National Career Assessment Examination 2012


The Department of Education (DepEd) is all set to administer the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) to all third year students of public and private schools on August 29, 2012.

NCAE 2012 is an aptitude test geared toward providing information through test results for self-assessment, career awareness and career guidance of high school students for their post-secondary courses and application for scholarship. The NCAE test is mandatory and held annually usually in August.

NCAE 2012 Format and Coverage

NCAE is a paper and pencil test using multiple choices format, on scannable answer sheets which can be checked electronically. NCAE also measures a senior high school student’s potentials or inclination in such areas as general scholastic aptitude (GSA), technical vocational aptitude (TVA), entrepreneurial skills, nonverbal ability and occupational interest. The test components are:

  • Scientific Ability
  • Mathematical Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Ability
  • Manipulative Skills
  • Clerical Ability
  • Non-Verbal Ability
  • Entrepreneurial skills

NCAE Results

NCAE result is a requirement in college but still recommendatory in nature. There is still no passage of law that makes the NCAE mandatory prior to enrollment in college/university. NCAE results will give the students and the parents an idea on the career path most suited to the graduating students thus, allowing for better decision on their choice of courses. Usually results are releases 3-4 months after the exam.

What is NCAE?

The NCAE was developed to improve the quality of secondary education graduates entering college.  It aims to maintain the highest quality of education in the Philippines by leading the flow of students to courses in post-secondary institutions of learning matching their aptitude to promote national development.

Commonly Asked Questions

1.   Why was NCAE created and what are its objectives?

•   minimize indiscriminate wastage of manpower and other resources which otherwise could be directed towards more productive ventures, i.e. supplying manpower needs of vocational, agricultural, technical, and entrepreneurial fields.

•   assess the abilities the students has developed through the years which are essential for successful college or becoming an entrepreneur.

•   serve as basis for the selection of scholars in the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) scholarship program.

2.   Is NCAE a pre-requisite for entry to college?

•   recommendatory in nature for the first two years, i.e. to guide each examinee in choosing which course or career option to take after high school.  This is the second year of its implementation.

•   On its third year of implementation subject to the passing of an appropriate law, the NCAE will be a prerequisite for enrolment in any four- or five-year college and university courses as well as in two-year vocational/technological courses and other short entrepreneurial courses

3.   How often will the NCAE be administered?

•   August every year to all third year high school students in public and private secondary schools.

4.   Who are covered by the NCAE?

•   Third  year high school students in public schools

•    Third  year high school students in private schools with existing permit to operate from DepEd .

•   Out-of-school youths applying for CHED scholarship in coordination with DepEd Regional Offices.

5.   Is NCAE different from NCEE?

•   Both are general scholastic aptitude tests

•   Both intend to measure the potential or inclination of a senior high school

•   NCAE is different for having three additional domains: technical-vocational aptitude and entrepreneurial skills; and interest inventory and nonverbal ability

6.   How will NCAE guide graduating students and their parents in determining the career track they should take?

•   results of the three domains of the test namely: General Scholastic Aptitude, Technical-Vocational Aptitude, and Entrepreneurial Skills intend to provide information to help outgoing high school students make wise career decisions.

•   interest inventory shows the inclinations of the students in a particular occupational field.

•   The test results will validate the previously thought career choice by showing the student’s strengths and weaknesses in the aforementioned domains.

7.   How have the parents responded to the results of the exam?  Are they willing to follow the results of the exam in the planning of their children’s careers?

•   No survey has been conducted as of this time

•   There, however, exists public affirmation of the implementation of the NCAE as it is regarded useful in minimizing job mismatch in the world of work.

8.   Given the results of the exam, will these results change policy directions of DepEd in its focus on the basic education curriculum?

•   Based on the results of the NCAE, majority of our high school graduates have inclinations toward technical-vocational (tech-voc) occupations.  The strengthening of 261 tech-voc high schools being carried out by DepEd undergo improvement in their curriculum, training, physical and policy support.  The results validate DepEd’s decision to put great stress on the tech-voc program, that is, to equip high school students with technical-vocational skills that can empower them to find meaningful employment, whether or not they pursue college education.

