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National Conference on Values and Religious Education

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The Religious Education Department is set to embark on the National Conference on Values and Religious Education with the theme "Enhancing Values Formation towards a More Humane Society: Current Trends, Practices and Perspectives in Values and Religious Education." The event will be held from November 10-12, 2017 at the Days Hotel in Tagaytay City.

Values formation is an integral component in the proper growth and development of any society. For this reason, the Philippine government, through the DepEd and CHED (see DepEd Memorandum 8095), has been taking serious actions to integrate values formation in all the strata of educational system by updating and improving the existing programs and curricula and promoting activities that are geared towards values formation.

Consequently, it is imperative that educators, researchers, and other education practitioners discuss and share among themselves the current trends, challenges, practices, programs, and research outputs that could help improve the values formation programs in our country. It is, therefore, the main objective of this conference to provide a venue for such discussion. It hopes to be a catalyst for significant developments in this area by gathering together scholars and educators alike who can share their best practices, experiences, and research outputs in the area of values formation.

This conference also aims to provide a particular emphasis on religious education as a potent factor towards values formation in many schools in our country, specifically, in many private schools. It acknowledges the need to continuously examine and enhance the significant contribution of religious education both in the spiritual and values formation of the young.


This conference targets values and religion educators, researchers, and administrators as participants. It aims to:

  1. Provide a forum for educators, researchers and values and religion teachers to discuss current issues relevant to values and religious education.
  2. Provide an opportunity for teachers to learn about emerging concepts that can enrich the field of religion and values education in general.
  3. Serve as a venue for research presentations and promotion of collaboration and linkages among the participants.
  4. Facilitate discussions and sharing in current practices and trends in teaching values and religious education and inspire participants to learn and apply innovative methods in their teaching.


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We will only be accepting registration payments of all who previously registered online.

Abstract Submission Process

In order to present at the conference, your abstract must first pass a “double-blind” peer review process. Please take note of the following important dates:

Important dates (deadlines) for Presenters
  • Abstract submission: August 31, 2017
  • Results of abstract review: Usually within 2-3 weeks after submission
  • Full conference registration payment for all presenters: September 22, 2017
  • Full paper and powerpoint presentation submission: October 30, 2017
How to Submit
  • Submit your abstract of no more than 250 words in a Microsoft Word Document to the email address: ncvre2017@dlsud.edu.ph
  • Include the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Author’s name, name of institution, highest educational attainment, email address/contact information
    • Text of the abstract containing the
      1. introduction of the topic;
      2. purpose;
      3. methodology;
      4. results;
      5. conclusion
  • Submit before the submission deadline in order to benefit from Early Bird rate.
  • Your proposal will normally be reviewed within two to three weeks after undergoing a double-blind peer review process.
  • If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to register for the conference. You will receive a confirmation email upon payment of the registration fee.
Suggested topics

Below are the suggested topics for the paper presentation. Papers that are not related to any of these topics may still be accepted provided that they are within the scope of values and religious education.

  • Approaches/Strategies in teaching religious and values education
  • Catechesis
  • Challenges in teaching religious and values education
  • Ecological Issues
  • Ecumenism and Inter-Faith dialogue
  • Ethics and education
  • Family Life and Filipino Values
  • Gender Issues
  • Home-School-Community Partnership
  • Human rights and Peace education
  • Issues on Justice and Peace
  • Religion, Politics, and Public Discourse
  • Religious Tolerance and Conflict
  • School Leadership and Values/Religious Education
  • Values Education and School Ethos, Policies, and Practices
  • Youth/Campus ministry


Tagaytay is considered to be the second Summer capital of the Philippines (with the first being Baguio) due to its cool climate thus, it is a favored destination for those coming from relatively more humid areas of the Philippines. Tagaytay is also a popular destination for tourists seeking a panoramic view of Taal Volcano and the surrounding lake. In 2015, the Department of Tourism cites Tagaytay as the top tourist destination in the Calabarzon region. Among the most visited sites in Tagaytay are the SM Sky Ranch Amusement Park, Ayala Malls Serin, Robinsons Summit Ridge, Picnic Grove Complex, People's Park in the Sky and Different choices of Restaurants like the famous Antiques Bar at Tagaytay Rotonda. Tagaytay receives seasonal influx of tourists during the peak season months of November to May. For this reason, you are advised to book your accommodation as early as possible. You may choose to book a room at the conference hotel (Days Hotel) or choose from any of the hotels and inns within the vicinity of Days Hotel.

