15 hurdle chemist exam, 3 top chem tech exam

Achumbre (left) and dela Cerna (center) placed joint 4th in the CTLE with a rating of 91.50%, while Caraballe (right) placed 6th (90.50%).Fifteen Carolinian B.S. Chem. graduates passed the 2019 Chemist Licensure Examination (CLE) administered by the Board of Chemistry of the Professional Regulation Commission last October 8 and 9, 2019, while three placed in the top ten of the Chemical Technician Licensure Examination (CTLE) last October 10, 2019. Simultaneous examinations were held in Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro.

B.S. Chem. graduates Kiesha Dianne A. Achumbre (4th place, 91.50%) and Reymar E. Caraballe (6th place, 90.50%) grabbed two spots in the CTLE, while M.S. Bio. alumna Vienna Al Marie V. dela Cerna (4th place, 91.50%) also placed in the same examination.

The new chemists are: Kiesha Dianne A. Achumbre, Gino Stefan L. Alvarez, Hidelie Rose V. Ampo, Seth Dominic D. Blanco, Arrhon Mae B. Bongo, Mary Gabrielle S. Cabahug, Reymar E. Caraballe, Vennessa R. Carbon, Maria Bella C. Ching, Triza Albert L. Cuizon, Janielle Bernice A. Guion, Adam Charles Douglas G. Ramirez, Jude Thaddeus B. Rojo, Debra Lin L. Sabanal, and Naomi Claire C. Villar.

USC had a 15 out of 29 (51.72%) mark in the CLE, with only 13 out of 22 first-time takers passing five subjects, namely inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. This is the second year that five subjects were examined in two days in the CLE; the national passing was only 457 out of 1,085 takers (42.12%). Last year, USC alumnus Aaron Gabriel Uy topped the CLE (see story here). The USC Department of Chemistry is a CHED-designated Center of Development for Chemistry.

On the other hand, 20 out of 21 (95.24%) Carolinians passed the CTLE. Among those who passed are recent B.S. Chem. graduates including Achumbre and Caraballe, as well as Alvarez, Ching, and Sabanal. Six more B.S. Chem. graduates, Johannah M. Ajoc, Rhea Lou Q. Eustaquio, Kristyne Rose C. Geolin, Jessamyn L. Manoriña, Gail Aubrey M. Pestillos, and Carah Abea C. Sario, also hurdled the CTLE. Dela Cerna qualified to take the CTLE because she had at least 30 units of undergraduate chemistry courses.

Under Republic Act 10657, also known as the Chemistry Profession Act, examinees who pass at least two out of the five examinations in the CLE are also qualified as Chemical Technicians; among those who made it are Christine Joy C. Ambagan, Joanna Doreen A. Batoctoy, Althea Marie A. Mariano, Yessa Angela C. Rizabal, and Clint Joseph A. Villacarlos.

with reporting by the USC Chemistry Review Center

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