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


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.


Marita Rana Canapi, ED.D

Dr. Marita Rana Canapi joined the Commission on Higher Education in February 2022. She brings with her long years of rich engagement in Higher Education as well as her wisdom in educational leadership and desire for quality and excellence in schools. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Management as well as master’s degree in educational management major in School Administration and Supervision. Dr. Canapi was previously University President of the University of Rizal System (URS) in the province of Rizal where she developed its Quality Management System (QMS) through ISO Certification. She also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Makati and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina. Dr Canapi is also an active resource person and flexible learning tutor at the SEAMEO Regional Center for Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) where she facilitates Managerial Leadership and EXCELS Programs for the Philippines and South East Asia. She is a lifetime member of the Philippine Association of University Women.

In 2013, Dr. Canapi received the Eminent Alumni Award from the Philippine Normal University where she obtained her Baccalaureate Degree in Physics for Teachers Cum Laude under the DOST scholarship program. On the same year she was given the Eminent Educator Award by Pi Lambda Theta, an honor society and professional association for educators.


Dr. Jo Mark M. Libre

Dr. Jo Mark M. Libre is President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s newest appointee to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Commissioner, effective February 2022.
Commissioner Libre formerly served as the Vice President for Communications and External Affairs at the Jose Maria College Foundation, Inc. in Davao City, Philippines.

As a University Scholar, Commissioner Libre received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). He was then awarded a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) scholarship to pursue his Master of Arts degree in Political Science with a major in Global Politics at Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). He also took Master of Public Administration at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP).

Commissioner Libre received his Doctor of Public Administration from Ateneo de Cagayan-Xavier University. Currently, he is completing his Juris Doctor (Bachelor of Laws) studies at the Jose Maria College Foundation, Inc. College of Law in Davao City.

Dr. Libre is a professional and licensed teacher with a specialization in Social Studies. He is also a Trainer at the International Design Thinking and Learning Express, a Singapore Polytechnic-sponsored program.

The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, Office of the President, Malacanang, recognized Commissioner Libre as “National Outstanding Volunteer of The Year.” The award was given in recognition of his outstanding performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in supporting people and communities, as well as his understanding of the importance of volunteering in development and nation-building. The award was given to those who contribute time, service, and resources, whether full-time or part-time, to a just and essential social development cause, mission, or endeavor in the belief that their activity is mutually meaningful and beneficial to the public interest as well as to themselves, for reasons related to their socio-developmental, business and corporate orientation, commitment, or conviction.

Commissioner Libre also won the Floro Crisologo Award for Best Research Paper at the National Multidisciplinary Research Conference in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Libre was named Best Research Extension Project by the Philippine Association of Extensionists Inc. Dr. Libre also took first place in the DUX GREGIS: International Youth Leaders Convergence Community Research Development Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Commissioner Libre’s areas of specialization encompass Political Science, International Politics, Global Governance, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Conflict Resolution, Political Methodologies, Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, Political Parties and Interest Groups, and Philippine Administrative System.

Commissioner Libre’s current research projects with publications include the Right-Based Approach to Development, Philippine Governance, Educational System, Indigenous People (IP), Financial Governance in Military, Gender and Development, Children’s Welfare, Migration, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Rehabilitation and Reformation Program for Jail Inmates, and Community Development.