Office of Counseling and Guidance

About OCG


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The Office of Counseling and Guidance (OCG) is a support service to the academic programs of the University. It is one of the offices of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA). OCG’s two main professional services are counseling and psychological assessment. OCG was created by the Board of Regents on April 6, 1956 (Section 3, Article 151 of the 1984 Revised University of the Philippines Code).


The earliest incarnation of the OCG, and the first office responsible for guidance functions, was the Guidance Services Office (GSO), within the College of Education, with Professor Esperanza R. Limcaco as head. Later, in 1953, the Student Personnel Services (SPS) office under the then Dean of Women paved the way for systematized guidance and counseling.

In 1956, the Office of Guidance and Counseling Services (OGCS) was established. This paved the way for further milestones, such as the administering of the first entrance test (1957). In 1959, the Office, then renamed the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC), was placed under the newly-created Office of Student Affairs, the predecessor of the current Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affirs. In 1969, the Division of Counseling and Guidance (DCG) superseded the Counseling and Testing Center. Testing of international students also became the responsibility of the new DCG as well as the old CTC — in 1969, the Foreign Student Section (later renamed International Students Program in 1972 and transferred to the Dean of Students) was added to the DCG to faciliate international students testing.

In 1974, the DCG was transferred to the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs. It had to be noted that the office was under the Vice-President for Student Affairs, as Diliman was not yet autonomous at the time. By the creation of UP Diliman as an autonomous constituent university of the UP System in 1983, The DCG was returned to the Office of Student Affairs and renamed to its current name.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Service is available to help students adjust to the University life, make important life choices, and embark on the task of defining and pursuing their life goals. Students either come voluntarily for individual counseling or are referred by their teachers and/or college to avail of such service. College referrals for intake interview as well as processes for readmission, application for non-major and shifting can also lead to counseling. Counseling, be they individual or group, may address the students’ academic, career, personal, interpersonal, and family concerns, always with the goal of helping them become better persons.

Psychological Assessment and Evaluation

Psychological assessments, particularly on the dimensions of personality, emotional stability, career interest, study orientation, mental ability and aptitude are available in OCG.

The Psychological Assessment Services of OCG aims to:

  1. provide information that aids in career exploration and counseling;
  2. make the students become more aware of their emotional stability and understand one’s personality;
  3. provide requesting academic units with information regarding fitness of  students for their targeted study program for admission/ shifting or field of work/ internship
  4. assist academic and non-academic units of UPD in addressing their personnel assessment concerns; and
  5. provide psychological tests or pre-employment an qualifying exam purposes of non-UP service users from the government sectors whenever time allows for it.

Referral Service

Students who need more specialized support are referred to appropriate professional/ offices. OCG works closely with UPD PsycServ and the University Health Service. Referrals are also made outside UP if necessary.

Celebrate Life (or Flourish-Oriented) Workshops

In developing and preparing these seminar-workshops, OCG keeps in mind:

Sustainability – The Program aims to be sustainable and this will be pursued by getting colleges

               to fund the Program 

Growth and Resilience-Oriented The seminars and workshops will emphasize the challenge to

             wellness, growth and resilience — thus the term “flourish” to refer to the workshop

             series, though it will also address issues that are central to surviving and thriving in the

             UP campus.

Personal and Experiential The workshops will have more activities that surface insights. Side by side with insights, the workshops shall endeavor to equip students with life skills.

Representative Target participants are undergraduate students from different colleges in the campus.

Gender sensitive – Effort will be made to design the workshop to be responsive to concerns and sensibilities of gendered student population.

The workshops can take place in several colleges and can be a venue for OCG being introduced to the students.   Through this service, OCG creates opportunity to connect with more students, targeting those who do not usually visit the office. It hopes to provide new students with practical tips on how to survive and flourish in the UP campus; and for them to be introduced to the UP culture. For those in the higher year levels, OCG aims to continue offering learning opportunities in enhancing their competencies on specific key issues confronting them. Through their personal experience in participating in these sessions, OCG hopes that more students will see that UPD-OCG programs, activities and services are varied, relevant, non-threatening, and deeply satisfying.

