Dr. J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera currently holds the positions of Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Adviser of the Philippine Negotiating Panel with the National Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (NDF/CPP/NPA), and Commissioner of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is a Professor of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines and served as its Vice President for Public Affairs from 2011-2016.

Dr. De Vera is an academician who has used his technical expertise to help policymakers, educate the public, and run political campaigns. His areas of policy expertise cover higher education, agriculture, indigenous communities, environment and climate change, good governance, and local governments.

Dr. de Vera has spent the past three decades in the policy arena in the Philippines and the United States. He served as executive assistant, chief-of-staff, senior consultant, and senior adviser to Senate Presidents Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Koko Pimentel, Senate Presidents Protempore Sotero Laurel, Leticia Ramos-Shahani, and Juan Flavier, and Senators Gregorio Honasan and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. from the 8th-16th Congress.

Dr. de Vera is an internationally recognized political analyst and opinion maker whose views are extensively quoted by foreign and local media. As a public intellectual, he simplifies complex studies and explains national issues through his top-rating education program Turo-Turo in DZMM Teleradyo (ABSCBN) and No Filter on the ABSCBN News Channel (ANC).

He was a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and the California State University-Sacramento and a Senior Fulbright Visiting Professor/Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. He served at the Committee on Revenue and Taxation of the California State Legislature and was the first Filipino recipient of a California State Assembly Resolution [Res. No. 7 given by Speaker Willie Brown] commending his work at the California Legislature in 1992.

He served as member or adviser to the Philippine delegations to the 1994 UN Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo, Egypt; the 1995 UN World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen; the 1996 UN World Food Summit in Rome; and the 2002 UN Special Session on Children in New York. As a political strategist he has run many political campaigns at the national and local levels and serves as the President of the Association of Political Consultants in Asia (APCA).

Dr. de Vera finished his BA History and Doctor of Public Administration degrees from the University of the Philippines and an MA Social Science degree from De La Salle University.


Dr. Ronald L. Adamat is the second appointee of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to sit as Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) effective December 9, 2016.

Dr. Adamat is a native of Upi, Maguindanao belonging to the Teduray tribe. He obtained his Ph.D. in Peace and Development, Master in Public Administration (MPA), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) at Notre Dame University and his Master of Arts (MA) at the Philippine Harvardian College. He also finished short courses such as Professional Course on Conflict Resolution, which is a joint program of United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 2003; and Appreciation Course on Entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2005. In college, Dr. Adamat was a full scholar of the Coconut Federation – Teacher Education Assistance for Mindanao (COCOFED-TEAM).

From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Adamat served as Commissioner of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). He was also a Congressman representing the Indigenous Cultural Communities in the House of Representatives from 1995-1998.

Among his notable contributions as Representative of the 10th Congress are the following: Republic Act 8371 otherwise known as the “Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997” or the IPRA LAW, where he was one of the Principal Authors; and Republic Act 9054 otherwise known as the Expanded Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or the ARMM Law, where he was a Co-Author. He also registered perfect attendance in the 10th Congress, as cited by Congress and Malaya national newspaper.

Prior to becoming a Member of Congress, Dr. Adamat had been a Commissioner in various commissions such as the Charter Change Advocacy Commission, Consultative Commission – which was a commission mandated to introduce amendments to the 1987 Philippine Constitution; Regional Consultative Commission (Indigenous Cultural Communities Sector)- the commission that assisted Congress in drafting the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and National Centennial Commission. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples Special Concerns Office in Malacañang, Regional Cabinet Secretary (Undersecretary) of the Department of Tourism in the ARMM and member of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)-Peace Panel for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) from 2008 to 2010. He is also a Reservist (Philippine Army) with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On November 26, 2020, he was installed/appointed as Commodore (One Star General) of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Executive Squadron.

Dr. Adamat is also an educator. He was a special lecturer (Graduate School) at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and had been a Professor in Public Administration-Graduate School in Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC). He was also a Professor in Philippine Harvardian College and a Teacher at Saint Francis High School and was a Commandant at Notre Dame of Greater Manila in 1983 to 1984.

