DESPITE UST’s lackluster performances in the September 2012 Electrical Engineering and Chemistry licensure examinations, three Thomasians managed to grab spots in the exams’ Top 10 lists.

Data from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed UST’s passing rate in the chemist licensure exams dropped to 44.62 percent or 29 passers out of 65 examinees, from last year’s 72.97 percent (27 passers out of 37 examinees).

Thomasian Jose Fernan Reyes ranked fifth place with a score of 88.25 percent, sharing the spot with a student from Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila.

The University of the Philippines-Diliman was again the lone top-performing school, with an 83.93-percent passing rate or 47 out of 56 examinees. 

PRC requires schools to have a passing rate of at least 80 percent and a minimum of 50 examinees to be declared a top-performer.

The national passing rate, meanwhile, went down to 45.48 percent with 292 passers out of 642 examinees. Last year’s passing rate was 52.54 percent, or 331 out of 630 examinees.

Meanwhile, the University retained its title as the top-performing school in the licensure exam for electrical engineers with 56 passers out of 64 examinees.

However, this year’s 87.50-percent overall passing rate was lower than last year’s 90 percent, wherein 63 out of 70 examinees made the cut.

Of the 63 first-time takers, 56 passed this year’s exam.

Unlike the previous year, two Thomasians entered the Top 10 list.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian electrical engineers are seventh-placer Aldrick Arceo, who scored 89.60 percent, and Airalynne Torres, who placed eighth with 89.45- percent.

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Both shared their spots with John Paul Grayda of Rizal Technological University and Riniel Rimando of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Ilocos, respectively.

This year’s national passing rate also went down to 53.24 percent, (1,569 passers out of 2,947 examinees) from last year’s 58.02 percent (1,519 passers out of 2,618 examinees).

UST fared well in the recent licensure exams for master plumbers.

The University’s overall passing rate rose from last year’s 52.94 percent (nine passers out of 17 examinees) to this year’s 73.3 percent, with 11 out of 15 examinees making the cut.

Mario Dalu led the new batch of Thomasian master plumbers with a score of 80.90 percent. Trailing behind were Lorenzo Ray Tanael of Bicol University–Legazpi and Rauden Panotes of University of Nueva Caceres, who scored 80.40 percent and 80.10 percent, respectively.

The national passing rate also improved to 41.4 percent (255 passers out of 616 examinees) from last year’s 35.83 percent (215 passers out of 600 examinees).

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