University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:35

UPLB dominates chemist board exam

With an official declaration by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) that UPLB is one of the only two top performing schools and with the most number of topnotchers, including the first placer, the university has indeed dominated the October 2017 Chemist Licensure Examination.

Fifty-two out of its 60 examinees passed the said board exam, giving UPLB an 86.67% passing rate. This gives UPLB the distinction of being a top performing school, which is earned by a school with 50 or more examinees and with at least an 80% passing rate.

Leading UPLB’s new chemists are five topnotchers, including first placer, Gio Ferson Maliksi Bautista (93.00%) and second placer, John Noel Ratilla Maape (91.25%). Bautista, magna cum laude, and Maape, cum laude, are the number one graduates of BS Agricultural Chemistry and BS Chemistry of UPLB Class 2017, respectively.

With them in the top ten are King Bryan Capiral Gabog (88.00%), Anabel Balderama Abulencia (87.75%), and Peter James Quimbo Dequiña (86.75%) at fifth, sixth, and ninth places, respectively.

The PRC also administered the Chemical Technician Licensure Examination in which all of UPLB’s 20 takers passed, led by second placer Caryl Joy Balsicas Esmeris.

The national passing rate for the chemist board exam is 44.02%, with 526 passers out of 1,195 examinees. The chemical technician board exam, on the other hand, has an 85.21% national passing rate with 720 passers out of 845 takers.  (Mark Jayson E. Gloria, with information from