Benguet okays ‘Study now, Pay later’
THE STUDY Now, Pay Later program for medical students will soon be implemented in the province of Benguet.
Authored by Board Member Juan Nazarro Jr., the proposal entitled “An ordinance providing study now pay later program for Doctor of Medicine and other medical related courses needed in the province of Benguet” was recently approved.
Provincial Administrator Attorney Noel Ngolob said they are now waiting for the approval of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the program.
"We have three applications of the study now, pay later programs. Once the IRR is finalized, we can start accepting applications,” said Ngolob.
The provincial administrator added Benguet has initially allotted P2 million for the program this year. Only five students will be the initial beneficiary of the program that will get P200,000 each per semester. Additional P3.4 M funding will be added in the succeeding years once all towns in the province have one medical student scholar.
The ordinance was crafted due to the lack of medical practitioners in the province citing lack of financial capacity
pursue Doctor of Medicine.
Included in the program, aside from tuition and miscellaneous fees are book allowances depending on the school enrolled and subject to the availability of funds.
Applicants must be a Filipino citizen born in the Benguet certified by the punong barangay where the applicant resides and must be of good moral character.
The applicant must have attended and completed his elementary education up to high school in the province or in the City of Baguio provided that he is residing in one of the barangay of the province.
Parents, including the applicant must also be a registered voter in the province and must have voted in the last national election.
The applicant must not be more than 35 – years - old at the time of the application. For the Doctor of Medicine, applicant must finished any related four year courses to be able to pursue his study on Doctor of Medicine in any medical school in Luzon and must have passed the National Medical Admission Test.