LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Rep. Eric Yap is pushing for the expansion of the offering of the nursing and other allied health courses to the Buguias and Bokod campuses of the State-run Benguet State University (BSU) to make the said courses accessible to interested students.
Speaking during the charter anniversary program of the institution, Yap pointed out the need to make education accessible to students from remote areas not only of the province but also in other neighboring localities so that they will be able to achieve their dreams and aspirations to become productive citizens who will be able to contribute in uplifting the living condition of their families and local economic growth.
He claimed that based on studies, the cost of living for students to take up nursing or other allied health service courses in BSU’s main campus in this capital town is too costly because of the need to spent for their board and lodging among other important expenses compared to making the course available in the said campuses to lessen the burden on the part of the students and their families.
The lawmaker rallied the BSU administration and the members of the Board of Regents to make the offering of the nursing and other halide health service courses in the Buguias and Bokod campuses of the institution so that interested students from the said Buguias and Bokod and other neighboring areas will be able to take up the course with the least possible expense.
According to him, education remains to be a powerful tool of the youth for them to be able to excel in their chosen fields of profession and become productive citizens in the future so that they will be able to contribute in elevating to a higher level the living condition of their families.
He underscored the importance of equipping the youth with the appropriate skills and knowledge which they will be able to wisely use to combat the difficulties of life so that their children’s children will not be able to experience the hardships that they had encountered in charting their journey to success amidst the fast changing times.
Yap emphasized the need for BSU to continue working on the expansion of the offering of various degree courses in the institution’s Buguias and Bokod campuses so that interested students who cannot afford to pursue their studies in the main campus will be able to take up their desired courses in the said campuses considering the accessibility of the school to their homes.
Earlier, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. signed into law Republic Act (RA) 11970 that mandated the opening of the College of Medicine at BUS which was an offshoot of the bill filed by Rep. Yap in the House of Representatives for the offering of the medical course in the state university.
BSU will be accepting some 60 qualified students in time for the offering of the medical course by August this year before increasing the same in the coming school year depending on the pace of the implementation of the required infrastructure to support the same in the future.
Nursing and other allied health service courses are among the degree courses preferred by students because of the opportunity for them to work overseas and a chance to earn income or even migrate to other countries. By Dexter A. See