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CHED to hold order removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:19 AM

CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III says they will wait for the Supreme Court's final decision, as groups plan to appeal the recent decision regarding Filipino in the general education curriculum

ON HOLD. The CHED says it will wait for a final decision from the Supreme Court before it implements its 2013 order removing Filipino and Panitikan as required college subjects.

Duterte appoints De Vera as CHED chairman

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

De Vera’s new position comes nearly 9 months after he was designated as officer-in-charge

CHED CHAIR. Prospeo De Vera III as then CHED OIC at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the CHED. September 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHED extends deadline for tertiary education subsidy applications

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Schools have until October 30 to submit their lists of applicants. So far, only 174,000 students have applied for the 300,000 available slots.

'Return service' up to state universities – CHED

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'If any university wants to develop a return service, nobody can stop them,' says Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge Prospero de Vera III

BUDGET BRIEFING. CHED Officer-in-Charge Prospero De Vera III at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the CHED. September 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHED reminds state universities: Charging mandatory fees illegal

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge Prospero de Vera III says state universities can only charge students for optional or degree-related fees

BUDGET BRIEFING. CHED OIC Prospeo De Vera III at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the CHED. September 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators to ensure CHED 2019 budget covers scholars of other programs

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says scholars under existing programs outside the free higher education law may be affected by the lower budget for 2019

BUDGETED. Senators want a provision in the 2019 budget that would ensure students who are continuing scholars of students financial assistance programs are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHED's De Vera dares Vitriolo to file charges vs all comissioners

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

CHED Officer-in-Charge Prospero De Vera III says he has no authority to reinstate Vitriolo and that it's 'disconcerting' he is being singled out, as actions taken by CHED are decided by all members of the commission

NO AUTHORITY. CHED OIC Prospero De Vera says he has no power to reinstate Julito Vitriolo to his post as CHED Executive Director. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

CHED eyes August as start of classes for all public universities

Sep 18, 2018 - 6:24 PM

CHED is considering the move to facilitate easier implementation of the free higher education law should the cash-based budgeting system push through

OPENING. CHED considers moving the opening of the academic year of all public universities and colleges to August. File Photo by Rappler

CHED: University officials should not take political stand

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Commission on Higher Education Officer-in-Charge Prospero De Vera III says universities should promote discussion but he 'frowns upon university officials who take a political position'

CHED OFFICIAL. Commission on Higher Education OIC Dr. Prospero De Vera says public university officials should not take political stands. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHED: Nueva Ecija school that gave Daniel Matsunaga honorary degree unauthorized

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The school which conferred honoris causa on the actor is not recognized by CHED

HONORARY? Brethren Evangelical School of Theology confers an honorary Ph.D. in Humanities to actor Daniel Matsunaga. Screenshot from Daniel Matsunaga's Instagram account

CHED: Cash-based budget will 'severely hamper' free higher education

Aug 09, 2018 - 7:20 PM

There would be problems because the academic year and fiscal year are different, says the Commission on Higher Education

Commission on Higher Education OIC Dr. Prospero De Vera on August 9, 2018 defends the CHED proposed budget for 2019 at the House committee on appropriations hearing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Experts warn against shortening college courses

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges president Tirso Ronquillo says the proposal may negate the K-12 program

LESS YEARS. Education officials are asked to review the possibility of reducing the number of years of college degree courses. File photo by Rappler

CHED not expecting exodus of private school students due to free tuition law

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:20 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says requirements for transferee students tend to be strict and slots are often limited

NO STUDENT EXODUS. CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III leads the launch of the free tuition law's implementing rules and regulations on March 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHED launches free tuition law IRR

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Starting SY 2018-2019, the government will shoulder the tuition and fees of students enrolled in 112 SUCs, 78 LUCs, and duly registered technical-vocation education and training programs

SIGNED. Lawmakers who championed the free tuition law watch as members of the UniFAST Governing Board sign the law's IRR on March 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

8 things you need to know about the free tuition law

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:30 AM

(2nd UPDATE) The law will cover the tuition and fees of students enrolled in 112 SUCs, 78 LUCs, and all duly registered technical-vocation education and training programs starting this school year

FREE SCHOOLING. Filipino students can also avail of loans for tertiary education under the free tuition law

LIST: 78 local universities, colleges covered by free tuition law

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says the 78 LUCs will no longer collect tuition and fees starting school year 2018 to 2019

FREE SCHOOLING. Several local universities and colleges will no longer collect tuition and fees starting this school year.

