Nerben Salazar, 20-year old son of fisherman from Green Island, Tumarbong, Roxas ranks 6th on the recent fisheries board exam. (Photo courtesy of Nerben Salazar)

A 20-year-old son of a fisherman from Barangay Tumarbong, Roxas ranked 6th in the October 2019 Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination.

The Board of Fisheries (BOF) on Tuesday announced the result of the fisheries board exam with 731 passers out of 2,101 takers, yielding a 34.79 percent national passing rate.

Nerben Salazar of Green Island, Tumarbong, Roxas, a graduate of Western Philippines University (WPU) got 85.25 percent to rank 6th overall.

Salazar during his college graduation ceremony in Western Philippines University (WPU). (Photo courtesy of Nerben Salazar)

Salazar said he initially thought his friends and former classmates were pranking him as they informed him of the results. He said was not expecting to land on any rank in the board exams.

“Hindi ko talaga in-expect, but nararamdaman ko na papasa ako pero hindi yung maka-land sa top. Kinabahan ako lalo’t ang pangit ng pag-shade ko. Kinabahan ako na baka ma-reject yung paper ko,” Salazar said.

Salazar said that he was not even sure if he would be able to attend college because of financial struggles in his family pointing out how grateful he was for the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) that put him to school.

“I have to be practical kasi nga my parents might never be able to send me to school back then noong pumasok ako sa college di pa free tuition. My high school adviser ang nagsabi sa akin na magtake ng exam. Then I took the opportunity,” Salazar told Palawan News.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) administered the Fisheries Technologist licensure exam in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga on October 23 and 24, 2019.

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