PRRD values LGU COVID-19 vaccination efforts- Galvez

BACOLOD CITY, Jan. 7 (PIA) –- National Task Force Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., during "The Laging Handa: COVID-19 Vaccines Explained" episode guesting on January 6, disclosed that President Rodrigo Duterte appreciates the efforts of the local government units (LGUs) in preparation for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination.

Galvez said that the LGUs are willing to spare their resources (for the vaccines) because they know the difficult burden on the national government on the COVID-19 vaccination plan.

He recommended for the approval of tripartite agreement with the LGUs for the vaccines and the President approved it immediately.

“The President is happy and thanked the LGUs, because the LGUs are the key in the vaccination program especially on the nationwide grassroots population,” Galvez added.

Meanwhile, Bacolod City mayor and League of Cities of the Philippines national president Evelio “Bing” Leonardia said the procurement and allocation of COVID-19 vaccines is a matter of teamwork between and among the national government and LGUs.

The LCP created the Committee on Vaccine Availment chaired by Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas held a consultative virtual meeting with its members and Galvez on the procurement and distribution plans of vaccines.

“Once we get the master list, regardless of cities, with or without funds, we will have an equitable distribution,” Galvez told the LCP Vaccine Availment committee members.

Treñas said they will campaign for more of the cities to really appropriate funds of their own to help out the national government.

According to Galvez, the national government allocated a P1.3-billion budget to buy at least 150 million vaccines for the mass vaccination in 2021, which was sourced from the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and European Investment Bank.

Galvez added that the vaccines that will be used in the mass vaccination program are only those that are FDA-approved and with high efficacy.

Philippine Information Agency–Director General Ramon Cualoping III said the Communications group of the Vaccine Cluster will strengthen its programs so the Filipinos here and even abroad will have better understanding of the vaccine through series of town hall meetings, regional summits, engagements with LGUs and the media.

“Our goal is to continue and improve the public uptake or acceptance level on the vaccines regardless of brands,” Cualoping said during The Laging Handa: COVID-19 Vaccines Explained episode. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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