The Religious Educators Association of the Philippines (REAP) was founded in 2011 by faculty members of TRED / DLSU with the intention of creating a professional organization of Religious Educators in the Philippines. It was launched at the 1st National Conference on Catechesis and Religious Education (NCCRE) on April 27, 2012, where there are seventy (70) participants of the conference who joined the organization.
It was incorporated and registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2015 with the name Religious Educators Association of the Philippines (REAP) Inc.
It was granted its Certificate of Registration with the Bureau of Internal Revenue of the Republic of the Philippines on July 26, 2016.
As of December 2018, the association remains strong and is showing growth with 290 active members from various schools, institutions, parishes all over the country, as far as the Visayas and Mindanao, and even abroad with majority coming from the Metro Manila area.
The purposes for which the association is incorporated are:
- To promote interdisciplinary and inter-professional dialogue among religious educators from different schools and universities working in the field of spirituality, ethics, philosophy, values and religious education and theology.
- To create opportunities for exploring and advancing the interconnected practices of scholarship, research, teaching and leadership in faith communities and academic institutions.
- To serve as a venue for both local and international conferences, seminars, publications and other activities which will improve in schools and universities the quality of teaching and research in the field of religious education.
- To foster harmonious and closer relationships among graduate students, faculty and administrators of various institutions or religious education.