Manguba: Med-Tech board topnotcherTHE UNIVERSITY scored another coup in government licensure examinations, producing the most number of successful examinees in guidance and counseling and getting seven out of the top 10 spots in the medical technology board exam.

In the guidance counselor licensure exam, the University got a 91 percent passing rate, well above the 60 percent national passing rate, with three Thomasians entering the top ten.

Adonis David, counselor at the Philippine Normal University who finished his master’s degree at the UST Graduate School , led all Thomasian passers with a score of 81.70 percent. The two other Thomasians in the top ten were Maryrose Cortez (81.20 percent) and Janice Triguero (80.80 percent), who ranked fifth and eighth, respectively.

Cortez is a guidance counselor of the College of Science while Triguero works for Adamson University .

The University now has 15 newly-registered counselors, and a total of 17 licensed guidance counselors out of the 32 resident counselors. Previously, only two were registered and licensed to practice the profession in UST.

Among the fifteen newly registered counselors were fifth placer Maryrose Cortez of the College of Science and No. 10 Carolyn Quiba of the College of Architecture.

Others were Analene Atillo ( UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy), Kristine Cadano ( College of Architecture ), Christine Quita ( College of Commerce ), Catherine Pascasio ( College of Education and Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management), Ma. Regina Atinaja ( Education High School and Music), Lynamarie Therese Cabaron and Sheila Marie Hocson (Faculty of Engineering), Imelda Celestina Monsale (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery), Maria Theresa Bautista and Karen Pamela Domopor (Faculty of Pharmacy), Carmen Queseda ( College of Science ), and Claudine Chua and Leny Gadiana ( UST High School ).

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Guidance Office chief Lucila Bance said guidance counselors who still do not have a license were being encouraged to complete the requirements, which include a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, before the next licensure examination in 2009.

“My priority is to have all the guidance counselors licensed at the soonest possible time and I am encouraging them to take the next board examination since by that time, everyone has already completed the requirement,” Bance told the Varsitarian.

Unregistered counselors will still allowed to practice in UST. But after January 2009, those who do not have a license to practice can be removed as stated in the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004.

MedTech soars

In medical technology board, the University emerged anew as the top-performing school with seven graduates conquering the top 10 slots in the Sept. 2008 exam.

Topnotcher Alexander Sabbun Manguba led the 247 Thomasian passers with a score of 89.90.

The national passing rate was 66 percent, with 877 out of 1,329 examinees passing the exam.

Karen Geronimo Reyes (87.80 percent), Johnpet Romero (86.80), Ann Norizal Lopez (86.60), and Leonissa Austria (86.50) finished fourth, eight, ninth, and tenth, respectively. Marie Antoniette Absalon (87.30) and Amiel Jasper Esteban (87.30) tied at sixth place.

UST was named the top performing school in the 100 examinees and more category. Nikki Q. Angulo and Danielle Clara P. Dandan

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