Dental Tourism - Philippines
The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, of which some 2,000 are inhabited. Its neighbors include Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Borneo to the southeast, Indonesia to the south and Palau to the east. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire makes it prone to typhoons and earthquakes, and extremely wealthy in natural resources.
The people belong to several different Asian groups, and speak a variety of dialects. However the official languages are Filipino and English. The main settlements are along the coastline. Inland, the terrain is mountainous and covered with tropical forest. Eighty per cent of the population is Roman Catholic. The country is a constitutional republic under a presidential system, with separation of powers and a bicameral legislature.
The population is close to one hundred million, making the Philippines the twelfth most populous nation in the world. Half of these congregate on Luzon, the largest island where the average population density is 441 per km2. The median age is twenty-two years. Life expectancy for males and females is sixty-seven and seventy-five years respectively.
Transport is relatively undeveloped due to the nature of the archipelago, and the mountainous areas inland. Consequently, the nation is highly mobile with a culture of texting and exchanging greetings. For many, cellphones double as wallets. In fact, the Philippines is a leader among developing nations when it comes to mobile commerce. Three internet exchange points connect to eight submarine cables leading to the world beyond. Approximately one third of Filipinos are on the internet.
The local English patois called Filipino follows American spelling and grammar rules. While it is steadily replacing local languages in urban areas, visitors to country districts will notice differences in ‘f’ and ‘v’ inflections, and the switch of emphasis from first to second syllables. However, business English favors American conventions.
Elementary schooling takes six years, followed by four years of junior high. The final phase of compulsory education is two further years of senior high school under the control of the Department of Education. Entry-level subjects include Filipino, English, mathematics, social studies, value education and political science. From grade three onwards science, geography and civics add to the curriculum. Music, arts, physical education and health are by choice.
From there responsibilities divide. Post-secondary middle-level education, training and development fall within the remit of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, while the Commission on Higher Education is responsible for college and graduate academic programs. All state universities are non-sectarian, and classified as state universities / colleges, or local colleges / universities. These operate in parallel to private ones.
Philippine medical schools are post-graduate institutions offering four-year doctorates of medicine. To enter one, students most hold a bachelor’s degree with specified credits. The most common of these are biology, medical technology, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology and nursing. Qualifying applicants are required to pass the National Medical Admission Test. This examines their inductive reasoning, perceptual accuracy and verbal skills.
The Dentistry Profession
The Philippine Dental Act sets out the framework for the regulation, control and supervision of the dental industry. In practice, this is achieved through a Board of Dental Examiners, a Council on Dental Examination, and a Council for the Advancement of Dental Research. Responsibility for academic programs vests in the Board of Dentistry via the Professional Registration Commission. Successful graduates are subject to a Code of Conduct laid down by the Philippine Dental Association.
These regulatory guidelines ensure that suitably trained and registered dentists in are competent to provide international level implant, veneer, crown and bridge treatments. Dental Travel Services is proud to present the very best of these on our pages. We have checked them all personally, and assure you of their very best attention at all times.
Getting There for Dental Care
The island nation is superbly well equipped to welcome visitors searching for the best in dental care. The main point of international entry is Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL). From there, an excellent transportation system waits to ferry you to your comfortable accommodation, or to escort you to over one hundred airports across our lovely archipelago.
Please do take time out from your dental care program to explore our unique environment. Your first port of call should be the official It’s More Fun in the Philippines website because it truly is. This is generously sprinkled with the best possible advice on where to go, where to stay and what to see while you are with us. Do visit us even if a stranger. Please leave us as a friend.