Author of best undergrad thesis is 4th place in agri licensure test

August 2, 2007 at 3:58 am

A fresh graduate of the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) College of Agriculture and Fisheries placed 4th in the Licensure Examination for Agriculturist (LEA) given by the Board of Agriculture, Professional Regulation Commission on July 4-6, 2007. 

Roberto B. Barba, Jr, who graduated as cum laude on March this year garnered a passing rate of 84.5% to make it into the 4th spot in the top 10 highest passers in the said licensure examination.  

Barba’s score is just 0.5 away from the board topnotcher. He is also the only Bicolano placer in the Top 10 which is mainly composed of graduates from centers of excellence in agriculture and other universities with leading programs in agriculture — Leyte State University (Visca), UP Los Baños and Araneta University.  

Barba is a consistent honor student in his academic years. He finished his elementary education at the San Vicente Elementary as salutatorian and his secondary education at the Catanduanes National High School Special Science Curriculum where he was adjudged First Placer in the Provincial Science Investigatory Project. He also topped the College of Agriculture entrance examination in 2003. His undergraduate thesis titled “Effect of Scarification and Soaking in Hastening the Germination of Pili” was adjudged First Place in the School Year 2006-2007 Pisog Nin Uswag Award, an annual search for best undergraduate thesis spearheaded by the CSC Research and Development Services.  

Dr. Asuncion V. Astre, CSC President, awarded to Barba P15,000 cash incentive and a plaque of recognition during the awarding rites at the CSC on July 24, 2007. Aside from the citation given by the CSC Administration, Barba and his fellow licensure examination passers were also feted by the teaching and non-teaching staff as well as students of the College of Agriculture and Fisheries headed by its dean, Dr. Rogelio A.Tablizo. 

Sharing the limelight with Barba are three other graduates of CSC who also passed in the Licensure Examination for Agriculturist. They are Richard Villacorta Cabrera of Bagamanoc, Catanduanes, Ace William Ramirez Tria of Cabihian, Virac, Catanduanes and Kennedy Obogne Usero of San Vicente, Viga, Catanduanes.  

The CSC corrects the internet-based tabular record posted by the PRC wherein only three graduates from the CSC passed the Licensure Examination for Agriculturist. In the PRC official list of passers, there are actually four passers from the CSC. The inadvertence may have been due to the crediting of one passer from another higher education institution in the province as can be gleaned from the online tabular report. 

This is the second time where the CSC College of Agriculture produced a licensure examination placer. Ferdinand B. Tariman of Batalay, Bato, Catanduanes was 9th placer in July 2006 LEA. 

The granting of cash incentives to board topnotchers and placers was institutionalized in January 2005. As approved by CSC Board of Trustees, first placers in board/licensure examinations will receive cash inventive of P20,000 plus a Plaque of Recognition. Second to 10th placers will get P15,000.00 cash reward and a Plaque of Recognition while 11th to 20th placers will be given P10,000 and a Plaque of Recognition. (Gerry S. Rubio)


Entry filed under: Alumni, Board Placer, Licensure Exam for Agriculturist.

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