LGUs await EO on payment for COVID-19 vaccines

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2021   •   592

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) are all set to pay for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines once the delivery arrives.

Most LGUs in Metro Manila and in other regions have entered into a tripartite agreement with Astrazeneca for the vaccine supply.

According to San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, the contract requires LGUs to pay 20% of the total amount as down payment.

However, only 15% down payment is allowed under the Philippine procurement law.

“May pera naman ang LGUs. May pera ang national government. Ang tanong na lang: Ano ba ang tamang prosesong papagdaanan upang hindi naman din kami makasuhan bilang mga mayor?” Zamora said.

For his part, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. assured that Malacanang will issue an executive order regarding the payment for the vaccines.

He said local chief executives have nothing to worry about because President Rodrigo Duterte has the authority to allow any payment higher than the 15% down payment without violating the procurement law.

“Dahil may kalamidad po tayo itong pandemic, pwede namang taasan ng Presidente ito dahil tumutulong na lang ang mga Alkalde at Tripartite naman ito,” Abalos said.

“Bago mag-advance payment para hindi naman mapahamak ang ating mga mayor ay gagawa ng Executive Order. Nakausap ko na si Executive Secretary noong isang araw nakita ko na yung draft at ilalabas na ito. Nothing to worry about dito,” he assured.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Allan Velasco recently filed House Bill 8648 or the Emergency Vaccine Procurement Act of 2021.

The proposed measure will allow LGUs to directly procure vaccines from pharmaceutical companies.

Once enacted into law, the bidding process for the procurement of vaccines will be shortened. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

PH receives 2.7M more doses of US-donated Pfizer vaccines

UNTV News   •   January 10, 2022

The Philippines on Sunday, January 9, received a new batch of over 2.7 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States government through the COVAX facility.

The latest shipment containing 2,703,870 shots brings the total number of vaccines delivered to the Philippines to around 213,487,520 since deliveries began in February 2021.

Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 encouraged Filipinos to have themselves vaccinated as soon as possible amid increasing COVID-19 cases in the country driven by more transmissible coronavirus variants.

“Hinihiling natin na ito ay magiging responsibility ng bawat isa sa atin dahil kung ang bawat isa sa atin ay protektado, protektado ang ating pamilya, ang ating komunidad at ang ating bansa,” Mayor said.

As per the latest data, Mayor said 52.1 million people are now fully vaccinated in the Philippines while three million booster shots have been administered to eligible individuals.

Ayuda sa mga biktima ng bagyo, dapat maipamahagi ng LGUs sa loob ng 15 araw — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Labinlimang araw ang ibinibigay na panahon ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sa mga local government unit (LGU) para maipamahagi ang P5,000 na ayuda sa bawat pamilyang labis na naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette.

Ngayong araw inaasahang matatanggap ng LGUs ang pondo para sa emergency assistance.

Ipagkakaloob ang ayuda sa mga low-income family na direktang biktima ng kalamidad. Isang libong piso ang matatanggap kada indibidwal o maximum ng P5,000 kada pamilya.

“Ang panawagan po ng pamahalaan, ipamahagi ang tulong ng pinakamabilis para magamit agad ng ating mga kababayan,” ang wika ni DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

Bagaman ang local government unit ang mangangasiwa sa distribusyon, magkakaloob ng technical assistance ang Department of Social Welfare and Development samantalang imomonitor naman ito ng DILG.

Tutulong naman sa mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa additional manpower ang pwersa ng Philippine National Police at Armed Forces of the Philippines kung kinakailangan.

Samantala, inaatasan naman ang mga kinauukulang lokal na pamahalaan na bumuo ng grievance and appeals committee na tatanggap ng mga reklamo kaugnay ng pamamahagi ng financial assistance. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Over 1 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive in Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government has arrived in the country, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment, containing a total of 1,078,740 shots, landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at past 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

These shots were procured by the Philippine government through the Asian Development Bank, it added.

The task force said this is the first of the three deliveries for the 2,394,990 Pfizer vaccine doses that were purchased by the government.

The succeeding shipments are expected to arrive on Thursday and Saturday.

To date, the Philippines has received more than 144 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccine brands since deliveries started in February.

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