  • Standard Room Rate Php 2,763.00
  • Superior Room Rate Php 3,244.00
  • Deluxe Room Rate Php 3,523.00
For booking inquiries, please call
Tel/Fax No.: (046) 413.2400 | (046) 413.2525

Program of Activities

Day 1: (Friday)
Time Activitiy
10:00-2:00 Registration
2:00 Opening Program & Presentations

Welcome Remarks – Hon. Jesus Crispin “Boying” C. Remulla
Governor, Province of Cavite
Hon. Agnes D. Tolentino Mayor, Tagaytay City

Inspirational Message – Br. Augustine L. Boquer, FSC, EdD President, De La Salle University - Dasmariñas
3:30 Health Break
4:00 Keynote Address:
Values and Religious Education in the Philippines: Trends, Perspective, and Challenges
Speaker: Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC
Former Secretary, Department of Education
5:30 Eucharistic Celebration
7:00 Welcome Dinner
8:00 End of Day 1
Day 2: (Saturday)
Time Activitiy
8:00 Opening program/Recap
8:30 Plenary Talk: Integrating Scriptures in Teaching Values and Religious Education: Challenges and Directions
Speaker: Most Rev. Bishop Virgilio Pablo S. David, D.D.
Bishop, Diocese of Kalookan
10:00 Health Forum
10:30 Concurrent Sessions: Religious Education Group: Making Sense of Religious Education: Teaching Religious Education to Generation Z Learners
Speaker: Dr. Pilar Romero
Values Education Group: Approaches and Strategies in Teaching Values Education Speaker: Dr. Fides del Castillo
12:00 Lunch break
1:00 Plenary Talk: Developing Curriculum in Values and Religious Education
Speaker: Sr. Ma. Corazon Manalo, DC
Superintendent, Daughters of Charity St. Louise de Marillac Educational Foundation Chair, Advisory Commission for Education
3:00 Health break
3:30 Parallel Sessions
6:30 Dinner
End of Day 2
Day 3: (Sunday)
Time Activitiy
8:00 Opening program / Recap
8:30 Plenary talk: The Demands of Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges to Values and Religious Education
Speaker: Rev. Fr. Edwin Gariguez
Executive Secretary, CBCP National Secretariat for
Social Action (CBCP-NASSA)
10:00 Health break
10:30 Closing Eucharistic Celebration
11:45 Closing Ceremony, Distribution of Certificates, Photo Op
12:00 Lunch & Home Sweet Home


  • Br. Armin Luistro FSC

    Br. Armin Luistro FSC is an educator from the Philippines. He served as head of the Philippine Department of Education from 2010 to 2016 under the government of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

    A true Lasallian since his primary years, he received his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Letters as well as his Master’s Degree in Religious Education and Values Education from De La Salle University in Manila. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Management from the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod City. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (honoris causa) by La Salle University in Philadelphia.

    In his more than 30 years’ experience as educator, Br. Armin has committed to uphold the right of every child to accessible, quality and relevant education. He served in a number of organizations and institutions including the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), and the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. With his deep involvement in his chosen ministry, Br. Armin has received numerous local and international awards for his leadership and educational innovations most especially for having spearheaded the K to 12 Basic Education Program, the country’s biggest educational reform that aims to make Filipino learners at par with the rest of the world. These citations include several honorary degrees from various universities and the Grand Cross of the Order of Lakandula, one of the highest honors given by the Philippine Republic.

  • Most Rev. Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D.

    Pope Francis on September 14, 2015, appointed Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David Siongco of San Fernando as the new Bishop of Kalookan in the Philippines.

    Bishop David was born in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga, in the Archdiocese of San Fernando, on March 2, 1959. He attended secondary school at the Mother of Good Counsel Minor Seminary. He did philosophy studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, and his theology course at the Loyola School of Theology.

    He was ordained as a priest March 12, 1983 for the Archdiocese of San Fernando.

    After a year as assistant parish priest, he became the Director of the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary until 1986. From 1986 to 1991 he studied for Licentiate and later a Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

    After returning to the Philippines, he held various offices of teaching within the educational team at the Archdiocesan seminary. In 2002, he became director of the Department of Theology at the seminary, continuing to teach Sacred Scripture.

    In 2012, he was elected vice-president of the Association of Catholic biblical scholars of the Philippines and Vice of the Archdiocesan Media Apostolate Networks.

    On May 27, 2006 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Guardialfiera and Auxiliary of San Fernando, by Pope Benedict XVI.

    Within the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines, he is the President of the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate.

  • Rev. Fr. Edwin Gariguez

    Edwin Gariguez is a Filipino religious leader and environmentalist. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2012, for his voicing of protests on behalf of indigenous communities against large scale mining projects in the Philippines.

    He is the current Executive Secretary of National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

    He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on April 1, 1993, committing himself to serve in the local Church of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro. Along with the challenge of seriously pursuing the agenda for being Church of the Poor, he led the program for the major sectoral block of disadvantaged peasantry by organizing Peasant Empowerment and Advocacy Network (Peasant-Net), a provincial federation of poor farmers.

    In 2005, he took up masteral course in Sociology-Anthropology from Ateneo de Manila University, but he later decided to transfer to Asian Social Institute (ASI) to enroll for the Doctoral Program on Applied Cosmic Anthropology (ACA). The ACA Program gives emphasis on the application of knowledge and research to the concrete social realities that students face as catalyst of development or as agents of change.

    Gariguez obtained his PhD degree in Anthropology from the Asian Social Institute in 2008. His dissertation expounds on the ecological spirituality of the indigenous peoples in Mindoro as a practical framework and alternative paradigm for sustainable development and well-being.  In 2016, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan has chosen Gariguez to be given a Doctor in Humanities, honoris causa, for championing the causes of the indigenous peoples and the environment.