Before his appointment as CHED Commissioner, Dr. Adamat also served as legislative consultant at the House of Representatives, helping the House Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) craft pertinent measures that will ensure the promotion and protection of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

He is a Founding Chairman of a Peace Organization, Volunteer Individuals for Peace (VIP), and composed its theme song entitled “We are One”. He also composed various mainstream and advocacy songs. He is the Vice President of Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC).

Further, Dr. Adamat is a recipient of various awards and commendations. To name a few, he is a Presidential Medal of Merit Awardee given by Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005, Most Outstanding Teduray Leader/Professional in the field of Public Administration given by the Municipality of Upi, Maguindanao in 2002, and Tanglaw ng Bayan Award, the highest award Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) can give to an individual achiever, and his thesis received a grade of Meritus or Cum Laude.

In championing the cause of the IPs, Dr. Adamat also wrote a book about the IPs entitled: “In the Eyes of the Sun: The Indigenous Peoples Last Frontier,” and its second edition entitled: “The Blood Brothers: In the Eyes of the Sun.”
As CHED Commissioner, Dr. Adamat’s advocacies include Federalism, Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Studies, Peace and Development, Agriculture, and Good Governance, among others.

In 2019, he was responsible for the adoption of the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 1, Series of 2019 “Integration of Peace Studies/Education into the relevant Higher Education Curricula” and CMO No. 2, Series of 2019 “Integration of Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Studies/Education into the relevant Higher Education Curricula”.
He has several inspiring quotes in life which can be accessed through the link below:

CHED Commissioner Ronald L. Adamat quotes


Dr. Lilian A. De Las Llagas is an alumna of the University of the Philippines, graduated B.S. Hygiene in 1973. She completed her Masters degree in Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, and her Ph.D. in Biology (Medical Entomology) from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. She also pursued the field of law and completed her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2003.

She is also a WHO fellow on mosquito genetics in UCLA School of Public Health. Her excellent mentor is the late Dr. Allan Ralph Barr, a mosquito ecologist and geneticist.

As the former Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents, her daily bread is professionalism and competence. Her most notable project for the Office of the Secretary of the University was the re-creation the OSU website and digtizing OSU records using a modernized management system as part of realizing the e-UP initiatives of the administration, enhancing the Records Management System, competence building of the staff and crafting the OSU Manual of Operations (OSU-MOO). As the custodian of Board policies and decisions, digitizing the files uploading it on the website, such as the UP Gazette, have made access easier and more convenient for the general public.

In her term, she has conducted several researches on existing University policies in the aim of reviewing, amending and updating certain policies. These researches have guided the Board and other stakeholders in making decisions on policy matters for the best interest of the University.

Before her appointment as Secretary of the University, she has held several significant positions both in the College and in the University. When she was the Vice Chancellor for Administration for UP Mindanao, she contributed to the re-engineering of the administrative bureaucracy, convergence efforts for the Mindanaoans towards “Health Emergency Disaster Efforts,” and production of UP Mindanao’s own Manual of Operations.

In UP Manila, she was the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Public Health for three administrations. She also became Chair of the Department of Parasitology of the College of Public Health. Her accomplishments as Chair include designing and implementing the “Diagnostic Parasitology Training Course on Wheels,” strengthening the Medical Entomology discipline, and initiating the modernization of the Parasitology laboratory.

Later on, she became the Director of UP-NIH Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies. She was influential in establishing the Health Law Group at the UP-NIH which led to the publication of the “Abstract of Philippine Health Laws”. She also served as Coordinator of the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino (SWF).

Her specialized fields include Tropical Medicine, Health Law, and Medical Entomology, particularly on Vector Control or Integrated Vector Control Management (IVC/IVM) of vector-borne diseases. With her extensive experiences in public health programs, she also specializes in project development and project monitoring & evaluation using the log frame approach.

She has provided expertise on developing policies on vector control specifically the Insecticidal Zooprophylaxis for malaria control and ovi-larvitrapping/preventive fogging to prevent dengue transmissions in Metro Manila. In 2009, she spearheaded the formulation, development, and publication of the Manual of Procedures on Dengue Prevention and Control Program of the Center for Health Development-Metro Manila.

Her significant contribution with the ovicidal/larvicidal trapping system or “Ovitrap” has helped in controlling the spread of dengue. She has worked with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Center for Health Development in Metro Manila to propagate her research which has proven to be useful and efficient. Many of her projects include the “Dengue Vector Surveillance in Selected Public Schools in the National Capital Region (NCR),” and the “Ovicidal Trap, An Anti-Dengue Mosquito Device”.

