CALAPAN CITY, Mindoro Oriental: Puerto Galera, through the recommendation of the Municipal Development Council (MDC), has allotted P50 million for the purchase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines.

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Mayor Rocky Ilagan Photo from Municipality of Puerto Galera Official FB page

Mayor Rocky Ilagan told The Manila Times that on Friday, during the special meeting of the MDC, a resolution was passed, recommending to the executive to allocate P50M from the municipal budget for the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19.

Ilagan said the resolution would be forwarded to the Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) for the crafting of an ordinance, supporting the resolution. The mayor said he had already allotted the said amount and that the ordinance is only for the sake of formality.

“We already had coordinated with the Department of Health (DoH) about our plans of purchasing the vaccines. We are only waiting for the memorandum from the Health department that would give us authority to enter into contracts with approved pharmaceutical companies for the vaccines,” Ilagan said.

The local chief executive added that they were planning to negotiate with representatives from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson for the vaccines.

Meanwhile, Ilagan denied reports that the UK variant of Covid-19, the B117, had entered the tourist destination town. What was true, the mayor said, was that there was a new positive case from the town, but the patient was in a private hospital in this city and might have contracted the virus in the said hospital.

“The patient is confined for a time in a hospital in Calapan City. He was tested positive only recently while still confined at the said hospital. So please, I am asking citizens to refrain from posting on social media that we have the new variant in our town,” Ilagan pleaded.

The municipal council is set to deliberate on the budget allocation for the Covid vaccines on Monday during its regular session, Ilagan added.

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