Valencia Bukidnon to buy COVID-19 vaccine
LGU Valencia has allocated Php 20 Million to purchase coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine doses for its residents.
Sammy Langub, Valencia City Public Affairs Information Assistance Section head, said that Valencia City Council has already appropriated the allocation.
“The allocation has been included in the 2021 annual budget and it is ready for release anytime. We are relying on the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the purchase procedure,” Langub said.
“We are eyeing all city residents to be vaccinated once the vaccine is available. And if ever the allocation is not enough, the city government under the leadership of Mayor Azucena P. Huervas is ready to realign a budget for the purpose,” Langub said.
The LGU reportedly does not have a specific choice in terms of vaccine manufacturer. As long as the vaccine is Food and Drug Administration-approved, it is a go.
Valencia Vice Mayor Dr. Policarpo P. Murillo IV said in an interview with RMN Malaybalay that an estimated 125,575 residents of the city will be vaccinated out of the allocated amount.
According to the 2015 national census, Valencia has a population of 192,993 people.