On October 23, 2021, the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (DABE) of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) held a recognition program for topnotchers and passers of the September 2021 Agricultural and Biosystems Engineer (ABE) licensure examination at USeP PECC gymnasium, Tagum Unit. Before the program, a thanksgiving mass was held in the Sacred Heart of Jesus-Quasi Parish, followed by a motorcade around Tagum City.
The recognition program was attended by 28 of the 29 passers. The topnotchers’ parents were also present.
Dr. Joie C. Cataytay, BSABE program head, gave the introductory remarks and shared the department’s tagline, motto, and guiding light, which is “Lahi ang gahum sa malisod na pagtuon”.
Following that, the board passers received certificates of recognition, while the topnotchers received a plaque of distinction as well as a cash incentive in addition to the certificate of recognition.
In a recorded message, University President Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao conveyed her appreciation to the board passers. She shared a short story titled ‘The Confidence of Children’. “May this newly gained achievement give you the type of confidence that will allow you to discover something new and show others the change that they want to see in the world, just like the child in the story,” she said.
Dr. Cesar A. Limbaga, Jr., Chancellor of the Tagum Mabini Campus, commended the board passers as well. He expressed his gratitude to the board passers and topnotchers for honoring the university in his statement.
Representatives from the board passers, Engr. Gerald Ulangkaya, Engr. Crystal Mae Suarez, and Engr. Keith Marlou Gulmary, and the topnotchers, Engr. Eldie S. Daffon (Top 10), Engr. Yllor James A. Otero (Top 4), and Engr. Juven G. Luzorata (Top 1), spoke about their impressions after taking and passing their examination. They expressed their gratitude to God, their teachers, their parents and families, friends, and the ABE department and university. They also talked about the difficulties they faced before succeeding. “Learn to clap in other people’s victories,” says Engr. Luzorata, “because your time will come, and when it does, I hope you understand why the wait is necessary”.
Dr. Sunshine G. Paulin, alumnus and agricultural engineer in LGU Monkayo, also graced the event.