Chapter President’s Report

By Roscoe N. Gacusana, Ed.D., RGC

Diamond Hotel, Manila. Dr. Roscoe N. Gacusana, RGC, President, Guidance Counselors Association of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao and Southern Isabela Chapter reported on the accomplishments of the chapter during the 45th (Sapphire) Convention of the Philippine Guidance Counseling Association (PGCA) on May 20-22, 2009. He mentioned that the vision, mission and goals or objectives of the Guidance Counselors Association of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao and Southern Isabela are anchored from the PGCA being the APO by the PRC and mother organization of Guidance and Counseling in the Philippines.

“He reported on the submission of membership roster, list of officers, constitutional and by-laws and other documents to the National PGCA Board which were scrutinized by the Officers and Board of Directors. After the deliberation, the request for PGCA Affiliation was approved last November 22, 2008 at the UST Research Building.

On June 8-9, 2008, the president initiated the 1st Division Seminar-Workshop for Guidance Counselors at Solano Teachers’ Conference Hall, Nueva Vizcaya, which was attended by counselors from public and private elementary, secondary and tertiary levels from Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Isabela and Quirino. The seminar-worskhop highlighted the preparation of action plan instituting the guidance program services.

The 1st Regional Seminar-Workshop for Guidance Counselors was initiated by the president last December 6, 2008 at the SMU Hantson Conference Hall, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya highlighting updates about professionalizing the guidance counselor, amendment/ratification of the Association Constitution and By-laws and paper presentations about the topics on guidance and counseling.

He hosts the program, “Drugwatch (A Vision to Make the Schools and Communities Crime- and Drug-free) aired every 1st Saturday of every month over Local TV 08, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. It’s a talk-show and informative program for anti-drug advocacy in support of the NDEP, PDEA and DDB.

He will propose a project about counseling the inmates especially the drug dependents (violators of R.A. 9165) at the Provincial Jail. This is in line with the significant role of the counselor as an advocate in creating futures for drug dependents and criminals especially the youth (OSY/ISY).

There is also a plan to hold another regional seminar-workshop this coming first semester in proper coordination with PGCA for possible inclusion in CPE for guidance counselors at SMU.
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