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Republic of the Philippines Congress of the Philippines Metro Manila Twelfth Congress 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: ARTICLE I TITLE, DECLARATION OF POLICY, DEFINITION OF TERMS Section 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004," Sec. 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 Sec. 3 (a) of this Act. ARTICLE IV PRACTICE OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING Sec. 27. Prohibition Against the Practice of Guidance and Counseling. - No person shall (a) engage in the practice of guidance and counseling without a valid Certificate of Registration and the valid Professional Identification Card or a

Any law enforcement agency shall. .A certified guidance counselor who is allowed to practice guidance and counseling in accordance with this Act.000. Funding Provisions. . is prohibited Sec. or be entitled to any of the rights and privileges under this Act unless the country or state of which he/she is a subject or citizen permits Filipino Guidance Counselors to Practice within its territorial limits on the same basis as the subjects or citizen of said country or state: Provided.00) but not more than One hundred thousand pesos (P100. 34. Sec. partnership. who may not be examined concerning any fact. to implement the provisions of this Act. Sec. shall be punished with imprisonment of not less that six (6) months but not more that eight (8) years.If any part of this Act is declared unconstitutional. render assistance in enforcing this Act.. Repealing Clause.special permit. which shall be issued only after it has satisfied itself that such establishment is properly staffed by duly licensed Guidance Counselors Any unethical practice of guidance and counseling as may be defined in a Code of ethics and Code of Technical Standards to be prepared by the Board in consultation with Guidance Counselors. further. Separability Clause.Within sixty (60) days after the effectivity of this Act. that the requirement for certification of Guidance Counselors in said foreign state or country are substantially the same as those required and contemplated under this Act: Provided. No corporation. without the consent of the client. or a fine of not less that Fifty thousand pesos (P50. 28.All laws. Implementing Rules and Regulations. including all the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder by prosecuting the violators thereof in accordance with law and the Rules of Court.No foreign Guidance Counselor shall be admitted to the examinations. 30. Penalty Clause. and. the remaining parts not affected thereby shall continue to be valid and operational Sec.. which are inconsistent with this Act. orders. be examined as to any communication or information which has been acquired while attending to such client. That the laws such states or country grant the same privilege to Filipino Guidance Counselors on the same basis as the subjects or citizens of such foreign state or country Sec. 33. . Subject to the approval of the Commission.000. are hereby repealed. Sec. 31. . or otherwise engage in the practice of guidance and counseling without securing a permit from the Board. decrees.00) or both in the discretion of the court. 29. . the knowledge of which has been acquired in such capacity. (b) make representations to the public or to third person as a licensed Guidance Counselor during the time that the licensed has been revoked or suspended.Any person who violates any provision of this Act and the rules and regulations issued by the Board and the Commission or commits fraud in the acquisition of Certificate of Registration or Special Permit. the Board shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations. which shall be effective after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or newspaper of general circulation. 35. or be given a certificate of Registration. Right to Privilege Communication for Guidance Counselor. the funding of which shall be included in the General Appropriations Act. Foreign Reciprocity. amended or modified accordingly. rules and regulations and other issuances. circulars. association or entity shall operate a guidance and counseling office or center. (c) allow anybody to use his/her license as guidance counselor to enable such unqualified individual to engage in the practice of guidance and counseling. . . The protection accorded herein shall also extend to the records and secretary or clerk of a license guidance counselor. 32. in coordination with the integrated and accredited professional organization. Assistance of Law Enforcement Agency.The Chairperson of the Commission shall include in the Commission's Programs the implementation of this Act. Sec. Any evidence obtained in violation of this provision shall be inadmissible for any purpose and any proceeding Sec. upon call or request of the Commission or the Board.

NAZARENO Secretary General House of Represenatives Approved: March 2. . 2004 respectively.This Act shall take effect one (1) month after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines. 2004 GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO President of the Philippines . YABES Secretary of Senate ROBERTO P.Sec. 2126 was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on January 20. 2004 and February 19. Effectivity. OSCAR G. Speaker of the House of Representatives This Act which a consolidation of House Bill No. Approved: FRANKLIN DRILON President of the Senate JOSE DE VENECIA JR. 5253 and Senate Bill No. 36.