ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Ministry of Health (MoH) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) announced that it has allotted P14.354 million to fund scholarships grants to residents of the region who graduated from a pre-medical course and are seeking to pursue a medical course starting August this year.
MoH Minister Dr. Bashary Latiph said that they have partnered with University of Southern Mindanao (USM) to formally kick off the Bangsamoro Medical Scholarship Program in the university last Monday.
Latiph signed a memorandum of agreement with USM president Francisco Gil Garcia, PhD in Kabacan, North Cotabato.
The minister disclosed that the scholarship will cover 100 percent of all expenses which include school tuition fees, miscellaneous fees, monthly allowance, book allowance, uniforms, laboratory fees and other expenses.
“This memorandum of agreement was the first step towards the realization of more healthcare professionals, especially doctors, for BARMM and Region 12,” Latiph said.
He added that the scholarship was a milestone as it intensifies efforts to attain optimum healthcare service to the people of BARMM.
A total of 30 students will be enrolled as scholars in USM, while Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City will have 15 medical scholars and the Brokenshire College in Davao City having six scholars.
The medical scholarship is also seen to help in addressing the distribution of medical doctors by producing doctors who will serve their communities.
“After their graduation, and when they pass the board exam, they will serve the Bangsamoro,” Latiph said.
The scholarship is open to BARMM residents, especially those health professionals who are serving in government health offices, children and dependent of BARMM employees, barangay health workers, traditional birth attendants and families of Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants, current medical students who intend to avail of the program this year, and those who have not been granted with scholarship program before.