•   The tech-voc curriculum is being aligned with the training regulations of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).  This will allow tech-voc high school graduates to acquire TESDA.

•   It is also DepEd’s goal to improve the abilities of students in the general scholastic domain.

9.   How can the results of the exam help solve the problem of job mismatch?

•   DepEd desires to minimize, if not avoid, career mismatch among high school students entering college.  With the results of the NCAE, the students will be directed to occupational fields where they would be potentially productive.

10.   What does DepEd plan for NCAE in the future?

•   passage of appropriate law to make the test result serve as a prerequisite for enrolment in any four- or five-year college and university courses as well as in two-year vocational/technological courses and other short entrepreneurial courses.



Paalam Hon. Jesse M. Robredo

Hon. Jesse M. Robredo, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, May 27, 1958 — August 18, 2012

Jesse Manalastas Robredo. Mabuting ama. Mapagmahal na asawa. Mapagkalingang anak. Tapat na kaibigan. Lingkod bayan. Nagueño. Bicolano. Higit sa lahat, Pilipino.

Sana ay maging handa ang mga tapat at may kakayahan nating mga pinuno na magsakripisyo at tumugon sa tawag ng panahon…

Hindi ito madali ngunit kung sama-sama tayong lahat,
hindi malayong maabot natin ang minimithi natin
magandang kinabukasan para sa bawat Pilipino.

— Jesse Manalastas Robredo (1958-2012)


Sa ating kasaysayan, may mga pangalang nakatatak na sa pambansang kamalayan bilang ehemplo ng pag-asa’t pagbabago— Rizal, Bonifacio, Abad-Santos, Magsaysay, Aquino. Silang mga nagbuhos ng pawis at panahon para sa kapakanan ng kanilang kapwa at lupang tinubuan; silang mga maagang lumisan, ngunit nagpamana ng habambuhay na inspirasyon para sa kanilang kababayan.

Sa pahinang ito, sisikapin nating sipatin ang buhay, ayon sa mga kuwento, artikulo’t salaysay ng ilang kaibigan, katrabaho, at kapamilya ng isang Pilipinong maidadagdag sa hanay ng mga dinadakilang pangalan na ito: si Jesse Manalastas Robredo. Ilalathala rin dito ang ilang   pagbabalik-tanaw sa kaniyang kabutihan at paglilingkod, gayundin ang mga papuri’t pasasalamat sa kanya, na patuloy na bumubuhos sa telebisyon, radyo, at social media.

Jesse Manalastas Robredo. Mabuting ama. Mapagmahal na asawa. Mapagkalingang anak. Tapat na kaibigan. Lingkod bayan. Nagueño. Bicolano. Higit sa lahat, Pilipino.

Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2012

THE month of August is “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa” (National Language Month) focusing on the importance of Filipino as the National Language and to further strengthen its use. The observance is pursuant to Proclamation No. 1041 issued by then President Fidel V. Ramos on January 15, 1997. The celebration coincides with the birth month of former President Manuel Luis Quezon, the “Father of the National Language,” who was born on August 19, 1878 in Baler, Tayabas (Now Baler, Aurora).

This year, the country is marking the 75th year of the declaration of Tagalog as the basic language of communication. Commonwealth Act No. 184, approved by the National Assembly in 1936, created a committee which recommended Tagalog as basis for a national language. Executive Order No. 134 in 1937 called for the development of a national language based on Tagalog.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution states that “the National Language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.”

The government has lined up activities for this month. Each week has a theme: August 1-7 highlights the 75th year of Filipino in education and its use in official communication. August 8-14, 2012, is about Filipino and other dialects in the context of Kindergarten-to-12 and Mother Tongue Based Education. August 15-21, 2012, centers on the national anthem “Lupang Hinirang” and “Panatang Makabayan.” August 23-28, 2012, celebrates Filipino as a universal language that promotes a stable society. August 29-31, 2012 caps the celebration with school activities consistent with “tuwid na daan (straight path).”

