Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The University of San Jose-Recoletos once again flexed its muscles and showed why it is one of the leading institutions nationwide when it comes to offering the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) program.
This after USJ-R scored four topnotchers in the May 2016 licensure examinations for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) according to data released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in its website in dawn earlier today.
Jayvee Faust Anga landed in third place with a 91.67 percentage grade. His classmate Elyzzah Kaye Torres was seventh placer with 90.67 while Shenen Mae Goc-ong came in at eighth place with 90.33. Kenny Ching Tabiliran rounded out the Josenian topnotchers at ninth place with 90.17 percentage points.
“I’m very happy, very proud and very elated because this is the first time the university has produced 4 topnotchers in one CPA board exam,” said USJ-R President Rev. Fr. Cristopher Maspara, OAR during an interview with Cebu media.
“But more so I’m so happy because this May 2016 CPA board exam was dominated by Cebuanos,” he added, referring to the exam results that saw 10 graduates of Cebu-based schools landing in the top ten.
Anga graduated summa cum laude from USJ-R while Torres, Goc-ong and Tabiliran all graduated magna cum laude.
“My mother graduated with a degree in accountancy but didn’t take the board exams,” said the smiling third placer Anga. “She is one of the people who inspire me to be a CPA.”
The PRC also recognized USJ-R as one of the three top performing schools nationwide, with DLSU Manila and UST being the other two. However, of the three, USJ-R has most number of passers and examiners.
In its resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010, PRC qualified that top performing schools are chosen among those with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80% passing percentage.
Of the 133 total Josenian examinees, 108 passed or a solid 81.20%.
“It’s a mixed feeling. I’m happy, I’m proud. There is that high sense of fulfillment that the efforts of our graduates, the efforts of our teachers now pay off,” said College of Commerce dean Dr. Edgar Detoya.
The dean revealed that USJ-R and the school’s CPA Review Center will give cash rewards to the topnotchers during the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the traditional mass that marks the start of the new school year in June.
Dr. Detoya said Anga, as third placer, will get P100 thousand and laptop computer from USJ-R plus P75 thousand from the Review Center.
Seventh placer Torres will get P75 thousand from USJ-R and a laptop computer plus P10 thousand from the Review Center.
Goc-ong and Tabiliran, the eighth and ninth placers respectively, will get P50 thousand pesos and a laptop each from USJ-R and P10 thousand from the Review Center.
Torres said she was thankful to the University for laying the “solid foundation” for their degree program. She said having a good foundation helped her overcome challenges along the way to becoming a CPA.
The BSA program has long been one of USJ-R’s flagship programs.
In January this year, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) renewed the University’s status as Center of Development in Accountancy.
CHED granted the designation to only three schools all over the country. De La Salle Manila is named Center of Excellence, and University of Mindanao and USJ-R are named Centers of Development.
“That distinction is given to a school on account of its strong performance in 3 areas: instruction, research and community extension,” Dr. Detoya explained. “Board exam performance is part of instruction.”
Fr. Maspara is optimistic about the good showing of Cebu-based schools in the CPA board exam.
“It means Cebu’s education, Cebu’s universities can match with any other universities in the country,” he said. “This is a good sign that Cebu can be a good hub for education.”
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