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Engr. Carl John Gemarino’s road to licensure

By Rina Cruz

Engr. Carl John Gemarino, who has been working as an Estimator at Davao Depot Operations since April 2023, recently became a licensed Civil Engineer. He took the licensure examination on November 16 to 17 at University of Mindanao – Matina, his alma mater. The official results were released by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) on November 25.

According to Engr. Carl, his first attempt to take the licensure exam was last April but due to incomplete requirements, he was unable to proceed. His successful attempt was in the recent November schedule. He started a self-review in August while facing challenges due to workload demands. 


“Hindi ako prepared sa exam kaya kinabahan ako dahil baka sobrang hirap nito at wala talaga akong masagot. Sa unang araw ay marami-rami naman ang nasagot ko pero ‘di pa rin talaga sapat lahat ng sure answers ko. Pagdating sa pangalawang araw kung saan major subject na talaga ay doon na ako nahirapan. Less than 30% lang ang sure answers ko. Sa katunayan ay sobrang aga kong natapos kasi wala na talaga akong masagot. Pero sapat na sa akin yun kasi hindi nga talaga ako nag-eexpect na papasa.… Ito ang advice ko lalo na sa mga solo or walang kasabay sa pagrereview. Tulad ng lahat ng sinasabi ng iba, ay pag-aralan ng mabuti ang basic concepts. At saka ‘wag ipilit na i-apply sa sarili ang study habits ng mga pumasa or mga nag-top. Tandaan natin na iba-iba tayo ng capability sa pag-absorb ng information,” Engr. Carl shared.

Engr. Carl earned a double degree by completing both BS Information Technology and BS Civil Engineering. Initially, he pursued BS Information Technology and graduated in 2015. During the same year, he enrolled in BS Civil Engineering and completed it this year. He shared that his dream course was the former but due to some unforeseen circumstances before entering college, choosing a less expensive course was more practical. Fortunately, upon graduation from his first degree, his family gained the capability to send him again to school to pursue his dream course.


Engr. Carl extended his gratitude to his family, friends, classmates and DDO colleagues for the support and trust they have given him during this journey. He added, “Life is a continuous learning process and the struggles did not end with the licensure exam because there is still so much to be learned.”


Congratulations on unlocking a new achievement, Engr. Carl!

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