Aurora Hailed as Next Health Hub

from abs-cbn interactive by Manny Galvez. Philippine Star:

BALER – Officials of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila have unveiled plans of setting up a satellite campus of its School of Health Sciences (SHS) in this capital town in a move seen to convert the province, situated 232 kms. north of Manila, into a health hub in northeastern Luzon and at the same time solve the dearth of health professionals in the countryside owing to the mass exodus of doctors and nurses for greener pastures abroad.

The proposed UPSHS-Baler campus, which will open in July 2008, will be the first UP specialized school on health in Luzon and is expected to cater to the health needs of people in the province and in the adjacent provinces of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.

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Aurora hailed as next health hub

By MANNY GALVEZ
The Philippine Star

BALER – Officials of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila have unveiled plans of setting up a satellite campus of its School of Health Sciences (SHS) in this capital town in a move seen to convert the province, situated 232 kms. north of Manila, into a health hub in northeastern Luzon and at the same time solve the dearth of health professionals in the countryside owing to the mass exodus of doctors and nurses for greener pastures abroad.

The proposed UPSHS-Baler campus, which will open in July 2008, will be the first UP specialized school on health in Luzon and is expected to cater to the health needs of people in the province and in the adjacent provinces of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.

The proposal was presented by UP-Manila officials before Sen. Edgardo Angara, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara and municipal mayors from Aurora during a Power Point presentation at the provincial Capitol here recently.

Dr. Ramon Arcadio, UP-Manila chancellor, said the satellite campus, which will have an initial outlay of P15 million, will train students into becoming health workers who would later render health service in the province and in the neighboring areas suffering from health manpower.

Each student will avail of free tuition fees which would be shouldered by the local government units (LGUs) and the community. Aside from free tuition, the beneficiary student will be provided with living subsidy, book and transporation allowance and uniforms worth around P24,000 yearly.

Senator Angara, who convinced the UP administration to set up the specialized health school, said the UPSHS offers a curriculum which is unique and is now being replicated in other Third World countries such as South Africa.He said the program is community sponsored and the people in its impact zone from the LGUs and barangay people have a stake in the slection of scholars.

“What makes this health program of UP-Manila unique and special is that the student scholar is bound by a social contract where he is required to go back to his community and render health service, thus, applying the knowledge he gained from the program,” said Angara, a former UP president.

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9 thoughts on “Aurora Hailed as Next Health Hub”

  1. How great! Ituloy na iyan at ayusin ang kalsada! Malay niyo, maging center of education in northeastern luzon ang Baler. Good job Senator.

  2. wow galing naman…at least di na kelangan ng mga taga aurora na mag aral ng health sciences courses sa manila or sa nueva ecija at ang mas maganda its community based…sayang nga lang at di ko na to maeenjoy….pagraduate nako ng medical technology…but I hope na mag offer din sila ng Doctor of Medicine para matugunan ang health crisis ng mga far flung communities…..and ofcourse mkapag pursue din ang mga pre med tulad ko ng medicine….

  3. so ano pang hinihintay n’yo apply na!!! magandang opportunity to sa atin mga kabalen. thank you for that meaningful mind ha!!! i salute you with pride!!!!!makiipid lang ako ha hi!!! nga pala d’yan sa Querijero family dy’an sa san jose, san luis aurora mabuhay sa inyong lahat dy’an for life!!!!! nak’s naman*** pateh!!!

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