113 BU grads become Chemists and ChemTechs in 2019 CL and CTL Exams

Wednesday October 16,2019


Proving they are indeed among the best in the country, the 113 graduates of Bicol University College of Science’s (BUCS) Chemistry Department successfully passed the October 2019 Chemist and Chemical Technician Licensure Examination, including three examinees who made it to the top ten passers, as per the announced result last October 14.

For Bicol University’s overall performance in the said examination, BU garnered the passing rate of 32.61 percent (15 passers out of 46 examinees) for the Chemist Licensure Examination (CLE), and 98.99 percent (98 passers out of 99 examinees) for the Chemical Technician Licensure Examination (CTLE).

Giving a stand-out performance among their group was seventh top passer for the CLE and eighth in the CLTE, Ms. Querubin Padura Gapas, with a score of 88.20 percent in the CLE and 89.50 percent in the CTLE.

Also giving a strong finish in the exam is Mr. Christopher Caponga Mar, who tied with Ms. Gapas at the top eighth place in the CTLE with a score of 89.50 percent. They were joined in the CTLE Top Ten by Ms. Quennie Marie Lovino Bañares, who nabbed the ninth top spot with the score of 89.00 percent.

As revealed by the results of the said tests, conducted by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) last 8 to 10 of October 2019, 457 out of 1,085 (42.12 percent) passed the Chemist Licensure Examination, while 2,298 out of 2,834 (81.09 percent) passed the Chemical Technician Licensure Examination.

Comparatively, the 2019 CLE and CTLE proved to be more challenging than that of 2018, with last year’s national passing rate being 45.05 percent (496 passers out of 1,101 examinees) and 87.32 percent (1,673 passers out of 1,916 examinees) respectively.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted the Chemist Licensure Exam on October 8 and 9 in the cities of Manila, Cagayan De Oro and Cebu. Meanwhile, the Chemical Technician Licensure Exam was administered on October 10.

The members of the Board of Chemistry, who gave the licensure examinations, are Ms. Adoracion P. Resurreccion as chairperson, members Ms. Soledad S. Castañeda and Ms. Ma. Theresa C. Cayton.

The two-day examination for chemists covered the major subjects of inorganic chemistry (25 percent), organic chemistry (15 percent), analytical chemistry (25 percent), physical chemistry (20 percent) and biochemistry (15 percent). On The other hand, the one-day examination for Chemical Technician covered the subjects of analytical chemistry (50 percent) and organic chemistry (50 percent).