ABS-CBN, CHED, IP groups reach agreement on the use of the word 'Bagani'

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Both parties have come to the agreement that the use of 'Bagani' was in good faith

UP, AdMU, DLSU join world's top universities in 2018 subject rankings

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The University of the Philippines ranks in 4 out of 5 broad subject areas, while the Ateneo de Manila University and the De La Salle University rank in two

File photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, AdMU and DLSU Facebook pages

CHED executive director post still ‘on hold,’ says OIC De Vera

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Former CHED Executive Director Julito Vitriolo wants to be reinstated, but OIC Prospero de Vera III says they will only recognize whomever President Rodrigo Duterte appoints

STILL NO EXEC DIRECTOR. CHED OIC Prospero de Vera III still not recognizing Julito Vitriolo as executive director. File photos by Malacañang

CHED to tap SUCs for forums on federalism, charter change

Feb 16, 2018 - 3:16 PM

CHED OIC Prospero de Vera III says the initiative would allow the government to tap experts from every region to talk about the possible effects of amending the Constitution

AID FROM SUCs.The University of the Philippines is also set to hold its on initiative to help the Con-Com studying amendments to the Constitution. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHED OIC vows to finish free tuition law IRR by February 22

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:40 PM

'It takes a little bit of effort to craft implementing guidelines on things that we have never done in this country,' says CHED OIC Prospero de Vera III

IRR STILL PENDING. CHED OIC Prospero de Vera says several provisions in the free tuition law's IRR are still being finalized. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sister of drug war victim Carl Arnaiz gets full scholarship from CHED

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:05 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says the grant was given to Camille Anne Arnaiz upon President Rodrigo Duterte's orders

FREE EDUCATION. CHED OIC Popoy De Vera hands over the certificate of educational coverage to Camille Anne Arnaiz on February 9, 2018. Photo from CHED

Duterte on ICC, Duterte on Licuanan, Napolcom on troubled cops | Midday wRap

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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Duterte threatened to file case vs Licuanan if she didn't resign

Feb 12, 2018 - 11:11 PM

No charges have been filed against officials sacked by President Rodrigo Duterte for corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte fired Licuanan over 'frequent' travels, delay in students' allowances

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte accuses former CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan of having been 'up to something' when she headed the commission

ASEANnale 2018 in UP: Festival of ideas on diaspora, disasters, democracy

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:14 PM

PRESS RELEASE: From February 28 to March 2, ASEANnale 2018 will bring together academics, experts, filmmakers, multimedia artists, and scholars, who will celebrate the unique ASEAN perspectives and narratives

Malacanang on Carandang, Rappler cyber libel complaint, Top CHED official resigns | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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CHED exec director resigns over 'relentless' threats

Feb 01, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Karol Mark Yee leaves his post just two weeks after the forced resignation of Patricia Licuanan as chairperson

RESIGNED. Karol Mark Yee (3rd from R) takes his oath as CHED executive director in July 2017. Photo courtesy of fullbright.org.ph

Licuanan proud of leveling opportunities in public, private education

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Many of the first batch of scholars in state universities and colleges graduated with honors. It shows that 'talent and intelligence is normally distributed, but opportunity is not,' former CHED Patricia Licuanan says.

LICUANAN's LEGACY. Former chairperson Patricia Licuanan talks to Rappler about what she believes is her legacy in CHED. File by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

UN experts on Rappler, New Duterte appointees, Trump immigration plan | Midday wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 1:33 PM

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Duterte appoints Prospero de Vera as CHED OIC

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Commissioner Prospero de Vera III is the most senior official in the Commission on Higher Education

DUTERTE ALLY. CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera joins a press conference in Malacañang on June 20, 2017. Photo by Malacañang

Senate panel seeks Divina disbarment, Dela Rosa on body cameras, Licuanan on resignation| Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Licuanan says exec director Vitriolo helped kick her out of CHED

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Resigned CHED chair Patricia Licuanan also says she had a 'strained' relationship with the other 4 commissioners, who had been outvoting her in key CHED decisions prior to her resignation

POWER STRUGGLE. Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan (R) did not recognize the reinstatement of executive director Julito Vitriolo. Photo of Licuanan by Rappler, photo of Vitriolo by Malacañang

