CEAP confab to tackle Mindanao peace, Bangsamoro law

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DAVAO CITY, September 10, 2014—The peace process in Mindanao and the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity will be among the topics to be discussed at the upcoming national convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) that will be held in Davao later this month.

Themed “Defining the Transformative Role of Catholic Education in a Changing World,” the CEAP’s 73rd National Convention will be attended by Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chairperson of the Philippine Government’s panel on Peace Negotiations with Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Ferrer will lead the critical conversation on the Bangsamoro and the pursuit for genuine peace in Mindanao during the first day of the convention slated from September 24 to 16 at the SMX Lanang. Meanwhile, Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, Manila Observatory’s Associate Director for Research, will lead the discussion on the pressing issue of the environment. At least 3,000 representatives of CEAP member-schools are expected to attend the convention.

Hundreds of supporters gather at the Pikit Municipal Plaza in Cotabato Province to show their support for the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signing in Malacañang. The Mindanao peace process and the Bangsamoro identity will be key issues to be discussed at the CEAP’s 73rd National Convention. (Photo: OPAPP)

The second day of the convention will feature a series of concurrent sessions on the Bangsamoro Basic Law; inter-religious and inter-faith dialogue; the implementation of the K to 12 Act and the Revised General Education Curriculum; Legal Updates pertinent to educational management; poverty; and environment; among others.

Confirmed speakers include: Br. Carlito M. Gaspar, CSSR, Prof. Magsaysay S. Werble, Atty. Antonio G.M. La Viña, Ph.D., Hon. Pedrito A. Eisma, Prof. Alih Salakuran Aiyub, Hon. Francisco M. Varela, Dr. Raymund C. Sison, Dr. Rosario A. Lapus, among others.

Before the convention, CEAP School Heads and Superintendents will first gather on September 23 for the Annual General Membership Meeting to meet with Department of Education Sec. Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, CHEd Commissioner Ruperto S. Sangalang, TESDA Dep. Dir. Gen. Irene M. Isaac Hon. Roman Romulo and Hon. Evelina G. Escudero. The discussion would focus on issues pertinent to the implementation of the K to 12 Act, financing of private educational institutions and greater government support for private education.

Incumbent CBCP president Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas will preside over a Eucharistic celebration on the first day of the convention, while on the third day, the late Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi, O.P. will be conferred the Pro Deo et Patria Award to Archbishop D.D. (posthumously) for his significant contribution for the Philippine Church as the first Filipino Rector of the University of Sto. Tomas and as former CBCP president as well as for his work in the formation of priests and religious. (CBCP News)

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