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 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.

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  • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

  • The Overlord

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

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