Duterte signs law creating Human Settlements Department, accessible and affordable cancer treatment

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed more bills into law / photo file from Sunstar

Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed into law a total of 20 new bills, which include one creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD). 

Republic Act 11201, signed by the President on Feb. 14, and was released by the Palace on Tuesday, consolidates the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).

DHSUD will serve as the main national government entity to handle housing management, human settlement and urban development. 

It will also be the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring body.

With this newly created law, the government will establish Housing One-Stop Processing Centers to centralize the processing and issuance of all required housing-related permits, clearances, and licenses.

The new department will have administrative supervision over the National Housing Authority, National Home Mortgage Finance Corp., Home Development Mutual Fund and the Social Housing Finance Corp.

Meanwhile, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, principal author of the law, thanked the president for signing the bill.

“The creation of the DHSUD is the realization of the dreams of Filipino families to have decent and proper housing, because this agency will ensure the speedy and effective implementation of the government’s housing programs,” Ejercito said in a statement

“The DHSUD will better address the housing problem, specifically the housing backlog to accommodate more informal settlers and the poor implementation of existing housing laws,” he said

Another very important measure that Duterte signed into law is the Republic Act 11215 that intends to make timely access to cancer treatment more accessible and affordable to patients.

The new law aims to allow the government to adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development such as patient and family-centered cancer control policies, programs, systems, interventions and services at all levels of the existing health care delivery system.

“Towards this end, the state shall endeavor to prevent cancer and improve cancer survivorship by scaling up essential programs and increasing investments for robust prevention of cancer, better screening, prompt and accurate diagnosis, timely and optimal treatment,” the measure read.

It is known that the president has been actively helping cancer patients since he was still a mayor of Davao City.

The newly signed law will make cancer treatment and care more affordable for all, especially for those who are underprivileged citizens.

Source: Philstar 

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