“By swearing before the Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry, you have heeded the call of public service and have committed yourselves to those who seek your professional help.”
This was the message of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to the 158 new dentists in the country when he led their “oath of profession” in simple but momentous rites held at the Manila Hotel on Saturday, (23 January 2012).
Speaking to this year’s 158 successful examinees of the 2012 Dentist Licensure Examination, Senator Marcos reminded them that before they broaden their proficiency on new opportunities abroad, they were duty bound to serve the country first, especially, the poor and marginalized Filipinos.
“The degree that you have earned and the license that you have just acquired are tools that can contribute to the improvement of our healthcare system. As stewards of dental medicine, it behooves you to ensure the holistic health and wellbeing of your patients, (particularly the poor),” he added.
Citing some Filipino dentists who have made waves in the international dental arena, the Ilocos Senator expressed his confidence that the new and young professional dentists will surely climb to greater heights because of their dynamism and commitment to bring the Philippines to the front of world-class dental services.
These Filipino dentists with worldwide renown are Dr. Rufino Achacoso, who was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Elmer S. Best, the father of modern prosthodontics, and Dr. Steve Mark Gan, who pioneered the innovations on oral implants and maxilla-facial.
“Congratulations to all of you. I commend, as well, the Board, the Philippine Dental Association and dental chapters in the regions, for their dedication in implementing the continuing professional education of your member-dentists. May the 158 (new) dentists sustain the zeal to advocate effective and comprehensive oral care for the sake of Filipino community,” Senator Marcos said.
“To the new dental practitioners, you are the real guests of honor in this gathering. You have swam across obstacles and have arrived at the shore of glory – a glory that is also celebrated by your parents and loved ones, your mentors and your alma mater,” he added.
On May 29, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 157 out of 511 examinees passed the Dentist Licensure Examination (Written Phase) and 158 out of 162 passed the Dentist Licensure Examination (Practical Phase) given by the Board of Dentistry in the May 25 and 26 tests.
The top 10 in this year’s examination was headed by Verdan Joseph Urtola Chua of the University of the East – Manila who got an average of 82.67 followed by Marie Carmina San Jose Gulmatico of the University of the Philippines – Manila (82.64); placed on third was Jesu Mari Cerda Andres, University of the Philippines - Manila (81.86); fourth by Germilyn Krizza Chua Go, Centro Escolar University – Manila (81.57); and fifth, Nathalie Jane Burgos Mongcopa, Our Lady of Fatima University – Valenzuela (81.50).
Rose Ann Torres Tanglao, University of the Philippines – Manila (81.50); Jalene Diwas Alip, University of Baguio (81.13); Hazel Malabad Cortez, University of the Philippines – Manila (81.03); Juede Kristan Maderal Gonzales, Centro Escolar University – Manila (80.96); Sheryl Mendoza Reyes, Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas, Inc. (80.93); and Clifford De Lara Villas of the University of the East - Manila (80.86).