PRESIDENTIAL Adviser on Flagship Programs and Projects and Deputy Chief Implementer of the National Action Plan Against Covid-19 Secretary Vince Dizon has lauded the city government's vaccination program during his ocular inspection at the SM City Clark Vaccination Site on June 26, 2021.
In an interview, Dizon expressed his confidence to Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo, naming the city as among the top Pampanga local government units with promising Covid-19 response and fast vaccination process.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa team ni Mayor Garbo dahil napakaganda ng sistema ang nakita natin ngayon na kamukha ng successful systems natin sa ibang lugar. Nagpapasalamat din tayo sa SM City Clark at sa ibang private sector,” Dizon said.
Dizon added that Mabalacat City is the first city in the Philippines to forge a partnership with an economic zone through Clark Development Corporation.
"This is to spur vaccination initiatives for its workers and locators as it hosts 94 percent of the Clark Freeport Zone," he said.
With emphasis on the vaccine distribution among LGUs, Dizon made it clear that the national government prioritizes big cities inside and outside the National Capital Region (NCR), where the risk and record of community transmission are high. This is in reference to the recorded Covid-19 surge from March to May.
“Ang pinakamalaking challenge natin sa pagbabakuna ay ang supply kung saan ang mga pinakamamayamang bansa ay kinuha lahat ng supply kaya kaunti at limitado na ang supply para sa mga bansang gaya ng Pilipinas,” Dizon said.
"'Yong mga big cities sa NCR, Pampanga, at Bulacan, ito yung may mga pinakamalaking kontribusyon sa eknomiya. Dito marami ang trabaho, investment at negosyo. At para matulungan natin ang ating ekonomiya at kababayan natin na magtrabaho, kailangan iprioritize natin," he added.
Moreover, more than 12 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in July and Mabalacat City is one of the priority cities to be supplied with adequate number of doses, being clustered under the NCR Plus 8.
“Noong una medyo may mga challenges pero ngayon ang Mabalacat ay two days in a row na na above 1,000 to 1,500 [vaccination turnout per day] at mukhang kakayanin pa hanggang 2,000 plus,” said Dizon, expressing his confidence in Mabalacat City's vaccination program.
For his part, Mabalacat City mayor expressed his elation over the commitment of Dizon to provide additional supplies of Covid-19 vaccines for the city.
“Tayo po ay nagpapasalamat dahil nakita po ng pamahalaang nasyunal ang ating pagsusumikap na mapabilis ang vaccination process hindi lamang sa ating siyudad kundi para narin sa mga manggagawa natin sa loob ng Clark Freeport Zone,” Garbo said.
Mabalacat City has begun the inoculation of A3 and A4 priority groups. Meanwhile, the launch of the online registration is set for this coming week.
Just recently, the Department of Health has also vowed to double the jabbing capacity of the city government.
With sufficient doses, Mayor Garbo added that the city government will be able to inoculate more than 200,000 Mabalaqueños which is enough to achieve herd immunity before the Christmas season.