Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Las Piñas LGUs allocate budget for Covid-19 vaccine
This is what many residents of Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Las Piñas expressed upon hearing of the news that all three of their local government units have set aside budgets for purchase of Covid-19 vaccines.
First to announce was Muntinlupa.
In an interview, Munti Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that while the national government has a roll-out plan in place, they had also allocated from their own budget to ensure that all Muntinlupa residents receive the vaccine.
The Munti LGU had also partnered with Staysafe.ph and activated the “No QR Code, No Entry Policy” in all establishments in the city.
Here, everyone who will be entering a Muntinlupa establishment need to use the Staysafe App to fill out their Health Declaration online.
According to the City Population website, Muntinlupa currently has around 504,509 people as of 2015 (https://www.citypopulation.de/en/philippines/muntinlupa/).
Parañaque, on the other hand, announced that they would be allocating P250-million for their Covid-19 vaccination program.
“We will prioritize our frontliners, senior citizens and other vulnerable individuals,” expressed Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, saying P200 million will be sourced from the 2021 general fund while the P50 million will come from the budget of the local school board.
As of 2015 (from https://www.citypopulation.de/en/philippines/paranaque/), Paranaque has a population of 665,822.
For its part, the Las Piñas city government also announced that it is setting aside P200 million for their own residents.
“Nais kong tiyaking na ang inilaang pondo ng ating lokal na pamahalaan ay magagamit sa agarang pagbili ng kakailanganing bakuna kapag available na ito sa merkado,” mentioned Las Piñas City Mayor Mel Aguilar.
She added that it would be offered for FREE for frontliners, government employees, police personnel, seniot citizens and indigent residents.
Las Piñas has a total population of 588,894 (https://www.citypopulation.de/en/philippines/laspinas/) as of 2015.
All three mayors also called on all residents to continue with the basic safety protocols of wearing a mask, washing their hands and observing social distancing.
Olivarez, also the Metro Manila Council chairman, said most mayors had already allocated budget for the vaccine as well but that they are just awaiting the DOH guidelines and also news from FDA on what vaccine can be purchased.
Stay safe, neighbors! Kapit lang tayo.