New UPLB chemists top 2019 board exam

New licensed chemists from UPLB occupied the top two spots in the October 2019 Chemist Licensure Examination.

First placer Andrew Exequiel S. Tabilog (92.25%) and second placer Gerry Mark S. Gubantes (89.65%), both cum laude graduates from UPLB Class of 2019, led the country’s 457 new chemists.

Of this, 54 are from UPLB, earning the university a passing rate of 88.52% and the distinction as the second top performing school next to UP Diliman.

A top performing school is one that has at least 80% passing rate from its 50 or more examinees.

For the past five years, UPLB’s passing rate in the said board exam has ranged from 86 to 88%.

Aside from the chemist board exam, the Professional Regulation Commission also administered the October 2019 Chemical Technician Licensure Exam.

Forty seven out of 48 takers from UPLB passed the latter, earning for the university a 97.92% passing rate.

Some of UPLB’s new chemical technicians also landed in the top ten, namely: Ivan Anthony P. Pinzon and Mariel G. Ronquillo (6th place, 90.50%); Amielle R. Fajardo, Lara Mae R. Lumbres, and Princess Jenine A. Nido (7th place, 90%); and Lizette Sahar N. Arcillas and Raphael Bienvenido V. Valera (10th place, 88.50%). (Mark Jayson E. Gloria, with information from

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