2019 CEAP Regional Assembly



The DWCU administrators: Rev. Fr. Venerando J. Yator, SVD, Mrs. Marlyn R. Laroco, Ms, Carolina T. Sayapen, Mr. Louise C. Lorian and Mrs. Joelita  M. Bernabe went to Alaminos City, Pangasinan last July 27, 2019, to attend the 2019  CEAP  Regional  Assembly. “MISSIO: YES, YOUTH CAN“ was the theme for this year’s  CEAP Regional Assembly which was held at Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center, Alaminos City,  Pangasinan. The main celebrant during the Eucharistic Celebration was  Most Rev. Ricardo L.  Baccay, DD, the Bishop of  Alaminos. His homily focused on “CHRISTUS VIVIT  OR CHRIST IS ALIVE.” Bishop Baccay also said  “BE COMPANION to the youth,” which means that we have to bring Jesus to the young people.

Msgr. Manuel S. Bravo, ALDS  Superintendent & Regional Trustee, welcomed the delegates and gave the Overview of the 2019 CEAP Regional Assembly. In his talk, he mentioned about the CEAP Region 1 Vision and Mission,  the new members in the organizations, and the launching of advocacy: “HUWAG  KANG  MAGNAKAW.” He further  reiterated what Bishop Baccay said in his homily –“ Be Christ to the youth and bring them to Jesus.” Cultural presentations followed after the talk of Msgr. Bravo.

Dr. Everlita N. Quinto, CEAP Regional Secretary, presented the seven (7) Diocesan Schools which  joined and participated in the Regional Assembly : Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Diocese of Urdaneta, Diocese of Laoag, Diocese of Alaminos, Diocese of San Fernando, La Union and Diocese of Bangued, Abra.

Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, CEAP President, missed the inspired and happy delegates which were more than 1,000 because he was not around but his presence was felt through the video he sent that conveyed his message to the 1000 participants through the CEAP Executive Secretary, Ms. Mary Ann Cruz. He ended his video message with the words inspired by Pope Francis : “CHRITUS VIVIT or CHRIST IS ALIVE.”  Fr. Tabora said we have to be agents of change: social and political changes. Let our students/learners and teachers get involved in bringing Jesus to the young people. He also emphasized that despite of all the problems being experienced by Catholic Educators, we could say “Yes we can !” because CHRIST IS ALIVE !

Atty. Joseph Estrada focused on the legal issues and concerns of the Private Education. He talked about the Policy on “NO PERMIT, NO EXAM POLICY.” This policy started from 2011 continued in 2016 by Sen. Villar and the latest in 2018 by former Sen.  Aquino. According to Atty. Estrada, a school should be a “LITIGIOUS SOCIETY”  which means that to have a good management of the school, the stakeholder should protect the teachers and the school.

In the afternoon, Rev. Fr. Atiliano “Nonong”  Fajardo, C.M. together with his staff launched the advocacy: “HUWAG KANG MAGNAKAW.” This advocacy enjoins each and everyone to be honest. This advocacy will be done for seven (7) years, wherein we have to promote political, moral and cultural changes in preparation for the celebration of the 500 years of CHRISTIANITY in 2021. Fr. Fajardo encouraged us to educate the minds of our teachers and students on the advocacy: “Huwag Kang Magnakaw. Sama-sama tayong magbago at sama-sama tayong magkaisa  to attain this advocacy – HKM.”


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