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Palace hails passage of laws delaying village polls, creating Malasakit Centers in gov’t hospitals

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of Republic Act (RA) 11462 that postpones the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections to December 2022 and RA 11436 that institutionalizes Malasakit Centers in all public hospitals.

Postponing the synchronized polls is a “necessity,” said Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, noting that barangay projects take time to yield their results.

“With this, not only will the officials at the grassroots level be able to measure the success of their projects, they can adjust and replicate them as needed for a more substantial period,” Andanar added.

The secretary said the government will save P5.77 billion in election-related expenses for 2020 because of the postponement.

“The said amount can be appropriated towards relevant projects that provide better services and create better lives for Filipinos,” according to him.

Meanwhile, Andanar regarded the passage of the Malasakit Center Act into law as a “progress in our provision of health services.”

“This shows that this administration is truly dedicated in providing efficient health and social services that will afford convenience to those who are in need of financial medical assistance from different government agencies, such as the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, through Malasakit Centers in all public hospitals,” he also said.

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