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Ateneo pioneer batch passes 100% in Electronics Engineer Licensure

By Mimi G. Bern-Edaga

Zamboanga City (10 November) -- The pioneer BS Electronics and Communications Engineering batch of Ateneo de Zamboanga University reaped a hundred per cent passing rate in the Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination given on November 3 and 4, 2007.

All of the six BS ECE students who graduated in March 2007 took the exam and all six passed. This pioneer batch entered the Ateneo in 2002 when the five-year degree program was first opened.

The successful examinees are Alih Ammak, Saladin Blin, Ike Ianne Cadavedo, Christopher Rey Cardenas, Ralph Matthew Duhig, and Erliben Simon.

The licensure exam result was released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on November 7, 2007.

With formal educational institutions in place and faring well, producing quality students excelling in licensure examinations and competition as in the case the Philippine math whiz kids who bagged 11 gold,12 silver, 21 bronze medals and 15 merit awards at the recently concluded 3rd IMC International Mathematics Invitational Competition held at the ISS International School (Elementary and Middle Schools) in Singapore on August 16-21, 2007 really makes our country proud.

Sad to note, the case of Marianeth Amper, 11in Ma-a, Davao has impacted negatively on the best efforts the government is doing to address the education concerns of the country. Notably, it brings to fore the urgent need for officials from concerned line agencies to the LGUs to fast-track the implementation of anti-poverty measures.

Having heard about Marianeth, who took her life for lack of transport fare to school, among other needs in life, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently directed the Department of Education (DepEd) to hasten and widen the implementation of its alternative distance education program and has quadrupled its annual allocation for public pre-school education from P500 million each for 2006 and 2007 to a total of P2 billion for 2008 to attain “universal coverage” of the country’s five-year-old youths.

She is confident the Congress would pass P2-B public pre-school education budget for pre-school education for 2008 aimed at widening coverage of the education program. (PIA9-ZC/nbe) [top]

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