MIDWIFERY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OF THE PHILIPPINES (MSPP)

Are there any measures that the Bureau undertakes to ensure the success of the program and be able to meet its objectives?

Yes. The HHRDB conducts continuous monitoring and evaluation of the performance of MSPP scholars through the CHDs and partner midwifery schools.

Issues and concerns that have not been resolved in school or CHD level shall be referred to DOH for appropriate action.

 

How can I be qualified to become MSPP scholar?

  •          Must be 15-35 years of age;
  •          Preferably be part of, or are child/children/grandchildren of:

-          Traditional Birth Attendant

-          Indigenous People

-          “Hilot”

-          Barangay Health Worker (BHW)

-          Government Healthcare Worker

  •          With a combined gross family income of Php 50,000/month or 600,000/annum or lower
  •          High school graduate with weighted average of 80% and above;
  •          Minimum height of 5 feet or thumb-to-middle finger span or 6 inches or more;
  •          Shall have no more than one year of college education

 

How do I apply for the Scholarship Program?

·           A qualified applicant may apply directly to the CHD.

·           CHDs endorse qualified applicants based on documentary requirements to partner midwifery schools for selection process.

·           Professional organizations may recommend applicants to CHDs.

Is it possible that a scholar be removed from the Scholarship?

Yes. The following conditions shall be grounds for the removal of scholar from the Program after a written report of the partner midwifery school and thorough investigation by the DOH-HHRDB and the CHD concerned:

a. Failure to comply with school standards and policies

b. Falsification of submitted documents, application or enrollment under false pretense.

c. Failure to meet academic requirements with the school’s prescribed period of time due to absence within notice, reasons of willful neglect or other causes within his/her control, and upon request of the grantee.

d. Failure to pass the Midwifery Licensure Examination within two (2) years after completion of academic and PRC requirements.

e. Behavioral misconduct in such a manner as to bring embarrassment or humiliation to DOH and partner midwifery school

f. Engagement in reprehensive, illegal or subversive activities as defined by existing Philippine laws.

Failure of the scholar to observe above stipulations means he/she shall refund to DOH the total amount of tuition and matriculation fees already provided to the said scholar including all other expenses incurred with ten percent (10%) markup per year.

 

What are the benefits of the program?

·  Scholar

The DOH provides the scholar, a package that includes:

a. Monthly Living Subsidy

b. Monthly Lodging Subsidy

c. Monthly Transportation allowance

d. Semestral book and uniform allowance

e. Annual PhilHealth insurance (new)

·  Partner Midwifery Schools

The DOH provides partner midwifery school a package that includes payments for the scholars’:

a. Tuition and other matriculation fees

b. School uniforms

c. Duty kit

d. Affiliation and transportation fees

e. Board review and materials fees

f. PRC examination and registration fees

What are the expectations?

·           As MSPP Scholar

They are duty bound to follow the rules, regulations and standards set by the school and the DOH while in the Scholarship Program, at the same time, they must bear in mind that they are carrying the names of the school and the DOH, hence must not indulge in any action unbecoming of a scholar.

·           DOH – HHRDB

-          The DOH-Central Office through the HHRDB shall ensure the timely release of allowances and school fees

-          After the scholars have finished the academic requirements and passed the licensure examination by the PRC, the DOH prepares the scholars for deployment to areas previously chosen for community service as Rural Health Midwives.

 

What are the recent updates on the Midwifery Scholarship Program?

  •          The DOH-HHRDB has already accepted a total of 175 scholars in partner schools and has already deployed 40 scholars since the program started in 2008.
  •          Currently there are 58 Level 2 and 50 Level 1 scholars enrolled in the DOH Partner Midwifery Schools.

What do I need to prepare prior to application?

  •          Duly accomplished MSPP Application Form (MSPP Application Forms are available upon request in partner midwifery schools).
  •          High School Report Card – Form 138 (photocopy only; original to be brought to entrance examination venue) or Transcript of Records.
  •          High School Diploma (photocopy only; original to be brought to entrance examination venue).
  •          Certificate of Good Moral Character (photocopy only; original to be brought to entrance examination venue).
  •          Passport size color picture with name (3 copies).
  •          Long brown envelope.

 

What if, after graduating in the scholarship Program, I failed in the Midwifery Licensure Examination?

The Midwifery Licensure Examination shall be taken and passed within a period of two (2) years upon completion of academic and PRC requirements. Scholars who fail to pass the licensure exam within two (2) years shall still take chance, however, shall observe the following while in the process:

a. Continues with the licensure renew for free at the partner school in preparation for the next examination

b. Devote six (6) hours per week of community work to area of choice until he/she passes the licensure examination

c. Submit a weekly journal of the community work conducted.

What is the Midwifery Scholarship Program of the Philippines?

The Department of Health created the Midwifery Scholarship Program of the Philippines (MSPP) in support to the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals to decrease maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rate by producing and ensuring a constant supply of consistent competent midwives fit to serve the identified priority areas of the country.

The program provides a two-year midwifery scholarship grant to qualified applicants in partnership with midwifery schools.

MSPP will be producing graduate midwives to be deployed as Rural Health Midwives (RHMs) in a priority areas identified by the Department of Health (DOH) in the country.

 

What will be the mechanism for return service after I graduated from the Scholarship Program?

A scholar, upon receiving his/her Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Midwives License, shall render service to the government on the ratio of two (2) years of service for every year of study or scholarship. Return service shall be in a form of an area assignment to the chosen identified priority areas in the country.

When did the Program start?

The Department of Health Executive Committee approved the DOH Resolution No. 112-232 series 2007 to implement/adopt both the Deployment Program and the Rural Health Midwife (RHM) Scholarship Program on February 11, 2008.

Where can we inquire or gather more information regarding the Midwifery Scholarship Program?

You may contact the MSPP secretariat at 743-1776 or visit the Department of Health- HHRDB,

2nd Floor, Bldg 12-A, San Lazaro Compound

Sta. Cruz, Manila

Contact Persons:

Dr. Josephine H. Hipolito

Ms. Winselle Joy C. Manalo

 

 

Who are the DOH partner midwifery schools?

  •          Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital-School of Midwifery (DJFMHSM) Lope de Vega St., Sta. Cruz, Manila (NCR)
  •          Naga College Foundation, Inc. Naga City (Luzon)
  •          University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences (UPMSHS) Palo, Leyte (Visayas Region)
  •          Tecarro College Foundation, Inc. Davao City (Mindanao Region)

 

Who are the beneficiaries of the Scholarship Program?

  • Child/children/grandchildren of:

            - Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA)

           -  Indigenous People

           - "Hilot"

           - Barangay Health Workers (BHW)

           - Government Healthcare Worker

  • A resident of an MDG priority/BEmONC/CCT area
  • Any applicant willing to practice/work in an MDG priority/BeMONC/CCT Area/Municipalities