By Alden M. Monzon, Reporter

Comelec, DoH sign MoA on health stations

Posted on March 08, 2016

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Department of Health (DoH) signed a memorandum of agreement on Monday to put up health stations in select voting centers nationwide to ensure the safety of voters come elections on May 9.

Around 2,000 health centers are expected to be put up in voting centers with a high density of population and a large number of senior citizens.

In Metro Manila, Comelec records show that among the top polling centers with the highest registered voters are the CAA Elementary School in Las Piñas City, with 39,137 voters; the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon city, with 37,638 voters; the Commonwealth Elementary School in Pasig City, with 37,148 voters; and the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Manila, with 35,941 voters.

Voting centers with the highest number of senior citizens are the Buliok Elementary School in Pagalungan, Maguindanao, with 775; the Kapatagan East Central School in Lanao del Norte, with 732; the Catbalogan V Central Elementary School in Western Samar, with 459; the Olutanga Central Elementary School in Zamboanga Sibugay, with 411; and the Lilod Elementary School in Lanao del Sur, with 400.

A total of P37 million is allotted for these health centers, which will provide first-aid assistance, medicine, and emergency health care for voters and election workers on election day. Another P10 million has also been allocated to provide free hospitalization to election workers.