CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The city government of San Fernando is allocating PhP10 million to be able to buy doses of COVID-19 vaccine and immunize priority sectors.
Mayor Edwin Santiago said this is part of strengthening the city’s health response to help Fernandinos recover from the ongoing pandemic.
“Our plan for the vaccine is in collaboration with the national and provincial government, and private sector. Initially, we have allocated PhP10 million as part of our response efforts on Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases,” Santiago said.
The mayor added that aside from this amount, the city also has resources from its calamity fund and another 20 percent annual investment fund just in case the city really needs to vaccinate its constituents.
“Only the national can give the green light because there are more procedures from the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Health, and we have to follow that,” he added.
Once available, these vaccines will be given to priority sectors including frontline medical workers and those belonging to the marginalized sectors.
Earlier, the provincial government said it will raise PhP200 to PhP300 million for the procurement of vaccines.
Also, Angeles City allocated PhP25 million, while Magalang town allotted PhP10 million for the said purpose.