The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commenced its 27th Founding Anniversary today May 17 until 21, 2021 with the theme Padyak! Moving Forward, Claiming Victory for Philippine Higher Education (Pamantasan: Pandayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran).


This year’s celebration commemorates a significant milestone for CHED which has accomplished a number of groundbreaking undertakings amidst the challenging circumstances brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The week-long celebration kicked off on May 17 with the online ceremony to formally open Higher Education Week. This was followed by regional opening activities, and a conference on Advancing Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in Higher Education.

Throughout the week, there will be other noteworthy webinars of conferences, symposia and training programs, as well as awards and recognition of deserving programs and employees.

The Commission was created on May 18, 1994 by virtue of Republic Act 7722 (RA 7722), otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994. It has a mission to protect,foster and promote the right of all citizens to affordable quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to ensure that education shall be accessible to all.


In the last 27 years, the Commission broadened the access of deserving and qualified Filipino students to higher education opportunities by extending financial assistance to poor but deserving college students through scholarships, grants and loan programs.

“Sa pangkabuuan, lagpas dalawang milyong kabataang Pilipino ang natutulungan ng pamahalaan sa gitna ng COVID-19 na pandemya. All these achievements were made possible by the hard work of all CHED and UNIFAST personnel all over the country,” said CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III.

De Vera added that the Commission recognizes the diligence, patience and hardwork of the people of CHED and those in higher education institutions (HEIs) to accommodate every inquiry of students about its programs.

“As long as we work together in the spirit of bayanihan and as long as we learn and educate as one, we can withstand all trials that we face,” De Vera said.

Check the line-up of events for this week’s celebration:


Commission on Higher Education

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