Urdaneta City University raised the bar high after securing 10th place in the roster of top-performing institutions in the September 2022 Social Worker Licensure Examination (SWLE) administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Twelve out of 13 examinees passed the SWLE, with a 90.91% passing rate among first-timers and a 100% passing rate among retakers. UCU recorded a whopping 92.31% overall institutional passing rate over the national passing rate of 62.57%.
With this resounding success, the University through the College of Human Sciences (CHUms) honored the newly registered social workers during the Testimonial Ceremony on November 4, 2022.
The newly registered social workers shared their stories of success and extended their gratitude to those who helped on their journey. In one of the testimonial speeches, Mr. Nicanor C. Cello narrated his struggles, especially in his preparation for the board.
“Wala po akong kakayahang mag-enrol sa review center. Dahil nga po pandemic at nawalan ako ng trabaho, hindi ko po kaya ang magreview center. But I am not telling you na huwag kayong mag review center. Kung anuman ang meron kayo [resources], make the most out of it,” he said.
Prof. Jerald Aragoza, a BS Social Work faculty, shared his message with the SWLE passers encouraging them to maintain their humility and passion in their profession.
“Bilang isa sa mga pioneers ng Social Work in our University, masayang nakikita na ang mga colleagues at mga estudyante mo ay nasa iba’t-bang fields na ng social work. Social work is a humble profession. They just need to be humble in working with the clients. Kailangan nilang isipin na in everything they do, they should serve with a heart,” he exclaimed.
Meanwhile, the CHums dean Dr. Jane Fenequito conveyed her thoughts about the historic feat of her college.
“I am overwhelmed with this achievement knowing that our college is one of the smallest [colleges] when it comes to the number of students. But we made it and we mark history for the university,” she remarked.
“Sabi nga nila, many were called but only a few were chosen and it’s my honor as a dean to be part of this historic event for the college, especially for the social work department,” she added.
In an advisory, PRC announced that the face-to-face mass oath-taking of the new social workers is on November 14, 2022, at the Manila hotel.