Latest Stories

9 of 594 pass foreign service exams – DFA


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday announced that nine out of 594 applicants passed the Foreign Service Officers (FSO) Examinations this year and would be appointed to the position of Foreign Service Officer, Class IV.

The DFA said the nine individuals who passed the exams are:

1.    CARANZO, Iris Vanessa B.

2.    CAYMO, Andrea Christina Q.


4.    HORNILLA, Miguel Carlo N.

5.    LICAROS, Anna Theresa L.

6. PERPETUA, Mary Grace L.

7. SABERON, Anna Patricia L.

8. VIEJO, Lyza Maria S

9. WAHAB, Johaira C.

The DFA said that the 2012 FSO exams were composed of five tests held throughout the year: Qualifying test – February 19; Preliminary Interview – April 14; Written test – April 18 -20; Psychological Test – July 23-25; and Oral Test Nov 21-22.

The nine who passed would take their oaths of office after President Benigno Aquino III signs their letters of appointment, it said.

The DFA noted that the nine individuals would undergo a six-month Foreign Service Officer Cadetship Course in the Foreign Service Institute, the DFA’s research and training arm.

“After cadetship, the newly trained officers will be assigned to the different offices in the DFA Home Office where they will serve for two years before they are deployed to the Philippine embassies, consulates, and missions abroad,” it said.

It said that next year’s FSO exams will start in March 2013. Interested applicants may log on to www.dfa.gov.ph to download application forms, view the list of requirements, coverage of examination and other information.

The DFA also noted that Johaira Wahab, a lawyer who works at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), topped the exams.

It noted that Wahab finished her law degree at UP Diliman, where she is also currently taking up a doctoral degree.

The nine passers came from diverse backgrounds, ranging from the performing arts to law, it said.

“Some of them are pursuing graduate studies in International Relations and related fields,” it added.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Department of Foreign Affairs , Features , Global Nation

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3CBTGG3STBZUOMTCPTVSHG7QMQ Liza

    What happened?

  • DakuAkongUtin

    That shows , only a few have what it takes to be foreign service officers. Its not only finishing college with a degree but it take more than that. Its more human relations and knowing the cultures of the opposite side.

  • MonMayuga

    This is the most difficult government examination where the mortality is highest. That is why they consider the Department of Foreign Affairs as the most glamorous government job.

    It is no wonder, too, why career service diplomats disdain the appointment of non-professionals as ambassadors.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

      i found many people underestimating, asking what happened to the rest of examinees not knowing how difficult it is to pass this exam. 

      and then there is also one person in fb insinuating that payoff was needed to pass.

      i have nothing but admiration for the passers and good luck to those who didn’t make it this year.

      • noyab

        ang exam dito ay di gaya sa PRC, POLICE and CSC…wala lagayan dito at walang codigo…..pure talent dito….

  • samantha lopez

    dba c Theresa Licaros yung sa Bb. Pilipinas?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001328819201 Pat Domingo

      yep. aside from that, she’s also a graduate of UP Law..[=

  • batangsulpok

    Kung talagang matatalino at mahuhusay ang nakakapasa sa exams ng DFA, bakit di pa rin nababago ang kalakarang palakasan pa rin dahil pumunta ka sa mga consulates, dating gawi, parang kariton ang lakad ng mga papeles?

    • noyab

      kaya mo nasasabi yan dahil di mo alam ang processo. lahat ng bagay ay may process ., ang pinoy pag regulation ng other countries ay buong pusong sumusunod but sariling regulation ay laging sinasalungat at daming puna……mga bobo talaga kayo kaya dti tayo umuunlad….dapat ang mga kagaya ninyo at di na magising……

      • batangsulpok

        Kabayan, bakit di mo subukan pumunta sa mga consulates at maglakad ng papeles?  Pag mag-copy, bayad ka sa copier nila, ipa-mail mo, ikaw pa ang magbigay ng sobre at stamp, cash lang ang bayad, di puwede ang ATM o credit card, ID picture, sa authorized photographer nila at hintay ka ng maghapon for signature o siguro may kilala ka sa DFA kaya ok lang saiyo.

  • micashan

    creme de la creme

  • boybakal

    9 of 594 pass foreign service exams – DFA….

    Cream of the Crop or Piling piling bungi.
    I like this career service exams, the best among the best.
    And yet, Presidential Appointees are easy road to become ambassador and consul.

  • Luthmar

    Whoaaaaaaaaaa, 9 out of 594?  Not a lot who passed the exam.  And they are mostly female.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

    I’m only familiar with LICAROS, Anna Theresa L. from the list. Wow! Definitely beauty+brains!

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • 22 houses destroyed, 3 hurt as violent wind storm hits village
  • 242 out of 438 pass board tests for chemical engineers
  • Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  • 5 OFWs from Negros quarantined for MERS-CoV tests
  • Release of village chief’s truck caught carrying illegal logs slammed
  • Sports

  • Jackson finds second wind to push Meralco past Rain or Shine
  • NLEX fights off Derulo Accelero to remain unbeaten
  • Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  • Power Pinays rip Singapore to enter quarters in Asian volley tilt
  • PBA D-League: Waves edge skidding Superchargers
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Arrest warrants out vs. Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, et al over serious illegal detention
  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Business

  • Oil prices to go up on supply concerns, optimism on US rebound
  • Century Pacific Food sets IPO price at P13.75 per share
  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • QC woman who flew in from Middle East tests negative for MERS-CoV
  • DFA, DOH urge OFWs not to panic over MERS-Cov
  • Balikatan could spoil peace talks, says militant group
  • DFA officers hold workshop on aiding human traffic victims
  • Canada in communication with PH on toxic wastes
  • Marketplace