The Iloilo City Government, through the leadership of Mayor Jerry Treñas, intends to purchase its own COVID-19 vaccine. In an article by the Inquirer, a five-member committee of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) will be coordinating with national government agencies to recommend a course of action enabling cities to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccine. The LCP committee is headed by Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas. Read more: Cities want to buy their own COVID-19 vaccines, an article by the Inquirer.
The LCP committee has invited officials of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, including Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza (chair), Carlito Galvez Jr. (chief implementer), and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año (vice-chair) in an online meeting to discuss how cities can procure vaccines for their constituents, and private companies for their employees.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, LCP national president, created the committee of the 145-member LCP last December 23rd to coordinate with agencies “with the view of determining and recommending the most appropriate courses of action to facilitate the availment of COVID-19 vaccines for cities.”
Aside from Treñas, Leonardia appointed as committee members Mayors Ronnel Rivera (General Santos City), Francis Anthony Garcia (Balanga City), Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco (Zamboanga City), and Ericson Singson (Candon City).
Iloilo City to spend Php 200 million for COVID-19 vaccine. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas revealed that the local government will be spending Php 200 million for the vaccine, priority recipient includes city hall employees, barangay officials, and senior citizens.
“I called for a meeting with the COVID Team, and COVID Task Force to discuss the procurement of vaccines, and our preparation against the new strain of the virus. It is the health of the people that we value the most. We must look into how we can procure vaccines for the protection of the Ilonggos,” states Treñas in a social media post.