Adamson University President Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M. was recently elected Vice President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), making him also, in effect, one of five Directors-at-large, during the Annual National Convention in Ateneo de Davao last Sept. 11-13. CEAP is the country’s biggest educational association. The University’s avid and proactive participation in the organization’s projects and advocacies as a member school must have inspired the other schools to put their trust in the president.
“As the elected VP, I have the same responsibility as other vice-presidents. In addition to that, I take charge of the Programs of the CEAP and chair the annual national convention,” shared Fr. Gregg.
“I chaired this year’s national convention in Davao. It was a different convention, and I think more than 2,000 participants appreciated it,” he continued. “One significant change evident during this last gathering was the confab being a working convention. Members made sure that ‘strategic guidelines and directions will be made in order to do some doable steps for the organization.’”
“My involvement with CEAP is our University’s modest contribution to Catholic education in the country that is threatened by various forces such as consumerism, inadequate financial and human resources, poor witnessing to Christian values, and inadequate instruction in the faith to name a few,” Fr. Gregg added.
When asked about the importance of being part of an active organization like CEAP, the president humbly answered, “Many small Catholic schools in the rural areas are struggling to provide quality educational services to the young. They are often doing a heroic job especially in the transmission of Christian values. My hope is for CEAP to be truly relevant and provide assistance to these small schools. One of my plans is to set up better networking among member schools especially in the Provinces.”
CEAP’s five-pillar program includes peace education, environmental education, engaged citizenship or political education, poverty alleviation, and gender and youth development.
The CEAP is ‘governed by a 21-member Board of Directors composed of 15 regional directors (from the National Capital Region, Regions I to XII, Caraga Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region), five directors-at-large, and the chairperson of the Superintendents Commission, which in turn elects a set of officers. The Board is supported by a National Secretariat headed by an Executive Director. The offices of the Executive Director, Programs, Publication and Information, and Administrative Services are currently staffed by 14 personnel.’