By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang has declared May 13, 2019, Monday, as a special non-working holiday across the country as voters cast their ballot for the new national and local government leaders.
The holiday declaration was contained in Proclamation No.719 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea Thursday.
“There is a need to declare Monday, 13 May 2019, a special (non-working) holiday to enable the people to properly exercise their right to vote,” the proclamation read. “The National and Local elections shall be held on Monday,” it added.
The President recently met the Cabinet in Malacañang to firm up government preparations to ensure peaceful and credible midterm elections next week.
According to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, the government was ready to secure the May elections, ensure stable power supply, and provide allowance to teachers serving poll duties.
He noted that security forces have been deployed especially in election hot spots to prevent occurrence of any violence.
To dispel concerns of low power supply during the election period, Panelo said the Department of Energy has assured there would be sufficient power supply in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Teachers serving poll duties will receive honoraria and travel allowance based on a report from the Department of Education, Panelo added.