Malacañang warned Licuanan of ‘worse’ to come if she doesn’t resign

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan says she has not been given the opportunity to talk to the President to defend herself from corruption allegations

PHONE CALL ORDER. Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan explains the phone call she received from Malacañang asking her to resign from her post. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

TOWNS back Maria Ressa, Patricia Licuanan: ‘We will not be intimidated’

Jan 24, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The TOWNS awardees say there is a frequent harassment of the Duterte government against women leaders 'who are doing their jobs with competence, dignity, and integrity'

WOMEN LEADERS. TOWNS awardees support resigned CHED chair Patricia Licuanan and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa amid intimidations against women by the government.

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Former CHED chair Patricia Licuanan on her resignation

Jan 23, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Watch the interview with Licuanan live on Rappler

House asks for COA report on CHED’s K to 12 scholarships

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:08 PM

This comes after the resignation of Patricia Licuanan as chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approves the proposed budget for 2017 on October 19. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte claims he fired CHED's Licuanan

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Duterte: 'I have dismissed Licuanan today, 'yung sa Marina, and many will follow'

FIRED? President Duterte (L) claims he fired CHED chair Patricia Licuanan (R), while she says she resigned. File photos

Licuanan resigns, Sison wants chat with Duterte, Trump on racism | Midday wRap

Jan 15, 2018 - 12:41 PM

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CHED chair Patricia Licuanan resigns

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:54 AM

(UPDATED) The former Cabinet official says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea asked her to resign over the weekend

RESIGNED. Patricia Licuanan, appointed as CHED chairperson by ex-president Noynoy Aquino, resigns from her post. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHED chair says foreign trips led to educational opportunities for Filipinos

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:15 PM

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan admits she traveled business class, but she says this was approved by Malacañang

FOR COMMITMENTS. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says her overseas trips were necessary to secure scholarship opportunities for Filipinos. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CHED chair defends overseas trips, shows Malacañang permits

Jan 06, 2018 - 4:36 PM

CHED chair Patricia Licuanan denies the claim of Representative Jericho Nograles that she did not secure permits from Malacañang for her foreign trips in 2017

CLEARED. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says the Office of the President cleared all of her 8 foreign trips last year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2,152 gov’t scholars to get delayed allowance by December 29 – CHED

Dec 27, 2017 - 12:27 PM

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan acknowledges that 'delays have caused pain to our scholars, many of whom rely on the living allowances for the daily subsistence of their families'

FAST-TRACKING. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says they are fast-tracking their internal processes to release the delayed living allowances of scholars. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CLSU gets P10-M grant for education of mega drug rehab patients

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija develops instructional modules for patients who want to complete their education or learn livelihood skills

MEGA DRUG REHAB. Starting 2018, the Commission on Higher Education will implement a project for drug dependents in the mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

Bill on job-skills mismatch hurdles final reading in Senate

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Senate Bill 1456 or the proposed Philippine Qualifications Framework Act aims to bring together labor market and education stakeholders to craft an integrated system that prevents job-skills mismatch

JOB FAIR. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Free tuition law's implementing rules completed

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:39 PM

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says one of the provisions of the IRR include maintaining SUCs' allocations for each student to ensure academic competency

EDUCATION LEADERS. CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, and TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong hold a press conference on December 5. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

University president killed in Cagayan de Oro

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Dr Ricardo Rotoras is the president of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

DR RICARDO ROTORAS. University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

Ex-CHED exec director Vitriolo pleads not guilty in graft case

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Sandiganbayan earlier dismissed one of two graft charges against former CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo over the allegedly irregular PLM diploma program

NOT GUILTY. Ex-CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo wants his graft charge dismissed by the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Sandigan dismisses 1 of 2 graft charges vs Vitriolo

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Vitriolo is off the hook in 1 of his 2 graft charges because the court says there is no evidence that he benefitted from the irregular diploma program

GRAFT. Julito Vitriolo, the reinstated executive director of CHED, is facing a graft case for failing to stop an irregular diploma program at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

Recto: Keep DepEd P30-B budget to increase teachers' allowances

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Senator Ralph Recto proposes a 'rechanneling' of the P30-billion budget that the House of Representatives realigned to fund the free tuition law

TEACHERS' ALLOWANCES. Deaf students recite the alphabet in sign language during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler