Boasting a budget of 60 Million, the stately infrastructure came from a funding grant given by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), while equipment and facilities were generously financed by the department’s dynamic alumni. Dean Villaruz explained that the new Medicine building was a proposed idea recommended by the accrediting body. “We take pride that the College of Medicine in West Visayas State University is the pioneer medical school in the region and despite having the lowest tuition fee, we are able to produce excellent graduates who become competent doctors and medical researchers. It is essential that we constantly improve the quality of our instruction by enhancing students’ learning experience as well as being able to create the best learning environment for them”.

Five (5) specialized rooms will be placed in the new building. These are the (1) Cadaver Room which is a must-have for anatomy and dissection subjects, (2) Skills Laboratory to serve as a simulation room to provide students an actual hospital-feel before being sent to the field, (3) Advance & Basic Research Laboratory aimed at strengthening medical researches of both students and faculty, (4) 400-Seater Auditorium to cater to symposiums and the annual APM convention, and a (5) Student Center, which according to Dean Villaruz will be the first in the university.

The Research Laboratory in particular was built for the purpose of strengthening the College’s standing as the center for Medical Research. Plans to include top-of- the-line research equipment are already in the works.

Ninety percent of the building is done and operation will be in full swing by January 2017. “There will be an elevator in that building, it will be the first and so far, the only one in the campus!” the first alumnus Dean proudly declared “this building and its many facilities are products of our benevolent alumni’s generosity for which I am truly thankful for”.

The whole day celebration started with an 8AM Thanksgiving Mass at WVSU Hospital Chapel followed by a Carnivale-themed foot parade from each graduating batch (1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006) featuring their respective muse and escort atop colorful floats. During the blessing of the building, Dean Villaruz, WVSU President Luis M. Sorolla, and members of the Board of Directors graced the event together with a crowd composed of COM students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

In the afternoon, the 7th Juana G. Jardiolin M.D. memorial lecture with the symposium theme “Infectious Diseases Outlook for 2016: Perspective from the Countrysides” was discussed by 1986 alumnus and Infectious Disease Consultant Dr. Joevic A. Belasoto. The night ended with a Fellowship Dinner held at the Iloilo Convention Center.

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