ANGELES CITY — Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. said there are no more active cases of COVID-19 within the city’s population, after its last patient finally recovered.
This news came hours before Christmas, making Angeles City COVID-free, Lazatin shared. However, despite the good news, Lazatin said this will not stop the city government fro
strictly undertaking safety health protocols against the virus.
“I am encouraging my kababayans, magdoble ingat pa rin tayo sa banta ng virus. Be vigilant. Magfacemask at magpabakuna po,” Lazatin added.
City Heath Officer Dr. Verona Guevarra also confirmed that Angeles City is now COVID-free, mentioning the city’s 9-day streak of no new recorded COVID-19 cases since Dec. 17.
In fact, Dr. Guevarra said, quarantine facilities at the City College of Angeles and hotels are empty and now temporarily shut down.
Dr. Guevarra cited the intensive vaccination drive being implemented by Mayor Lazatin with Chief Adviser IC Calaguas, also the chief implementer of the city government’s vaccination program.
To date, the city government already fully vaccinated 281,279 Angeleños; 327,354 have received their first dose; while 2,325 got their booster shots.
The aggressive inoculation drive is being implemented with the help of 400 working staff deployed at the two mega vaccination sites at the CCA and Angeles City National High School.
In addition, Angeles City is the only Local Government Unit in the country with a blended vaccination scheme — the Ronda Bakuna at Sundo Bakuna sa Barangay programs.
The Ronda Bakuna sa Barangay is the delivery of vaccination service right at the doorsteps of Angeleño families, while the Sundo Bakuna is literally takes kababayans to the city’s two mega vaccination sites with free services being provided — six Philippine Rabbit buses and 10 jeepneys.
Last Dec. 7, the Department of the Interior and Local Government announced that Angeles City is one of the 23 Highly Urbanized Cities in the country to achieve herd immunity.