The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), founded in 1962, is committed to promoting excellence in psychology`s teaching, research, and practice and its recognition as a scientifically oriented discipline for human and social development.
The PAP is the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) for registered psychometricians and psychologists of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It is the oldest and largest professional organization of psychologists in the country.
The organization certifies specialists in seven (7) areas of expertise within the broad discipline of psychology. Concurrently, it also has seven major divisions representing each of these specialty areas, which are as follows: Assessment Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Social Psychology. Apart from these divisions, members also take part in the ten (10) special interest groups (SIGs), namely, Teaching Psychology SIG, Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) SIG, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Psychology SIG, Sport and Exercise Psychology SIG, Substance Use, Prevention, and Recovery SIG, Psychology Practitioners in Public Service SIG, Environmental Psychology SIG, Positive Psychology SIG, Research in Psychology, and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Psychology SIG. To date, PAP also has expanded itself to serve its members better by organizing six (6) regional chapters: Bicol, Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Calabarzon-Mimaropa, Davao, and United Arab Emirates.
The Psychological Association of the Philippines- Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) Convention which began in 1987 is an annual national event that brings together undergraduate Psychology students from different colleges and universities in the Philippines. This gathering of future Psychometricians and Psychologists from all over the Philippines serves as an important venue for the sharing of recent developments in the field of psychology as a science, exposure to the practice of psychology through workshops, exchange of ideas, and fellowship.
Two months later, the PAP ushered in the new year by electing its first set of officers. It was on January 1, 1963 when Dr. Sinforoso Padilla became the Association's first President, Dr. Alfredo Lagmay the first President-elect, Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J. the first Executive Secretary, and Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim the first Treasurer. Atty. Narciso Albarracin, who helped the group with their incorporation papers, was sworn in as the Legal Counsel of the Association.
The first plenary meeting was held on March 30, 1963 at the Ateneo de Manila University in Padre Faura. Dr. Sinforoso Padilla delivered the presidential address. After that, the group held monthly meetings and picnics where scientific researches were presented.
In January, 1964, the first annual national convention was held at the NSDB Science Pavilion on the corner of Taft Avenue and Herran (now Pedro Gil), Manila. The high point of the convention was a Symposium on the Filipino Personality which was later published as a book and remains one of the classics in Philippine psychology.
1963 - 1964 Sinforoso Padilla
1964 - 1965 Alfredo V. Lagmay
1965 - 1966 Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ
1966 - 1967 Estefania Aldaba-Lim
1967 - 1969 Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ
1969 - 1970 Abraham I. Felipe
1970 - 1971 Pura M. Reyes
1971 - 1973 Alfredo V. Lagmay
1973 - 1975 Patricia B. Licuanan
1976 - 1977 Natividad J. Munarriz
1978 - 1979 Virgilio G. Enriquez
1979 - 1981 Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ
1981 - 1983 Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang
1983 - 1986 Patricia B. Licuanan
1986 - 1988 Allen L. Tan
1988 - 1990 Noemi S. Catalan
1990 - 1992 Amaryllis T. Torres
1993 - 1994 Allen L. Tan
1994 - 1996 Noemi S. Catalan
1995 - 1996 Rosemarie S. Clemena
1996 - 1997 Natividad A. Dayan
1998 - 1999 Elena L. Samonte
1999 - 2000 Imelda V. G. Villar
2000 - 2001 Floranie P. Jacob
2001 - 2002 Marylou U. Onglatco
2002 - 2003 Conchita V. Umali
2003 - 2004 Anna Miren Gonzalez-Intal
2004 - 2005 Lucila O. Bance
2005 - 2008 Allan B. I. Bernardo
2008 - 2010 J. Enrique G. Saplala
2010 - 2012 Maria Caridad H. Tarroja
2012 - 2014 Ma. Regina M. Hechanova
2014 - 2016 Angela V. Regala
2016 - 2018 Margaret Helen U. Alvarez
2018 - 2019 Ron R. Resurreccion
Allan B.I. Bernardo (2009)
Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang (1988)
Annandaisy J. Carlota (2002)
Noemi de Vera Sanchez-Catalan (2002)
Betty Cernol-McCann (2002)
Rose Marie S. Cleme���a (2002)
Virgilio G. Enriquez
Abraham I. Felipe (1984)
Patricia B. Licuanan
Cristina J. Montiel (2016)
Allen L. Tan (2000)
Maria Caridad H. Tarroja (2016)
Amaryllis Tiglao-Torres (2000)
Elizabeth R. Ventura (2002)
Imelda V.G. Villar (2002)
What is AIPO?
Refers to the concerned Board and Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) for a given profession which is specifically mandated by the provision of the Professional Regulatory Law (PRL) to integrate the professionals into one national organization and where the membership therein by professionals is automatic and mandatory.
What is PAP's role as AIPO?
- To define the professional responsibilities of its members;
- To ensure that its members adhere to the Code of Ethics, Responsibilities, and highest professional and technical standards;
- To improve the standards of the profession through effective collaboration with the Board and the PRC;
- To look into the conditions affecting the practice of the profession and to propose policies or measures to the Board of the PRC for its improvement;
- To ensure the welfare, and the best interest as well as harmonious relationship among its members; and
- To report violations of the PRL to the PRC, through the office of the Legal Service, for possible prosecution or filling of a complaint.
Accredited Professional Organization qualification is established for the promotion of the benefit and welfare of the professionals of one discipline, the advancement of their profession, and the attainment of other professional ends.
The rights and privileges of an AIPO shall enjoy, within the period of the validity of its accreditation, the following are:
- To represent the profession for which such organization has been established and accredited;
- To submit nominees for vacant positions in the Board;
- To bid for the yearly award for the outstanding professional organization;
- To nominate for the annual outstanding professional of its profession;
- To designate a representative to sit as the 1st member of the CPD Council;
- To be part of the oath-taking ceremony of the new professionals;
- To represent the profession in the Monitoring Committee for the ASEAN MRAs, if applicable; and
- To exercise analogous rights and privileges under the law.