The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) asked the national government to deploy more COVID-19 vaccines to areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
LPP president Presbitero Velasco Jr., who is also Marinduque governor, pointed out that he understands that vaccine supplies are still low for now.
“Hindi naman ho natin sila ma-be-blame sila sa ganyan. Alam naman natin na kaunti pa ang supplies pa dahil pahirapan pa po,” Velasco said over Dobol B TV.
(We can’t blame the government for the lack of supplies. We know that it is difficult to secure supplies.)
“Nakikita sa territory ng LGUs (local government units), lalo na sa MGCQ medyo dagdagan nang marami-rami ang bakuna na mabigay. Malaking posibilidad na magkaroon ng malaking proteksyon ang nabakunahan so dagdagan pa po,” he added.
(We can see in LGUs especially under MGCQ, we need to add more vaccine supplies. There is high protection if you get vaccinated so we need to add more supplies.)
League of Provinces asks gov’t to give more vaccines to MGCQ areas
Velasco hope the vaccination would be done faster since the NCR Plus bubble (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal) are now under loser general community quarantine (GCQ).
“Dahil nga nagluwag sa mga NCR Plus at ibang MECQ areas dati eh hinihiling namin na bigyan na po kaagad ng marami-raming bakuna na para ‘yung kanya-kanyang mga probinsya para papunta na sa herd immunity. ‘Yan ang aming hiling,” the governor said, adding that supplies are still low in provinces.
(Since we already lowered the quarantine status, we are asking that we receive more vaccines to provinces so that we can reach herd immunity.)
Velasco also provincial governments already paid for vaccines but the supply has yet to arrive.
“Halos walang magamit na bakuna. ‘Yung iba nabayaran talagang kakaunti o halos wala pang dinedeliver,” he said.
(We have little to no vaccines. Some have paid but it is still not enough and some supplies have yet to be delivered.)
The country so far vaccinated over 2 million people. However, it is still far from its target of vaccinating 50 million to 70 million Filipinos.