Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)

The Commission on Higher Education (Filipino: Komisyon sa Mas Mataas na Edukasyon/Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon)[2] of the Philippines, abbreviated as CHED, is a government agency attached to the Office of the President of the Philippines for administrative purposes. It covers both public and private higher education institutions as well as degree-granting programs in all post-secondary educational institutions in the country.

Commission on Higher Education
Komisyon sa Mas Mataas na Edukasyon Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon
Agency overview
FormedMay 18, 1994
HeadquartersHEDC Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Annual budget₱49.43 billion Php (2018)[1]
Agency executives
  • Prospero de Vera III, Chairperson
  • Perfecto Alibin, Commissioner
  • Ronald Adamat, Commissioner
  • Lilian de las Llagas, Commissioner
Parent agencyOffice of the President of the Philippines


The CHED was established on May 18, 1994 through Republic Act No. 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994 which was authored by Senator Francisco Tatad.[3]

The creation of CHED was part of a broad agenda for reforms in the country's education system, outlined by the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) in 1992. Part of the reforms is the trifocalization of the education sector. The three governing bodies in the education sector are the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for tertiary and graduate education, the Department of Education (DepEd) for basic education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for technical-vocational and middle level education.


The Chairman of CHED is also the Chairperson of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines System.

Carlito Puno was the chairman from 2005.

In 2007, Romulo Neri was appointed Chairman. He was the Director General of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Socioeconomic Secretary and a former Budget Secretary. On July 9, 2008, Arroyo named Neri as head of the SSS, making the position vacant.[4] Nona Ricaforte was appointed acting Chair.

On August 20, 2008, Manny Angeles was appointed new Chairman. Angeles was former chancellor of the Angeles University Foundation and president of the Clark Development Corporation.[5][6]

William Medrano was also appointed commissioner of the CHED on August 29, 2008.[7]

Patricia Licuanan was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as Chair.

In January 2018, Licuanan resigned. Commissioner Prospero De Vera III was designated as OIC. After 9 months De Vera was later appointed as Chairman [8]

Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence (COEs) are higher education institutions (HEIs) both public and private which have demonstrated the highest degree or level of standards along the areas of instruction, research, and extension of their particular fields or courses. Centers of Development (COD) on the other hand, are educational disciplines that have been considered to significantly improve over the course of the previous year. These provide institutional leadership in all aspects of development in specific areas of discipline in the various regions by providing networking arrangements to help ensure the accelerated development of Higher Educational Institutions in their respective service areas.

Dissemination of Information by CHED

CHED disseminates information by a variety of means. For information specific to a particular institution, a letter is sent to that institution, or an officer is invited to collect it at CHED main office. The institution may then place a copy of the order on one of its own noticeboards, if the order is favorable.

CHED also maintains a website where some of its policy documents are made available.

CHED issues CMOs - CHED Memorandum Orders. These are often of national significance.[9]

See also


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