The city governments of Makati, Pasig, Valenzuela and Navotas
have allocated funds for the purchase of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Based on television reports, Makati City has allocated P1 billion for Covid-19 vaccines and its Mayor Abigail Binay may also seek a supplemental budget for the city’s vaccination drive for the virus.
In Pasig City, Mayor Vico Sotto said the local government has set aside P300 million for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines and will select the vaccines approved by the government.
“Whatever vaccine the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will approve will be used by Pasig City,” he said in Filipino.
Meanwhile, Valenzuela City mayor Rex Gatchalian said they have allocated P150 million for Covid-19 vaccines.
“Our efforts are meant to augment and supplement the initiative of the national government who will take the lead on this endeavor,” Gatchalian said.
For Navotas, Mayor Toby Tiangco said they have initially allocated P20 million for Covid-19 vaccines, and the amount could be increased if needed.
The move of the four cities in Metro Manila to set aside their own funds for Covid-19 vaccines comes after the League of Cities of Philippines’ (LCP) made a call for city governments to allocate their own funds to purchase Covid-19 vaccines.
Before LCP made the call, Zamboanga City became the first city in the Philippines to do that, allocating P200 million. SOVEREIGNPH