Published: Thursday 13 September, 2018

Daniel Matsunaga Honorary Degree is ‘Fake’ as School has No Permit – CHED

Daniel Matsunaga honorary degree

Daniel Matsunaga receiving his honorary degree. (Instagram/Daniel Matsunaga)

The honorary degree Daniel Matsunaga received from Brethren Evangelical School of Theology (BEST) is ‘fake’. This according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in a statement. According to the CHED, the school cannot bestow such an honorary degree because it has no permit.

Earlier this week, Daniel Matsunaga proudly announced that he received an honorary degree (Doctorate Degree in Humanity Major in Social Work Honoris Causa) from Brethren Evangelical School of Theology 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,” wrote Daniel on his Instagram.

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“To my family who has always been there for me, no matter what the situation, or how big my problems were, they never left me alone. Just got my Doctorate Degree in Humanity Major in Social Work (Honoris Causa). To God be all the Glory always!!!”

But in a statement, the CHED said it does not and will not recognize degrees awarded by BEST because, in the first place, the school has no permit to operate! BEST has not applied for an authority to operate, according to CHED’s records and, as such, it cannot confer such a degree..

Furthermore, according to CHED’s J. Prospero de Vera III, spokesperson, BEST is not recognized as a higher education institution.

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[…] Daniel Matsunaga received the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities, Major in Social Work from Brethren Evangelical School of Theology (BEST) of Gapan, Nueva Ecija. On his Instagram account, Daniel expressed his happiness and appreciation for such a blessing. But days after news of the honorary degree came out, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said the degree is ‘fake’! […]