By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has lauded the Office of the Vice
President (OVP) for launching a drive-thru vaccination program for
tricycle, pedicab, and delivery riders in Manila last June 22 to ramp
up COVID-19 vaccinations.
De Lima, a social justice and human rights champion, said the
initiative led by Vice President Leni Robredo shows what genuine
public service and real concern for the people look like.
“Our Busy Presidente again showed us exactly how to get things done
without the need for threats, terror or force, just plain initiative,
leadership and concrete action. Ito ang totoong serbisyo para sa
bayan,” she said.
“Kudos to VP Leni and her office for coordinating with the City
Government of Manila and the private sector to ensure that essential
workers have timely and easy access to COVID-19 vaccine. Saludo rin
tayo sa mga volunteers na matiyagang tumulong upang mabakunahan ang
marami nating kababayan,” she added.
Last Tuesday, Robredo opened a “vaccine express” in Manila where they
inoculated 2,275 tricycle, pedicab, and delivery riders at the
Cultural Center of the Philippines. The program aims to inoculate a
total of 5,000 drivers and riders until today, Wednesday.
The “Vaccine Express” is Manila’s first drive-thru vaccination site
that aims to make inoculation against the deadly COVID-19 virus more
accessible for essential workers under the A4 priority group.
Reportedly, Robredo and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno expressed interest in
maintaining the collaboration for the inoculation of more essential
workers, saying that they plan “to continue the initiative to bring
vaccination to vendors in Manila City.”
De Lima said Duterte could learn a thing or two from Robredo’s
leadership style so he won’t resort to threatening the public to
address vaccine hesitancy among Filipinos.
“Sanggano policy. Iyong babantaan mo na ipakukulong ang hindi pa
nababakunahan e yung suplay nga ng bakuna sa bansa kulang pa. Ang mga
probinsya ay umaapela na sobrang kapus ang suplay na dumarating sa
kanila. Problema talaga kapag sanggano ang umuupo sa problema,” she
“Yan ang hirap sa mga utak-dahas. Sana nag-iisip nang maigi at ng
wastong paraan kung paano mahihikayat ang marami nating kababayan para
magpabakuna bago manakot. Siya na ngang batugan at walang inisyatiba,
nananakot pa,” she added.
It may be recalled that Duterte, in a recent meeting aired on
television, threatened the public to get vaccinated otherwise he will
have them jailed: “Kung ayaw mo magpabakuna, ipaaresto kita.” (ai/mtvn)