The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) fully supports President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s initiative to strengthen the healthcare system capacity, and to build more specialty hospitals in other parts of the country, which he mentioned during his first state of the nation address (SONA).

One of the cornerstones of a strong healthcare system is the provision of competent and efficient medical professionals. We will exert all efforts to improve the welfare of our doctors, nurses, and other medical frontliners,” Marcos said.

“CHED is facilitating the production of  the critical manpower for the President’s plan to build specialty hospitals all over the country.  Through the Doktor Para sa Bayan Law, we have authorized the opening of “new” medical programs in seven (7) universities and recently lifted the 11 year old moratorium on the offering of new nursing programs in HEIs. These new medical and nursing programs will produce the additional doctors and nurses that will man these new hospitals four to five years from now,” said CHED Chairman Popoy De Vera.

There are now fifteen (15) public universities with free medical education under the Doktor para sa Bayan Law:

“We have corrected the historical injustice in Mindanao, where for a very long time, there was only one medical school – MSU Marawi. Now, students can study for free in the medical schools of Western Mindanao State University, MSU-General Santos, MSU-Marawi, USEP and USM,” De Vera said.

CHED has also entered into agreements with twelve (12) private HEIs so that their students who want to study for free, and serve the country, can become scholars.

“Beyond the pandemic’s issues, the need for a stronger health care system is self-evident. We must bring medical services to the people and not wait for them to come to our hospitals and healthcare centers,” Marcos said.

The CHED Commission En Banc (CEB) on July 12, 2022 officially lifted the moratorium on the offering of new nursing programs using a much-needed quality-guided approach.

The decision to lift the moratorium is a response to the current need for more nursing professionals to serve the country’s health care delivery system.

“CHED is ready to evaluate the applications for new nursing programs so we can start producing the critical health manpower needed to realize the vision of the President,” De Vera said.

(SIGNED)
J. PROSPERO E. DE VERA III, DPA
Chairman
Commission on Higher Education

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