PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 541: ALLOWING FORMER FILIPINO PROFESSIONALS TO PRACTICE THEIR RESPECTIVE PROFESSIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES

>> Sunday, March 27, 2011

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B. Application for Special Permit

image C. Process and Action Sheet Form


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PGCA 47th Annual Convention in Manila (May 18-20, 2011)

>> Saturday, March 19, 2011

From: PGCA Website

May 18-20, 2011

Greetings!

The Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Inc. (PGCA), the Accredited Professional Organization (APO) by the Professional Regulation Commission will hold its 47th Annual Convention in Manila on May 18-20, 2011. The plenary session on the first day shall be held at the Diamond Hotel Philippines, Roxas Boulevard while the concurrent sessions on the second and third days shall be held at the University of Santo Tomas. The theme of the convention is “The Counselor: Walking the Talk in the Different Settings.” Our participants come from Educational, Industrial, Diagnostic, Rehabilitation, Community/ NGO/ Hospitals and Military/Law Enforcement settings. This will serve as the platform towards strengthening our members for leadership roles through advocacy, collaboration and competency building.

Attendance in this conference shall facilitate renewal of membership and help gain points for the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) necessary for the renewal of Guidance Counselor’s license. Please download the announcement and call for papers relative to this convention from www.pgca.org.ph. Thank you very much for your continued support in our endeavors to upgrade our profession.

Very sincerely yours,

Lucila R. Ortiz-Bance, PhD, RGC
Vice President, PGCA and Convention Chairperson

Benedicta O. Lascano, EdD., RGC
President, PGCA

About the Conference

The aim of this conference is to gather guidance counselors and other helping professionals to:

  • Share and discuss the recent developments in the field of Guidance and Counseling

  • learn, develop and further enhance skills and competencies in the profession through seminar and workshops making registered counselors earn units needed for the renewal of license, and

  • establish networks, plan activity /research collaboration and meet old friends and make new ones.

    What to expect:

  • Plenary Sessions with invited International Speakers

  • Paper Presentations (Oral & Poster)

  • Workshops

    Registration Fees

    Payable to PGCA, Inc., BPI España branch Acct # 000151-0225-53

    Members

    1. Early Bird: PhP 4,500.00 (On or before April 19, 2011)
    2. On Site: PhP 5,000.00 (April 20, 2011 onwards)

    Non-Members

    1. Early Bird: PhP 5,000.00 (On or before April 19, 2011)
    2. On Site: PhP 5,500.00 (April 20, 2011 onwards)

    NOTE: Participants will be considered registered only upon payment of fees. Fees are nontransferable AND non-refundable.

    Call for Abstracts

    ORAL PRESENTATION, POSTER EXHIBIT, WORKSHOP

    Counselors and other professionals are invited to participate as WORKSHOP FACILITATOR or PAPER or POSTER PRESENTER in the conference.

    Those who are interested must submit a onepage abstract (max of 150 words, Times New Roman, font-size 12) via electronic mail on or before April 15, 2011 to:
    • PGCA Secretariat c/o Alma Mosatalla Telefax: (632) 455-5108 Email: pgca_1964@yahoo.com.
    • cc Dr. Benedicta O. Lascano Email: benedicta.lascano@up.edu.ph.
    • cc Dr. Lucila O. Bance Email: lucybance_pgca@yahoo.com.
    NOTE:

    Workshops must focus on the enhancement of counselors’ competencies using the framework prescribed by CHED and in line with the examination requirements for major courses required by PRC.

    Papers for oral presentation must be research based and pertinent to the discipline.

    There will be the search for the best POSTER EXHIBIT featuring the Best Guidance and Counseling Practices.

    The Program Committee will review and send confirmation notice on accepted papers. Only those who have registered and paid their convention fees will be included in the program and allowed to present. All accepted facilitators/presenters will be given early bird discount.


    A. Invitation Letter (Click image to enlarge)
    image B. Convention Brochure (click image to enlarge)
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    1st FPCAP National Workshop, Cebu City (April 1-2 2011)

    taken from: FPCAP Website

    The FPCAP opening salvo for 2011 shall be the First National Workshop to be held at the University of San Jose - Recoletos, Magallanes Street, Cebu City on April 1 to 2, 2011. "Embracing the Challenge: A closer look into the pastoral setting" sets the tone of the National Workshop theme as FPCAP brings its very first workshop outside Metro Manila to introduce the Association to the mainstream of pastoral workers' consciousness particularly in the Eastern Visayas region.

    The National Workshop shall have the following objectives:

    1. To present relevant issues and concerns faced by church workers in the pastoral setting
    2. To examine the causes and underlying factors of each issue affecting the individual or group in a community
    3. To integrate knowledge and skills in creating responsive and meaningful pastoral ministry programs
    4. To build a strong commitment in nurturing personal lives as a God-faring pastoral worker
    5. To appreciate the individual resilience in facing the challenges of today's issues and concerns in the pastoral setting

    Nine (9) workshops have been lined-up by the Association such as:

    1. Discovering the Hero Within: A journey toward individuation
    2. Gender Issues in Marital Relationships
    3. Family Life Coaching: Integrating skills in family dynamics
    4. The Way to Joy: What stories can do to assist in good grieving
    5. Therapeutic Approaches for Children who have Witnessed Domestic Violence
    6. Counseling for Forgiveness and Letting Go
    7. Suicide Prevention: How pastoral workers can help
    8. Integrating Self-Care in Workplace Setting
    9. Active Listening Skills for Pastoral Workers

    For more information click images below to ENLARGE:
    A. Invitation Letter

    Invitation to FPCAP National Workshop


    B. Program Activities

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    C. Pre-registration Form

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    Guide for Guidance Counselors

    >> Monday, March 14, 2011

    By Linda Bolido Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 16:26:00 03/13/2011
    Filed Under: Education, Books

    Inquirer A recently released book seeks to lay the groundwork for the development of benchmarks for school counseling in the country.

