The University of the Cordilleras marked another milestone in the country’s board exams as nine of the 10 topnotchers in April’s Criminology exams are graduates of the university.
Topping the board exam that drew over 13,484 examinees nationwide is Roland Pagnas Baya-ngan of Tuba, Benguet with an exam rate of 90.85 percent.
“As of now, I don’t have plans while waiting for the police recruitment,” said the topnotcher, who talked on simplicity, humility, and perseverance as contributory factors for his achievements.
The soft-spoken Ibaloy top-notcher shared he devoted more time on self-review but took review classes offered by UC.
Glaizel Leon Velasquez of Kapangan, Benguet placed second with 90.80 percent followed by another UC graduate, Roger Canuto Siblagan Jr. of Sadanga, Mountain Province with 90.65 percent.
UC president Ricardo Pama also presented Jess Torres Agustin of Kabayan, Benguet who placed fourth with 90.40 percent, while Dexter Aligan Gaerlan of Tublay, Benguet placed fifth with 90.30 percent.
University of Baguio graduate, Leah Moyao, broke the UC momentum. She ranked sixth in the same board exams.
But UC produced more topnotchers with Elizabeth Bangibang Nabanalan of Lagawe, Ifugao placing seventh with 90.20 percent.
UC graduates Emmanuel Carandang Cayton Jr. and Franz Harold Sabado Ventilla shared the ninth place with University of La Salette-Santiago graduates Roy Sampang Cabrera and Mel Sangalang Soniega. They got an exam rate of 89.95 percent.
Capping the board exam topnotcher is Macky Behis Matbagan of Sagada, Mountain Province who ranked 10th with exam rate of 89.65 percent.
College of Criminal Justice Education Dean Ariel Pumecha, who ranked ninth in the Criminology board exam in 2002, said the college produced 116 board topnotchers in a span of two decades.
From the 116 Criminology board topnotchers, eight ranked number one. UC first had its number one Criminology board topnotcher in 1993.
Pumecha added it is the second time that UC marked 100 percent passing rate. UC fielded 113 examinees last April and all passed.
A total of 13,484 examinees took the exams from April 7 to 9 in various centers, but only 5,701 passed, according to the Professional Regulatory Commission.
Pama, who presented the topnotchers together with UC Vice president for Administration Leonarda Aguinalde, des-cribed the result as a remarkable achievement for the institution.
Pama added: “This achievement is more meaningful, as the UC community is celebrating the birth centenary of our founder, Dr. Benjamin Romero Salvosa.”
“This is one of our greatest gifts to our UC founder,” he added.
The UC founder was born on April 19, 1913 and died on Oct. 14, 1974.
UC, meanwhile, was not only credited for elevating the Criminology course into a higher level but also for contributing to the peacekeeping efforts of the Cordillera police command.
Last year, UC was one of the private recipients of recognition by the Philippine National Police for its e-learning project and for introducing the geographical information system-based crime analysis (GISBCA) to the Cordillera police command.
The e-learning and GIS-BCA is currently being implemented by the Baguio City Police Office and other police units in the Cordillera.
Aside from the College of Criminology, UC’s College of Information Technology and College of Teacher Education are Centers of Excellence making the university the ninth highest in the country in terms of center of excellence conferred by the Commission on Higher Education.