MSU-Marawi City tops Social Worker licensure exam: 1st, 6th and 7th

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 August) — “In the midst of war, we deliver!” Dr. Alma Berowa, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Mindanao State University (MSU) System told MindaNews Wednesday upon learning that a graduate of MSU main campus in Marawi City topped the Social Worker Licensure Examination held last month, while two others placed 6th and 7th.

A total of six Mindanawons made it to the Top Ten.

With a rating of 86%, Paramisuli “Suli” Sevilla Aming of Tawi-tawi topped the exam administered by the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) Board for Social Workers on July 27 and 28. A total of 5,997 took the exams and out of this number, 3,951 passed.

Paramisuli “Suli” Sevilla Aming of Mindanao State University’s main campus in Marawi City took the Social Work licensure exam on July 27 and 28, two weeks after she graduated. Photo courtesy of RAFAEL ROMERO

Suli, who is turning 21 on August 20, took the exam two weeks after she graduated Cum Laude on July 13.  She was also the Valedictorian of the College of Public Administration and was the recipient of the Department of Social Work’s Leadership Award.

Catherine Mirafuentes Caulawon tied for sixth place (84.40%) with a student from the Central Philippine University while Elmer Mandantes Villamucho, Jr. tied for seventh place (84.20%) with three others from Bicol University-Daraga and Leyte Normal University.

Three other Mindanawons made it to the Top 10: Sweetzel Vertudez Correos of University of Mindanao in Davao City tied for fifth place (84.50%) with a student from St. Louis University; Mary Rose Pilar Tilde Ello of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in Zamboanga City tied for ninth place  (84%) with two students from St. Louis University and Leyte Normal University; and Divine Grace Ruizol Lecias also of WMSU tied for 10th place (83.90%) with five others.

MSU main campus in Marawi also made it to the Top 10 performing schools in the country or those with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80% passing percentage. It ranked fifth nationwide with 231 passers out of 241 takers or 95.85%.

Another MSU branch, in Maguindanao, ranked 9th with 69 passers out of 77 examinees or 89.61% while Lourdes College in Cagayan de Oro ranked 10th with 56 passers out of 64 examinees or 87.50%.

Aming’s topping the licensure exam boosted the spirits of Marawi residents, most of whom had to flee the city since clashes started between government and the Maute Group on May 23.

Aming’s topping the exam was good news amid the crisis that entered Day 72 on August 2.

MSUan Words of Wisdom posted on Facebook that MSU is “not just a home for #Survivors, but #Topnotchers too!” as it congratulated Aming, Caulawon and Villamucho and all passers of MSU.

The PRC announced that registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card and Certificate of Registration will be done online from August 7 to 8. PRC’s website is

Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals, it said.

The PRC has yet to announce the date and venue for the oath-taking ceremony of the new social workers.

The top ten:

1 Paramisula Sevilla Aming Mindanao State University-Marawi City 86.00
2 Apple Mae Bacalo Opit Saint Therea’s College-Cebu 85.60
3 Aleah Joy Cabusao Tanaquin University of the Philippines – Diliman 84.80
4 Mary Grace Ayao Adante Universidad de Santa Isabel – Col de Sta. Isabel 84.60
5 Sweetzel Vertudez Correos University of Mindanao – Davao City 84.50
Tracee Joy Sab-it Guinyawan Saint Louis University 84.50
6 Catherine Mirafuentes Caulawon Mindanao State University-Marawi City 84.40
Britz Arthur Suelon Sajonia Central Philippine University 84.40
7 Maribel Ariola Ardales Bicol University – Daraga 84.20
Cyril Mae Sy Lagarto Leyte Normal University 84.20
Lenabeth Grefiel Regahal Leyte Normal University 84.20
Elmer Mandantes Villamucho, Jr. Mindanao State University-Marawi 84.20
8 Devie Mae Tabudlong Navarro Palawan State University – Puerto Princesa 84.10
9 Amy Angeli Bongaoil Cabansi Saint Louis University 84.00
Precious Viloh Baliad Dadap Leyte Normal University 84.00
Mary Rose Pilar Tilde Ello Western Mindanao State U – Zamboanga City 84.00
10 Carol Balais Astorga Leyte Normal University 83.90
Kreja Bei Bulatao Casiw International School of Asia & the Pacific – Tabuk Branch 83.90
Gizelle Grace Deado Ciudad Central Philippine University 83.90
Reiner Limson Grospe Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University 83.90
Divine Grace Ruizol Lecias Western Mindanao State University – Zamboanga City 83.90
Lora Alcala Misagal Leyte Normal University 83.90

The top 10 performing schools are Leyte Normal University with 100% rating (67 of 67 examinees passed); Bicol University-Daraga with 98.78% (162 of 164); Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila with 98.06% (101 of 103); Universidad de Manila (City College of Manila) with 97.59% (81 of 83); Mindanao State University – Marawi City with 95.85%  (231 of 241); Bicol University – Tabaco with 95.45% (63 of 66); Palawan State University – Puerto Princesa City with 93.55% (58 of 62); Saint Louis University with 90.91% (140 of 154); Mindanao State University – Maguindanao with 89.61% (69 of 77); and Lourdes College with 87.50% (56 of 64) .

Three of the Top 10 schools are based in Mindanao: MSU-Marawi (5th)  MSU-Maguindanao (9th) and Lourdes College in Cagayan de Oro City (10th).

For the list of passers, please visit the PRC website. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)