LA CASTELLANA Mayor RhumylaNicor-Mangilimutan said Wednesday, October 27, that the death of her mother, the late Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of the municipality president Noeme Nicor, has somehow triggered higher vaccination results in the town.
Nicor-Mangilimutan said the utilization of vaccines in the town is increasing and that they hope to hit the target number of residents to be inoculated.
"We were given 150 doses before and only 80 doses of which were utilized but at present, many are queuing to get vaccinated," she said.
Nicor-Mangilimutan said her mother was unvaccinated and that her doctor told them that she could have been saved from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) if she was inoculated.
"It served as a lesson that getting vaccinated can save from Covid-19 death," the mayor said.
Aside from Nicor, who died on October 11 at the Bacolod South General Hospital, Mario Solar, a barangay kagawad in the town, who was also unvaccinated and died from Covid-19.
At present, over 11,000 residents of La Castellana are already fully vaccinated.
They represent at least 20 percent of the 79,000 targeted population for Covid-19 vaccination.
Meanwhile, Nicor-Mangilimutan said she has proposed a P306-million 2022 municipal budget to the Municipal Council.
The budget, she said, will be sourced from the National Tax Allotment or Internal Revenue Allotment, which is at P84 million and P16 million local income.
A large chunk of the budget would go to the Rural Health Unit, Agriculture for Food Sustainability, and Social Services that include the budget for hospitalization, burial assistance and assistance for locally stranded individuals as the country is still coping with the pandemic.