PGMA leads CHED's 16th anniversary celebration
Manila (19 May) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today graced the 16th anniversary of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), leading the inauguration and awarding ceremonies at the commission's headquarters in Diliman, Quezon City.
The President, was welcomed by CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles and Commissioners Nenalyn Defensor, William Medrano, Nona Ricafort and Luningning Misuarez-Umar at the foyer entrance of the CHED building.
The President was ushered in the second floor where she led ribbon cutting ceremonies marking the inauguration of the commission's newly constructed auditorium.
The auditorium is just one of the many new features introduced during the administration of Angeles to upgrade the image of the commission.
Aside from housing CHED's central offices, the Higher Education Development Center, one of the sub-components of the seven investment strategies under the Higher Education Development Project (HEDP), is home to a higher education virtual library, higher education management information system, media room, accreditation rooms, technical panel offices, multi-agency projects management units, training rooms, and accommodation facilities.
The construction of the HDEC was accomplished in two phases: the partial completion of a P 141-million four-storey building with an approximate floor area of 6,752 square meters and the complete construction of the building peripherals including the fourth floor, roof deck and the multi-purpose area from the ground to the third floor and its roofing.
Phase II covers an approximate floor area of 4,390 sq.m. and its contract price is P115-million.
After the ribbon cutting ceremonies, the President led in the distribution of recognition awards to CHED employees who have shown exemplary work in their respective fields of endeavor.
Among those awarded by the President were: Eleanor Fernandez, Charlie Calimlim, Caridad Abuan and Zenaida Gersana as Best Technical Chiefs and Violeta Galo and Juan Purian, Jr. as Best Administrative Chiefs. (PIA-MMIO) [top]