/ 19 October 2020

QUEZON 4th District Rep. Angelina Tan filed a bill that seeks to establish a medical school in the Southern Luzon State University main campus in Lucban, Quezon.

In filing House Bill 7857 or the proposed Southern Luzon State University College of Medicine Act, Tan said that the establishment of a medical school in the university will help meet the target number of doctors the nation needs.

Tan said the university’s charter allows it to offer graduate, undergraduate and short-term technical courses in the fields of allied medicine, education, engineering, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment, arts and sciences, accountancy, cooperative, business and entrepreneurship, technology and other courses.

“The bill serves as a complementary policy to strengthen the existing and future medical scholarship programs of the government that seek to create a steadily expanding pool of medical doctors,” the lawmaker said.

This, she added, would “enable the government to deliver timely, adequate, competent and affordable medical and health care services to the people, especially the poor.”

The measure will also ensure the formulation and implementation of a National Health Human Resource Master Plan that will provide policies and strategies for the appropriate generation, recruitment, retraining, regulation and reassessment of health workforce based on population health needs.