CEAP takes over COCOPEA chairmanship

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has taken over the chairmanship of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU).

The leadership turnover occurred during the COCOPEA Executive Committee meeting held at the Joy-Nostalg Hotel, Pasig City, headed by PACU President Engr. Bernard Nicolas E. Villamor. With this, CEAP will chair the Council for the next two years with Sr. Ma. Marissa R. Viri, RVM, CEAP President serving as its Chairperson.

The Executive Committee meeting was attended by: Engr. Villamor, President, Cebu Institute of Technology University, Sr. Viri, President, University of the Immaculate Conception-Davao, Fr. Onofre G. Inocencio, Jr., SBD, Ed.D, President, UniTVET, Don Bosco Technical College, and Prof. Antonio M. Del Carmen, Ph.D., President, Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universitiyes, Inc. (PAPSCU), STI-College Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Also present during the meeting are Mr. Jose Allan I. Arellano, Executive Director, CEAP, and Ms. Joyce Anne C. Samaniego, Executive Director, PACU.

Aside from leadership turnover, the Committee discussed moving forward steps concerning important matters in Private Education.

COCOPEA serves as the unifying voice of private education in the Philippines. It takes the lead in public policy development for the five educational associations that count 2,500 educational and learning institutions among its Member-Schools, Colleges, Universities, and Tech-Voc Institutions. 

The five-member associations of COCOPEA are:

  • Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)
  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)
  • Association of Christian Schools, Colleges, and Universities (ACSCU)
  • Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAPSCU)
  • Tech-Voc Schools Association of the Philippines (TVSA)

The turnover of chairmanship from PACU to CEAP is a significant event in the history of COCOPEA which shows a sign of the strength and unity of the private education sector in the Philippines.

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