PANGASINAN, Jan 15 (PIA) - Cities in the province of Pangasinan have allocated funds for the purchase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once a Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)-approved vaccine becomes available.
In the chartered city of Dagupan, the city government announced towards the end of December 2020 that it is ready to purchase vaccines against Covid-19 with a budget of PHP10 million as initial funding.
Mayor Marc Brian Lim said he has sent a letter to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) signifying the city's intention to buy vaccines the moment an FDA-approved vaccine becomes available in the country.
"We wrote the IATF that we are ready to buy. For as long as they would announce the availability of an approved vaccine, we are ready to buy," Mayor Lim said.
On January 8, 2021, the City Information Office of Dagupan announced that Mayor Lim has signed a tripartite agreement with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and national government representatives - vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III - for an initial allocation of 40,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine once FDA approves its use in the Philippines.
In San Carlos City, the local government is planning to set aside P10 million to P20 million for the purchase of said vaccines.
Mayor Julier 'Ayoy" Resuello said the city would join the purchase of the League of Cities of the Philippines, depending on the budget of each city.
"Priority recipients of the vaccines will be the front-liners. We want to ensure that our health workers are safe and protected habang ginagampanan ang duties nila," Resuello said in an interview.
In western Pangasinan, Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste of Alaminos City have also convened the city's Finance Committee for the allocation and process of purchase for the vaccines.
"The City's Finance Committee held a meeting for the possible procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine for Alaminos. We're still looking into this but first, we want to share a little bit about the vaccination (to our city mates) and why it is necessary to keep our whole community safe," Celeste said in a post. (JCR/VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)