Part Time
Contact No.: 
+63 (02) 929-9436 ext. 101
+ 63 (02) 929-9010

Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta is the Chief Public Attorney of the Philippines (since 2001).
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) from the University of the East in 1982 and obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the same university in 1987. She was a Dr. Antonio del Castillo Memorial Scholar (Ateneo Law School) and President Dalupan Scholar (University of the East College of Law), and ranked 4th in the 1989 Bar Examinations.
She is a Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellow and an Asian Public Intellectuals Senior Fellow whose expertise in legal aid has been recognized by the United Nations.
In 2015, she successfully completed her Doctorate in Social Development at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, with the dissertation Examining Deaths Behind Bars: Towards Penal System Policy Reforms in the Context of Human Rights.
Dr. Acosta has also received numerous awards for her work in public service (e.g., Lingkod Bayan Award for Outstanding Public Service, given by the Civil Service Commission; 2004) and in media (e.g., Best Public Service Program Host Award, given by the Philippine Movie Press Club; 2011, 2012).
Areas of Specialization: 
  • Civil Law
  • Legal Aid
  • Human Rights
  • Social Development

Professional Association & Recognition: 
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Philippine Bar Association (since 1989)
  •  Awards (2015):
  1.  Alice Hernandez Reyes Achievement Award (Aliw Awards Foundation, Inc.)
  2. 2015 Most Outstanding Filipino in Public Service Award  (Gawad Amerika Foundation)
  3. Most Outstanding Public Servant of the Year Award  (Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas)
  4. 2015 Pamana ng Kapayapaan National Award for Public Service (National Peace Award for Public Service) (Asian Congress for Media and Communication)
  5. 2015 Outstanding Alumna Award (University of the East Association of America, Hawaii Chapter)
  6. PinakaPASADOng Lingkod Bayan (May Mataas na Papuri) Award (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro)
  7. Ginintuang Sulo ng Bayan Award (Golden Torch Creative Consultants Association)
For a more detailed list of the various awards received by Dr. Acosta, please see


Courses Taught: 
  • Legal Counseling

Doctor of Social Development, University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development, 2015; Bachelor of Laws, University of the East College of Law, 1987; Bachelor of Science General, University of the East College of Arts and Sciences, 1982