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1 Section 1 The name of the Association shall be the INCORPORATED". PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, INC. AMENDED CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS ARTICLE I NAME "PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, ARTICLE II OBJECTIVES Section 1. General: To build a profession committed to the development of a just and humane Filipino Society where each individual is respected for his/her innate dignity as a person and to develop to the fullness of his/her potentials. Section 2. Specific: 1. To promote among professional Social Workers a sense of solidarity and commitment to excellence in the practice of their profession; 2. To strengthen the competence of members through the provision of opportunities for their continuing professional growth an development; 3. To work for better understanding, acceptance and recognition of Social Work as a profession; 4. To initiate and work for social, legislation in social welfare and development through effective action; and 5. To expand professional activities of the Association through the organization of local chapters and development of linkages with international organizations devoted to human service. ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP Section 1. Regular Member Regular membership in the Association shall be limited to individuals with academic training in Social Work, engaged in or primarily concerned with the organized social work activity and duly registered as a professional Social Worker by the Professional Regulations Commission. Section 2. Other Classification of Membership 1. Lifetime. Those regular members who have paid the lifetime membership fee, provide that they possess any of the following qualifications; a) they are serving, or have served as members of the National board, or as officers of a local chapter, with creditable performance; or b) they are regular active members holding in their agency, whether government or nongovernment, a position of Division Chief or its equivalent or higher position; c) they are regular active members who have been awarded by prestigious award-giving body for meritorious contributions in the field of social work or social welfare. 2. Honorary. Individuals granted by association honorary status as members because of outstanding contribution to the cause of Social Work and Social Welfare or the objectives of this Association. Section 3. Admission Requirements 1. Regular Members. Admission to the association shall be through admission as regular member of a duly accredited local chapter. 2. Lifetime Member. Admission shall be decided upon by the Board through the recommendations of the Committee on Membership and the endorsement of the local chapter of which he/she is a member. 3. Honorary Member. Conferment of the status of honorary member rests upon the Board who shall approve the qualifications of the candidate, provided such qualifications are approve by the general membership through the Council of Presidents. 1

2 Section 4. Effectivity of Membership Regular membership shall take effect immediately upon admission by chapter and payment of membership fee. Lifetime membership shall take effect upon approval by the National Board of the Application for Membership and upon payment of the lifetime membership fee. Honorary membership shall take effect upon the approval of the National Board of the resolution bestowing such honoree membership and upon acceptance by the honoree. Section 5. Termination of Membership The Board may terminate membership of any member for any or all of the following reasons. 1. Commission of acts which constitute a violation of the code of ethics of Social Workers; 2. Commission of acts inimical to the interest of the Association; 3. Non-payment of annual dues for two consecutive years; and 4. Non-renewal of PRC license or delisting from the roster of professional Social Workers by the Professional Regulations Commissions (PRC). Section 6. Reinstatement of Membership The Board may, upon application, and for reasons which it deems valid, reinstate the membership of any applicant who has been previously an active member of the Association and has been terminated. Section 7. Rights and Privileges of Members a) All active members have the right to voted upon. b) Active members may participate in the deliberations of business during the Annual General Assembly, special meetings, or any other meeting which they attend as members. c) All active members of the Association shall have the right to participate in all institutes, seminars, and workshops, etc. under the auspices of the Association. d) All active members of the Association shall have the privilege to be accredited by the Association for participation in International Social Work and Welfare conferences. e) All active members of the Association shall receive the Association's quarterly publications and other reports. Section 8. Dues The annual membership fee for members and the lifetime membership fee shall be determined by the National Board from time to time in consultation with the Council of local chapter Presidents, provided that there shall be no increase of membership fee within three (3) years from the last increase. Section 9. Time for Payment Membership and Annual Dues Membership fee must be paid upon approval of application for membership while annual dues must be paid in January of each year, provided that the lifetime membership may be paid during the first three (3) months of the year in which it is paid. ARTICLE IV LOCAL CHAPTERS Section 1. Who may Form Chapters A group of fifteen or more persons residing in any locality and who comply with membership requirements of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc., may organize a chapter subject to the accreditation by the PASWI National Board of Directors. Chapter shall be organized by the provinces and cities. Only one Chapter shall be organized per city/province. However when there are less than fifteen (15) members in a province or city, several provinces or cities can organize into a chapter. Section 2. Objectives of the Chapters A chapter shall abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association. It shall promote and carry out the objectives of the Association in the locality where the chapter is organized. 2

