To discuss the plantilla positions of Psychologists and Psychometricians in government agencies, a virtual meeting was held last November 7, 2022, via Zoom.
The virtual gathering was attended by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Commissioner, Hon. Erwin M. Enad and the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology (PRB-Psych) headed by Chairperson Hon. Miriam P. Cue, as well as Civil Service Commissioner Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada with other officials, officials from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and representatives from the Supreme Court (SC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP).
“This effort of PRC to have this interfacing is in line with Commission’s developmental approach and its mandate, more than regulatory powers over a course of professions, including the Psychology profession and that of Psychometricians”, Comm. Enad said in his opening statement.
“I have always believed that the first step in solving challenges or problems is to recognize their existence. Once we identify the problem then we will discuss the same and eventually, elevate our mind beyond the issue and look towards potential remedial measures”, he also added.
Assuring the representatives, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Assistant Director Hon. Maria Lourdes Aganon said that “DBM is here and rest assured that we are taking note of your concerns and we will elevate these to our principals. After all, we are your partners in building better workspaces and fostering healthy behavior in the bureaucracy”.
As discussed at the meeting, the Psychologists and Psychometricians aired their utmost sentiments on the challenges and hurdles they are facing regarding the career path in their respective government agencies, such as no plantilla positions for licensed Psychometricians and an issue of low salaries for the part of the Psychologists.
The participants provided proposed solutions including the request for salary upgrades and the creation of additional plantilla positions for the licensed Psychologists and new plantilla positions for the licensed Psychometricians.
Adding to the thought, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Commissioner Hon. Aileen Lourdes Lizada noted, “I am really very happy that we are sitting down because we are actually recognizing what should be recognized such as the need and the current problems of Guidance Counsellors on different government agencies”.
“Our presence here already shows our intention, how serious we are in trying to uplift and hoping that we can find solution, in this problem…this is not just for PRC alone”, Comm. Lizada also noted.
The attendees were satisfied that their requests had been recognized and the proposed solutions were acknowledged.