SAN FERNANDO CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) – The city government here initially allocates Php21 million for the procurement of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be rolled out for free among its residents.
It was discussed in a meeting of Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto with the Local Finance Committee on Wednesday, January 6.
“The vaccine which will be procured by the city government will complement the COVID-19 vaccine rollout of the national government and will be provided to the residents for free,” the city government said in a statement.
Initial fund will be pulled out from the city’s savings on the previous years, to be supported by a supplemental budget.
It further stated that, “It was agreed that Php21 million culled from the city’s prior year’s savings be earmarked for the planned purchase of the vaccine. This will be supported by a supplemental appropriation as no funds were allocated for this in the 2021 Local Expenditure Program which was finalized in October 2020 and approved by the City Council in the same year.“
The proposal for an extra fund will be presented to the City Development Council and the Sangguniang Panglungsod for review.
To ensure that more vaccines will be procured to suffice for more residents in the city, the committee is mandated to look for additional funding sources.
In line with the national government’s plan, among the priority sectors who will receive the vaccine are the health care workers, uniformed personnel, senior citizens, indigent folks, local government employees, teachers, vendors and other vulnerable groups.
But the City Health Office is ordered to determine other possible target beneficiaries of free vaccines who are not included in the national rollout list. (JCR/AMB/CGRC/PIA La Union)