By ANGELIQUE ANNE F. TORRES
A FORMER professor from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) National Commission of the Philippines on Aug. 10.
Jose David Lapuz, who taught Rizal courses and political science in AB, will hold the position for three years.
He was Duterte’s political science professor at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in 1960.
Lapuz was appointed commissioner on the Social and Human Sciences committee of UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines in 1999. He was also a former member of UNESCO Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Poverty.
He was an alumnus of the University of the Philippines and continued his graduate studies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Lapuz started teaching at the University of Santo Tomas in 1970 and is now teaching international relations and political science at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
He was also tapped by Duterte as the chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 2016 and will replace current CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, whose term ends in 2018.
UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines serves as an advisory and liaison body that connects the work of “relevant Philippine partners to UNESCO’s own work in educational, scientific and cultural matters and concerns.” F