After topping the November 2017 Chemical Engineer Board Exam, Jared Philip M. Condez, chose to go back to Puerto Princesa to look for a job and “be of service” to his home city.
“I’m looking for employment now, particularly in Puerto Princesa City,” the 21-year old University of the Philippines Visayas graduate told reporters Monday.
Condez got a rating of 84.6% and shared first place with John Cyril Claur from the University of St. La Salle.
“With this achievement, I bring honor not just to my name and family but to my beloved birthplace as well,” he said, adding it was a “very unexpected” feat.
The City Council in its regular session Monday, passed a resolution in recognition of Condez’ exemplary performance in the recently concluded licensure exam.
“It is not every day that I get this sort of recognition. It serves as an encouragement for me to aim even higher,” Condez said.
Born and raised in Barangay Sicsican’s Golden Valley, Condez said people leave in search of learning opportunities, hoping it would lead them to greener pastures.
“Although I finished most of my education in the province of Antique and may have been away physically, I truly know my heart still resides in Puerto Princesa City,” he added.
The young chemical engineer said he was offered job opportunities by several petroleum companies as well as the academe. Meanwhile, he plans to pursue master’s degree in the future.