Two hundred fifty (250) participants took part in the Regional Assembly of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, National Capital Region (CEAP-NCR), held last July 24, 2004 at St. Scholastica's College. The assembly focused on the theme: "Breaking Through Barriers Through Catholic Education Today".
The assembly started with a Eucharistic Celebration with the Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio B. Rosales, D.D. as the main celebrant and homilist. In his homily, Archbishop Rosales encouraged everyone to take active part in the Pondo ng Pinoy Campaign or the PNP. The PNP is giving twenty-five centavos (25 cents) everyday for the poor. Archbishop Rosaled added that the poor is only asking for crumbs as such twenty-five centavos can be considered very minimal. In Pondo ng Pinoy, everyone can participate, rich and poor alike. In participating in the Pondo ng Pinoy, Archbishop Rosales emphasized that the charity done is not merely an act, but a way of life. And when people take part in the PNP, the Pondo ng Pinoy which could also mean Pag-ibig ng Panginoon, now becomes Pag-asa ng Pilipino.
In his Keynote Address, Reverend Roderick Salazar, SVD, CEAP National President, focused on the role of educators in shaping the students. He stressed that in teaching students to be more intelligent, wiser, loving, caring and being more human, educators are teaching students to be more like God. Reverend Salazar also challenged everyone to make a difference and open new frontiers in their lives.
Doctor Tereso Tullao, Jr. of De La Salle University and Mrs. Florina Castillo of St. Scholastica's College presented efforts and strategies in relation to breaking barriers and exploring new frontiers. Dr. Tullao talked on "Catholic Education in a Globalizing World" while Mrs. Florina Castillo vividly described the various strategies of the Grade School Unit of SSC in innovative teaching.
In the afternoon, the participants discussed specific concerns in the meetings of the four commissions, namely: Tertiary, Secondary, Elementary and Religious Education. Commission Heads were also voted. This was followed by the report of the NCR Regional Director by Fr. Jimmy Belita, C.M.
Elections were held for the next set of officers of the CEAP-NCR. The following will hold office for the next three years:
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