    The book, “Developing National Standards for School Counseling Programs in the Philippines,” was written by Rose Marie Salazar-Clemeña, retired professor in counseling and educational psychology of De la Salle University.

    Salazar-Clemeña, president of the Guidance Counselors Circle Inc. (GCC), based her suggested standards on discussions and interviews with counseling practitioners.

    She said participants in GCC’s annual convention-workshops often expressed the need for standards “that would be appropriate for school counseling programs in the Philippines.”

    Although Republic Act No. 9528, the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004, sought to professionalize guidance and counseling in the country, Salazar-Clemeña’s previous studies showed that licensing alone was not sufficient to ensure students were getting expert help.

    She noted that school counselors were often given varied functions, “including tasks that are inappropriate to the profession.” Differing perceptions of the job and the role counselors played also resulted in “inconsistencies in the practice of counseling and, by inference, in the design and delivery of school counseling programs.”

    Salazar-Clemeña, former vice president for academics and executive vice president of De la Salle-College of St. Benilde, said the development of standards was in line with current trends in standards-based educational assessment.

    The author prepared an initial list of knowledge, skills and attitudes students were expected to develop through a school’s guidance counseling program.

    “The list of knowledge, skills and attitudes that students may be expected to acquire as a result of participating in school counseling programs should help counselors focus their work on helping all students attain success,” Salazar-Clemeña said.

    Having distilled ideas from practition ers about pertinent components to be included in a national model for school counseling programs, the author expressed the hope that the book would help school counselors develop more responsive counseling programs that would support the other components of the educational system (teaching-learning, leadership) in trying to improve student achievement.

    The book could also provide a framework that would better clarify the role of school counselors in educational institutions.

    It could also help school administrators and other faculty members, as well as the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education, understand better what school counselors are supposed to do and work with them in achieving educational objectives.

    Salazar-Clemeña said counselors should not be given inappropriate tasks in order to professionalize guidance and counseling in the Philippines.


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    Requirement and Prerequisite for the Issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card as Guidance Counselor

    >> Sunday, March 13, 2011

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    Taken from:
    http://pgca.org.ph/index.php?option=com_rokdownloads&view=file&Itemid=9&id=88

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    "Commission on Filipinos Overseas Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or the Peer Counseling Seminar" - For Filipinos Leaving the Country with an Immigrant VISA

    >> Monday, March 7, 2011

    What you need to know...

    As a Filipino emigrant, or those who have been granted an immigrant-class visa, you are required by the Philippine Government by virtue of Article 19 of Presidential Decree No. 442, to register with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas before leaving the country to settle in a foreign land. An emigrant who has properly registered with the commission will have in his passport the CFO sticker which will be inspected by the Bureau of Immigration upon departure.

    Registration to the CFO requires the emigrant to present originals and photocopies of relevant documents, fill out a registration form for Emigrants (click here) or for Immigrant Workers (click here), attend the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or the Peer Counseling Seminar, and pay the authorized registration fee. The PDOS is a brief, two-hour seminar on settlement issues and concerns such as finding employment, rights and obligations of immigrants as well as policies and procedures on how to secure foreign citizenship. The Peer Counseling Seminar is a special session for those with ages 13 to 19 years, which aims to prepare them emotionally for the adjustments they will have to take.

    Provided that all requirements have been presented and submitted, the whole process of registration shall be done in half a day.

    No Reservations Required for CFO PDOS Starting December 1, 2010

    Requirements for Registration

    1. Original and photocopy of passport (must be valid about six     months before date of travel)

    2. Original and photocopy of visa

    3. One (1) 2x2 or passport-size photograph

    4. One (1) valid identification card with photograph (eg., SSS ID, GSIS E-card, PRC ID, driver's license, postal ID, ARC, etc.)

    5. Photocopy of Immigrant Data Summary for USA-bound emigrant (must not be detached from visa packet)

    6. Original and photocopy of Confirmation of Permanent Residence for Canada-bound emigrant (must not be torn or signed before departure)

    7. Photocopy of Certificate of Eligibility for Japan-bound emigrant

    8. Original and photocopy of letter of approval for Work to Residence visa (for New Zealand-bound emigrants)

    9. Photocopy of employment contract (for immigrant workers)

    10. Duly completed registration form for Emigrants (click here) or for Immigrant Workers (click here)

    11. Payment of P400.00 registration fee

    12. Attendance in the PDOS, guidance counseling or peer counseling session


    For youth emigrants aged 13 to 19, the following additional documents are also required:

    1. Photocopy of parent's passport or valid identification card, if accompanied by parent/s during registration

    2. Letter of authorization from parent/s authorizing the guardian to register the child with CFO on their behalf (if accompanied by guardian during registration)

    3. Original and photocopy of DSWD travel clearance (click here for the new guidelines on issuance of travel clearance)

    For children 12 years old and below, the following additional documents are required if the proxy is not the legal/natural/adoptive parent of the registrant.

    1. Original and photocopy of one(1) of valid identification card with photograph of the proxy

    2. Special Power of Attorney or notarized authorization letter from the parent/s/ or guardian/s authorizing the proxy to register the minor children (authenticated by Diplomatic Post/ notarized in country where executor is residing).

    Note: After satisfactory completion of the requirements, an emigrant registration sticker is affixed to the emigrant's passport

    Schedule of Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (click to enlarge)
    image image image Note: Emigrants attending the PDOS or Peer Counseling Session must be at the CFO office at least 1 hour before their schedule to complete the registration requirements.

    Taken from:
    http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=297&Itemid=77

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