Onofre D. Corpuz

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1921-1925 Guy Potter Wharton Benton
1925-1933 Rafael V. Palma
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1945-1951 Bienvenido Gonzalez
1951-1956 Vidal A. Tan
1956-1958 Enrique Virata
1958-1962 Vicente G. Sinco
1962-1968 Carlos P. Romulo
1969-1975 Salvador P. Lopez
1975-1979 Onofre D. Corpuz
1979-1981 Emmanuel V. Soriano
1981-1987 Edgardo J. Angara
1987-1993 Jose V. Abueva
1993-1999 Emil Q. Javier
1999-2005 Francisco Nemenzo, Jr.
2005-2011 Emerlinda R. Roman
2011-present Alfredo E. Pascual

Dr. Onofre D. Corpuz is a Filipino academic, economist, and historian. He served as the Secretary of Education of the Philippines from 1968 to 1971 and as president of the University of the Philippines System from 1975 to 1979. Dr. Corpuz was later named Minister of Education under the parliamentary system wherein he was also member of the now defunct Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) from 1979 to 1983.

In 2004, he was named National Scientist of the Philippines for his contributions to Filipino scholarship particularly in areas of economics, history, political science, and public administration. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman.


Dr. Corpuz finished his primary and secondary education in his hometown Tarlac, Philippines. He was salutatorian of Camiling Elementary School in 1938 and of Tarlac High School in 1944 before he took up his B.A. degree at the University of the Philippines from 1946 to 1950 wherein he graduated magna cum laude.

Corpuz obtained his master's degree at the University of Illinois in the United States in 1953. He later finished a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 1955 and a Ph.D. in Political Economy & Government in 1956 from the prestigious Harvard University.

In 1976, the Royal Chulalongkorn University in Thailand awarded him a Ph.D., honoris causa in 1976.


Dr. Corpuz was appointed Undersecretary of the Department of Education by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1966 and was promoted to Secretary in 1968. As head of the country's education department, he joined the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Council. He was also concurrently chairperson of the Population Commission.

In 1972, he became the Founding President of the government-owned Development Academy of the Philippines. Corpuz later ran for a position and won in the Batasang Pambansa, the legislative body of the parliamentary Philippines during the Marcos era. As a member of the legislature, he served as Minister of Education. He took a break from government service in 1983.

The economist reentered government as member of the board of the National Historical Institute in 1987 during the time of former President Corazon C. Aquino.

Professor Corpuz served as president of the now defunct The Manila Chronicle from 1994 to 1996. Earlier, he was part of the Board of Governors of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1974 to 1976. East-West Center is closely linked to several academic institutions in Hawaii, particularly the University of Hawaii.


Dr. Corpuz conducted research at the United States Library of Congress, the Widener & Houghton Libraries at Harvard University, the New York Public Library, the British Museum Library, and the Archivo General delas Indias in Sevilla, Spain. He was also a visiting research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

His specializations include economic history, public administration and policy.

Personal life

Corpuz is married to retired professor and former Dean Dr. Aurora G. Corpuz of the College of Home Economics (CHE), University of the Philippines.


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