We join the Filipino nation, headed by President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar C. Binay; the Department of Education, led by Secretary Armin A. Luistro; the Commission on Higher Education, headed by Chairman Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan; and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, led by Chairman Jose Laderas Santos, on the celebration of “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.” CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

Source: Manila Bulletin, August 1, 2012

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2012 – Go Negosyo

GO NEGOSYO PILIPINAS: NOW IS OUR TIME By Joey Concepcion (The Philippine Star) Updated August 02, 2012

Today at 12 noon will be the awarding ceremonies of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in Malacanang. I would like to congratulate the awardees, as well as the finalists who have made it this far. We are happy to have P-Noy with us as he agreed to personally award the winners. I don’t have any idea who the chosen ones are, but I am sure that all of them deserved to be a part of the TOSP community.

My father Joecon started this initiative back in 1961, on the 100th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal to celebrate our national hero’s life and to pass on his legacy to the Filipino youth. The search stopped for a while, and in 1989 I restarted it together with one of the rotary clubs in Metro Manila. My sister Marie continues to manage the annual search, and the TOSP alumni have taken an active role in projects such as Project Pagsulong. TOSP has produced hundreds of citizens who lived up and has exceeded expectations. We have the likes of CHED chairman Pat Licuanan, National Artist for Theater Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, lawyers Rene Saguisag and Dong Puno, Elma Arboleras of iBus, and many others who have dedicated their lives to the Filipinos by continuously doing their share in nation-building.

It is very important to encourage our youth to adopt the right values that will make them succeed in life. Many of them do not come from rich families; they have come this far as finalists because they have taken a different approach in facing their challenges in life. We are not only awarding them because of how bright they are, but also because of the attitude that they have shown in facing their individual struggles. These are the same values that Go Negosyo, a movement that I started together with other entrepreneurs, continue to espouse on. And some of the TOSP alumni have actually been a part of Go Negosyo, working towards the goal of promoting the advocacy of entrepreneurship in the country.

Out of the 243 entries nationwide, 87 were screened by the national screening assembly, which was composed of notable men and women from several fields including the academe, business, health, and IT. Included in the national screening assembly are Go Negosyo advocates Rosalind Wee, Vivian Sarabia, and Philippine Marketing Association president Gwenn Albarracin, who is also the EVP of Center for Pop Music Philippines. The selection was further trimmed down to 30 finalists, who underwent further scrutiny from the five national screeners. This year, we have invited well-known motivational speaker Francis Kong, multi-awarded journalist Maria Ressa, AIM professor and TOSP awardee Dr. Soledad Hernando, Palanca Hall of Famer Dr. Luis Gatmaitan, and commissioner Heidi Mendoza ofthe Commission on Audit, who is also this year’s national screening committee chairperson.

This year’s 30 finalists are as follows: Kenneth Isaiah I. Abante, Michael Angelo M. Abarcar, Jufran C. Agustin, Randell T. Aranza, Ramon Matthew R. Basabe, Nesie Fe G. Binatero, Angelita A. Bombarda, Ma. Clarissa Lavena A. Bombase, Bobby S. Caceres, Aliza B. Castro, Jerome V. David, Lawrence Charlemagne G. David, John Michael FL. Dellariarte, Joshua Eleazar P. Domen, Daniel Philip V. Dy, Marville Cullen P. Espago, Cesar E. Higoy, Benny Mart R. Hiwatig, Ma. Shiril A. Jalad-Armero, Ridwan N. Landasan, Jay-R M. Mendoza, Ruthell A. Moreno, Reynaldo G. Nalliw, Maria Janua B. Polinar, Danilo V. Rogayan, Jr., Kurt Gerrard T. See, Mitz S. Serofia, Michiko S. Takemori, Juan Carlo P. Tejano, and Mark Gil D. Tuazon.

Let me share the stories of some of the top 30 finalists, whose stories have become sources of inspiration by their respective communities.

Twenty-four-year old Shiril Jalad-Armero is a doctor from Cebu City. Aside from being a cum laude and a recipient of the Dean’s Medallion for Excellence, she was also an active volunteer in medical missions and other activities. But on her profile, she listed motherhood as the first of her five most significant achievements. Shiril admits that having a child at an early age taught her to be selfless, and her daughter is her constant source of inspiration to move forward.

