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BU: First to offer dentistry in Bicol

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY --- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has approved Bicol University's (BU) proposal to offer a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program.

In a social media post, BU said that it is the first state university in Bicol to offer DMD course, and the third Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the country after the University of the Philippines Manila and West Visayas State University.

The DMD curriculum is a six-year program that consists of basic science, clinical science, and dental public health courses.

It also consists of six levels (Dentistry I to VI) from General Education in the first year, Basic Medical and Dental Sciences, Pre-Clinical subjects in the next three years, and Clinical Training in the last two years.

Remy Araneta-Mendones, a mother from Legazpi City, expressed gratitude to Bicol University for the new program.

CASH INCENTIVES. Undated photo shows Jovellar town Mayor Jorem Arcangel of Albay province speaking to one of his constituents who is asking for assistance in his office. He said on Wednesday (Aug. 2, 2023) that some 55 Cum laude and Summa Cum laude graduates in his town will receive a PHP5,000 cash incentive from the local government. (Photo from Municipio de Jovellar FB page)

“I am very thankful since my daughter is very interested in taking medical courses. It will save a lot of money if we can avail of the program. We don’t need to go outside the region. Thank you, BU,” Mendones said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Cum laude and Summa Cum laude graduates in Jovellar town, Albay province will receive a P5,000 cash incentive from the local government, Mayor Jorem Arcangel said.

The mayor said that 55 students from different schools in Albay who graduated this school year will receive the incentive.

“We started with few, then last year, 49, at present 55, every cum laude graduate in this town will have a P5,000 incentive,” Arcangel said.

He said the cash incentive will help motivate other students to pursue their studies and aim for honors.

“They can use the money to pay for some requirements for their application when they look for a job and for some who will take a licensure examination,” he said.

Arcangel said those who will claim their incentive must bring the original and photocopy of the certificate of recognition from their school. (PNA)


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