UPLB bags ‘Edukalidad’ award from CHED

UPLB officials were in full force to claim the Edukalidad: Parangal sa Kahusayan Award from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on May 18 at the Quezon City University.

Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr., together with UPLB vice chancellors and deans, received the trophy for representing the award given to only nine universities in the country.

The award was given to universities that have more than five CHED Centers of Excellence (COE) since 2016.

UPLB has nine COEs. These are in the fields of agricultural and biosystems engineering, agriculture, biology, development communication, environmental science, forestry, information technology, statistics, and veterinary medicine.

Joining the elite circle of Edukalidad awardees are UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mapua University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, University of San Carlos, and University of Santo Tomas.

Chancellor Camacho delivered the message of acceptance on behalf of the public HEI-awardees. “Ang parangal na ito ay magsisilbing inspirasyon upang iangat ang antas at kalidad ng higher education sa ating bansa, lalong lalo na ngayon na panahon ng pandemya,” he said.

According to CHED Chairperson J. Prospero E. De Vera III, the Edukalidad awardees have shown the way to excellence in higher education. “These are the universities that are ensuring that Republic Act 10391 (Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act) will realize its potentials,” Dr. De Vera noted.

Aside from the Edukalidad award, CHED also named the individual awardees for the CHED Merit Scholarship: My Success Story Award, and the state and local universities and colleges for the Certificate of Program Compliance.

The awarding ceremonies, called Gawad Parangal 2022, was held in celebration of the 2nd National Higher Education Day and the 28th Founding Anniversary of CHED.

Among those present at the Gawad Parangal were commissioners of CHED, Dr. Jo Mark Libre and Dr. Ronald Adamat; Atty. Cinderella Filipina Benitez-Jaro, executive director; and Atty. Lily Freida Macabangun-Milla, OIC-deputy executive director. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)

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