Catholic schools hold Annual Regional Assembly in Dagupan - CEAP
CEAP is the national association of Catholic educational institutions in the Philippines. Founded in 1941, it now has 1,252 members, which include universities and colleges offering academic and continuing education programs.
Majority, however, of its members numbering around 700 are mission schools offering basic education to the country's poor and the marginalized.
CEAP is a voluntary organization which operates through regional educational associations located in the 16 regions of the country. It represents the interest of Catholic educational institutions in national and international fora, fosters unity of action with other organizations in educational matters, and assists members, particularly those in mission areas, to achieve common and specific aims.
The CEAP is commissioned to advance and promote the teaching function of the Catholic Church. It contributes towards the attainment of the objective, “the total development of the human person” through a Catholic orientation in accordance with the norms of the Church, consistent with national development goals as expressed in the Philippine Constitution.
The CEAP promotes religious instruction as an essential element of Catholic education, thereby contributing towards character formation and citizenship building.
Moreover, it strives to respond to social, political, moral and other critical issues based on consultations with the different regions and calls for the collective action of its members when the situation so requires.
CEAP is a non-stock, non-profit organization. It is represented in the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), Private Educational Advisory Council (PEAC), and Private Education Retirement Annuity Association (PERAA).
It is a member of the Association of Foundations and networks with many other non-government organizations. It is affiliated with the International Office of Catholic Education (l’ Office International de l’Enseignement Catholique-OIEC) and with the International Federation of Catholic Universities.