Aug. 7, 2021
MMDA Lauds Ramped Up Vaccination in CAMANAVA amid ECQ Period
On the second day of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority inspected anew vaccination sites in Metro Manila, particularly in cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos oversaw vaccination rollout at Pasolo Elementary School in Barangay Pasolo, Valenzuela; Robinsons Townmall in Tinajeros, Malabon; Navotas City Hospital, and Caloocan Sports Complex and lauded the CAMANAVA mayors for their orderly, systematic and intensified vaccination capacities in the first two days of ECQ.
Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan said the initial vaccination target in their city was 6,000 jabs but since the start of ECQ, it reached an average of 17,000 to 20,000 a day while Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta III also noted the increase on their administered vaccine shots to 6,000 from the daily average of 3,100.
Navotas lone district Representative John Rey Tiangco said the city has tripled their daily vaccination target to 10,000 from the average 3,000 to 5,000 administered jabs while Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said they are way ahead of the quota as they’ve administered 10,000 vaccine shots from their pre-ECQ average of 5,200.
According to Abalos, the LGUs’ intensified efforts to vaccinate showed that the target to administer 250,000 vaccines within the two-week ECQ period would be accomplished. These vaccines came from the additional 4 million doses allocated by the national government.
“Our goal is to inoculate 12.6 million or at least 45% of the total residents from NCR to achieve population protection the soonest possible time. During this two-week period, we will ensure steady supply of vaccines for the 17 Metro Manila cities and municipality,” Atty. Abalos said.
Abalos also appealed to the public to follow basic health protocols and cooperate with the local and national government.
“We’ve seen how thinly stretched the LGUs workforce are, especially since we are intensifying our vaccination programs and at the same time start distributing ayuda,” he said.
Qualified beneficiaries in Metro Manila may start receiving the financial aid from the national government mid-next week as the funds amounting to P10.8 billion were already downloaded to the bank accounts of the LGUs in NCR.
Abalos said he will meet with Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista tonight for the joint memorandum circular that will be the basis of the ayuda distribution before it can be released to intended recipients.
Meanwhile, Abalos said that once the NCR cities and municipality finished rolling out their vaccination, the Metro Manila mayors have expressed commitment to help adjacent provinces such as Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna in their respective inoculation programs.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos inspected vaccination hubs in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela on the second day of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila on Saturday. Attorney Abalos lauded the ramped up efforts of the CAMANAVA local chief executives in their vaccine administration.
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