The Provincial Government of Bataan has allotted P1 billion for the procurement of anti-Covid-19 vaccines and other pandemic related expenditures.
Bataan Board Member Reynaldo Ibe, chair of committee on finance, appropriation and ways and means, said the issues of vaccine procurement and provincial school board fund were already tackled in the recent Sangguniang Panlalawigan regular sessions.
The provincial government preferred the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine which costs P3,904 to P4,504 for two doses per individual.
Gov. Albert Garcia in his FB account said as early as first week of December last year, he already had a series of meetings with Patrick Bergsted, senior vice president for commercial vaccines of Moderna Therapeutics Zuellig Pharma Corporation and its representative, Janneth Jakosalem.
“Patuloy din po ako nakikipag-ugnayan sa ating vaccine Czar Sec. Carlito Galvez, DOH at DILG upang maisakatuparan ang pagbabakuna,” said Garcia.
While the provincial government is trying to wangle budget for vaccine procurement, some municipalities are also allotting their own budget just enough for their constituents.
In Limay town, host to Petron Bataan Refinery, the country’s largest oil refinery, Vice Mayor Richie Jayson David said the Sangguniang Bayan has approved P120 million for vaccine procurement for its 50,000 to 60,000 residents.
Mayor Efren Pascual, Jr. of Orani town, has allocated P5 million for Covid-19 vaccine for the frontliners like barangay health workers, nurses, doctors, teachers and barangay tanods (village watchmen). “Our senior citizens will be taken care of by the provincial government,” he said.
Mayor Rommel del Rosario of Bagac town said his town coffer cannot afford to buy vaccines but the provincial government “might shoulder the need to vaccinate my constituents.”
Pilar town Mayor Charlie Pizarro could not ascertain how much will be allocated for the vaccines. “But, as much as possible, we will not be a burden to the provincial government, bahala na,” Pizarro said.
Samal town has appropriated P5 million for its vaccine procurement.
Dinalupihan Mayor Gilar Garcia, president of Bataan Mayors’ League, had already met a group of mayors to discuss the creation of a task force for the Covid-19 vaccine procurement.