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The provincial government of Palawan is reopening its scholarship program for students who are aspiring to become doctors and willing to serve in disadvantaged communities throughout the province.

In a statement, Aldrin Nepomuceno of the Programang Pang-Edukasyon Para sa Palaweño (PPP) through the Provincial Information Office (PIO), said 17 slots are open for application to students who are interested to take up medicine for the first semester of 2019-2020.

The screening interview for interested applicants will be on May 29 at Conference Room 2A of the Provincial Capitol at 9:00 AM on a “first come, first serve basis.”

“Ang mga aplikante ay kinakailangang nakapagpatala na sa unibersidad na kanilang pag-aaaralan at pumasa sa National Medical Admission Test (NMAT),” he said.

The PPP will also hold a re-orientation activity for its current medical scholars on the same day, he said.

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

“Bilang bahagi ng kasunduan, ang mga magsisipagtapos at ganap na maging doktor ay kinakailangang magbigay ng kanilang serbisyo sa lalawigan na katumbas ng haba ng panahon na sila ay nasa ilalim ng programa,” he pointed out.

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).

At present, the provincial government’s scholarship program is supporting 110 medical students.

Among the scholars who graduated through the medical scholarship program are Dr. Pennsylvania O. Baluyut, Dr. Joel Victor P. Rabanal, Dr. Daylara B. Silva, Dr. Harold Ian C. Iquin, Dr. Emmanuel D. Alfaro Jr., Dr. Ariane May G. Dacillo, and Dr. Shaiyna Nur O. Mangaccat.

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