His passion to help those who are in need prompted another doctor in the batch, John Michael Dellariarte, to start an initiative. As a requirement for his course, he and his other classmates were sent to different parts of Zamboanga del Sur to assess health conditions of the community members. Most of the locals suffered from diarrhea because their drinking water is contaminated. John Michael thought of a cheap, convenient way to solve this, and he discovered that the contaminated water could be “purified” by exposing it to sunlight through a reflector which can be made from aluminum soda cans. Thus, “I CAN make a difference” was born. Today, John Michael and his team of volunteers have spread the advocacy to nearby provinces in Mindanao, teaching young kids that recycling just a single can of soda makes a big difference.

He may not be a holder of a latin honor when he graduated in college, but Danilo Rogayan, Jr. has already proven what he could do to make his community a better place. Dan, who is the fourth of five children, lost his mother to breast cancer when he was just two years old, leaving his father the sole responsibility of taking care of all of them. While he was studying, he secured scholarships, allowing him to continue his studies without burdening his father with the costs. He grew up feeling a need to help other people, and so he began actively participating in school and community-based organizations. He went further to win the Sanguniang Kabataan elections as chairman in 2007, giving him the chance to serve other members of the youth in his locality. 

Ruthell Moreno was the summa cum laude with a GPA of 1.23 when she graduated with a degree in Special Education at the West Visayas State University. She even received several awards for SPED and for journalism, which is her other love. But what makes her story more special is that since 2007, she has been battling systemic lupus erythematosus, the same disease that afflicted former President Marcos. She was advised not to continue her studies anymore, but Ruthell did not let the bad diagnosis stop her from enjoying her life. She founded a lupus support group in Panay which aims to help other lupus patients who don’t have the money or the resources to finance their medical expenses. Having lupus made Ruthell appreciate her life even more, and even in the face of her own mortality, she wants to be of help to others.

These are just some of the stories of this year’s batch of TOSP. I hope that we can encourage more young people to be like them—to be academically excellent, to be leaders in their respective communities, to show good values, and to actively help others. The Philippines will definitely need another Rizal, and by continuing the tradition of TOSP, we are hopeful to come up with another one who shall help move the country forward to progress.

The 10 outstanding students of the Philippines 2012

PILIPINAS: NOW IS OUR TIME By Joey Concepcion (The Philippine Star) July 30, 2012

Gone are the days when the heroes that we recognize are dead. Today, we have seen countless men and women who’ve offered their time, talents, and services to help other people. Being a person for others is the greatest achievement you can ever accomplish; that through your selfless actions, you have done your part to change society for the better.

This has been the direction of RFM Foundation in its annual search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. My dad started the initiative on June 19, 1961 because of his admiration for Dr. Jose Rizal and his desire to continue our national hero’s legacy through the Filipino youth. Despite being on hiatus for almost 20 years because of Martial Law, we revived TOSP in 1989, and it further expanded in the country by conducting regional searches.  Today, it is my sister Marie who is running the foundation, and she makes sure that it stays true to the roots of what my dad envisioned it to become — to encourage the youth to be inspired and get involved in any way they could.

The process of selecting the 10 outstanding students of the Philippines is tedious. It takes around three screenings within the respective regions before it reaches the National Screening Assembly, which is a gathering of notable people from seven areas, namely: Accountancy; Agriculture, Science, and Math; Business, Economics, Industry and Entrepreneurship; Engineering, Architecture, Maritime, and Information Technology; Humanities, Communication and Social Sciences; Medicine and Health-Related Professions; and Teacher Education.

This year, around 243 entries were submitted for regional screening, 87 of which were screened by the assembly to select the top 30 finalists. Our national screeners included COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza, Philippine Marketing Association president Gwenn Albarracin, NYC Usec. Leon Flores, the national chair of the Board of Optometry Dr. Vivian Sarabia, and RockEd director Gang Badoy-Capati.

Over time, RFM Foundation has started to respond to the call of producing better role models for the youth. At this point, TOSP is not just about recognizing students who have shown academic excellence, we are now gearing towards looking for the next leaders who have actively shown their participation in nation building. We are looking for a new breed of bayani — someone who has shown academic and professional excellence, leadership and social responsibility anchored on good moral values.

