The University held a testimonial dinner in honor of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson J. Prospero de Vera III on January 4 at the Executive House, UP Diliman.
De Vera, who is an alumnus, professor, and former UP System official, was recognized for his chairmanship of CHED and of the UP Board of Regents, “for consistently exhibiting the outstanding qualities required of the highest implementer of policies and laws on higher education.”
His “unwavering resolve to expedite the implementation” of Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act is a testament to de Vera’s character, the citation read.
De Vera’s “comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding higher education,” which was attributed to his being a professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and his administrative experience in UP Diliman and the UP System, “enabled him to craft timely and relevant policies and reforms.”
He was acknowledged for “successfully steering UP’s Padayon Public Service Office in promoting synergy between academic institutions and the government” as VP for public affairs from 2011 to 2016.
And finally, de Vera was lauded “for his service as a scholar of the nation, displaying excellence in both national and international fronts of policy development, having served as adviser to the Government of the Philippines negotiating panel, president of the Association of Political Consultants in Asia, director of the Center for Policy and Executive Development, and executive director of the Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy at the [UP NCPAG], among many others.” (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)