Peer Psychosocial Support: The Buddy System

The need for the university to be sensitive and responsive to psychosocial needs of students is increasingly being dramatized by cases of students that are being brought to the attention of mental health practitioners in the campus. In response to these surfacing concerns, the Office of Counseling and Guidance seeks to capacitate different sectors of the UP Diliman community to provide psychosocial support to students in the campus.

The Buddy System, for the students, aimed to connect UP students who need psychosocial support with volunteer students who will be trained in helping orient students to UP life and provide them with psychosocial support, when needed. More specifically, a buddy is a volunteer undergraduate or graduate student who wishes to help other students by: (1) getting them oriented to life at UP; (2) helping them access important information that is available in the campus; (3) creating opportunities for them to find and keep friends; (4) providing them a listening ear; (4) offering them basic psychosocial support, and (5) referring them to other helpers, to professionals, for concerns that are beyond their capacity to address.

 The first training was held in late 2015. However, OCG encountered difficulties in its effort to promote and set-up the Buddy System in colleges, as originally planned. But despite the setback, the office still continued in the promotion and facilitation of the capacity-building seminar-workshops. In mid-2016, OCG started receiving requests for such training from local student councils and some student organizations, particularly from executive or membership committee to capacitate them in helping their concerned members. In 2017, through the encouragement of the VCSA, OCG partnered with the Office of Student Activities. In AY 2017-2018, the Buddy seminar workshop has been LTS-accredited, paving the way to the increase of student interest and participation in the training sessions held at Alcantara Hall in Vinzons. In the succeeding years, and with the renovation of Vinzons, the requesting unit (e.g., Residence Halls) or student organization took care in providing us with the venue.  

Celebrate Life, the annual event

In solidarity with the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2013, the UPD-OCG had a simple candle lighting prayer at Vinzons Hall. In Academic Year 2014-2015, OCG noticed the increasing number of students who experienced emotional problems as indicated in the increasing number of counseling requests. OCG, as well as the University Health Service, also saw the increase in the number of reported cases of students having depression, suicidal ideations and even suicide attempts.

 Hence, in AY 2015-2016, aside from wanting to support the world’s and nation’s campaign in raising awareness and educating the community in preventing suicide, OCG also saw the need to organize activities that will communicate to the students that life in UP is an ongoing invitation to experience flourish, joy, and meaning. Instead of the usual themes of illness, vulnerability, and risk, Celebrate Life, through its activities every September, highlight resilience, growth, and thriving. OCG launched the Celebrate Life Events, together with its logo on September 22, 2015.

Celebrate Life aims to provide a venue for students to gain more insights about issues on mental health, to learn life skills to deal with their concerns, to introduce or connect them to programs and people for psychosocial support, and to help them experience UPD as a nurturing and supportive community.  

For this annual event, OCG usually partners with other units and student organizations. The proposed program and budget is submitted to the Chancellor, through channels. It is celebratory in nature with activities involving the participation of the whole person — mind, body, emotions and spirit. For the forum, OCG invites expert professionals in mental health and allied fields. For the testimonials during the forum, OCG selects students and/or alumni to share how they were able to thrive and flourish in UPD campus despite the different challenges they face. The Celebrate Life annual event culminates with the community gathering for a ritual and/or covenanting to signify that they are one in their commitment to promote life—or the thriving and flourish of the students and each member of the UP Diliman community. 

University Job Fair

UJF fulfills the purpose of exposing students to diverse range of jobs to suit their equally diverse fields of specialization. The UJF is a project of the OCG in coordination with student organizations – the  UP Diliman University Student Council (USC), the UP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) and the UP Advertising Core (AdCore) – which aims:             

  1. to provide career preparations and opportunities primarily to graduating students as well as those in the internship phase of their study programs;
  2. to introduce to students a framework on career pathing that can guide their employment search;
  3. to develop in the students wholesome employment/ career search and decision making processes;
  4. to create opportunities for student leaders and organizations working hand in hand with OCG in helping support the graduating students’ transition from being students to becoming part of the country’s work force; and
  5. to establish linkages and enhance working relationships in support of better employment opportunities for graduating students.

The Job Fair is also open to students in earlier batches, graduate students, and other members of the UP community who may be scouting for jobs.

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