University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 26 April 2018 15:28

UPLB sweeps the EE board exams

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UPLB marked one of its most impressive records in the Registered Electrical Engineer (REE) Licensure Examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission.

Aside from sustaining its 100% passing rate, a feat it has maintained since 2010, UPLB, with its 53 passers, also emerged as the sole top performing school in the exam’s April 2018 edition. A top performing school is one that has 50 or more examinees with at least 80% passing rate.

Leading the 1,315 new electrical engineers in the country is UPLB’s Kevin R. Relleve, who registered a rating of 92.75%.

Following him are fellow topnotchers from UPLB: second placer Jamila Aria G. Macagba (91.25%), third placers Joshua Ray DG. Abuyuan and Armie Eloisa V. Exporna (90.95%), fifth placer Chris Daeniel R. Calanog (90.35%), sixth placer Mark Joseph S. Papa (90.20%), and eight placers Elsbeth Charlene T. Hernando and Renz Ferrary A. Macaspac (89.90%).

REE exam first placer Relleve also scored another victory by placing tenth (87.50% rating) in the Registered Master Electrician (RME) Licensure Examination, which was held alongside the REE exam.  UPLB’s four examinees in the RME exam earned another 100% passing rate for UPLB.

In a previous interview, Asst. Prof. Karen-Christian Agno, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, said that commitment, perseverance, and a good sense of “self-pressure” among students play a big role in UPLB’s unbroken perfect score in the REE exam.

“Every time the board exam result is out, the pressure builds up among the next batch of graduating students - not imposed by the department but by the students themselves. This probably makes them study harder than the last batch of passers,” Agno said. This insight is also shared by the previous chairs, Asst. Professors Roderick Catriz and Annie Liza Pintor, who have witnessed the earlier triumphs of UPLB in the said exam. (John Glen S. Sarol and Mark Jayson E. Gloria, with information from