THREE University of Cebu (UC) graduates have made it to the top 10 of the November 2023 Customs Broker Licensure Exam.
Janica Ann Galan Mangitngit and Sweetney Villa Chris Salud Matugas placed eighth in the exam with 89 percent rate, while Emmanuelle Sarona, 23, a resident of Minglanilla, Cebu, placed 10th with 88.50 percent rate.
They were among the 1,579 out of 2,767 examinees who passed the test, said the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
Sarona said balancing work and review was challenging, but he overcame it by appreciating his daily progress.
"Daghan man o gamay lang akong mareview, it is enough for me. As long as accumulative ako progress," he said.
Sarona had worked as a helper, merchandiser, driver, and a call center agent. But now, he’s a licensed customs broker.
“I wanted to share this passion sa mga upcoming students nga mabaw ra ang paglantaw sa kurso,” he told SunStar Cebu.
He also expressed gratitude for the inspiration he received from a college teacher.
He said this motivation fueled his passion for customs administration, and now he aspires to share this passion by teaching the subject.
He said that while he was preparing for the exam, he dedicated five hours a day each week and did not employ any specific techniques.
Asked of his reaction after results of the exam were released, he said: "Nagkurog-kurog ko pag kahibaw. Nay nanawag niingon nga top ko. Mura ko’g namugnaw."
Sarona also emphasized the importance of prioritizing professional integrity to make a positive impact on aspiring custom brokers.
His advice to aspiring students is to allocate time for thorough study, engage in daily learning, and ensure a deep understanding of the material.
Mangitngit, for herself, attributed her success in the exam to the “unwavering encouragemen”t from her parents, who stood by her side during challenging moments, providing the motivation needed to excel.
“Naningkamot ko para ra pud nila and in a way nga makabenefit sad ko kay this is my future,” she said.
"Prayers are so powerful jud grabe!” she added.
Below is the list of the top 10 examinees.
Here’s the complete list of passers:
The November 2023 Customs Broker Licensure Exam was given in the National Capital Region, Cebu and Davao. Results of the exam were released on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
The PRC said that on December 28-29, 2023, January 2-5 and January 8-12, 2024, there will be registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID). The Certificate of Registration will be done online.
It advised the passers to go to www.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.
Those who will register are required to bring the following: downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, notice of admission (for identification only), two pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag), two sets of documentary stamps and one piece short brown envelope.
“Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals,” the PRC said.
It added that the date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees will be announced later. (CAV/LMY)