President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to sanction local government units (LGUs) and local chief executives performing poorly in relation to their respective Covid-19 vaccination program.
This, after he noted that there were “fault lines” in the government’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout, particularly in the deployment of jabs at the regional and provincial levels.
“I can’t pinpoint what we’re doing wrong if there really is something wrong. Why is the vaccination rollout slow? At the national level, it’s okay. The problem is in the provincial and regional level,” he said in Filipino in a pre-recorded public address aired Wednesday morning.
Duterte said he was “not contented” with the current Covid-19 vaccination rollout, noting that the goal is to reach the target of one million jabs or more per day.
He ordered National Task Force against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide all the necessary support to our LGUs particularly in the delivery of vaccines and mobilization of resources.
He also directed Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to ensure that all LGUs and local chief executives are held accountable for their failure to ensure a successful vaccination program.
“I have also ordered Secretary Año to impose the necessary sanction against LGUs and local chief executives who are not performing nor using the doses given to them in the most expeditious manner,” he added.
Duterte expressed hope that the LGUs and local chief executives would “take time really to attend to this problem of delay.”
Meanwhile, Duterte directed authorities to ensure that there is a sufficient number of healthcare workers assigned to administer jabs at vaccination sites.
“When the vaccines arrive, the people should be there, the human resource side would be ready to do the injections,” he added partly in Filipino.
Last month, Galvez said the Philippines surpassed its target of 25 million fully vaccinated individuals with a total of 27.361 million completed jabs.
The country also achieved the highest jabs per day, with 724,294 jabs and the highest jabs per week with 3.7 million jabs.