Benguet okays ‘Study now, Pay later’

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

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.

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