Lapu-Lapu City College to offer nursing program once ready; repairs of facilities ongoing

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THE Lapu-Lapu City College (LLCC) will prioritize the repairs of its facilities that were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021.

This was what Lapu-Lapu City Administrator Danilo Almendras, who also serves as one of the LLCC board of trustees, told SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, when asked whether they have applied or will apply and offer additional courses, particularly the nursing programs now that the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) has lifted the moratorium that prevents colleges and universities from opening such programs.

"We did not apply for nursing kay di pa makaya sa among facilities," said Almendras.

The board of trustees, however, said they are planning to offer a nursing program once their facilities are capable of handling such.

Ched earlier lifted the moratorium that prevents colleges and universities from opening nursing programs due to the rising needs for health workers amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Ched chairperson Prospero de Vera III said they decided to lift the moratorium, which was issued in September 2010 due to the “oversupply” of nursing graduates and the quality of their education, after a thorough review and study amid calls for lack of health workers.

In a press conference of July 12, de Vera said the country is in need of 20,265 nurses based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals requirement.

De Vera said higher education institutions can now apply and comply with the requirements to open undergraduate nursing programs. (MKG)

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