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City mayors, supports the COVID-19 program of the national government

 The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has committed to support the coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination program of the government in offer to ensure vaccine supply for its member-cities.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, national president of the 145-member LCP, said on Sunday the allocation of vaccines is “a matter of teamwork” between and among the national government.

Leonardia said vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez could discuss the concerns of the LGUs with the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) “to be more realistic and more understanding about the situation.”

Leonardia last month formed the LCP Committee on Vaccine Availment for the city mayors to strategize efforts to ensure their own constituents have early access to quality and affordable vaccines.

The body is tasked to coordinate and consult with the Covid-19 National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Budget and Management and other related agencies; carry out collective and advantageous vaccine availment by the cities; and undertake other activities related to vaccine procurement.

President Rodrigo Duterte is glad that there are city mayors volunteering to buy their own Covid-19 vaccines, and cities that have no budget will be given more allocation by the national government. (PNA)


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