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Duterte OKs institutionalization of Malasakit Centers

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday signed into law a measure seeking to institutionalize Malasakit Centers in hospitals run by the Department of Health (DOH).

Duterte signed Republic Act 11463 or the Malasakit Center Act in a ceremony in Malacañang before lawmakers and members of the Cabinet.

The law is a pet project of Duterte’s trusted aide, Senator Bong Go.

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Under the new law, a one-stop-shop center for medical and financial assistance provided by the DOH, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will be established in all 73 DOH-run hospitals nationwide.

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