Article I – X

THE
NEW BY-LAWS
OF THE
PHILIPPINE DENTAL ASSOCIATION, INC.

ARTICLE I
NAME

The name of this Association shall be the Philippine Dental Association Inc. which hereinafter may also be referred to as the or this Association.

ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP

Sec. 1 The members of this Association shall be dentists of Filipino citizenship who are members of Constituent Chapters of the Philippine Dental Association, and who have complied with the requirements of membership provided for in the By-Laws of this Association except for the associate, honorary and affiliate member as defined in Article XII, Section 1 of the By-Laws.

Sec. 2 The membership in the Association shall be classified as follows: (a) Active, (b) Associate, (c) Honorary, (d) Life, (e) Affiliate, (f) Auxillary (As amended on April 30, 2008)

ARTICLE III
OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION THEIR ELECTION AND TENURE

Sec. 1 The officers of the Association shall be the elected members of the Board of Trustees, the Treasurer, the Auditor, the elected and appointed officers of the House of Delegates; the Council of PDA Presidents, and the members of the Commission on Elections. (COMELEC) and the appointed representatives of the dental hygienists and dental technologists (As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec.2 The election of officers of the Association shall be held during the Annual Convention.

Sec. 3 The elective officers of the Association shall serve for one year.

Sec. 4 The appointive officers of the Association shall serve or hold office at the discretion of the President upon approval of the Board of Trustees, except that the COMELEC which shall hold office for the tenure provided for in this Constitution and/or its By-Laws.

ARTICLE IV
FORM OF GOVERNMENT

Sec. 1 There shall be a Board of Trustees which shall be the administrative and governing body of the Association.(As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 2 There shall be a House of Delegates which shall be the legislative body of the Association.

Sec. 3 There shall be a Council of the PDA Presidents which shall be the consultatory and advisory body of the Association.
Sec. 4 There shall be a Council of the HOD Speakers which shall be the regular advisory body of the PDA in particular the House of Delegates. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

ARTICLE V
COMPOSTION AND JURISDICTION

Sec. 1 The Association shall consist of duly chartered constituent provincial and/or city chapters and such other organizations as may be affiliated to it.

Sec. 2 For effective administration, supervision, and control, the Philippines shall be divided into four regions, to be represented in the Board of Trustees by a Vice President each for Northern Luzon*, Southern Luzon*, Visayas and Mindanao.

Sec. 3 These regional administrative divisions in the country and organizations may also be sub-divided into as many districts for effective supervision and coordination by their respective district councilors.

ARTICLE VI
MEETINGS AND QUORUM/FISCAL YEAR

Sec. 1 The Association shall hold an annual convention within the month of November unless inevitable circumstances prevails, the same shall be held not more than a month earlier or later than the fiscal month upon the approval of the Board.(As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 2 The Board of Trustees shall hold a monthly meeting every second Friday of the month.

Sec. 3 The House of Delegates shall hold regular sessions every national convention of any fiscal year, and hold Mid-Year sessions and conventions if needed provided that the venue should be accessible to all delegates and subject to availability of funds (As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 4 The fiscal year starts January 1 and ends December 31 of the same year. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 5 Meetings of the Board of Trustees may be called by the President, or upon written notice of at least five (5) members of the Board of Trustees.(As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 6 Members of both the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates may hold its regular or special meetings at any place even outside the place where the principal office is located provided members are issued proper notice indicating the date, time and place of the meeting and provided further that the place of meeting shall be within the Philippines.(As amended on April 30, 2008)

(N.B* – Northern Luzon represents part of NCR such as Antipolo, Quezon City, Kalookan City, Marikina, Mandaluyong City, San Juan, Malabon, Valenzuela and the rest of the provinces North of Luzon including the AFP Dental Society and the Philippine National Police Dental Society – Southern Luzon represents the other part of NCR such as the City of Manila, Pasig City, Makati City, Muntinlupa City, Parañaque City, Pasay City, Las Piñas City and all provinces and cities South of Luzon) (As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 7 A simple majority of the voting members of the Board of Trustees present at a meeting and/or the accredited voting delegates present at a session of the House of Delegates shall constitute a quorum to do business, except in case provided by law. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

ARTICLE VII
THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS
(COMELEC) ITS COMPOSITION AND TENURE

Sec. 1. For Dentists
a. There shall be a Commission on Election or COMELEC, an independent body which shall regulate and conduct the election of the Association and hear election protests and whose decision shall be final. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

b. Other policies done by the Comelec not included in the PDA Constitution must be presented first to the incumbent Board prior to implementation. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

c. Such presentation should be at least two months prior to campaign period. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 2 The above mentioned provisions goes also with the organization of dental hygienists and dental technologists. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

ARTICLE VIII
HEADQUARTERS

Sec. 1 The central office of the Philippine Dental Association, Inc. shall be in the building of the PDA located within Metro Manila.

ARTICLE IX
EMBLEM

Sec. 1 The Association shall adopt an official emblem as registered with the heraldry Commission of the Republic of the Philippines.

Sec. 2 The emblem of the Association shall be adopted by constituent chapters, organization of dental hygienists and dental technologists provided that the name of the constituent chapters, organization of dental hygienists and dental technologists shall appear below it as a basis for its official seal in the banner, logo in the letterhead and displayed whenever appropriate. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

Sec. 3 The constituent chapter banner bearing the emblem of the Association shall be lavender, 29″ x 43″ and its illustration, color scheme and letterings shall be uniform and of standard size.

Sec. 4 The association shall provide the official banner for its constituent chapters/affiliates, organization of dental hygienists and dental technologists (As amended on April 30, 2008)

ARTICLE X
AMENDMENTS AND REFERENDUM

Sec. 1 The Constitution or any part thereof may be amended by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the voting delegates present at a session of the House provided, however, that such documents shall be submitted to a postal and/or electronic mail referendum or ratification by the members of the Association meeting at a General Assembly. Effectivity date shall be 60 days from the date of approval. (As amended on April 30, 2008)

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