Commission on Higher Education
Komisyon sa Mas Mataas na Edukasyon
Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon
Agency overview
FormedMay 18, 1994
HeadquartersHEDC Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Annual budget50.51 billion (2021)[1]
Agency executives
  • J. Prospero E. de Vera III, Chairman
  • Jo Mark M. Libre, Commissioner
  • Ronald L. Adamat, Commissioner
  • Marita R. Canapi, Commissioner
  • Aldrin A. Darilag, Commissioner
Parent agencyOffice of the President of the Philippines

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED; Filipino: Komisyon sa Mas Mataas na Edukasyon or Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon)[2] is a government agency under the Office of the President of the Philippines. It is responsible for regulating and governing all higher education institutions and post-secondary educational programs in the country.


The CHED was established on May 18, 1994 through Republic Act No. 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994.[3]


The CHED is headed by a Chairperson and four Commissioners appointed by the President.[4] The current chairperson, Prospero “Popoy” E. de Vera III, was appointed by Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 and re-appointed by Bongbong Marcos in 2022.[5][6] On January 22, 2024, the Office of the President of the Philippines imposed a 90-day preventive suspension order against a Commissioner Aldrin A. Darilag who was accused of grave misconduct, neglect in the performance of duty and abuse of authority or oppression.[7]

On March 12, 2024, Darilag filed with the Ombudsman of the Philippines against Chairman De Vera III a 5-page complaint for graft and corruption and grave abuse of authority charges, under R.A. 3019, the "Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act". "Respondent De Vera would like me to support Aspen as a supplier of CHED even though it did not comply with the requirements stipulated in Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the procurement law. He even asked me to have a meeting with Aspen representatives, which I refused to do," Darilag's sworn affidavit read.[8]

CHED Center of Excellence

CHED San Fernando, Pampanga

The CHED awards Center of Excellence status to departments within higher education institutions that "demonstrate excellent performance in the areas of instruction, research and publication, extension and linkages and institutional qualifications". It also grants Center of Development status to departments that "demonstrate the potential to become a Center of Excellence".[9][10][11]

See also


  1. ^ "General Appropriations Act FY 2021" (PDF). Department of Budget and Management.
  2. ^ "Patnubay sa Korespondensiya Opisyal, Ikaapat na Edisyon" (PDF). Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Republic Act No. 7722 – An Act Creating the Commission on Higher Education appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. May 18, 1994.
  4. ^ "COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHED) STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2011-2016" (PDF). UNESCO Planipolis Portal of Education Plans and Policies.
  5. ^ "PRRD appoints de Vera as CHED chairman". Philippine News Agency. October 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Gregorio, Xavier (July 23, 2022). "Marcos reappoints CHED chief De Vera". The Philippine Star.
  7. ^ Chi, Christina (January 22, 2024). "CHED Commissioner Darilag suspended". The Philippine Star.
  8. ^ Depasupil, William (March 14, 2024). "CHEd chief faces criminal charges". The Manila Times. Retrieved March 13, 2024.
  9. ^ "Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development". Commission on Higher Education. 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  10. ^ "7 universities named centers of excellence, development". Cebu Daily News. January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  11. ^ "UP College of Mass Comm receives 3 Center of Excellence awards". Philippine Daily Inquirer. May 18, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2023.