The House committee on higher and technical education on Friday disclosed that it has credited the nation’s first-rate civil engineering schools, based on the robust showing of their graduates in the last two eligibility examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, committee chairman, identified the four leading civil engineering schools as (with the percentage of their examinees passing the licensure tests in brackets):
De La Salle University-Manila (98.46%).
University of the Philippines-Diliman (92.39%).
University of Santo Tomas (91.79%).
Technological University of the Philippines-Manila (83.87%).
Citing PRC statistics, Romulo said the four schools were the only ones “with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing” the last two Civil Engineer Licensure Examinations.
“As in the past, we are reporting this out to help consumers -- up-and-coming civil engineering students and their parents -- ascertain for themselves as to where they will most likely get the greatest value for their hard- earned tuition money,” Romulo said in a statement.
“There may be smaller schools with at least 80 percent of their examinees passing the last two eligibility tests for civil engineers, but these institutions were not counted because they had fewer than 50 examinees,” Romulo said.
Civil engineering is among the top five most heavily subscribed programs in college wherein graduates must first pass a national licensure examination before they can properly practice their profession. The four others are nursing, teaching, criminology and accounting.
PRC and Commission on Higher Education records show that the country has a total of 227 tertiary schools accredited to train prospective civil engineers.
Civil engineers oversee the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.
According to the PRC, some 46.24 percent, or 4,710 out of 10,185 examinees, passed the last two civil engineer qualifying tests in May and November 2013. Philippine News Agency (PNA)
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