TOP 10 PASSERS: 2016 Principals' Test results April 2017 NQESH out

MANILA, Philippines - The 2016 Principals' Test results together with the list of topnotchers or top passers are available on this page as released online on Friday, October 13, or in 6 months after the exam. The examination was conducted on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

TOP PASSERS: 2016 Principals' Test results April 2017 NQESH

The 2016 Principals' Test formerly known as National Qualifying Examination for School Heads (NQESH) was administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) in 18 regions nationwide, corresponding to at least 26 exam centers.


Only 388 successfully hurdled the examinations, DepEd Memorandum 145, s. 2017 stated.

Christian N. Sango of Region XI topped the passers of the 2016 Principals' Test.

It was followed by Benedick N. Damaso of Region III and Jerome O. Ramirez from Region VII, tied on Rank 2 and 3.

Here's list of top 10 passers, courtesy of DepEd-NEAP:

Christian N. Sango XI 1
Benedick N. Damaso III 2-3
Jerome O. Ramirez VII 2-3
Roderick R. Mendiola NCR 4
Diana Flor D. Eco VIII 5-6
Ryan R. Tiu VIII 5-6
Marylou V. Argamosa V 7-10
Ma. Checilia S. Bagsic III 7-10
Alvin A. Eleydo II 7-10
Rosemarie J. Llaneta V 7-10

Meanwhile, Roderick R. Mendiola from the National Capital Region (NCR) ranked fourth.

Meanwhile, here's the breakdown of passers per region.

Region Number of Passers
I (Ilocos Region) 32
II (Cagayan Valley Region) 21
III (Central Luzon Region) 52
V (Bicol Region) 28
National Capital Region (NCR) 15
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) 11
VI (Western Visayas Region) 20
VII (Central Visayas Region) 23
VIII (Eastern Visayas Region) 32
IX (Western Mindanao Region) 13
X (Northern Mindanao Region) 12
XI (Southern Mindanao Region) 21
XII (Central Mindanao Region) 10
Negros Island Region (NIR) 23

The list of topnotchers for the April 2017 exam include those who have scored over 90% overall rating.


In the October 2015 exam, 2,195 out of more than 19,000 takers passed the Principals' Test. Results were released online in less than 3 months after the exam.

Erwin John Santos (Region 3) and Garry Vacunawa (Region 8) garnered 186 points or 93% overall rating to ace the test.

Sharon Angupa from Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) ranked second with 185 points or 92.5% rating.


The administration of the test is DepEd's mechanism to select school heads in the public education sector - a qualifying process for interested applicants to Principal I positions. It is being implemented in coordination with the Schools Divisions Offices (DOs) through the Regional Offices (ROs).

Examination is originally scheduled on November 6, 2016 but was rescheduled to December 18, 2016 and later to April 2017 due to administrative constraints in the procurement of test materials and other issues.


"Beginning 2018, Principals' test applicants shall only be allowed to take the examination for three consecutive times. Applicants who did not pass consecutively in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 shall undergo a specialized preparatory course before they will be allowed to apply again," Paragraph No. 7 of DepEd memorandum No. 80, series 2016 stated.

Monitor this page for the relevant and #original updates coming from DepEd/NEAP. For several years, The Summit Express is among the trusted websites delivering reliable content for the Principals' Test.

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