She has countlessly been a resource speaker in the fields of Vector Control and has been invited in several local and international fora to present her works on dengue prevention and control. She has also initiated the development, production, and publication of the Philippine Handbook on Integrated Vector Control: Concepts and Practices for the Vector Control Programme of the Department of Health. In addition, she has had consultancy works with both local and international organizations, which include being an international consultant for dengue prevention in China.

She has been published in distinguished local and international journals, in which she has garnered international publication awards from the University. In 2000, she was presented the Gawad Lope K. Santos award for her efforts propagating and intellectuaizing the use of the Filipino language in her research, discourse, and publications Entomolohiya Medikal, Insekto sa Filipinas, and Glosari ng mga Terminong Agham Pangkalusugan. In the same year, OITA Medical University in Japan has named a Black fly species after her, “Simulium morof lilianae,” in honor of her contribution to Medical Parasitology and Entomology. She was awarded the Professorial Chair in UP Manila at the UP Cenntennial Celebration in 2008.

Her memberships in international organizations include the Journal of Parasitology and Medical Entomology in OITA, Japan as an Editorial Member; the RI Royal Institute of Educators as Fellow; and a Lifetime Member of the Malaysian Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Malaysian Society of Micobiology and Applied Technology.

Dr. De Las Llagas is also a professor at the Department of Parasitology and she has been teaching in the University for 38 years, as well extending public service to the community and other organizations. She is the president and foundress of AKBAY KALUSUGAN (AKIN) Party List.


Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin was appointed as Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education on August 9, 2017. In addition to policy formulation in higher education, as a Commissioner, he chairs the Board of Regents / Trustees of 29 Philippine State Universities and Colleges.

Prior to his appointment to CHED, he was the former University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) president (2007-2015) and a professor of educational management and public administration. At USeP, he was the longest reigning professor in the graduate programs. He also became the dean of the College of Education, College of Technician Education and Technology, acting dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Also during his term as USeP President, the university was catapulted into the top 250-300 of Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) Asia University Rankings from 2010 until 2012. Back then, it was the only Philippine higher education institution outside Metro Manila that made it to the list.

Dr. Alibin was also the former President of the Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation, Inc. (MASCUF), former Vice President for Mindanao and Regional Chair of Region XI of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), and President of the Davao Association of Colleges and Universities (DACUN).  He was also a two-term President of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities of Industrial Technology (PACUIT) and the Association of Teacher Education Institutions in Mindanao (ATEIM).

He holds a teaching certificate, an M.A. in Special Education (Giftedness) and Ed. D. in Educational Administration from the University of the Philippines. He was recognized as “Outstanding Alumnus” in 2014 under the Professional Leadership Award Category from UP College of Education.  He also participated in numerous trainings and special courses abroad including the Management and Staff Development at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University ( State of Victoria, Australia), Trainers Training Program at the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (Singapore), and Human Resource Development training in the United Kingdom under the CHED and British Council grant. He also attended the Executive Course in Education and Management and Leadership at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Alibin had been part of the Research Board of Advisors (honorary appointee) of the American Bibliography Institute. He attended the Programme on Partnership Building with ASEAN countries in Seoul, South Korea (KOICA), and received the Highest Honor Award from Soka University, Japan. He is also a recipient of the 5th Asia’s Education Leadership Award and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Asia’s Education Leadership Award.

Aside from his career in the higher education sector, Dr. Alibin is active in various socio-civic works.  He was a recipient of the Datu Bago Award (2014), a recognition given to “an individual who has contributed to the development of the City of Davao with exemplary competence and dedication and who best serves as a model of excellence and as an inspiration to the residents of Davao”. He is a Board of Trustee of the Datu Bago Awardees Organization, Inc. and a member of the Knights of Rizal.


