AgSur LGU recognizes PCOO-PIA in gearing up campaign efforts on government's vaccine roll-out

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- The local government unit of Trento in Agusan del Sur has recognized the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga for gearing up efforts in propagating the significance of the government’s vaccination program and its roll-out/deployment in the country, particularly in Caraga region.

Mayor William Calvez of Trento shared during the Laging Handa Network Briefing that before the conduct of information roadshow on the government’s vaccination program, some locals of the said municipality were hesitant to avail of the vaccine as they are not sure of the vaccine’s efficacy, effectivity and after-effects.

“Now that they already understand better the intention of the government to keep us all safe, people are now willing to cooperate and looking forward for the start of the vaccination program,” said Calvez.

The mayor added that with PCOO and the PIA whose personnel continuously conduct Pagdu-aw or visitation from one place to another and explain, explain, explain the government’s vaccination program, many of the locals are now optimistic that the vaccine could save them from the ill-effects that it has brought in the country. “We hope to strengthen this effort and we, in the local government will also do our part for our constituents by ensuring them that these vaccines are safe and effective,” he said.

The official also acknowledged the two agencies for constantly reaching out to the different LGUs amid the pandemic and intensifying information dissemination on the government’s programs. “This could help people in different municipalities and cities be convinced to avail of the free vaccines, as they understand better its advantages,” he said.

He also said that with the help of the provincial government thru Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., the funds intended for the vaccines will be made available to cover all the constituents who need to have the shot of the vaccines, including those who are identified as priority sectors for the vaccination program.

Calvez also revealed that relief operations continue for the affected local residents in the different barangays of the said municipality during this time of pandemic and the local government unit is also looking into addressing other issues and concerns, especially on the roll-out/deployment of the government’s vaccination program. As reported by the national government, the vaccines are expected to be made available in the country this first quarter of the year.

He further shared that the conduct of benchmarking to other regions with known best practices is of great help for the officials and employees of the local government unit like Trento, which gives focus on agriculture development. He added that during their latest benchmarking in Claveria and Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, they have gained new knowledge that they could also replicate in Trento. Apart from agriculture, the LGU-Trento also gives priority to the programs related to developing the structures and the environment.

“Trento, Agusan del Sur has more or less 60,000 population, and the COVID-19 situation here is still manageable. We do not have that much number of COVID-19 cases, and we continue to strictly implement the health protocols in our municipality,” underlined Calvez. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)



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

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