J. Prospero E. De Vera III

Dr. J. Prospero E. DeDe Vera Vera III
is a Professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He teaches courses in administration of social development, public administration and national development, Philippine administrative system, and policy process among others. His specializations include demography/population, environmental policy, higher education governance, legislative studies, monitoring and evaluation, non-governmental organizations, policy analysis, political management, and social development.

He is currently on secondment as Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), previously serving as Commissioner and its Officer-in-Charge. As CHED Chairperson, Dr. De Vera is also the Chairperson of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University of the Philippines, the highest policy-making body of the University. Prior to his stint at CHED, he was the Vice President for Public Affairs of the University of the Philippines. He also served as the Director of two NCPAG centers: the Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED) and the Center for Leadership, Citizenship, and Democracy (CLCD).

Dr. De Vera brings with him extensive experience in the Philippine government, having served as a Technical Assistant, Chief-of-Staff, Senior Consultant, and Senior Adviser to former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Senate President Pro-Tempore Sotero Laurel, Leticia Ramos-Shahani, and Juan Flavier and Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Gregorio Honasan. He also worked as a Jesse Marvin Unruh Fellow/Policy Analyst with the Committee on Revenue and Taxation of the California State Legislature in the United States.

He was a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and the California State University-Sacramento (1990-1992), and Senior Fulbright Visiting Professor/Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University (2000-2001).


  • Doctor of Public Administration, University of the Philippines
  • M.A. Social Science, De La Salle University
  • B.A. History, University of the Philippines


  • 2014 Outstanding Pangasinense Award by the Provincial Government of Pangasinan.


  • E-mail: deverajp@yahoo.com
    Phone: (02) 926-1453 / (02) 981-8500 loc.4181