TACLOBAN CITY – The Leyte Normal University (LNU) has once again made history as one of the top-performing schools in the recently concluded Social Worker Licensure Exam (SWLE).

With a hundred percent passing rate of the 67 takers from the school, LNU ranked first on Tuesday, September 27, including seven other schools from different parts of the country.

The university also tallied eight topnotchers, which broke its previous records according to Lilibeth Fallorina, the Academic Chair of the Arts and Humanities Department.

“We knew from the very start that they would pass the board exams based on our previous performances but this is the first time that we had eight board placers,” she shared.

Fallorina said that there is no secret formula to their recent achievement, however, college applicants are evaluated rigidly prior to their enrolment in the program. 

She added that students are urged to get at least a 2.2 grade for them to get a higher chance of passing the board exam.

Although it has been a challenge for them to maintain their performance since the last examination in 2019, Fallorina said their only goal is to provide quality education, and topping the board exam is just a bonus.

“What is important is we produce students with a heart to serve the underprivileged. Our students are aware of what is going on and they are active in their organization,” she shared.

LNU-SLWE frontrunner Fiona Yvannie Tonido Murillo (87.80%) ranked third place, followed by Geralene Mahinay Terceño (87.20%) in sixth place, while Eduard Abrera Cañares (87.00%) ranked seventh place.

Meanwhile, Mary Guen Sablayan, Erika Morales Setosta, and Christelle Erika Canillas Toring (86.60%) are all tied in the eighth spot. Pamela Jane Rojas Pido (86.40%) and Nicu Bernard Egos Baylos (86.20%), respectively, landed in the ninth and tenth spots.

With their commendable performance, the board placers will be given incentives aside from the usual free plane ticket and registration during their oath-taking in Manila. In 2019, Xhelxea Francesca Lerios clinched the second spot in the same examination, while the university ranked second in the top-performing schools nationwide. By Marie Tonette Marticio (EV Mail September 26-October 2, 2022 issue)