The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Cagayan de Oro City campus will soon offer medical courses. This after the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education endorsed House Bill No. 8123 which seeks to establish the USTP College of Medicine. The said bill is authored by Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and will soon be taken up and approved in plenary.
In a statement, Rep. Rodriguez said “the USTP College of Medicine will give students from Region 10 another high-quality medical school, especially those deserving and qualified students who do not have the financial resources to go to private schools. A college of medicine in the USTP will provide excellent medical education and training to potential doctors. This will also address the shortage of physicians in the region.”
He said his bill, if approved by Congress, would complement Republic Act No. 11509, or the Doktor Para Sa Bayan Act, which establishes a medical scholarship and return service program for deserving students.
Read full text of HB 8123 below.