Visayas State University Tolosa’s College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE) is now the emerging best criminology school in Eastern Visayas after 90 of its 175 first time takers have successfully passed the recently concluded April 2023 Criminologists Licensure Examination (CLE).

The Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines (PCAP) here in the region announced this on June 9 where they emphasized VSU Tolosa’s continuing growth as an emerging top criminology school in Eastern Visayas.

VSU Tolosa obtained an institutional passing percentage of 51.43% for first time takers which is the highest rating under Category A (above 100 takers). Overall institutional performance was at 42.73% as only 4 of the 41 repeaters made it on their second take of the CLE.

This overall institutional performance surpasses the national passing percentage of 31.84% with only 4,139 out of 11,131 takers nationwide successfully made it in the April 2023 CLE.
The PCAP-8 also disclosed that VSU Tolosa also produced three regional top scorers in the April 2023 CLE with John Ryan A. De los Santos got the 3rd highest percentage while Arnold B. Ramis and Glen D. Manito secured 5th and 7th spots, respectively.

De los Santos expressed his reflections on his remarkable journey as one of the regional top scorers.

“It sends shivers to my spine, figuratively, upon achieving this milestone. As I was preparing to take the examination, I felt a lot of torture, great tension, mental agony and excitement. But my family was always there to lift my spirit of hope up and to keep it burning whatever the odds were. So I was glad to pass the exam and to land as the 3rd highest regional scorer I supposed is already a bonus for me and my family,” he said.
Meanwhile, VSU Tolosa Chancellor Dr. Queenstein D. Lauzon expressed her delight about this news saying that despite having their criminology program as a relatively young offering,it is now starting to make a mark in the region.

“This is indeed a welcome development for us because criminology has been one of our in-demand curricular programs in VSU Tolosa for the past years. This feat is also a testament of our continuing commitment to improve the overall quality of our criminology education in Eastern Visayas,” she said.

The VSU Tolosa Chancellor also shared her aspiration of producing national topnotchers in the future.

“It’s a good thing to note that we’re also producing regional top scorers now. I really hope that next year or in the following licensure exams for criminologists, one day we will see a #ProudViscan from VSU Tolosa will emerge in this prestigious list. That’s why, we are doing all necessary steps to continuously improve our instructional quality for all the degree programs that we offer here on our campus,” Dr. Lauzon added.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Criminology administered the first CLE this year on April 3, 4 and 5, 2023 in Manila, Baguio, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Calapan, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Zamboanga, Antique, Bacolod, Bayambang, Bohol, Calbayog City, Cauayan, Dumaguete, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kidapawan, Occidental Mindoro, Naga, and Palawan.