The Cebu City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) once again commended and congratulated another MHAM graduate who ranked as this year’s 2nd placer in the March Physician Licensure Examination in a Resolution No. 14-1320-2018 during the SP Session held at the Cebu City Session Hall last March 20, 2018.
In a regular session attended by seventeen respective city councilors, a two-page resolution motioned by Hon. Sisinio M. Andales and seconded by Hon. Mary Ann C. de los Santos stated that the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Cebu has resolved to commend and congratulate Dr. Jay R. Orehuela from Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, Inc. for the exemplary and exceptional achievement in garnering the 2nd highest places of the recent PLE, making Cebu City proud.
The aforementioned resolution also commended MHAM through its President for the information and reference acquired. The attending city councilors were as follows: Presiding Officer, Vice Mayor Edgardo C. Labella; Presiding Officer Pro Tempore, Councilor David F. Tumulak; Majority Floor Leader, Councilor Margarita Osmeña; 1st Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Councilor Sisinio M. Andales; Assistant Minority Floor Leader, Councilor Raymond Alvin N. Garcia; Councilor Pastor M. Alcover Jr.; Councilor Alvin B. Arcilla; Councilor Jose C. Daluz III; Councilor Mary Ann C. de los Santos; Councilor Eugenio F. Gabuya Jr.; Councilor Joel C. Garganera; Councilor Jerry L. Guardo; Councilor Renato Z. Osmeña Jr.; Councilor Jocelyn G. Pesquera; Councilor Eduardo R. Rama Jr.; Councilor Joy Augustus G. Young; and Councilor Phillip S. Zafra as members.
In a recent interview with North District City Councilor, Atty. Sisinio M. Andales, he expressed his congratulatory remarks for the MHAM graduate who topped the recent PLE given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and for making Cebu City proud for having another board placer coming from a Cebu City institution.
“First of all I have to congratulate Dr. Jay Orehuela and it goes to show that MHAM is well-managed that can really produce topnotchers for four years in a row as far as Medicine is concerned”, Andales said.
The 68-year old city councilor and practicing lawyer also divulged that Councilor Mary Ann Delos Santos has a proposed amendment to include all who graduated from Cebu City-based schools even if they are not residents or voters of Cebu City to receive cash incentives.
In 2014, the City Council has approved an ordinance granting cash incentive of up to Php100,000 to Cebu City resident-topnotchers who make it to the top 10 list of passers of licensure examinations.
The said ordinance also covers Cebu City residents who finish from outside-Cebu City schools and must be a registered voter of Cebu City. The topnotcher should be a native Cebuano or a descendant of a Cebuano and has no criminal record involving moral vileness that defames the image of Cebu City before the examination takes place.
As approved, the 1st placers in the Physician Licensure Examination and the Bar exam will receive Php100,000; 2nd to 5th placers will get Php50,000; and Php20,000 for the 6th to 10th placers, respectively.
Aimed to inspire graduates to strive harder to become one of Cebu’s best making it to the top 10, the topnotchers’ incentive ordinance was authored by Councilors Mary Ann Delos Santos and Nendell Hanz Abella. Under the cash incentive system, the 1st placer will receive Php50,000 in PRC licensure examinations; Php25,000 for the 2nd to 5th placers; and Php15,000 for the 6th to 10th placers.
Should the proposed amendment rooted from its good intentions be approved, the qualified graduates coming from Cebu City schools but are non-Cebuano residents nor Cebu City voters will soon be given recognition with cash incentives to avoid discrimination.
“This achievement is very significant especially that MHAM has separated from Southwestern and we are proud that we have a topnotcher in the Medicine board exam coming from Cebu City”, he concluded.
A Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK) member, Andales has proposed and enacted several ordinances for the welfare of the recipients in Cebu City.
Exactly a year ago, it was MHAM alumna-topnotcher Dr. Maude S. Tabigue who was duly acknowledged and honored by City Councilors for making Cebu City proud as she placed on the 4th highest places in the March 2017 PLE and a lone board placer in Central Visayas.
Over the years, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cebu City has recognizes several meritorious achievements with cash incentives to board placers given by the Professional Regulation Commission as well as the bar examinations by the Supreme Court, bringing pride and honor not only to the city but to their family as well.
MHAM and Cebu’s pride, Dr. Jay R. Orehuela, finished Doctor of Medicine as Magna Cum Laude. A full scholar recipient under the founders’ scholarship grant, this year’s 2nd placer with a rating of 88.00% is set to receive recognition by the City Council during the next session to be held at the Cebu City Session Hall together with the MHAM team. (Ana Liza Abao)