Candaba LGU allots P16.5M for Covid-19 vaccine procurement

HEALTH CONCERNS. Mayor Rene Maglanque and Municipal Health Officer Preny Manimbo discuss concerns about the health sector, including the ongoing fight vs Covid-19. (Princess Clea Arcellaz)

AS PART of the continuing fight against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the local government in Candaba town, Pampanga has allotted P16.5 million for the procurement of vaccines.

Mayor Rene Maglanque said they are allocating funds from the local budget to augment the vaccines that will be given by the national government to the municipality.

From the said budget, the mayor disclosed that P10 million will be used for the actual purchase of the vaccine, while the remaining P6.5 million will be for preparation and other logistics concerns.

"The budget is only an augmentation of what the Department of Health can give us. We are hopeful that we will be given enough for our frontliners so what we can procure will be given to the citizens," he said.

Once a vaccine is available, Maglanque said frontliners will initially be prioritized as they are more prone to infection.

He said considered frontliners include health personnel, policemen, firemen and municipal employees, among others.

"With the availability of the vaccine, we are a step closer to winning the fight against Covid-19, but we still ask for the continued cooperation of CandabeƱos by practicing good hygiene and other health protocols," Maglanque said.


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