Driver’s son tops Chemical Engineering board exam

By Rhaydz B. Barcia


A driver’s son, Al Christian Regorgo Gobres, 22, a resident of Pagasa, Rawis, Legazpi City topped the recently concluded 2021 Chemical Engineering Board examination.


Gobres, the middle child among the three children of Lorenzo Gobres, 54, a company driver, topped the 321 passers out of 679 examinees of the 2021 Chemical Engineering licensure examination released Monday, Oct. 11.


Gobres bagged the No. 1 spot with a rating of 84 percent.


The board topnotcher, a consistent honor student graduated valedictorian at Ibalon Elementary School in Legazpi port district in 2011 and attained the same honor when he finished his secondary education at the Philippine Science High School-Bicol campus.


He studied and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman campus.


In an interview, Gobres said that he has two siblings, the eldest is a doctor and the youngest a college freshman, while his father works as a company driver in Legazpi and his mother works in a photo studio.


His mother is a native of Oas, Albay and his father from Bulan, Sorsogon. They are residents of Rawis, Legazpi City.


Gobres, a consistent scholar, said that the road to success has not been easy as he was able to overcome the challenges in the middle of the pandemic with God’s help and the support of his family.


The Chemical Engineering licensure exam conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Chemical Engineering was held simultaneously in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi and Lucena in October 2021.


Twelve chemical engineering graduates from the Bicol University (BU) Department of Chemical Engineering passed the board exams.


BU obtained a 48 percent passing rate, as 12 out of 25 takers passed the board exam while the department garnered 63.16 percent passing rate for first takers.


This year Chemical Engineering board exam has a 47.27 percent national passing rate.