CITY LEADERS SUPPORT BBM’S TARGET TO ACHIEVE 50% BOOSTER VACCINATION COVERAGE

CITY LEADERS SUPPORT BBM’S TARGET TO ACHIEVE 50% BOOSTER VACCINATION COVERAGE

By Glen S. Ramos

MANILA — The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) confirmed its support for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s directive to achieve the target of 50% booster vaccination coverage against COVID-19 for the first 100 days of his administration.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, the Executive Vice-President of LCP vowed to implement the “PinasLakas” booster vaccination to provide additional protection for the people in the community.

“Mr. President, we stand by your directive that 50 percent of the general population should receive their first booster dose,” Belmonte said during her speech at the LCP meeting in Malacañang.
“Likewise, we stand by your commitment to administer doses to at least 23 million people within the first 100 days of the Marcos administration.”

“We are grateful to the efforts of the Marcos administration, through the DOH, to respond to the plea of local officials that more population, even healthy ones, should be given a second booster.”

A Department of Health (DOH) memorandum circular allows 18to 49-year-olds with comorbidities, as well as 50-year-olds and above, to have a second booster.

“We promised you that our cities will remain vigilant on the uptick of COVID-19 cases. And we also remain a committed partner of the Department of Health in achieving a COVID-free and Healthy Pilipinas,” Belmonte said.

Belmonte also said the LCP expresses its sympathies to the victims of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit the northern Philippines last July 27, 2022.

She said the league would extend assistance to the cities of Candon, Vigan, San Fernando, Baguio, and Tabuk, as well as several municipalities affected by the tremor.

Highlighting the true spirit of Bayanihan, she said the LCP is appealing to the DILG to craft a framework to allow cities to assist one another in times of disasters and other emergencies. (ai/mtvn)

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