ALTHOUGH no Cebu-based takers made it to the top 10 of the November 2020 Physician Licensure Examinations (PLE), the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) named a Cebu-based medicine school as the number one performing school this year.
The Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) took the top spot after all of its 138 first-time takers passed the examinations, giving the school a 100 percent passing rate.
The CIM was followed by the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila with a 98.63 percent passing rate and the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health with 98.60 percent.
The PRC released the results of the November 2020 PLE on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, or seven working days after the last day of the examination.
The PRC said a total of 3,538 out of the 4,704 takers passed this year’s PLE administered by the Board of Medicine in the Cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.
A UP-Manila graduate, Jomel Lapides, emerged as the top 1 with a rate of 88.67 percent, followed by Patrick Joseph Mabugat from University of Saint La Salle and Adrian Teves from University of Sto. Tomas (UST) who both garnered 88.58 percent. Henrick Fong of UST and Raphael Rodolfo of UP Manila ranked third with a rate of 88.33 percent.
Among those who passed is Janine Patricia “Tricia” Robredo, a daughter of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
In a Twitter post Thursday morning, Robredo said: “Our children’s achievements are always sweeter than our own. Congratulations, Trish. Thank you for making us proud many times over.”
Lapides, a graduate of UP Manila, topped the examination with a rating of 88.67 percent.
Seven other UP Manila graduates were among the 20 examinees who landed in the top 10 slots.
Only one examinee from outside Luzon made it to the top 10.
The certificate of registration and the registration for the issuance of professional ID will be done online beginning Jan. 11 to 29 next year. (WBS / Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)