BLIS graduates pass professional licensure examinations

Twelve graduates of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) were successful in the Librarian Licensure Examination (LLE) given by the Board of Librarians this year.  The announcement was released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on September 26, 2016. The examinations were administered in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Legaspi last September 20-21, the Commission said.

The successful examinees are Nerisa Abaño, Solimar Apurado, Ma. Carmen Gumawa, Josephine Lagumbay, Jocelyn Panaguiton, Felin Paniergo, Helen Peñafiel, Romy Pineda, Teresa Porsuelo, Richel Reyes, Aida Talorong and Bethany Villarin.

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Collectively, LCC’s passing rate is 86 percent of a total of 14 examinees coming from the school, while the national passing rate is 65 percent or 738 out of 1,140 examinees nationwide. LCC Bacolod has attained a 100 percent performance rating in the LLE in 2007, 2013 and in 2015. The average passing rate for the past nine years is 76 percent against the average national passing rate of 38 percent.

LCC opened the BLIS program in 2007. To date, it is the only school in the province which offers a degree for professional librarian. It has since produced a total of 34 professional librarians now serving in various public and private educational institutions and in special and public libraries locally and abroad. It has seen an increasing enrollment in the program since and the year 2016 saw the most number of graduates and correspondingly, the most number of passers in the board examinations.

Sr. Gavina F. Barrera, OSA, LCCB President, said that LCC Bacolod is committed to providing quality education and training for Librarians in Negros. She added that the college is now working for the accreditation of the BLIS program where it can further be subjected into evaluation by an external body of experts, whose feedback will help the school improve in the delivery of the program in all of its aspects.

One of the members of the Board of Librarians, Mrs. Corazon M. Nera, who was part of the accrediting team from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) which conducted an audit of LCC’s library and other learning resource centers last January 27-28, 2016, said that the college’s facilities are well-equipped and has exceeded that minimum standards. She added that the BLIS program in itself has shown a history of good performance in the board examinations always exceeding the national passing rate. She also said that this is indicative of the quality of education that LCC Bacolod provides its students in the BLIS.

Mrs. Ma. Theresa Abellar, one of the graduates who had been working as a Library staff while taking BLIS as her second degree said that the program has cultivated in them the love of their profession with the dedicated instruction of the faculty combined with practical experiences through in- and off-campus internships. She added that having a comprehensive hands-on experience in running a library is essential in the board examinations which required a sound judgement based on practicality and the contexts of libraries in the Philippines.

Abellar also said that the in-house review courses given by the faculty free of charge also helped in the preparations for the board exam. Reviewers would also get helpful tips and notes from those that have successfully passed the examinations.

LCC’s Chief Librarian and BLIS Program Head, Mrs. Eden Q. Yong, said that in the next five years, the college is looking into offering a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. In order to get there, the college must pursue the accreditation of the BLIS program along with the continuing upgrading of the learning resources which is now increasingly taking advantage of the advancements in technology (ICT).

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