COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairman Patricia Licuanan on Thursday welcomed the appointment of two new commissioners, saying they would be a big help in addressing problems in higher education.
“The CHEd family welcomes the appointment of the new commissioners, adding to the highly competent, honest and performing governing team who are deeply committed to public service and reform in higher education,” Licuanan said.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd appointed Dr. Minella Alarcon and Dr. Alex Brillantes, Jr. as new CHEd commissioners. They replace Dr. Nenalyn Defensor and Dr. Nona Ricafort respectively who have served the maximum allowable two terms as commissioners.
Alarcon obtained her Ph.D. and B.S. in Physics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and an M.S. in Physics from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). She spent 20 years as faculty member of the Physics Department of the ADMU where she eventually served as associate professor and chair. She has a respectable list of scholarly publications and papers, receiving grants and awards from various funding agencies here and abroad.
Dr. Alarcon is a former Science Program Specialist in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) regional office in Jakarta, Indonesia and in the Unesco headquarters in Paris, France where she was appointed as Senior Programme Specialist working in Science and Technology Education and Technical Capacity-Building until her retirement in 2010.
“With the importance placed on Science and Technology Education in Philippine Higher Education, Dr. Alarcon’s extensive background and experience will assist CHEd in its efforts to develop Science and Technology programs necessary to produce technologically oriented professionals and increase the research and development capacity of Philippine higher education institutions in anticipation of Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) 2015,” Licuanan said.
Dr. Brillantes, on the other hand, is a political scientist, professor and former dean of the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-Ncpag). He obtained his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and his B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Public Administration from the U.P. Diliman.
Licuanan said Dr. Brillantes, who served in various government and non-government posts, brings to CHEd his proven track record in networking with local and national government, as well as academic and professional organizations.
“He will be instrumental in overseeing the alignment of state universities and colleges with the Public Higher Education Roadmap of the Aquino administration,” she said.