Midwifery is the branch of health and Science that deals with childbirth and pregnancy; did you know that the Department of Health (DOH) is currently accepting scholars for their midwifery program?
Yes, the DOH midwifery scholarship program was made to support and to see a decrease in the neonatal morbidity as well as the mortality rate of childbirth to produce skilled and more capable and competent midwives.
With the DOH midwifery scholarship program, individuals who seek to be a part of the program now have the chance to become one.
What is the DOH midwifery program?
This program offered by the DOH is a two (2) year midwifery scholarship program that is given and granted to applicants who are proven to be qualified. In relation to this, all applicants will be given the chance to apply to schools which have midwifery courses.
The DOH midwifery scholarship program is seen and is expected to produce midwives who are graduates and will be deployed as Rural Health Midwives (RHMs) in areas where there is the need for midwives; and this will be dictated by the DOH themselves.
So if you are in any way interested with the DOH’s MSP, you’re just where you need to be. In this article, we will be discussing the qualifications, the documentary requirements, as well as the procedure on how you can apply for the DOH midwifery scholarship program.
DOH midwifery program qualifications
Similar to other scholarship grants in the country, the DOH’s MSP requires individuals to at least meet the qualifications they’re asking for. Here are the qualifications individuals need to meet:
- Must be at least fifteen (15) to thirty-five (35) years old
- Not required but must preferably be child/children/or grandchildren of:
- Indigenous People
- Barangay Health Worker (BHW)
- Traditional Birth Attendant
- Government Healthcare Worker
- Must at least be a high school graduate with a weighted average of 80 percent and above
- Combined gross family income of just P50,000 per month of P600,000 per year or lower
- Should have a height of at least five (5) feet tall; thumb-to-middle finger span of six (6) inches or more;
- Must have no more than one (1) year of college education
Akin to other scholarship grants, the DOH midwifery scholarship program also boasts its benefits, making itself more appealing to individuals who are interested. The following benefits of the DOH’s MSP include:
- Monthly Lodging Subsidy
- Monthly Living Subsidy
- Semestral Book Allowance
- Uniform Allowance
- Monthly Transportation Allowance
- Annual PhilHealth Insurance
In addition to that, partner midwifery schools of the DOH also will provide a package that would include payments for the scholars which include:
- School Uniforms
- Tuition Fees (Other Matriculation Fees)
- Duty Kit
- Board Review and Material Fees
- Affiliation and Transportation Fees
- Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Examination and Registration Fees
DOH midwifery partner schools
The following are the partner schools of the DOH in their midwifery scholarship program:
- Tecarro College Foundation, Inc. Davao City (in the Mindanao Region)
- University of the Philippines (UP) Manila School of Health Sciences (UPMSHS) Palo, Leyte (in the Visayas Region)
- Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital – School of Midiwifery (DJFMHSM), Lope de Vega St., Sta. Cruz Manila (in the NCR region)
- Naga College Foundation, Inc., Naga City (Luzon Region)
How can interested applicants apply?
Should you bear interest in the DOH midwifery scholarship program, and you pass and meet all the qualifications they’re asking for, here’s the step-by-step process on how you can apply for the DOH MSP.
But before that, here are the documentation requirements applicants need to prepare before they apply:
- Duly accomplished MSPP Application Form (available upon their request in the partner midwifery school)
- High School Report card – Form 138 (original and photocopy; or Transcript of Records (ToR))
- High School Diploma (original and photocopy)
- Passport-sized photo with name (three copies)
- Certificate of Good Moral Character (photocopy only)
- Long brown envelope
NOTE: Ensure that all of these documents are brought during the entrance examination. Make sure that you have all necessary documents to avoid going back and forth. Nevertheless, here’s the process on how interested applicants can apply:
- All applicants are required to directly apply to the DOH partner school of their choice. The applicant must be willing to undergo screening and selection process as defined by the partner school of choice for the admission to the program.
- After so, the partner school will endorse the list of scholarship applicants to the DOH Regional Office (RO) within the region for validation and evaluation.
- The RO shall endorse the results of their evaluation with the recommendation to the Health Human Resources Development Bureau (HHRDB); still for approval by the Pre-Service Scholarship Program Management Committee.
- The HHRDB shall then endorse the list of accepted or approved scholars to the ROs. They’ll then coordinate with the partner schools to facilitate the enrollment of scholars.
- Partner schools shall coordinate and notify the applicants on the status of their application. Accepted scholars shall be enrolled accordingly. Moreover, the partner school must submit the enrolled scholars to the ROs for their documentation; and
- The RO must endorse the list of scholars to the HHRDB for the issuance of the Department Personnel Order (DPO).
The DOH midwifery scholarship program started back on 2018, when the Department of Health Executive Committee approved the DOH Resolution No. 112-232 series of 2007. The goal was to adopt or implement both the Deployment Program and the Rural Health Midwife (RHM) Scholarship Program on the 11th of February 2008.
Should you require more information about the DOH midwifery scholarship program, you can contact the MSPP Secretariat by dialing (02) 743-1776 or by visiting the DOH-HHRDB at:
2nd Floor, Bldg. 12-A, San Lazaro Compound
Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines
Look for Dr. Josephine H. Hipolito or Ms. Winselle Joy C. Manalo. Alternatively, you can also reach them via email by sending them a query at [email protected]
So for all aspiring midwives who need financial assistance, the DOH is open in giving you a chance to become a scholar for the DOH midwifery scholarship program. You can find everything you need to know about the program here!
Should you have any requests, concerns, or inquiries, you can direct it by dialing the hotlines or by sending them a quick email. You can also check out more information about the DOH midwifery scholarship program here!
What are you waiting for? Become one of the few lucky scholars of the DOH’s MSP! All you need is to meet the requirements they’re asking for – no extra or special things required! Should you have questions, inquiries, or concerns, don’t waste time and contact the relevant branch of the DOH for all of what you need answered now!