The government’s proposed tripartite agreement with local government units (LGUs) and vaccine manufacturers has been approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, said Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer, on Thursday night.
“We are therefore pleased that when we submitted our proposal to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to forge tripartite agreements between LGUs, the national government, and vaccine manufacturers, he immediately approved it,” Galvez said in a statement.
Galvez said the initiative is similar to the tripartite agreement signed between the national government, the private sector, and pharmaceutical companies in November 2020.
“The parties came together to maximize their manpower, expertise and resources to ensure a coordinated, integrated and holistic Covid-19 immunization program,” he added.
Galvez said the tripartite agreement is aimed at providing unified and synchronized efforts among the government, LGUs, and vaccine developers, to ensure the acquisition of sufficient doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the country.
“As we negotiate with these vaccine makers and place our orders for the Philippines, the tripartite agreements with the LGUs will urge pharmaceutical companies to expand their allocation for our country,” he said. “By factoring in the orders of local governments in our negotiations with these pharmaceutical companies, securing deals with them would be easier.”
The national government, he said, will provide necessary resources to help LGUs purchase equitable vaccines for their constituents.
“With the vaccines’ limited supply and very high demand from nations across the globe, our country needs to come up with a united strategy to obtain a bigger share of the vaccines. This is what the tripartite agreements aim to achieve,” he said.
Galvez cited the significant role of LGUs in the upcoming implementation of the nationwide vaccination program, once Covid-19 vaccines become available.
“The national government recognizes the crucial role that local government units have played in our nation’s battle against Covid-19, and soon, in the implementation of the national immunization program,” he added.
During the early stages of negotiations, Galvez said some LGUs have expressed their intentions to contribute to the vaccine procurement “using their own funds.”
“Since then, a growing number of LGUs from all parts of the country have reached out to us and manifested the same intention,” he said. SOVEREIGNPH