A college scholar of the city government of Makati and also an alumnus of the Makati Science High School (MakSci) got the highest score among 4,021 successful examinees in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examinations administered by the Professional Regulatory Commission last December 6 to 7, 2014.
Roochie Mico Cosico, a beneficiary of the UP College Scholarship Program of Makati who graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman last April, garnered a rating of 96.95 percent.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay hailed Cosico for doing his city proud with his excellent performance in one of the toughest professional board examinations in the country.
“We are very proud of Engineer Roochie Cosico who is a product of the public education system of Makati. His latest achievement is a fitting tribute to the untiring efforts of the city government to provide quality education to the less privileged youth. Congratulations to him and to his very lucky parents,” Binay said in a statement.
The mayor added that the college scholarship program aims to provide free access to quality education especially to the youth from indigent families in the city, in line with his administration’s goal of “using education as a means of liberating them from the bondage of poverty.”
Cosico graduated as fifth honorable mention of batch 2009 of Makati Science High School, and as salutatorian of Bangkal Elementary School in 2005.
According to city Education Department head Norma Tumambing, the board topnotcher was one of 17 scholars of the city government at UP who each received a monthly stipend of P4,000 each for five months per semester and P5,000 book allowance per semester. The city government also shoulders tuition and other school fees of its college scholars, she said.
For school year 2014-2015, according to Tumambing, the City Council of Makati has approved a total budget allocation of P2.5 million for the benefits of scholars under the UP College Scholarship Program through City Ordinance 2014-005.
Makati scholars at UP must maintain the required average grade of “2.0” or its equivalent, for a load of at least 15 units, with no failing grade.
Meanwhile, the city government also has scholars at the Philippine Normal University (PNU) taking up various courses. To date, Makati has 21 scholars at PNU.
Besides Cosico, another Makati scholar at UP Diliman—Jeffrey Losañes—graduated with honors in April, cum laude, Industrial Engineering. From PNU, Mary Delle Gomez graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.