Congress of the Philippines
Third Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-second day of July, two thousand three. Republic Act No. 9258 March 2, 2004
AN ACT PROFESSIONALIZING THE PRACTICE OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING AND CREATING FOR THIS PURPOSE A PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BOARD OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
TITLE, DECLARATION OF POLICY, DEFINITION OF TERMS
Section 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004,"
Section 2. Declaration of Policy. - It is hereby declared a policy of the Senate to promote the improvement, advancement and protection of the guidance and counseling services profession by undertaking and instituting measures that will result in professional, ethical, relevant, efficient, and effective guidance and counseling services for the development and enrichment of individuals and group lives. The State recognizes the important role of guidance and counselors in nation-building and promotes the sustained development of reservoir of guidance and counselors whose competence have been determined by honest and credible licensure examinations whose standards of professional practice and service are world-class and Internationally recognized, globally competitive through preventive regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional development.
Section 3. Definition of Terms. - As used in this Act, the following terms shall mean: a) Guidance and Counseling is a profession that involves the use of an integrated approach to the development of a well-functioning individual primarily by helping him/her potentials to the fullest and plan him/her to utilize his/her potentials to the fullest and plan his/her future in accordance with his/her abilities, interests and needs. It includes functions such as counseling subjects, particularly subjects given in the licensure examinations, and other human development services. b) A guidance counselor is a natural person who has been registered and issued a valid Certificate of Registration and a valid Professional Identification Card by the Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling and the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) in accordance with this Act and by virtue of specialized training performs for a fee, salary or other forms of compensation, the functions of guidance and counseling under Section 3 (a) of this Act.
THE PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BOARD OF COUNSELING
Section 4. Creation of Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling - There shall be created a Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling, hereinafter referred to as the Board, Under the administrative control and supervision of the Professional Regulatory Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, to be composed of a Chairman and two (2) members who shall be appointed by the Philippines from a list of three (3) recommendees for each position submitted by the Commission from a list of five (5) nominees for each position submitted by the accredited and integrated organization of guidance counselors.
Section 5. Powers, Functions, Duties and Responsibilities of the Board. - The professional Regulatory Board shall have the following specific powers, duties and responsibilities. (a) Supervise and regulate the practice of Guidance and Counseling; (b) Determine and evaluate the qualifications of the applicants for registration with or without licensure examinations and for issuance of special permits; (c) Prepare the examination questions in accordance with Section 15 hereof or the modification thereof, and correct and rate the examination papers...