SEVEN Cebu graduates made it to the top 10 of the August 2015 Licensure Examination for Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT).
Kevin Velasco of Velez College finished in first place in the PT licensure exam with a final rating of 86.95, followed by another Velezian in second place, John Amber Abellanida, with 85.75. Paul Jonas Chan, one of the six cum laude PT graduates, ranked sixth, with 84.85.
Cesar Llanto III of Velez College also topped the OT licensure exam with 82.80. Cebu Doctors’ University’s (CDU) Jose Miguel Escanuela, with 82.00, and Beatriz Marie Castaño with 81.00, placed second and third, respectively.
The results were announced by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) through its website last Tuesday afternoon.
The exams were held on Aug. 8-9 in Manila and Cebu.
PRC announced that of the 868 examinees for PT, 550 (63 percent) were successful. Of the 170 examinees for OT, 107 (63 percent) passed.
Velasco told Sun.Star Cebu that he received the news from one of his instructors.
“I couldn’t believe it at all,” said Velasco, whose brother Jon Karl placed second in the February 2012 Physician Licensure Examination.
Romel Cabazor, dean of Velez’s PTOT department, said the school is “very happy” that its graduates claimed both the number one spots.
“This is the second time. It happened already before, both PT and OT number one, about 20 years ago,” Cabazor said.
He said the school will hold a thanksgiving mass tomorrow to be attended by officials, faculty and the top-notchers, among others.
Velez’s formula, Cabazor said, is an optional review every Saturday during the school year conducted by previous PT and OT graduates, who are now professionals.
Cabazor said the school will give the topnotchers a financial reward.
This year, Velez College produced a passing percentage of 92.19 percent for PT, or 59 out of 64 takers, and 92.59 percent for OT, or 25 out of 27 takers; making it the second top-performing school after the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, which has a passing percentage of 94.23 percent, or 49 out of 52 takers.
OT third placer Castaño told Sun.Star Cebu that she was aiming for a spot in the top five.
“The exam was so tough, I caught the fever on the first day but I know God was with me the next day,” she said, adding that she plans to have a career abroad.
“I love it just the way how OTs do it--teaching disabled people how to be independent again,” she said.
In the August 2014 OT licensure exam, CDU graduate June Grace Epe placed seventh, with an 80.40 rating.
Of the 19 placers for PT and OT this year, seven hail from Cebu Schools.