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Twelve medical scholars of the provincial government who recently passed the physician licensure examination have joined the fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic in different hospitals in Palawan.

In a statement released by the Provincial Information Office (PIO), it said the 12 doctors are from the first and second batch of their medical scholars who passed the 2018 and 2019 licensure examinations.

I-HELP Education Program executive assistant IV Marivic B. Baaco said that there are four doctors assigned in Rizal District Hospital, five in Bataraza District Hospital and one each doctor for Aborlan Medicare Hospital, Taytay Hospital, and Narra Municipal Hospital.

She said the other doctors are getting their specialization.

“Ang mga doktor ay kinakailangang maglingkod muna sa mga provincial government of Palawan hospitals bilang return of service na kanilang nilagdaan sa kasunduan bago pa sila pormal na maging iskolar ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. Depende naman sa kanila kung ire-renew pa nila ang kanilang mga kontrata kapag matapos ang kanilang return of service,” Baaco said.

Under the scholarship program, the provincial government will provide P70,000 to each qualified scholar for the payment of his/her tuition fee every semester.

The move is in response to the need for more doctors in hospitals that the provincial government established in municipalities with the Department of Health (DOH).

Aside from these, the 13 scholars who graduated last year are currently preparing for the examination.

Palawan currently has 94 medical scholars.