The Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals in Asia Pacific (ASA), formerly known as The Association of Secretaries in Asia (ASA), was founded in 1974 in Manila by Mrs. Virginia P. Elbinias, then incumbent President of the Philippine Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals, Inc. (PAS) to provide an opportunity for secretaries in and around Asia to meet and share their knowledge and experience.

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Administrative Professionals Week

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Administrative Professionals Week (APW) is celebrated annually during the last full week in April and the intervening Wednesday is designated “Administrative Professionals Day”. This week is dedicated to secretaries and administrative professionals in recognition of their contributions toward business and industries. Administrative Professionals Day highlights the important role of administrative professionals in all sectors of the modern economy worldwide.

Administrative Professionals Week (APW) was established by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and has been observed worldwide since 1952 as a way for businesses to recognize administrative support staff for their workplace contributions, to encourage professional growth and to promote the office/administrative career as a profession.

In 1965, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The event name was changed to Professionals Secretaries Week in 1981 and changed to Administrative Professionals Week (APW) in 2000 to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the administrative workforce. The intervening Wednesday is designated as Administrative Professionals Day.

Over the years, this event is celebrated worldwide including community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities in recognition of administrative support staff.

The most common ways of recognizing Administrative Professional(s) today are:

  • Educational events
  • Flowers
  • Cards, often with restaurant or shopping gift certificates
  • Take them to lunch
  • Candies
  • Assorted Fruits, Gift Baskets

Administrative Professionals Week – April 21 – 27, 2019

Administrative Professionals Day – April 24, 2019

Administrative Professionals Day: April, 25, 2018; April 24, 2019; April 22, 2020; April 21, 2021; April 27, 2022; April 26, 2023

Administrative Professionals Week : April 22-28, 2018; April 21-27, 2019; April 19-25, 2020; April 18-24, 2021; April 24-30, 2022; April 22-28, 2023