TACLOBAN CITY – Samar State University (SSU) based in Catbalogan City has received approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to offer a medical program.
In a statement released on Tuesday (March 12), CHED chairman Prospero De Vera III announced the approval, marking SSU as the 20th state university and college (SUC) in the country to offer a medical course under the “Doktor Para sa Bayan” law or Republic Act No. 11509, enacted during the present administration.

De Vera emphasized that the approval of SSU’s medical program would enable “poor but deserving students” to pursue careers in medicine.

During his visit to SSU last month, De Vera pledged support for the university’s medical program, including grants for the procurement of necessary medical equipment for student laboratories.

Governor Sharee Ann Tan expressed her gratitude for the approval of SSU’s medical program, calling it a realization of a long-held dream to provide opportunities for aspiring doctors from the province.

“I have always believed in the talent and intellect of Samarnons. I am confident that we can produce home-grown doctors and specialists who are dedicated to serving their fellow Samarnons,” Tan stated.

She also acknowledged the assistance provided by medical professionals during the planning and feasibility study phases of the program’s development.

“As health is a top priority for my administration, you have my full support,” Tan assured.
Prior to offering the medical course, SSU already had a nursing program in place.