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Samal to rely on national government for Covid-19 vaccines

Jan 19, 2021 @ 15:16
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The municipality of Samal in Bataan province has no choice but to rely on the national government for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, according to a Philippine News Agency report.

Samal Mayor Aida Macalinao admitted that the fourth-class agricultural town with 14 barangays did not have the budget to purchase vaccines on its own, unlike richer local government units.

Samal town has an annual revenue of more than P120 million, with P110 million coming from its Internal Revenue Allotment, the PNA report said.

Macalinao said the town’s primary health care program only allots P2,000 annually for each resident.

“Kung ako tatanungin kung halimbawa may pondo kami na sobra, ibibigay natin yan sa pagbili ng vaccines kaya gumagawa tayo ng paraan na makahanap ng pondo para mabigyan ng vaccine ang ating mga kababayang mahihirap lalo na ang mga naghahanapbuhay sa labas,” she said in the PNA report.

Macalinao said she and the Sangguniang Bayan, chaired by Vice Mayor Jun Espino, have been discussing the vaccination program should they be able to secure enough funds for the purchase of the vaccines.

“Kung may pera, vaccines ang magiging priority pero kailangan maging tiyak kami at maging sapat kasi hindi naman pwedeng magpartial agad kung hindi naman namin matatapos ang programa sa libreng vaccine,” the mayor said.

She said somebody promised to help her secure vaccines, but she begged off from divulging the identity of the donor.

“Gusto namin maayos muna kung paano paghawak, pag-iimplement at kung saan bibili ng vaccines,” Macalinao said.

If no funds will be available, the municipality will rely on the national government as well as the provincial government.

“Nananawagan kami sa mahal nating Presidente na ideretsong ibagsak na sa local government units para at least ma-implement namin ng maayos at hindi magkakaroon ng delay ang implementation ng vaccination,” the mayor said.

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