Alex B. Brillantes Jr.

BrillantesDr. Alex Bello Brillantes Jr.
 is a Professor and former Dean of the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He teaches courses in comparative development administration, administration of political development, administration and national development, theory and practice of public administration, and public comparative local politics and administration among others. His specializations include anti-corruption, comparative public administration, decentralization, development and underdevelopment, and governance of institutions and development.

After his stint as Dean of the NCPAG for two terms (2004-2007; 2007-2010), he served as a Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). He was also the Director of the Local Government Academy (LGA) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). He also held positions in various academic and professional organizations: Chair of the Philippine Social Science Council, President of the Philippine Society for Public Administration, Secretary General of the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, and Deputy Secretary General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration.

Dr. Brillantes was a visiting professor at Kobe University in Japan, visiting fellow at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and guest professor at Meiji University in Japan. He also attended special trainings at the Institute of Policy Studies at Washington, D.C. and at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

Professor Brillantes has served consultant on governance and development administration concerns for several international bilateral and multilateral institutions including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency and the United States Agency for International Development, and was deployed in the Asia-Pacific region (in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand).

He has written three books, Innovations and Excellence in Local Governance (2004), Dictatorship and Martial Law (1988), The Philippine Presidency (1992) and has published papers on local government, development administration and civil society in local and international journals, including Asian Survey, Administrative Science Quarterly, Kasarinlan, the Philippine Journal of Public Administration where he once was Editor-in-Chief.


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Master of Public Administration, University of the Philippines
  • B.A. Political Science, University of the Philippines


  • International Publications Award by the University of the Philippines (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006)
  • UP Diliman Centennial Professorial Chair (2008), his research “Harmonizing Objectives and Outcomes at the National and Sub-National Levels Through Citizen Engagement and Capacity Building”.
  • Centennial Achievement Award in the field of Public Service and Law Enforcement, U.P. Baguio Alumni Association (2008)