• CHED official urges President to replace Licuanan


    A high-ranking official of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint an officer-in-charge for the commission who will replace Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, who has been asked by President Rodrigo Duterte not to attend Cabinet meetings.

    CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo said the commission should continuously be represented in the cabinet by a head “who enjoys the trust and confidence of the president.”

    “Recent events barring Vice President Robredo and madam Licuanan from the cabinet simply points to the fact that they have been removed from their cabinet positions. While Vice President Robredo resigned, Dr. Licuanan continues to hang on which now puts her standing and legitimacy as chair into question,” Vitriolo told The Manila Times. “This also means that the chair has no mandate to lead and all her actions questionable. There is thus a need for the president to appoint now an officer-in-charge or a regular chair who is his alter ego and enjoys his trust and confidence.”

    “CHED will be ineffective if it’s not represented in the cabinet and this will cause massive demoralization among officials and staff,” he added.

    Vitriolo also asked the President to appoint more officials of the agency, including three commissioners.
    Licuanan, who is serving a fixed term that ends in July 2018, has maintained that she will not resign. She was appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd in July 2010. She was reappointed as CHED chairman in 2014.

    Under Republic Act 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994, Licuanan is entitled to a four-year term as chairman of CHED.


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    1. Chairwoman Patricia Licuanan still have the legitimacy as the head of CHED regardless of the fact that she do not enjoy the trust and confidence of President Rodrigo Duterte. The law is crystal clear about her fixed term of 4 years to head the agency and the President understand that.

      The Chairwoman, however should resign out of delicadeza that the President, though not the one that appointed her, do not trust her to head the agency. In fact, she should had tendered her resignation when the current president assumed office last June.

    2. Leodegardo Pruna on

      The CHED Chairman has lost the credibility to run the Commission. Of the Cabinet members, she was found to have received the highest monetary returns in compensation and allowances per CoA report. She enjoyed the favors of mother and son for her attitude and behavior. Let PRRD appoint a Chairman who would do the CHED a scaling up. God bless the Philippines.