New doctors urged to serve nation

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THE Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, September 20, urged the new crop of doctors to serve the people by accepting posts in public hospitals and other government positions.

"Along with congratulating our new crop of doctors for their laudable accomplishment in passing the medical boards, I also encourage them to apply their talents to government service," DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement following the release of the September 2019 physician licensure examination.

"There is no better way to fulfill our oath as doctors than to serve our marginalized and underprivileged countrymen through public institutions," he added.

The Health chief said the potential entry of new doctors into the public health sector could not come at a better time as the government is set to implement the Universal Health Care law.

"Our excellent crop of newly minted doctors is a valuable asset in making Universal Health Care a reality for all Filipinos across the country,” Duque said.

Over 4,000 new doctors are now set to get their licenses, according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The PRC said a total of 4,006 out of the 4,716 examinees passed the examination given by the Board of Medicine earlier this month.

Topping the board examinations is Federico Adriano Peralta IV of the University of Santo Tomas (90.92%).

The PRC said registration for the issuance of professional identification card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done online at from September 23 to October 4.

However, successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals, added PRC. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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