, if the need arises, and upon approval of the Commission, may delegate the APO the processing of the application, keeping of all records of CPE providers and their respective programs and credit units (CUs) earned by each registered and licensed professional who avail of the CPE programs and related functions. For this purpose, the APO may create a counterpart CPE Council know as the APO CPE Council (the “APO-CPEC”) and mask for reimbursement of reasonable processing and recordkeeping fees directly from the applicants apart from the accreditation fee that such applicants pay directly to the Commission. The APO CPEC shall keep separate books of accounts of its expenses and amounts collected from applicants and make a monthly report thereof to the Commission through the PRB. Any excess collection shall be used exclusively as working capital of the APO for the CPE activities.