3 Section 3. Obligations of Chapters a) Each chapter shall submit a list of bonafide members to the PASWI Board. The association shall issue the corresponding membership certificate or identification card. b) Each chapter shall have a share of 60% of the total collection of regular membership fees and 40% of the total collection of lifetime membership fees. A chapter shall submit plans and actual activities to justify the 60% and 40% retention of the annual membership fees/dues and lifetime membership fees of its members. The 40% share of the regular membership fees/dues shall be remitted to the PASWI National Treasurer during the first quarter of each year together with the list of paid-up members. While the 60% share of the lifetime membership fees shall be remitted upon approval of the application (as amended on Nov. 20, 1998) c) Each chapter shall submit to the PASWI National Board during the first quarter of each year, an annual report of its activities and financial status covering the periods January to December of the preceding year. Section 4. Chapter Officers Each chapter shall be governed by a Board of Directors and a set of officers to be elected by the active members following the provisions of article V, VI and VIII of this Constitution and By-Laws, as may be applicable. Section 5. Accreditation of local Chapters Accreditation of local chapters shall be subject to review by the Board every two (2) years, for the purpose of ascertaining its viability. The accreditation shall be revoked if the chapter has been dormant for (2) years or more. ARTICLE V BOARD OF DIRECTORS Section 1. Composition. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the immediately preceding as ex-officio member and fifteen (15) other members to be elected by the general membership at the annual meeting. The fifteen (15) elective members shall elect from among themselves, the officers, namely: The Chairperson, Corporate Secretary, President, Vice-Presidents for Programs, Vice President for Finance, Treasurer and eight (9) others as members. Section 2. The Corporate Officers The corporate officers shall be the Chair, Corporate Secretary, President, Vice President for Programs and Development, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. Section 3. The Executive Committee The Executive Committee shall be composed of five members namely: The President, Vice President for Programs and Development, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer and the Executive Secretary. Section 4. Qualifications. Only active members who have served in any of the standing or special committee of the National Board and Chapters for at least a year shall be eligible for election to the Board. a. Filipino citizen b. Current license to practice Social Work in the country c. Proven leadership ability d. Two (2) consecutive years of active membership in the region which he or she represents; e. Endorsed by the chapter where he/ she belongs. Section 5. Duties of the Members of the Executive Committee and the Officers of the Association A. The Chair of the Board shall a.1 Provide direction in the governance of the Association. a.2 Initiate the formulation of the plans, policies and strategies; a.3 Initiate the BOD in decision/ policy making relevant to investments, debts, loans and other financial matters; 3

4 a.4 Identify the agenda for the Board of Directors meeting; a.5 Call and preside over the meeting of the Board of Directors. B. The Corporate Secretary ** b.1 Submit to the Securities and Exchange Commission names and addresses of Officers within thirty days after election b.2 Report to SEC resignation and cessation of officers; b.3 Guarantee the accuracy and completeness of records of minutes of meetings; b.4 Cause the submission of books - membership and minutes books as required by SEC b.5 Record the highlights of the Board of Directors meetings; and during the General Membership Meeting. C. The President The President shall call and preside at meetings, shall sign all vital documents, and countersign all disbursements and bank withdrawals authorized by the Board, shall submit quarterly and annually written reports to the association, and shall perform all other duties inherent to his/her office. D. Vice-President for Finance shall assist the President in the Financial management of the association. 1. Recommend policy direction in terms of financial management 2. Cause the preparation of the budget of the Association and submit the President; 3. Manage Finance matters and ensures the implementation of the decision of the Board. E. Vice President for Program and Development shall assist the President in determining and carrying out the thrusts of the association. 1. Initiate projects/programs and activities based on the program thrusts of the association. 2. Coordinate the activities of the different departments and committees; 3. Monitor and evaluate the programs and projects of the association 4. Represent the President in official functions as delegated. 5. Act as Chair of the Biennial Convention He/she shall assume the powers and duties in temporary absence of the President and in case of resignation incapacity or death shall be automatically vested with the powers and duties of the president as provided for in this Constitution. F. Treasurer The Treasurer shall receive all money and assets due the Association and shall deposit the same in the Bank to be chosen by the Board of Directors. He/She shall keep a record of all disbursements and accounts of the Association. He shall post a bond in such amount as be determined by the Board. Section 6. Meetings The Board of Directors shall hold meetings four times a year. That is every first Thursday of the first month of the Quarter (January, April, July and October) on such date, time and place it shall designate. Special meeting maybe called by the Chairman or upon request of at least seven (7) members of the Board. For regular meetings, notice shall include the written agenda and the meetings of the previous meeting. For special meetings, notice shall be served fifteen days prior to the date. Notice shall include the written agenda. The Executive Committee shall hold monthly meeting every 2nd Thursday of the month to operationalize or implement programs and activities as decided by the Board of Directors. Likewise, ensures the day-to-day operation of the association Section 7. Powers. 1. The Board of Directors is responsible for the assurance that the Philippines Association of Social Workers, Inc. fulfills the mandate of its stated goals and objectives. 2. The Board shall have full control and management of all assets and affairs of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. 4

