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8 UPD professors are Registered Psychologists

(From left: Asst. Prof. Susana Corazon Ortega, Prof. Maria Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco, Prof. Violeta Bautista, Prof. Gregorio Del Pilar, Prof. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay (Chair), Asst. Prof. Annalyn Capulong, Asst. Prof. Josefina Andrea Cantiller, Assoc. Prof. Aurora Odette Mendoza)

Eight full-time faculty members from the Department of Psychology of the UP Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy took their oath as part of the pioneer batch of Registered Psychologists in the country under the provisions of Republic Act No. 10029, also known as the “Psychology Act of 2009.”

The historical oath-taking ceremony, which marked the professionalization of psychology as a discipline, was held under the auspices of the Professional Regulation Commission and the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology in coordination with the Psychological Association of the Philippines on July 19 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City.

The new Registered Psychologists from the UPD are: Prof. Grace Aguiling-Dalisay (Chair of the Psychology Department), Prof. Violeta Bautista, Asst. Prof. Josefina Andrea Cantiller, Asst. Prof. Annalyn Capulong, Prof. Gregorio del Pilar, Prof. Maria Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco, Assoc. Prof. Aurora Odette Mendoza and Asst. Prof. Susana Corazon Ortega.

A total of 207 qualified individuals comprised the first batch of RP’s.

“The state recognizes that psychologists have an important role in nation-building and development. It also acknowledges the diverse specializations of psychologists and the diverse functions specific to the varied specializations. In particular, it recognizes the significance of the psychological services that practicing psychologists provide to diverse types of clients, as well as the need to protect the public by preventing inexperienced and untrained individuals from offering psychological services. Hence, it shall nurture competent, upright and assiduous psychologists whose standards of practice and service shall be excellent and globally competitive through the administration of inviolable, effective and credible licensure examinations and the imposition and promotion of regulatory measures, programs and activities that enhance their professional growth and well-being.” (Article 2 Section 2 of RA 10029)

Earlier this year, the UPDDP held the inaugural briefing on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10029.

The first licensure exams for psychologists will be held at the last quarter of this year while the application for registration without examinations will be until May 21, 2015 only.—(Department of Psychology)