Finally, the Bicol University College of Medicine will soon become a reality! An initial amount of 50 Million Pesos has been released to Bicol University by the national government thru the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the establishment of the said college.
Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Chairperson, and Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, BU President, signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to this effect on December 28, at CHED Manila.
The establishment of the College of Medicine has been Dr. Lauraya’s top priority since the start of her term, in response to the region’s call for quality and affordable health care and medical services for all Bicolanos. Hence, this call has found vigorous support from other champions of Albayanos, specifically Congressman Al Francis C. Bichara who introduced the bill in Congress in 2008 and Congressman Edcel C. Lagman who supported it, resulting in its inclusion in the 2010 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda then facilitated the release of the initial funding, this being in support of his vision of development directed towards promoting and protecting the value of human life – not only of Albayanos but of Bicolanos as well.
The Bicol University College of Medicine (BUCM) is a significant project that will help attain the millennium development goals and will lead to quality higher education. It shall offer a quality and affordable medical course, specifically Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), which is one of the region’s primary needs. Most importantly, it shall create impact on the regional economy through capability enhancement and effective learning, for globally competitive students with high-quality skills and competencies.
The Bicol University College of Medicine shall offer a four-year Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) course that will adopt the Medical School Curriculum prescribed by the Professional Regulating Body for the medical profession. “The program is designed to produce physicians who are equipped with knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to practice medicine, and the social responsibility to serve especially the poor and needy population of the region and the country.”
The construction of the College of Medicine Building shall commence in April 2012.
Bicol University, in its journey towards becoming an excellent university responsive to the needs of the community, shall continue to make impacts through its various scholarship engagements for the welfare of the community. (Viveth N. Gonzales/OP; Acknowledgment: (1) Project Proposal on the Establishment of the Bicol University College of Medicine)