JOSE LUIS MARTIN C. GASCON
HON. JOSE LUIS MARTIN C. GASCON
Chairperson

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (CHR)

Hon. Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon, or ‘Chito’ as he prefers to be called, is the current Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Republic of the Philippines. He is a political activist and a social reformer, with work focusing on human rights, democracy, and governance for over three decades.

Prior to his appointment, Chairperson Gascon served as a member of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, the body responsible to administer recognition and reparation programs to the Martial Law Regime’s victims. He held a rank equivalent to Justice of the Court of Appeals.

During the term of President Corazon C. Aquino, he served as the youngest member to both the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution and the 8th Philippine Congress—passing a landmark legislation that institutionalized youth participation in local government (Sanggunian Kabataan), as well as a special law providing for special protection to children from all forms of abuse (Republic Act 7610).

Since Martial Law, Chairperson Gascon has continued his unwavering advocacies in the field of human rights; access to justice and the rule of law; transparency and accountability initiatives; political and electoral reforms; peace and conflict transformation; people’s participation and civic education; and state building in the context of democratic transitions.

Chairperson Gascon graduated from the University of the Philippines with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, then later earned a Bachelor of Laws from the same university. He has a Master of Law degree in International Law (Human Rights, Law of Peace, and Settlement of International Disputes) from Cambridge University. He was also a recipient of various international fellowships, seminars, and trainings.

RENE R. ESCALANTE
HON. RENE R. ESCALANTE
Chairperson

NATIONAL HISTORICAL COMMISSION OF THE PHILIPPINES (NHCP)

Hon. Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon, or ‘Chito’ as he prefers to be called, is the current Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Republic of the Philippines. He is a political activist and a social reformer, with work focusing on human rights, democracy, and governance for over three decades.

Prior to his appointment, Chairperson Gascon served as a member of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, the body responsible to administer recognition and reparation programs to the Martial Law Regime’s victims. He held a rank equivalent to Justice of the Court of Appeals.

During the term of President Corazon C. Aquino, he served as the youngest member to both the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution and the 8th Philippine Congress—passing a landmark legislation that institutionalized youth participation in local government (Sanggunian Kabataan), as well as a special law providing for special protection to children from all forms of abuse (Republic Act 7610).

Leonor Magtolis Briones
HON. LEONOR M. BRIONES
Chairperson

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DEPED)

Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, Professor Emeritus of the National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, has spent most of her life as a teacher. She has taught young children in church schools, college students in universities, and masteral and doctoral students. Whenever and wherever she delivers a public lecture, she teaches.She has been a resource person in numerous national, regional and international meetings and fora. She addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005. She combines the roles of distinguished academic and teacher, public official, and social activist.

Secretary Briones has been involved in the administration of academic institutions. She served as Vice-President for Administration and Finance of the University of the Philippines System. Before her appointment as Education Secretary, she was Chair of the Silliman University Board of Trustees, and Regent and Chair Designate of the Universidad de Manila.

She has a wealth of experience in administering public institutions. She was Secretary to the Commission on Audit, and served as Treasurer of the Philippines.

Leonor Magtolis Briones
HON. J. PROSPERO E. DE VERA III
OIC-Chairperson

COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHED)

Dr. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera currently holds the positions of Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Adviser of the Philippine Negotiating Panel with the National Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (NDF/CPP/NPA), and Commissioner of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is a Professor of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines and served as its Vice President for Public Affairs from 2011-2016.

Dr. De Vera is an academician who has used his technical expertise to help policymakers, educate the public, and run political campaigns. His areas of policy expertise cover higher education, agriculture, indigenous communities, environment and climate change, good governance, and local governments.

Dr. de Vera has spent the past three decades in the policy arena in the Philippines and the United States. He served as executive assistant, chief-of-staff, senior consultant, and senior adviser to Senate Presidents Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Koko Pimentel, Senate Presidents Protempore Sotero Laurel, Leticia Ramos-Shahani, and Juan Flavier, and Senators Gregorio Honasan and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. from the 8th-16th Congress.

HON. VIRGILIO S ALMARIO
Chairperson

NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS (NCCA)

Virgilio S. Almario (born March 9, 1944), better known by his pen name Rio Alma, is a Filipino artist, poet, critic, translator, editor, teacher, and cultural manager. He is a National Artist of the Philippines and currently serves as the chairman of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), the government agency mandated to promote and standardize the use of the Filipino language. On January 5, 2017, Almario was also elected as the chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Almario has been a recipient of numerous awards such as several Palanca Awards, two grand prizes from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Makata ng Taon of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, the TOYM for literature, and the Southeast Asia Write Award of Bangkok.

HON. CHITO N. ANGELES
University Librarian

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES LIBRARY

Chito N. Angeles is an IT-Librarian, an Information Technology Specialist and a Licensed Librarian. He graduated Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS, 1997) and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS, 2006), both at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He started working as a full-time instructor at the U.P. School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) from 1998-2000, handling
undergraduate courses in Information Technology. He specializes in information systems and IT applications in libraries and has been a well sought resource person in these subject matter. He developed the UP SLIS website in 1998-2000 and the first University Library website in 1999 for which I also served as the Webmaster until the present.

In 2000, he transferred to the University Library as Information Technology Officer II and Head of the Computer Services Section. In 2009, he was promoted to College Librarian 5. While working full-time at the Main Library, he still continued teaching as a part-time Lecturer at the UP SLIS handling graduate and undergraduate courses on Information Technology, specializing in database design, web development, systems analysis and design, and digital libraries. As Head of Computer Services, he was instrumental in the success of the library modernization projects of the University Library.