5 3. The Board may delegate to such committees as it shall create any of its delegated powers that it may deem judicious while requiring accountability from each committee and retaining its own ultimate responsibility for the affairs, accounts and interest of the Association. Section 8. Term of Office 1. Members of the Board shall have a term of office of two (2) years. 2. Officers shall have a term of office of one (1) year. 3. Members of the Board may be re-elected for another term, but not exceeding two (2) consecutive terms. (As amended on Nov. 20, 1998) 4. Unexplained absence from Board meetings for four (4) accumulated months shall be reason to declare the position of the Officer or Member of the Board vacant. A written notice and explanation must be submitted to the Board for approval of such excuse. (As amended on Nov. 20, 1998) 5. Vacancies in the Board of Directors during the year shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by the candidate with the next highest number of votes or may be appointed by the Board of Directors from among members in case of non-availability of other candidates. Section 9. Duties of the Board of Directors The Board of Directors shall exercise the functions and powers provided for in the Constitution. It shall also: 1. Decide acceptance and accreditation of local chapters. 2. Adopts such rules and regulations for the management of the affairs of the Association, conduct of their meetings as they deem proper and consistent with the laws of the Philippines and this Constitution By- Laws. 3. Meets every quarter at the time and place where they may hereafter fix. No members of the Board may designate personal representative to attend the meeting. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum. 4. Conducts bi-annual meeting with its Regional Council of Presidents 5. Submits quarter report on accomplishments i.e membership and association thrusts Section 10 Quorum A majority of members of the Board shall constitute a quorum to transact business. Section 11. Vacancy Whenever there is a vacancy among the Board of Directors, the vacancy shall be filled by the next in rank among the candidates in the last election upon approval of the Board. In the event that there is no next in rank, the Board shall appoint a Director coming from the region where the vacancy occurred who shall serve until the Director is duly elected in the regular election. In the event of resignation or inability of the President to discharge his/her full powers and duties for more than four (4) months, the said powers and duties shall automatically devolve on the Vice-President for Programs and Development. Section 11. Reports All members of the Board shall submit quarterly written quarterly reports and year-end reports to the President to include unfinished business. Section 12. Turn-Over The outgoing Board shall endorse in writing all unfinished business to the incoming Board. Section 13. Election Board of Directors Officers The officers shall be elected from among the members of the Board who shall have served therein for at least one year. ARTICLE VI REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CHAPTER PRESIDENTS 5

