Issue of August 5, 2018
Mt. Province

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Benguet fills up 13 slots for medical scholarship program
by Ofelia C. Empian

Two slots are still left to be filled by two municipalities of Benguet to complete the first batch of the scholars for doctors of medicine course to be funded by the provincial government.

Board Member Juan Nazarro Jr., who authored the “Study Now Pay Later” program (SNPLP) for those wanting to take up Doctor of Medicine, said that most municipalities in the province have filled up the slots except for Tublay and Kibungan.

In the ordinance, there should be at least one grantee per year per municipality.

Each grantee will receive P12,000 per school year, provided that the scholar obtains passing grades in all subjects.

They will also receive P6,000 each as allowance.

Earlier, the province earmarked P8.5 million to start the program.

To qualify, applicants must be a Filipino citizen and born and a resident of Benguet since birth as certified by the punong barangay where they reside.

The applicant must also be of good moral character and attended and completed their primary and secondary schooling within the province or in Baguio City.

The grantees and their parents must also be registered voters in the province and must have voted in the last national elections.

The applicants should have finished any related four-year course and have passed the national medical admission test, and must be enrolled in any medical school in Luzon.

The ordinance shall provide one grantee per year and per municipality under the general fund of each year.

The provisions of the ordinance shall be in consonance with the Republic Act 8545 or the Expanded Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Act where students under the SNPLP shall pay the loan granted two years after the student has acquired employment. “However that interest at the rate of not more than six percent per annum shall accrue to the balance thereof,” it stated.

“If he/she has not acquired gainful employment, then the period of two years does not even begin to run,” the ordinance stated. 

Interested applicants may inquire at the Office of the Provincial Governor for more details.

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