The Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao Inc. (UGAT), organized in early 1977 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1979, is the national organization of anthropologists in the Philippines. It is also known as the Anthropological Association of the Philippines. UGAT’s main objectives are:
- To promote, develop and disseminate anthropological knowledge;
- To promote, deepen the knowledge, understanding and participation of and among different ethno-linguistic groups in working towards an integrated national consciousness and development;
- To promote and forge linkages among anthropologists and others doing related work within the country and other parts of the world;
- To uphold professional ethics.
UGAT is a regular member of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) and is affiliated with the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).
Aghamtao is UGAT’s official journal. The journal features selected papers read in annual UGAT conferences. Beginning with its maiden issue in 1978 devoted to a stocktaking of Anthropology in the Philippines, it continues to provide a forum for the “scholarship and the practice of anthropology,” covering such diverse areas as development and sustainability, disaster, ethnicity and national unity, education, and mass movements. Issues of the journal are available at the PSSC Book Center/Central Subscription Service.