COPERS Director Dr. Gail Tan-Ilagan during the Psychological Assocation of the Philippines Professional Summit at Tuguegarao City.

COPERS Director Dr. Gail Tan-Ilagan during the Psychological Assocation of the Philippines Professional Summit at Dumaguete City. File photo courtesy: Ateneo de Davao University Center for Psychological Extension and Research Services Facebook page

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC), has conferred the Gawad Panglilingkod Award to Dr. Gail Tan-Ilagan, Director of the Ateneo de Davao University Center for Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS). The award was presented during the 30th Prison Awareness Sunday last 29 October.

In a letter from ECPPC Chairman Bishop Pedro D. Arigo, D.D., the award was given to Dr. Ilagan for being “one of the few who had responded to the call to build God’s Kingdom in prison.” Dr. Ilagan was recommended by Fr. Dominic R. Librea, DM for the award because of her services to the prisoners through the ministry.

The CBCP gives the award to people and groups that have done exemplary and valuable work in the prison ministry.