- Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto filed the first Senate bill in the 18th Congress
- The proposed measure aims to give scholarship grants to medical students
- However, only “deserving medical students” will enjoy the benefits
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III filed the first Senate bill in the 18th Congress.
KAMI learned that Senate Bill No. 1 aims to provide scholarship grants to aspiring doctors in state universities and colleges.
In a report by the GMA News (author Dona Magsino), “deserving medical students” will be given different benefits under the proposed measure.
Here are the proposed benefits for medical students:
- Tuition fees
- Laboratory and miscellaneous fees
- Required textbooks
- School supplies and equipment
- Clothing and uniform allowances
- Traveling expenses
- Board and lodging
- Subsistence and living allowances
Under the bill, the qualified students for the grant are those who passed the National Medical Admission Test and the medical school’s entrance exam, as well as those who have the insufficient family income to support medical education.
The incoming medical students must be part of the 20 percent of the graduating batch. They are also required to serve for the country for five years, two years of it should be rendered in a government hospital or medical facilities.
The goal of the bill is to increase the number of doctors most especially in rural areas.
In a previous report by KAMI, Sotto also filed a bill seeking to give 14th month pay to employees in the private sector.
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