The International Affairs Staff (IAS) is the high-level technical Secretariat that ably assists the CHED Chairperson in the implementation of education matters involving other countries and international education organizations. This unit shall be responsible for coordinating and harmonizing, on behalf of the Chair and/or the Executive Director, all the international dimensions of CHED work that emanate from the respective mandates of the Commission’s organic units. With three (3) units, the Educational Agreements & International Recognition Unit, Trade in Education Services Unit, and the Protocol Affairs Unit, the IAS has the following general functions :
- Serves as the clearing house for all bilateral and multilateral academic agreements services, exchanges, international recognition of degrees and qualifications and policy coordination on the inflow and outflows of international students and services (transnational education);
- Serves eventually as clearing house of information on education policy, systems, curriculum development, educational governance and education materials as well as information on the comparability of higher education programs, degrees, diplomas in other countries, on the one hand, and as source of similar information on the Philippines (in cooperation with the OPRAK and the OPSD);
- Provides protocol assistance to all officials and staff of the Commission and requesting HEIs;
- Assists concerned organic units of the Commission in the coordination of official development assistance (ODA) from both bilateral and multilateral sources and in all matters of trade of educational services;
Office of the Director
Atty. Milla is the Secretary-General of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Philippines National Secretariat, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Focal Point for higher education in the Philippines, and CHED’s alternate representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG), among other representations.
She served as the University Legal Counsel for the University of the Philippines System from 1999 to 2001 and later became Chief of the CHED Legal Service, the Director of the CHED Office for State Universities and Colleges and Local Universities and Colleges’ Concerns, and now Director III of the CHED International Affairs Staff—spanning a total of 16 years of government service in the Philippine higher education sector.
As a lawyer she served at the Philippine Senate as a Chief Technical Officer in the offices in the Philippine Senate from 1993 to 1996. Atty. Milla was also a Court Attorney III at the Supreme Court of the Philippines and had stints in the private sector as an Internal Legal Counsel for Landco Pacific Corporation and the National Federation of Labor.