The Taguig City government has allocated P1 billion to acquire vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor Lino Cayetano said the funds are included in the city’s P13.5-billion budget for 2021, which was approved by the Department of Budget Management (DBM) on Dec. 23, 2020.
Dubbed as the recovery budget, the annual appropriation program will cover the city’s pandemic recovery plan, which includes massive testing, treatment and vaccination.
The city received the DBM’s approval only on Monday.
“With the approved budget, the city government will also allocate for various public service recovery and sustainability programs,” Cayetano said.
He added the city is now preparing for the logistical challenges of purchasing, distributing and implementing its vaccination program once a Covid-19 vaccine is approved for use in the country.
He added that the local government has begun talks with vaccine suppliers. The vaccination program will cover the city’s residents in all 28 barangays.
There are now seven cities in Metro Manila that have announced allocation of funds to purchase Covid-19 vaccines. Besides Taguig, the others are Makati (P1 billion); Pasig (P300 million); Valenzuela (P150 million); Caloocan (P125 million); San Juan (P50 million); and Navotas (P20 million).
Outside of Metro Manila, Zamboanga City has allocated P200 million to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, while the Pampanga provincial government is setting aside P200 to P300 million for the same purpose. SOVEREIGNPH