6 Section 1. Nature There shall be a Regional Council of all Presidents of accredited local chapters in good standing. Section 2. Composition The composition of the Regional Council of Presidents shall be as follows: NCR 1- Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela, Bulacan areas NCR 2 - Manila NCR 3- Quezon City, San Mateo, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Marikina NCR 4- Makati, Pasay, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Pateros, Taguig Cluster 1- La Union, Ilocos Provinces Abra, Kalinga, Baguio, Pangasinan, Mt. Province, Benguet Cluster 2- Cagayan, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya Cluster 3- Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, Baler, Aurora Cluster IV- all current R4 members - Rizal Cluster V- Bicol Region and Samar Provinces Cluster VI- All current R6 members. Cluster VII- All current R7 members plus Leyte Provinces, Biliran Cluster VIII- Zamboanga del Norte and Sur,ARMM Cluster IX- Misamis Occidental and Oriental, Lanao Sur and Norte Cagayan and Bukindnon Cluster X - Surigao Provinces Agusan del Norte and Sur, Cluster XI- Davao del Norte and Sur, North and South Cotabato, Saranggani Sultan Kudarat, Canoal, Davao Oriental Section 3. Functions and Powers a. The Council of Chapter Presidents shall act as a sounding board for association policies and feedback mechanism for local chapter concerns. b. It is empowered to deliberate and submit to the National Board thru its Regional Representative resolutions, programs, and projects requiring priority attention. c. Propose to the National Board matters related to Membership fees/dues and fees for lifetime members, as well as other assessments from its members which, in the future, may be deemed necessary for the vitally of the Association. d. Conduct continuing education program (CPE) for the advancement of the profession. Section 4. Meetings The Council of Chapter Presidents shall meet bi-annually. Special Board meetings may be called by the Regional Representative (National Board of Director) whenever necessary or at the request of three members of the Council. Section 5. General Assembly A General Assembly shall be held every two years during the last week of November. However, a General Meeting of Chapter Presidents shall be called during the succeeding year for annual business meeting to present annual accomplishment report and financial report and deliberate on resolutions passed by the Regional Council of Chapter Presidents. It shall be conducted in the same month. Section 6. Election of Officers Election of new Regional Council representative to the National Board shall be conducted in each chapter and cluster. Sealed ballots will be canvassed during the general meeting of chapter presidents. The duly elected members of the Board shall assume their regular position effective January of the following year.(as amended on Nov. 20, 1998) ARTICLE VII QUORUM Section 1. At any meeting of the association, a majority of the members present shall constitute a quorum. 6

7 Section 2. A majority of the voting members present and constituting a quorum during a meeting shall be sufficient to approve any matters taken up during the meeting except in those cases provided for by law. ARTICLE VIII EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Section 1. There shall be an Executive Secretary who shall be a professional Social Worker and shall be appointed by the Board. The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings, keep the minutes, and act as the custodian of all the records of the Association. He/She performs all other duties inherent to his/her position. He/She shall assist the Secretary in the performance of his/her duties and assume the powers and duties of the same in case of temporary absence; in the case of resignation, death or incapacity, he/she shall be vested automatically with the powers and duties of the Secretary as provided in this Constitution. Section 2. Functions of the Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary shall be responsible for the day-to--day operations of the Association as defined by the Board. When so authorized, he/she shall represent the President/Board of the Association in specified activities ARTICLE IX COMMITTEES Section 1. The following committees shall fall under the Vice President for Programs and Development: 1. Membership and Local Chapters 2. Social Action and Legislation 3. Standard for Professional Social Work Practice and Continuing Professional Social Work Education 4. International and Public Relations 5. Special Project 6. Publications and Research Section 2: Functions of Committee Chair: 1. The Chairperson of any standing committee shall be appointed by the Board of Directors. 2. The Chairperson of the committee shall serve as such for not more than two (2) consecutive year. 3. The chairperson of each committee is empowered to formulate policies which will given their activities provided these are in accordance with the provisions of this constitution. Section 3. Functions of Standing Committees 1. The Committee on Program The Committee on program shall prepare the Association's program of activities, monitor and assess its implementation on a year-to-year basis. It will also coordinate the various activities of the different committees and prepare an annual program report. (scrapped under and merged under duties of VP for Programs) A. The Committee on Membership and Local Chapters The Committee on Membership shall recruit, screen and recommend to the Board of Directors membership in the Association in accordance with Constitution and By-Laws and shall maintain linkages with International Social Work Associations. It shall also promote and supervise the organization and operation of local chapters, which shall carry out the objectives of the association. It shall also recommend to the board new Chapters for Accreditation. B. Committee on Social Action and Legislation The Committee on Social Action and Legislation shall: 1. Study and formulate actions programs on important current issues and needs and execute the same in coordination with other committees concerned. 2. Work for legislative approval in Congress of priority bills affecting Social Work and Social Welfare. 7

