The Chemical Society of the Philippines was founded in 1937. Under its By-Laws, as amended in 1976, regular membership in the society was limited to registered chemists and holders of graduate degrees in Chemistry (M.S. and Ph.D.).
In 1976, the society also adopted the Pilipino name Kapisanan ng mga Kimiko sa Pilipinas (KKP).
In 1977, a new society composed exclusively of licensed chemists, the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP), was organized in response to the call of President Marcos for each profession “to integrate into a single society all aggrupations of professionals concerned with the problems of professional practice”.
Since then the KKP has been engaged mainly in the promotion of Chemistry as a science while the ICP has been concerned largely with issues pertaining to the practice of Chemistry in the Philippines. In 1996, the KKP Board of Directors appointed a Committee on Amendments to review and recommend changes to the By-Laws to make them consistent with the current functions of the society.
The committee was composed of Elma C. Llaguno. KKP President as Chair and Augusto Santos- Ocampo, Fortunato Sevilla III and Eric Punzalan as members.
The amendments proposed by the Committee were ratified by the membership in 1997. The changes in the society instituted under the new By-Laws are:
- The change in the name of the society from Kapisanan ng mga Kimiko sa Pilipinas to Kapisanang Kimika IIg Pilipinas. The acronym KKP has been retained but the new name now highlights Chemistry as a discipline (Articles I and II).
- The changes in the requirements for regular membership so the KKP can admit licensed and non-licensed chemists, graduates of allied disciplines and students as members (Article III).
- The provision for the organization of divisions among members with common research and professional interests (Article X).
- The changes in the duties of officers as well as procedures for setting fees and dues to make the operations of the society more efficient and flexible (Article V, X and XI).
With the changes above, the KKP is now formally a collegial body of scientists working for the promotion and advancement of the chemical sciences in the Philippines.
- To encourage and promote the advancement of chemical science and technology;
- To take an active role in the dissemination of chemical knowledge;
- To serve the needs of the country by making available its technical advice and assistance;
- To maintain high standards of professional conduct among its members;
- To promote interest in Chemistry among the youth; and
- To promote close liaison and fellowship among its members and those in the other technical organizations for the advancement of science.