Bukidnon’s CMU bags top spots in 2013 agriculturist board exam

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 August)– A graduate of the Central Mindanao University (CMU) topped the 2013 agriculturist licensure examination last month while two others from the same school also landed in the top 10 spot.

Raul Margate, a faculty member of the CMU College of Agriculture – Horticulture, got the highest rating of 90.17 percent.

CMU also landed in the top 10 spot with Eddiemar Lagua (86 percent) and Jerilyn Peligro Gabato (85.17 percent) placing in the fifth and ninth spots, respectively.

Two other top achievers are also from Mindanao, Douglas Doloriel of Xavier University and Melani Provido of Ateneo de Davao University, both with 85 percent rating and ranked 10th.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 1,712 out of 4,861 passed the Agriculturist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Agriculture in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last July.

Of the 342 CMU graduates who took the board examination, 181 passed, giving the university a 52.9 percent performance rating, including those who took the exam for the second time.

One hundred fifty-six passed out of a total of 286 who took the board examination for the first time, giving the university a 54.55 percent performance rating.

CMU, based in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon, prides itself as the “Center of Excellence in Agriculture Education.”

According to its website, it started as the Mailag Industrial School (MIS) by virtue of Act 74 of the Philippine Commission at Mailag, Malaybalay, Bukidnon in 1910. Eight years later, it became the Bukidnon Agricultural School (BAS).

It became Central Mindanao University (CMU) by virtue of Republic Act 4498 on June 19, 1965. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)