Mayors appeal for authority to pay COVID-19 vaccines

BACOLOD CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) –- City mayors of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to authorize them to make advance payments for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines that their respective cities contracted.

Bacolod City mayor and LCP national president Evelio Leonardia sent the appeal, which was adopted by the LCP members through Resolution No. 2021-01 during its Special General Assembly, to the Office of the President.

“We need the intervention of President Rodrigo Duterte to pursue our availment of the vaccines. With his authority to allow advance payment, our local vaccination program can be set in accelerated motion,” Leonardia said.

The LCP Special General Assembly, attended by 114 city mayors who agreed to partner with the national government in implementing the COVID-19 vaccination program, took initiatives in encouraging cities to procure their vaccines to ensure that the target population is vaccinated.

This initiative, in coordination with the National Task Force on COVID-19 and several cities, have already entered into tripartite agreements with AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company under the “A Dose of Hope” program last January 14.

Pursuant to Presidential Decree 1445, local government units need an express authorization and issuance from President Duterte such as an Executive Order allowing them to procure vaccines and proceed with the required advance payment market provision in their respective agreements with the pharmaceutical companies.

Thus, the LCP members are appealing to the Office of the President to issue the necessary Executive Order at the soonest possible time. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)



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

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