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College of Medicine in Benguet State University (BSU) now a reality

Photo courtesy || Congressman Eric Yap

Cordillera - Benguet State University (BSU) is now on its way of realizing the dream of establishing it College of Medicine after President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed into law House Bill No. 312 which seeks to establish College of Medicine at BSU.

The bill which is now a law (RA 11970) granted BSU to offer Doctor of Medicine program plus Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine Program that aims to develop corps of professional physicians and help strengthen the country's healthcare system, as well as to respond to the human resources development of the Province of Benguet and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

"Ganap na pong batas ang panukala nating House Bill No. 312, na ngayon ay RA 11970. As a newly-appointed legislative caretaker in 2020, isa sa pinuntahan natin agad ang BSU. And we knew right there and then na kailangan magkaroon tayo ng College of Medicine - para mas maraming mabigyan ng pagkakataon makapag-aral, mas maraming scholarships, mas maraming opportunity para mai-angat ng kabataan ang standard of living ng kanyang pamilya", Benguet Congressman Eric Yap who authored the law wrote on a FB post.

Yap said the budget for the construction of College of Medicine building was also included in the 2024 National budget.

"We also made sure to lobby for funds for the construction of a College of Medicine building,  for next year, at aprubado na rin po at kasama na sa National budget ito," Yap said

"When I first talk about this idea openly, ang dami nagsabi na "masarap pakinggan pero mahirap magawa yan". Pero marami rin ang na-excite at nagpasalamat agad na naisip nating gawing panukala ito. Next year, we will welcome the very first batch of College of Medicine students in our very own Benguet State University," he added.



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