Lapu-Lapu City College to open nursing program if it has facilities

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THE Lapu-Lapu City College (LLCC) is contemplating on opening its own nursing program once it has the necessary facilities.

This was what Lapu-Lapu City Administrator Danilo Almendras, who also serves as one of LLCC’s trustees, said in an interview with SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

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

Almendras was reacting to the Commission on Higher Education’s (Ched) announcement that it had lifted its 11-year moratorium on new nursing programs in July.

Almendras said they are currently prioritizing the repairs of LLCC’s facilities that were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) last December.

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 health workers.

In a press conference on 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.

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