Aldrin Arenas Darilag, PhD, RMT, RN, CHRP

Commissioner Dr. Aldrin Arenas Darilag, CHRP, RMT, RN serves the Commission by progressively leading the advancement of a wide array of relevant and timely disciplines in higher education. This is exemplified through his work as the Oversight Commissioner for Teacher Education and Teacher Quality, Gender and Development, Extension Programs for State Universities and Colleges, and the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (SEAMEO Biotrop); and as a Champion for Futures Thinking and Cultural Education. Commissioner Darilag is grounded in his beliefs that progressive advancements in higher education can be achieved by holistically supporting higher education institutions to be of service to faculty and students – by reflecting on previous policies and experiences; by collaborating with agencies both public and private, local and international; and by having a more refined foresight to prepare students – regardless of ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and religion – for the world of tomorrow.

Included in his notable achievements in the time of COVID19 pandemic are spearheading the Eastern Visayas Higher Education Institutions – Flexible Learning Management Systems Consortium in Region VIII, leading the Working on Resilience and Innovation for Teaching Excellence in Region XI, and organizing a region-wide flexible learning initiatives and consortium programs of the 170 higher education institutions of Region V in partnership with the Bicol Foundation for Higher Education. Through his remarkable leadership, these consortia help in leading the redefinition of higher education in the new normal.

In addition to his work in flexible learning, Commissioner Darilag is also a human rights and gender rights advocate. He leads in the institutionalization of gender-transformative practices, such as envisioning the revitalized Gender Resource Centers for the Regional Offices of CHED and encourages the SUC Presidents in the realizing gender-sensitive infrastructures as well as the creation of gender-responsive mechanisms that will address Gender & Development Issues and Concerns of Higher Education system.

Commissioner Darilag also leads the promotion of cultural education in higher education – a step necessary to ensure the respectful preservation of Philippine culture and the arts for succeeding generations. This includes developing cultural offices in various universities, including Culture-Based Education in higher education curricula, and supporting universities to document best practices through updated multimedia forms. His support for the arts is also celebrated through his work as an Accredited Faculty of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), handling the Philippine Cultural Education Program, Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education and Graduate Diploma in Teaching Arts.

Commissioner Darilag is also a widely published and passionate researcher. He co-authored some of the publications of notable Malariologists and Protozoologists in UP Manila, in collaboration with Gunma School of Medicine in Japan. The published researches include “Clinical and Laboratory Correlates of Cerebral Malaria in the Philippines” published in the Transaction of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; “Application of Seroepidemiology in the Evaluation in a Community-based Malaria Control Program in Palawan, the Philippines” published in the Japanese Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene; “Management of Severe Malaria in Asian Countries”, published in the Clinical Parasitology Journal; “Entamoeba histolytica and Entamoeba dispar: detection by polymerase chain reaction in a low prevalence region in the Philippines” and “A prospective study of complicated malaria in the Philippines”, published in the Parasitology International Journals. He recounts that his research in the fields of Malariology, Biotechnology, Parasitology and Public Health has been greatly inspired by his former boss and mentor in UP College of Public Health, Dr. Pilarita Tongol-Rivera.

Prior to his appointment as CHED Commissioner, Commissioner Darilag has served the higher education landscape in various capacities – as Director for Human Resource Management Services of De La Salle Philippines; as Head of the HR Commission of the Lasallian School Network; as Vice President for Academic Services at St. Paul University Surigao; as Dean of the Graduate School of St. Paul University Manila; as Vice President for Research, Planning, and Extension Services of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina; as Associate Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University Manila-Br. Andrew Gonzales College of Education, as Adjunct Faculty of various Private Higher Education Institutions like Holy Angel University, Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.

Commissioner Darilag finished his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Management, has earned PhD units in Science Education, major in Biology, and finished his Master of Education, major in School Leadership at the De La Salle University – Manila. He also has a Master’s Degree in Medical Technology at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). He is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), a Registered Medical Technologist (RMT) and a Registered Nurse (RN).

On top of all these academic pursuits and behind all these noteworthy accomplishments, Commissioner Darilag maintains his primary role in life as a devoted family man and a loving husband to his wife, Maricel. He managed to preserve the good quality of his household and the virtuous upbringing of his two kids.

Commissioner Darilag continues his advocacies related to raising the consciousness of the Filipino people on the rapid and exponential changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution; enhancing the implementation of Transnational Education as an effective tool of adapting into the globalized world; supporting the achievement of an efficient, responsive and relevant Teacher Education; and ensuring the realization of a culture-based education as one of the core objectives in the Philippine Higher Education System.