January 2015 Updates

The Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines met. While a full report will be coming, for now, here are a few highlights.

1.  The membership for CPSP-Philippines is up for renewal for all members, and future members. The annual membership fees are as follows:

  • Non-certified Member:                            P300
  • Certified Member:                                   P600
  • Accredited Training Center:                   P1900   (unchanged)
  • Accredited Hospital Training Center:      P3200   (unchanged)

Membership drive time will be between now and March 31st. However, the coverage will only be through December, as we move to be a membership schedule in line with CPSP.

2.  Based on consultation with CPSP, the former system of National Coordinator to aid proper partnership between CPSP-PI and CPSP, is replaced by a Standards Committee. The committee will establish and enforce standards for certification and accreditation. At this time, the 1st draft of the CPSP-PI standards is completed and is now going through a 2nd level of review. Upon approval, the standards will be maintained to ensure that CPSP-PI is maintaining equivalent standards with processes contextualized to the Philippines. This will ensure equivalency of CPE Units in the Philippines with international standards, as well as reciprocity of certifications.

We are still in discussion with various parties how to best organize our structure as far as roles, responsibiltiies, and checks and balances regarding BOT, Governing Council, and Standards Committee. Members of the Standards Committee are being reviewed. They will be announced when finalized.

3.  We congratulate individuals who have recently passed certification boards in the last five months, These were then confirmed at the case reviews with the General Secretary of CPSP this December. These include:

  • Dr. Paul Tabon            S.I.T.
  • Dr. Yohan Lee             S.I.T.
  • Fr. German Ledesma     S.I.T.
  • Jehny Pedazo                  S.I.T.    (and recommend for Palliative Care)
  • Cori Mariano                 CC/PC    (and recommend for Palliative Care)
  • Alexis Mendoz              CC/PC

4.  As noted in an earlier post, the Board has agreed to start the process to change the name to Collegium of Clinical Pastoral Supervision Philippines. or C-CPSP.

5.  CPE will begin at the Bukal Life Care Training Center and the PBTS Training Centers on March 16. the Bukal Center will be supervised by S.I.T. Celia Munson. The PBTS Center will be supervised by Dr. Paul Tabon. The PCMC Training Center in QC is planning to begin another CPE but the exact start date has not be set, as of last check. The PCMC Training Center is overseen by Tootsie Escandor-Sobremisana.

6.  The BOT has agreed regarding the importance in promoting the profession of chaplaincy in the Philippines. In line with this is the intention of establishing profitable communication with ACCPE, as well as move forward for formal recognitions of chaplaincy and chaplaincy standards.