By Stacy Ang
MANILA — The city government here has allotted an additional budget of P1.1 billion for its own COVID-19 vaccination plan from its 2021 budget, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Tuesday.
Interviewed on CNN Philippines, Domagoso said the city government will realign the budget originally allotted for infrastructure projects such as road improvement.
“’Yung 2021 na preparation ng annual budget, nag-float kami na what we call ‘soft budgeting’, wherein ‘yung mga infrastructure for road improvement and all other things, itinabi muna namin,” Domagoso said.
“Nilagay namin sa what we call soft budgeting. At doon possibleng kunin pa at magkaroon kami ng access about P1.1 billion. Ito, on top of the P250 million,” Domagoso added.
The city government earlier said it already allotted P250 million for the local vaccination program.
Moreno said that around 326,330 people will be prioritized in the local vaccination program, including senior citizens, medical front-liners, and the working age group.
“Meron na bang plano? Yes, we have. And I think everybody should do the same while we are awaiting for the approved, certified, safe, and effective vaccine for the country,” Domagoso said.
“In fact, we are already preparing our card, the vaccine card,” Domagoso added.
According to Domagoso, the average number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Manila per day was around 30.
The total active cases in Manila was 359 as of Monday. (AI/MTVN)