About 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 that are at par with foreign schools in the USA and Europe. 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.
Fundamental Principles
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Mission and Values

CEAP Mission

To promote solidarity and unity of action among individuals and member-institutions that work towards fulfilling the evangelizing mission of the Church in education;

To widen access to and promote quality and transformative Catholic Education; and

To serve as a steadfast and effective catalyst of change through education in the different dimensions of human life.









The January 2011 Strategic Planning Workshop primarily aimed to:
  1. Review the 2008-2011 CEAP strategic directions vis-a-vis the accomplishments of, challenges faced and insights learned by the organization in the last three years; the directions from the 2009 and 2010 CEAP General Assemblies; the national situation of Philippine education particularly Catholic education; and the education thrusts of the P-Noy Administration;
  2. Identify the 2011-2014 priority goals and targets of the Association; and
  3. Formulate the 2011 CEAP National Work Plan.

The following growth areas and directions were identified to guide the organization in the next three years:

Organizational Strengthening and Members' Capacity Development

Strategic Direction: CEAP shall continue to be a strong national association, prioritizing regionalization through empowering and strengthening the regions. It shall continue with its capacity-building programs to effect transformative leadership and the delivery of quality programs and services especially to the small, mission schools.

Further, it shall anchor its capacity development programs in ensuring the Catholicity of all its member-schools and in tapping the strength of its “big” schools to support the small, mission schools towards institutional development and sustainability.

Programs and Curriculum Development

Strategic Direction: CEAP shall develop and implement association-wide pillar programs to enable the regional offices and member schools to integrate these into the schools' curricular and extra-curricular offerings. In addition to the JEEPGY pillar programs (Justice and Peace Education, Engaged Citizenship, Environment and Sustainable Development Education, Poverty Reduction, Gender and Development and Youth Empowerment) , Media Education shall also be a priority concern.

Further, CEAP shall be at the forefront in curriculum development efforts in Religious Education and in the curriculum review and restructuring efforts in light of the education agenda of the government.

Public Policy Development and Advocacy

Strategic Direction: CEAP shall take the lead in public policy development especially in the area of Catholic education. It shall build a network of educators, advocates and legal luminaries who shall steer the public policy development and advocacy programs and initiatives of the Association.

CEAP shall maintain credibility and integrity in advocating its views and positions on prevailing and emerging issues affecting Catholic education and other societal issues. Towards this end, it shall seek to strengthen advocacy actions both at the regional and national levels and ensure effective critical engagement with government, business and other sectors of society.

Networking and Partnership-Building

Strategic Direction: CEAP shall sustain its partnership with the Local Church and continue to network with international and national government and non-government organizations, private non-sectarian and public schools to undertake common initiatives.

CEAP shall especially focus on networking and partnership-building programs and initiatives that shall benefit the small, mission schools and schools in difficult contexts.

Communications and Public Relations

Strategic Direction: CEAP shall strengthen the communication system among the national office, regions, member schools and its publics in support of regionalization, programs development and implementation and resource generation. This communication system shall ensure a pro-active and synergistic response to prevailing and emerging issues and concerns of private education and society.

Further, CEAP shall communicate to its publics the plight of the small, mission schools in its attempt to forge partnerships with relevant sectors for the benefit of the small, mission schools.

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

Strategic Direction: In support of these articulated growth areas and directions, CEAP shall build its research infrastructure and capabilities. As a learning organization, it shall institutionalize monitoring and evaluation of all its programs and projects to ensure alignment with the vision and mission of the Association and adherence to the CEAP principles and core values, quality, excellence and relevance to society.

Resource Generation and Mobilization

Strategic Direction: CEAP shall pursue resource generation tapping external or foreign funding agencies as well as domestic public and private institutions. CEAP member-schools likewise can be tapped as resource for various undertakings.

Structure and Rules

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