MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has approved seven legislative measures that strengthen the capabilities of at least seven higher education institutions (HEIs) in various provinces throughout the country.
On Thursday, December 28, Malacañang announced that President Marcos had officially signed seven legislative measures, the Republic Act Nos.11968, 11969, 11970, 11971, 11972, 11973, and 11974 on December 20.
Under Republic Act (RA) No. 11968, President Marcos granted the conversion of the San Isidro Satellite campus of the Leyte Normal University (LNU) in San Isidro, Leyte to a regular campus, which will be referred to as the “LNU-San Isidro Campus.”
He also signed into law RA No. 11969, converting the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU)-Bagac Extension Campus in Bagac, Bataan to a regular campus that will be known as “BPSU-Bagac Campus.”
The President also signed laws which established Colleges of Medicine such as the Benguet State University-College of Medicine (RA 11970) in La Trinidad, Benguet, and Southern Luzon State University-College of Medicine (RA 11971) in Lucban, Quezon.
The chief executive also signed into law RA No. 11972, which established the University of Eastern Philippines-College of Medicine in Catarman, Northern Samar and RA No. 11974, the Visayas State University-College of Medicine in Baybay, Leyte.
Under the newly created laws, the HEIs can now proceed with offering a Doctor of Medicine Program, including an Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine Program to develop a corps of professional physicians and help strengthen the country’s healthcare system.
The laws also aim to respond to the human resource development needs of their respective provinces.
The President mentioned that with the enactment of the newly established laws, the universities are now authorized to initiate a Doctor of Medicine Program, which includes an Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine Program. This initiative aims to cultivate a cadre of skilled physicians and contribute to fortifying the nation’s healthcare system.
Additionally, Marcos highlighted that the colleges are obligated to engage in research and extension services while assuming a forward-looking role in these domains.
Meanwhile, the President also signed into law RA No. 11973, which established the Bicol University-College of Veterinary Medicine in Ligao City, Albay to produce a corps of professional veterinary physicians who are adept in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control of animal diseases, including terrestrial and aquatic animals.