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BAGUIO CITY – “I am not an outstanding student but believed that with hardwork, perseverance, and determination, together with the grace of the Lord, I can make it”.
These were the words of Honorable Gloria T. Baysa, a member of the Board of Accountancy, during the Oath-taking ceremonies of newly registered Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) held on November 30, 2019 at the Newtown Plaza Hotel, here.
Baysa, who was the Inspirational Speaker and Administering Officer of the event, emphasized this to 33 new CPAs during the event.
She laid down guiding principles that worked for her and will definitely work for the new CPAs upcoming journey into the profession: (1) Adopt the values taught from home and developed by schools, (2) Not to lose sight of one’s goals but also becoming flexible, (3) Seizing every opportunity that comes one’s way, (4) Strive to be global and competitive, (5) Practice perseverance, hardwork and determination, and (6) Invoke the guidance of the Lord.
She encouraged the new CPAs to continue acquiring competence and be accredited, have commitment and always do their best in their work as if it is the Lord they are serving, and maintain a good character by having integrity.
Baysa also highlighted growing up as part of a poor family and attending public schools should not deter anyone from passing one of the toughest examinations in the Philippines and becoming successful in the accounting field. She said she was able to overcome these handicaps by applying “sipag” or hardwork.
Baysa is indeed an excellent example of success among CPAs as she is a decorated member of the professions with distinctions such as able to complete the academic requirements of comprehensive examination with the highest rating for a Doctor in Educational Management program, was awarded Outstanding CPA in Education and Outstanding Business Educator, among other accolades and achievements.
A total of 10 schools located in Luzon participated the oath-taking ceremonies. Passers from Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC), Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), Saint Louis University (SLU), University of Baguio (UB), and University of the Cordilleras (UC) were in attendance for Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – based schools, which accounted for 21 of the attendees.
Also represented were Central Luzon State University; Isabela State University; Our Lady of Fatima University – Pampanga; Saint Louis College of San Fernando, La Union; and University of Luzon.
Chazin Keith Ballagan delivered the response from the new CPA, saying their sacrifices finally paid off, offered their success to their parents and challenged her fellow CPAs uphold the policies of the profession and become the professionals that members of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) expects them to be.
The CPAs were then treated with lunch right after they took their oath and received their PRC cards.
The ceremonies was organized by the PICPA, Baguio-Benguet-Mountain Province Chapter, whose officers, headed by its president Edna D. Degracia, were in attendance. Also gracing the event was Juanita L. Domogen, the Officer in Charge of PRC-CAR.
The result of the CPA examination last October, 2019 was one of the lowest ever in history. Only 2,075 out of 14,492, equivalent to 14.32%, successfully passed the licensure examinations held in testing centers in Baguio, Manila, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, and Tugeugarao.
SLU was the top CAR school performer (49 passers of 206 candidates for 23.79% success rate), followed by MPSPC (5/17, 21.74%), and UC (8/38, 21.05%).
UB had 6 of 47 for 12.77%, Divine Word College of Bangued had 1 of 26 for 3.85%, and CCDC registered 1 of 48 for 2.08%.
Kalinga State University (0/8). AMA Computer College – Baguio (0/11), Ifugao State University (0/17), and Kings College of the Philippines – Benguet (0/37) failed to produce passers in this licensure examination.
By Armando M. Bolislis