A TOP official of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has extolled the new teachers in Sulu province to be competitive and honest in their profession.

PRC Regional Director Senando Esteban, who administered Monday the oath taking rite in Jolo, Sulu of the 467 teachers who passed the licensure examination given on October 4, 2009 in the province, said they should continue to be a good model and serve the public with dignity, honesty, and integrity as the molders of the youth.

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Esteban also cited Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan for his role in bringing the licensure examination for teachers in the province.

Several of the teachers said the review they took last year helped them a lot in passing the licensure examination.

It was also Tan who brought professional educators to Sulu to help the teachers in their review.

Previously, teachers would go to Zamboanga City and spend as much as P40,000 to review in private centers.

Tan advised the new teachers to work hard and encourage more locals to finish college so they can find a better job in the future and help in nation building.

Tan said the 467 teachers who pass the board examination represent a 34-percent passing rate, which is the highest in the history of Sulu.

Another licensure examination for teachers is set to be held in April in Sulu. (Bong Garcia)