46 individuals avail medical scholarship program in S. Leyte, 7 doctors among them

MAASIN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) -- Since the start of its implementation in 2015, the medical scholarship program in the province of Southern Leyte has churned out seven (7) physicians now serving at the provincial hospital and other hospitals elsewhere managed by the provincial government.

As of the present school year, there are now 46 active scholars, including the 7 already licensed doctors, taking up medicine in various levels at different medical schools in Cebu and Tacloban, Sil Toledo, head of hospital economic enterprise board (HEEB), reported.

They came from 16 out of 18 municipalities and city of the province, with Maasin City topping the list at 20 scholars, followed by Sogod at six (6), Liloan and San Ricardo at three (3) each, San Juan and San Francisco at two (2) each, and one (1) scholar each coming from the towns of Macrohon, Malitbog, Bontoc, Libagon, Hinunangan, Anahawan, Limasawa, Tomas Oppus, Silago, and Pintuyan.

Only three towns left with no scholars, namely, Padre Burgos, Saint Bernard, and Hinundayan, but sooner or later they will have at least one each, a hopeful Toledo said during last week’s media briefing/kapihan sa PIA forum.

Started during the time when incumbent Congressman Roger Mercado was still the governor, the medical scholarship program was meant to answer the lack of doctors serving the various health facilities of the province.

It was continued by Gov. Damian Mercado, now on his second term as governor, with an annual budget of P10 million.

Meanwhile, the seven practicing physicians will serve two years for every year of being a scholar based on the agreement they signed, and as per committee on return on service program, Toledo said. 

In an additional information sent by email, it was learned that four (4)  of the new doctors came from Maasin, the other three (3) from San Ricardo.

Residents of Maasin are Dr. John Lesgard Gonzalez, from barangay Mantahan; Dr. Regina Valdez, Ibarra; Dr. Reggie Niko Flores, Tagnipa; and Dr. Paula Elisha Cutamora, Guadalupe.

From San Ricardo are Dr. Lanie Mae Golde; Dr. Steve Aldrich Guias, of barangay San Ramon; and Dr, Lester Clerigo, of barangay Inolinan.  (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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