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Aquino appoints new CHED commissioners

Rappler.com
The appointment of Dr Minella Alarcon and Dr Alex Brillantes Jr comes as the commission prepares for the ASEAN 2015 and tries to restructure higher education in the country

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced on Thursday, September 26, the appointment of two new commissioners by President Benigno Aquino III. 

CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan said the new appointments come in time for the commission’s preparations for the ASEAN 2015 and efforts to restructure higher education in the country. 

Dr Minella Alarcon served as science programme specialist in the UNESCO regional office in Jakarta and in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris until her retirement in 2010.

Prior to this, she was a faculty member of the Physics department of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) for 20 years, where she eventually served as associate professor and chair. 

She received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in Physics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP-Diliman)  and a master’s degree in Physics from AdMU. 

“Her extensive background and experience will assist CHED in its efforts to develop S&T programs necessary to produce technologically oriented professionals and increase the research and development capacity of Philippine higher education institutions in anticipation of ASEAN 2015,” Licuanan said.

Meanwhile, Dr Alex Brillantes Jr, is a political scientist, professor and former dean of the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG). 

He took his bachelor and masteral studies in Political Science in UP-Diliman, and masteral and doctorate studies in Political Science in the University of Hawaii.

Brillantes was formerly director of the Local Government Academy, an attached agency of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

His experience in networking with government and other organizations “will be instrumental in overseeing the alignment of state universities and colleges with the Public Higher Education Roadmap of the Aquino administration,” the CHED statement said.

Alarcon and Brillantes will replace outgoing commissioners Dr Nenalyn Defensor and Dr Nona Ricafort, who both have served for a maximum of two terms.

The new commissioners’ terms will expire on July 21, 2017. – Rappler.com