Just this week, model and actor Daniel Matsunaga posted on his Instagram that he received an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities, major in Social Work from Brethren Evangelical School of Theology (BEST) in Gapan, Nueva Ecija.
“I am very honored to be the recipient of such an amazing award. I just want to thank God for everything He has done in my life...also to the executives for believing and trusting me with such a big award,” he shared in his post.
However, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) clarified that the school is not authorized to give out an honorary degree, therefore the title and award they gave to Daniel is not recognized.
CHED officer-in-charge and spokesperson Prospero de Vera told Rappler that, “Based on CHED records, the school has never applied for an authority to operate from the Commission and is not recognized as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the Philippines."
“The public is hereby advised that the awarding of an Honorary Doctorate Degree or Honoris Causa by Brethren Evangelical School of Theology to any person will not be recognized by the Commission on Higher Education,” he said and added that BEST will face “necessary sanctions” for violating CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 19, series of 2014 or the “Enhanced Policies and Guidelines on the Conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).”
Daniel has yet to comment about CHED’s pronouncement on his honorary doctorate degree.