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NV lawmakers okay medical scholarship for poor Novo Vizcayanos

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here has approved a medical scholarship program to help poor Novo Vizcayanos in pursuing medical courses to bridge the gap of medical professionals in the province. Photo from PLGU NV FB Page

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (PIA) - - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here has approved a  medical scholarship program  to help poor Novo Vizcayanos in pursuing medical courses to bridge the gap of medical professionals in the province.

Authored by Board Members Patricio Dumlao,Jr. and and co-authored respectively by Elma Pinao-an Lejao, the program is embodied in  the Medical Scholarship and Return Service Program ordinance, otherwise known as the 'Doktor ti Umili' (Doctor of the masses) Ordinance.

Dumlao said the ordinance will subsidize the board and  lodging, and allowances needed by poor but deserving students as they take their medical course.

“Poverty is an obstacle among the poor families in sending their children to pursue medical courses in various schools. This will ease their burden in supporting their children to take up medical courses later,” he said.

Dumlao said many poor families are now confronted with the huge expenses for medical courses despite the implementation of Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act and Republic Act No. 11509 or the “Doktor Para sa Bayan” Act.

He said the proposed ordinance will address the vacancies for physicians required to fill the manpower requirements of provincial government-managed hospitals in the province due to shortage of doctors in Nueva Vizcaya.

“This proposed ordinance will bridge the gap and further improve the delivery of basic  medical services to all Novo Vizcayanos with every medical scholar we support,” Dumlao said.

He cited that during the Senate hearing on the proposed bill for medical scholarship for aspiring Filipinos to fill the gap of physicians in the country, Senator Joel Villanueva, Chair of the Senate Committee on Labor said the country needs 79,589 more doctors to achieve the ideal ratio of 10 physicians for every 10,000 individuals.

The report further revealed that of the 84,662 licensed doctors in the country, only 28,428 are working as physicians. Some 65,234 other doctors either went abroad to work or are no longer practicing their profession.

It added that of the 28,000 practicing physicians, nearly half or 10,197 of them are located in Metro Manila while the remaining  are distributed in other parts of the country. (BME/PIA NVizcaya)   

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