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25 Negrense scholars pass JLPT

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson, Houei Group chairman Yutaka Shimizu, NOSP head Karen Dinsay, and the Negrense-scholars during the governor’s visit to Japan in 2019*

Twenty-five Negrense scholars passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level 2 and Level 3 in Japan recently.

These scholars are senior high school students, nurses, physical therapists, and midwives, who went to Japan to study in 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively, a press release from the Capitol said.

Topping the list of passers is Lyrine Ortiz, a nurse from Himamaylan City, who is the only passer of JLPT2 or N2. She is currently studying at the Houshin School of Healthcare, taking up a two-year vocational careworker course while working part-time at the healthcare facilities of Houei Group in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture.

Passers of JLPT3 or N3 from Batch 1 and 2 are Melbourne Crispo from San Enrique, Don Vetsky Decena – Hinobaan, Mary Grace Joan Ebro – Talisay, Edson Pakingking – Murcia, Cherie Mae Semeña – Binalbagan, Jaime Padrid Jr. – Himamaylan, Tracy Lane Rubio – Pontevedra, Jazmin Ferrer – Cadiz, Ferlie John Argando – La Castellana, Kevin Clyde Catequista – Sipalay, Loies Celiz – Himamaylan, Caroline Gamo – Bago, Kristine Grijaldo – Pontevedra, Coleen Angela Ong – Talisay, and Ma. Feliza Santillan – Bago.

Senior high school scholars who passed N3 include Nicole Marie Bersales and Johanna Rica Lorenzo from Sagay, Joanna Villanueva – Cadiz, Krizzel Dooma – Silay, Megumi Cleo Gelogo – Pontevedra, Reynaldo Victorama – Bago, Darlyn Blancia – Salvador Benedicto, Faustinne Mar Bulanon – Talisay, and Trishia Marie Lucio – San Carlos.

Bersales, Lorenzo, Villanueva, Dooma, Gelogo, Victorama, and Blancia will graduate from Miyakonojo Higashi High School next month. They will continue their studies in Japan after graduation.

Passing the N2 means that there is a bigger chance of getting a working visa with compensation like a Japanese national, while passing N3 means that they can work as specified skilled workers in Japan, the press release said.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said that “Japanese language is one of the most difficult languages in the world but I am very happy with the results of the JLPT because more Negrense-scholars are now considered Japanese language proficient.”

He added that being a Japanese language proficient is a gift, it is an extraordinary skill that will provide greater opportunities to our scholars in Japan.

The program is handled and managed by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division, headed by Karen Dinsay, under the Office of the Governor.*

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