The results of this year’s Guidance Counselor Licensure Examinations administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) last 2-3 August 2017 in Manila, Cagayan de Oro City, and Cebu City were released on 7 August 2017. Out of the 393 examinees who took the exam, 256 or 65.14% passed the exam nationwide.
From the Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), 100.00% or 3 out of the 3 of those who took the exam this year passed. All were first-time takers and were part of the fourth batch of graduates of the Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance and Counseling (Non-Thesis Track) program.
The following are ADNU’s 2017 list of graduates and successful examinees:
1. Arabe, Ramon Jr. T. (Campus Ministry Office, Ateneo de Naga University)
2. Moraño, Charibel A. (Grade School Guidance Office, Ateneo de Naga University)
3. Ramboyon, Phillip Jordan V. (Senior High School Guidance Office, Ateneo de Naga University)
In 2014, the first batch of graduates of the Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance and Counseling (Non-Thesis Track) successfully passed the National Exams with the same passing rate of 100% (8 out of the 8 examinees; all first-time takers), producing one national placer (Ms. Marie Elaine A. Florece, 4th placer) – the first time that a Bicol-based school has made it to the top ten since the PRC ran its first Licensure Exam in Guidance and Counseling in August 2008.
In 2015, ADNU was able to produce two national placers: Ms. Cathy T. Villarroya (3rd placer), and Ms. Fatima May P. Alarcon (8th placer), with 100% rating or 10 successful number of examinees; all first-time takers.
Maintaining the 100% passing rate for the past four years, 11 out of 11 examinees from ADNU passed the 2016 licensure exams; all were first-time takers and belong to the third batch of graduates from the MA in Education major in Guidance and Counseling (Non-Thesis Track) program.
Since RA 9258, otherwise known as the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004 was passed into law and implemented, ADNU has already produced 36 Licensed/Registered Guidance Counselors. Thirty-four (34) of which gained their licenses by taking the board exam, and two (2) of them got their licenses without an exam (through RA 9258’s grandfather’s clause). A master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling is the minimum requirement for one to be allowed to take the Guidance Counselor Licensure Examination.
All these achievements serve to further inspire the ADNU Graduate School’s Guidance and Counseling Cluster to remain faithful to its goal to: “facilitate the total personal and professional growth of counselor trainees to meet the guidance and counseling needs in the Bicol Region and the Philippines.”
In all of these, we say: to God be the Glory, Primum Regnum Dei!