The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) will soon start accepting the pioneering applicants for its College of Medicine set to open in August this year. This was disclosed by Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez, a member of the USTP Board of Regents, during a meeting last Monday with school officials regarding its plans, programs, curriculum, and budget of the new college.

In his official Facebook page, DS Rodriguez stated that USTP College of Medicine will be opened to all applicants who will have to pass an entrance exam. The tuition will be socialized: admitted students who come from low-income families will pay low tuition while higher-income families will pay higher graduated tuition.

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Further, as a public university, there will be a quota for poor but deserving students who will be admitted free from tuition and fees. Also, those admitted under the Doktor ng Bayan Act will be free from tuition and other fees.

Present during the meeting with DS Rodriguez were Dr. Maria Elena L. Paulma, VPAA; Dr Vanessa V. Ascaño, VP FPD; Dr. Mitchel Dennis B. Gonzalez, Dean, College of Medicine; and Dr. Joanne M. Antolin, Chairperson, Curriculum Committee.

Authored by Rep. Rodriguez, House Bill 9522 which establishes the College of Medicine at USTP was approved by Congress last August 3, 2021 and is still pending for Senate’s approval. While hurdling the legislative procedures, USTP has applied its requirements with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last year to facilitate the opening this year.

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