The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) is urging its member-cities that have the financial capability to allocate funds so they can also purchase their own stocks of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, national president of the 145-member LCP, said in a statement on Sunday the procurement and allocation of vaccines is “a matter of teamwork” between and among the national government and the local government units (LGUs).
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, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, chair of the LCP Committee on Vaccine Availment, and other city mayors, discussed the plan of the cities to procure their own vaccines and the other similar concerns during a virtual meeting with Galvez held on December 29.
“What we will campaign for is for more of the cities to (have) really appropriate funds of their own to help out the national government,” Treñas said.
Leonardia last month formed the LCP Committee on Vaccine Availment for city mayors to strategize efforts to ensure their own constituents have early access to quality and affordable vaccines.
Galvez said 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.
“Once we get the master list, regardless of cities, with or without funds, we will have an equitable distribution,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH