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2 courses utilize ‘Pharma’ Building

By Karylle Panorel | April 9, 2022

Pharmacy and Physical Therapy (PT) students of Silliman University (SU) initially utilized the P17.8M worth of newly-constructed building beside Pulido Hall after the university recorded no enrollees for two other courses.

Engr. Edgar Ygnalaga, SU’s Buildings and Grounds Department Head, said that the building, which is supposed for Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Ophthalmology students, is for “temporary occupancy” after the university received a certificate of occupancy from the City’s Engineer’s Office.

He said that the said office required a “minor requirement” such as putting a ramp on the ground floor and a parking area. 

“Requisition for the ramp is now approved and we have bid it out. That is a minor requirement for the final certificate of occupancy of the building,” he added. 

Ygnalaga said that the ground floor of the building is being used as lecture rooms by the PT department since the university didn’t have enrollees for Dentistry and Ophthalmology. 

“In the event that there will be enrollments for Dentistry and Ophthalmology, they [PT] will be relocated to other classrooms,” he said. 

Ygnalaga clarified that it is not only the Pharma building which can be used by other departments but all other facilities of the university can be utilized as well. “All classrooms can be used by other departments as long as they are not being used by the department that has control over it,” he added.

Meanwhile, the building is being used in provision for internet, air-conditioned, and is retrofitted in response to the requirements of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). 

Ygnalaga also revealed that the university is planning to construct a building for PT and Medical Technology in front of the medical school. 

“It is a building where the medical center will have its counterpart but it’s not yet pursued, it’s the plan of the university,” he said.

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