The selection of this year’s Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines will be on July 31, and the awarding ceremonies will be on Aug. 2 at the Malacañang Palace. President P-Noy will be there to personally award these young individuals. At this point, let me share a short background of the 30 national finalists.

Kenneth Isaiah I. Abante of Naga graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, and is also a program awardee of the John Gokongwei School of Management.  Cebu’s Michael Angelo M. Abarcar is the managing director of the “Gasa sa Guso,” an integrated education-entrepreneurship initiative in coastal communities founded in 2012. Eastern Samar’s Jufran C. Agustin was Leyte Normal University’s Supreme Student Council president and student regent for two consecutive years. Randell T. Aranza, who hails from Bacolod, was one of the Top 100 Most Insightful in the 2011 International Essay Contest for Young People. Another Cebuano, Ramon Matthew R. Basabe, has been a spokesperson for different organizations, including DepEd’s Center for Students and Co-curricular Affairs-Visayas.

Nesie Fe G. Binatero of Bohol has proven her leadership skills, gaining several awards, including the Gov. Edgar Chatto Gold Medal Award. DLSU’s Angelita A. Bombarda was a Young Journalist Merit Winner at the ASEAN Green Technology Journalism Awards. Ma. Clarissa Lavena A. Bombase, who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nueva Caceres, was one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Students of Bicol. Camarines Sur’s Bobby S. Caceres has organized several community-based projects related with people empowerment and the environment. Aliza B. Castro of Benguet has been a delegate in the 12th International Youth Day of the United Nations Association of the Philippines.

Also on the list is Jerome V. David, who is the Philippine representative to the 2011 ASEAN Youth Forum & Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. Bataan’s Lawrence Charlemagne G. David has been an editor of the Bataan Peninsula State University’s official school publication for five years. John Michael FL. Dellariarte is the chairman of I Can Make a Difference, a movement that aims to teach waste management in rural areas. Joshua Eleazar P. Domen of Dumaguete City is a student teacher under a program of Paulinian Volunteers for Commentary Development. Meanwhile, Ateneo de Naga’s budding entrepreneur Daniel Philip V. Dy started his own Mr. Kengkoy Backpacks in 2010.

Marville Cullen P. Espago is the president of Maritime Research and Extension Services Circle, an organization inside his university that participates in outreach and medical programs. Cesar E. Higoy, who graduated summa cum laude, is the co-founder of Innovative Development through Engineering and Architecture Students in St. Louis University. Another finalist is Batangas’ Benny Mart R. Hiwatig, who is a Philippine Delegate to Sunburst Youth Camp 2009, organized by the Singapore Technologies’ Endowment Program.Ma. Shiril A. Jalad-Armero, a doctor who hails from Cebu, considers motherhood as one of her personal achievements. Ridwan N. Landasan of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan was part of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program funded by the US Department of State and administered by World Learning and the Fulbright Commission.

Rizal’s Jay-R M. Mendoza is an Outstanding Student Teacher awardee of the University of Rizal System. Ruthell A. Moreno is the founder and president of the Lupus Support Group of Panay from 2008 to present. Ifugao’s pride Reynaldo G. Nalliw was a youth ambassador in the 35th SSEAYP in 2008. Maria Janua B. Polinar of Central Mindanao University has involved herself in citizen voter’s education through organizations like the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms. Meanwhile, Danilo V. Rogayan Jr. of Zambales is an Outstanding Youth Leader for Environment awardee of the United Nations Association of the Philippines.

Quezon City’s Kurt Gerrard T. See is the assistant chief adjudicator at the 32nd World Universities Debate Championship, which was held here in the Philippines. Mitz S. Serofia of West Visayas was the founding president of the Society of Integrated Bearers of Life of West Visayas State University. Michiko S. Takemori was the Outstanding Delegate of the 36th YMCA National Congress of College Students in 2011. Juan Carlo P. Tejano of the University of the Philippines was a recipient of the Gawad Chanselor Para Sa Natatanging Mag-aaral in 2012. Lastly, Pampanga’s Mark Gil D. Tuazon is a certified Microsoft specialist and National Certificate II holder for computer hardware servicing.