8 C. The Committee on Standards for Professional Social Work Practice and Continuing Professional Social Work Education The Committee on Standards for Professional Social Work Practice shall study and formulate recommendations that will help promote and enforce the highest standards of professional practice in line with the Code of Ethics and shall maintain liaison with the Board for Social Work. The Committee on Continuing Professional Social Work education shall be responsible for undertaking formal and non-formal education programs/project to enhance, upgrade and update the competence of Social Worker in the practice of their profession. E. The International and Public Relations Committee The International Relation Committee shall be the primary link with the International Federation (As amended on Nov. 20, 1998) of Social Workers. It shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of professional relationship with the association for other countries, and other international organizations. It shall also maintain public relation for the association through linkages with the mass media. F. The Committee on Special Project The Committee on Special Project shall undertake special project geared towards the attainment of the objectives of the association, including student involvement and interests. G. The Committee on Publications and Research The Committee on Publications and Research shall initiate and conduct studies relevant to the objectives of the association in the profession. It shall solicit contributions of articles for the social work magazine and newsletter and publish such indigenous material related to the interest and activities of the association and shall link with the Philippine Social Science Council. ARTICLE X COMMISSION ON ELECTION Section 1. Organization There shall be a Commission on elections which shall be referred to as Comissioners. Section 2. Composition The National Comelec shall be composed of three (3) commissioners who shall elect a Chair among themselves. Section 3. Terms of Office The commissioners shall be elected during the annual election and shall have a term of two years. The commissioners shall not hold any elective office during the period of their incumbency. Section 4. Powers, Duties and Functions The Commission on Elections shall have the exclusive powers to enforce and administer all provisions, rules and regulations and policies relative to the conduct of elections. The duties shall be: a. Promulgate and enforce in consultation with the Board of Directors the rules and regulations governing the nomination of the candidate and conduct of national and local elections; b. Proclaim the winners; c. Receive, investigate and act on complaints under oath relative to elections; and d. Appoint canvassers who shall assist in the counting of votes Section 5. Election Procedure a. An effective member shall have the right to nominate, and shall be entitled to the one vote at the annual elections. b. Election of members of the Board of Directors shall be by secret balloting. c. Each voter shall cast in person. However, in the case of PASWI Chapters outside Metro Manila, sealed ballots of members may be sent by mail or through authorized representatives not later than the start of canvassing. 8

9 ARTICLE XI ADVISORY COUNCIL Section 1. All past president of the Association shall compose the advisory council. Section 2. The Advisory Council shall act as a consultative body to the Board on issues and concerns which will enhance the professional practice of the members throughout the country. The council shall meet once a year and maybe called from time to time by the Board on issues on which its advice is needed. ARTICLE XII FUNDS Section 1. Funds received by, for and in behalf of the Association shall properly and receipted and deposited in a bank selected by the Board of Directors. Withdrawals shall be made only upon previous authority of the Board and the checks shall be signed by the at least two signatories namely: The Treasurer and the President or the Vice President for Finance and the President. The President shall always be the last signatory. Section 2. The Association shall keep a Book of Account which shall be audited by a Certified Public Accountant once a year whenever circumstance so warrant. ARTICLE XIII AMENDMENTS Section 1. The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the active members at the Annual General membership meeting provided that proposed amendments must be in the hands of the Secretary forty-five (45) days prior to such meeting. The Board must certify the proposed amendments before notice thereof is sent to the members. Written notice thereof must have been sent to the members of the Association at least thirty (30) days before such a meeting. Section 2. This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of active members at a general meeting. Amended and ratified this 7 th day of April 2005 at PSCC, Quezon City, Philippines. 9

10 CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS OF THE PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, INCORPORATED (PASWI) The undersigned, Board of Directors & Secretary of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc., an organization duly undersigned and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Philippines, with principal office at Room 210 Philippine Social Science Center (PSSC), commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, do hereby certify that the document attached hereto and made integral part hereof entitled "Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) Constitution and By-Laws (Amended) " is a true and correct copy of the By-Laws of the said organization as amended and approved by the majority of the members and National Board of Directors on 7 th April 2005 during the PASWI regular Board meeting held at the Principal office. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, we have executed and signed this certificate this 7th day of April 2005 at Quezon City, Philippines. BOARD OF DIRECTORS ZALDY O. ABAINZA, Ed.D. Chairperson MA. MELANIA B. SAMONTE Corporate Secretary TERESITA V.GATCHALIAN President RONALD E. CASTRO Vice President for Programs RUBIN Z. MAGNO Vice President for Finance JUDITH J. HASIL Treasurer SR. ENRIQUETA LEGASTE, DC ANNIE E. MENDOZA Member Member NENITA N. CURA, Ph.D. ANNIE T. LEYSON Member Auditor MARY JUNE A. QUANICO JESUS S. FAR Member Member ASUNCION S. CUETO Member CELERINA P. LUATON Member MARIBETH R. SAN MIGUEL Member 10

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