Bacolod City ready with COVID-19 vaccine fund

BACOLOD CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia assured that the P300-million budget for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines is ready and the city government here will scrape bottom, if necessary.

Leonardia made the assurance during his guesting at the Laging Handa Public Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar and PCOO Undersecretary Rocky Ignacio.

Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia graces the Laging Handa Public Briefing program hosted by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and PCOO Undersecretary Rocky Ignacio where he shared Bacolod City’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts. *(EAD-PIA6 photo)

“We have savings and Bacolod is ready with that money.  We believe, it is our commitment and our policy to see to it that when life and health of the people is the concerned, our battle cry will be 'Go for broke.' This might mean scrape the bottom of our resources and we are committed to do that if push comes to shove.  We will re-align any and all items in our budget when the need arises.” Leonardia said.

Initial target for vaccinations will be a little less than 400,000 of the city’s 613,996 population, according to him while AstraZeneca is expected to deliver at the start of third quarter of 2021.

“We believe that if circumstances will allow, particularly if the financial resources are enough, we would like to have everybody as possible to be vaccinated,” he added.

Bacolod City, represented by Leonardia, recently signed the tripartite agreement with AstraZeneca together with national government agencies as well as non-disclosure agreement between Bacolod City and AstraZeneca.

He explained that when the local government units started exploring on COVID-19 vaccines, AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical was the first one available but does not mean it is exclusive to AstraZeneca as LGUs are yet to talk to pharmaceutical companies of eight other products now available.*(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)

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