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Bill On Medical Scholarship Program To Be Passed By House

MEDICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – The House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill on medical scholarship program.

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This is for college students who want to pursue a degree in medicine, according to a report on Inquirer.

Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, who is among the authors of House Bill No. 6756, said that the measure is the answer to the lack of doctors in rural areas, especially amid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It will open the opportunity for poor but deserving students to pursue a degree in medicine and serve their communities in the countryside,”

Rodriguez added that the measure would also be the answer to the lack of physicians in areas that ar hit by the pandemic since the recipients could be asked to serve in the said areas.

Under the said bill, an applicant for a medical scholarship and return service program should be the following:

  • must be a Filipino citizen
  • a graduate or graduating student of a prerequisite course for a doctor of medicine degree
  • must have passed the entrance examination and complied with other requirements in the state or private college or university where he or she intends to enroll.
  • must have passed the entrance examination and complied with other requirements in the state or private college or university where he or she intends to enroll.

The bill also said that at least one scholar must come from each town throughout the country. If no one is qualified in a particular town, another scholar could be selected from the neighboring municipality.

Based in the report, the bill also would oblige a graduate to serve in his or her town for at least four years. Refusal to do so would make the graduate return twice the amount the government spent for his or her medical degree.

The proposed financial assistance would also cover the following:

  • cover tuition and other school fees
  • allowance for books
  • equipment
  • supplies
  • dormitory
  • clothing and transportation
  • fees for internship and medical board review
  • and other related miscellaneous and living expenses

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