The Committee on Higher Technical Education (CHTE) chaired by Baguio Representative Mark Go has approved the proposed establishment of the College of Medicine at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) at the committee level.
CHTE Chairperson and Baguio Representative Mark Go during the CHTE deliberation via Zoom
House Bill 8123 – Establishing the College of Medicine in the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Cagayan De Oro City providing for its governance, is sponsored by Deputy Speaker and Cagayan de Oro 2nd district representative Rufus B. Rodriguez. USTP System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II and USTP CDO Chancellor Atty. Dionel O. Albina answered the questions from the members of the committee during its deliberation via Zoom. HB 8123 was approved subject to style and amendments in the submission of necessary requirements set by the Commission on Higher Education.
University System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, CHED Region 10 Director Raul C. Alvarez Jr. and USTP CDO Chancellor Atty. Dionel O. Albina answer questions raised by the committee members
USTP stood firm on the establishment of the College of Medicine to allow financially challenged but deserving students access to quality education and answer the need for more healthcare professionals.
One of the major campuses of USTP is strategically located in Cagayan de Oro, the gateway of Northern Mindanao. USTP has also a tradition of excellence in innovation and the leader in Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and Agriculture with its existence of its Centers of Excellence and Development.
The proposed College of Medicine will cater to students not just in Cagayan de Oro but throughout the region.
HB 8123 was also supported by the Commission on Higher Education. In Region 10, there are three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that are offering courses for medicine. Two of these are private schools and one state university.
HB 8123 will be forwarded to the Committee on Appropriations and to the Committee on Ways and Means before it reaches the plenary in Congress.
PJ V. dela Peña, USTP System Strategic Communication Office