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THE UNIVERSITY emerged as a top-performing school in the first-ever licensure examinations for speech language pathologists after recording a 100-percent passing rate. 

UST was the top producer of new speech language pathologists, with all 199 Thomasian examinees, including 18 topnotchers, making the cut.

Sofia Ordinante led the fresh crop of Thomasian speech language pathologists, tying with two others at the No. 2 spot with a score of 93.50 percent. 

Four Thomasians shared the No. 4 spot after scoring 92.75 percent: Katrina Ligutom, Ranielle Malonzo, Erin Triste, and Corinne Yu.

Darla Manalo joined the list of Thomasian topnotchers, placing fifth with a 92.50-percent score. 

Twelve more UST alumni notched the top 10 highest scores in the speech-language pathology boards: Andriana Perez, Darla Saldi, and Keeyana Sanchez (No. 7, 92.00-percent score); Kirstie Gattud and Justine Masangcap (No. 8, 91.75-percent score); Katrina Martinez and Rexie Marty (No. 9, 91.50-percent score); Rein Albances, Aliana Dayrit, Isaiah Espiritu, Samantha Foja, and Juztine Ongtangco (No. 10, 91.25-percent score).  

Pristine Chua of the University of the Philippines, Manila (UP Manila) scored 93.75 percent to become the speech language pathology exams’ first-ever topnotcher. 

UP Manila (141 of 141) and Cebu Doctors University (57 of 57) also posted perfect passing rates to join UST as top-performing schools in the exams.

The nationwide passing rate stood at 99.63 percent (543 of 545). 

Allainne Cruz, a former Varsitarian writer, was one of the successful examinees.

The field of speech language pathology was established as a regulated profession under the “Speech Language Pathology Act,” officially known as Republic Act 11249, which was signed into law on March 22, 2019 by then-President Rodrigo Duterte.

The November 2023 licensure exams for speech language pathologists were conducted from Nov. 13 to 14, 2023. 


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