THREE graduates of the Southwestern University landed in the top 10 of the 2020 Physician Licensure Examination (PLE).
April Jean Gapo ranked eighth with a rating of 87 percent while Jessah April Naingue, who got 86.83 percent, ranked ninth and Carren Emirose Solidor, with a rating of 86.67 percent, completed the top 10.
Naingue, 27, also ranked ninth in the 2014 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination and was a consistent honor student.
She said she did her best during the examinations and although she prayed for a top spot, she did not really expect it to happen.
“Naa man sad jud ang pressure pero wala ko nagpada gud sa pressure. Kung unsa g’yoy ihatag ni Lord. Bisan gani sa akong prayers, muana jud ko ‘asking for too much na jud ko if ever magkuan nga mag-top na pod ko Lord’ kay once in a lifetime opportunity bitaw na kung mu-top ka, like blessed g’yod ka. Asking for too much na ko if inana, pero hoping man gihapon ko and then I tried my best man sad pod jud,” she said.
She said she lost her momentum when the second part of the PLE 2020 was initially postponed because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted the first part of the PLE on March 8 and 9, 2020 in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, and Zamboanga.
The second part was held in September, after the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) allowed the PRC Board of Medicine to conduct it.
Naingue said she had hesitated about going home to Cebu after taking the exam.
“I was adamant (about) leaving Manila at that time pero wala na jud mabuhat ba so ni trust na lang jud ni Lord nga mao jud nay iyang plan nga not all delays are denials. Mao ra g’yod na ako ginaisip nga i-trust lang g’yod ang timing ni Lord kay dili jud ang atoang plans ang masunod since naa juy greater plan si Lord para nato,” she added.
While waiting for the IATF to approve the conduct of the second part of the PLE 2020 exams, Naingue said she volunteered for the mass testing program of the Department of Health Central Visayas in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu in May.
She also served as a swabber at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from June to July, before reviewing for the board exam again in August.
University of the Philippines Manila graduate Maria Carla Buenaflor led the 800 passers out of the 1,424 PLE examinees with an 89.17 percent rating.
Other examinees who landed in the top 10 were John Marlon Lintan of the University of Santo Tomas (88 percent), Dhona Cambronero of Davao Medical School Foundation (87.92 percent), James Daniel Umalin of De La Salle Medical and Health Science Institute (87.75 percent), and Gremory Dennis Idago of St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine (87.58 percent), Charles Vanhill Raksham of De La Salle Medical and Health Science Institute (87.17 percent), and Erika Anne Pangan of the University of Santo Tomas (87.08 percent).
The PRC said registration for the issuance of professional identification card (ID) and certificate of registration may be done online at www.prc.gov.ph starting November 5.
The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony have not been set yet. (WBS/HDT)