Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said he has requested the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) to convene a committee of city mayors to start initiating talks on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for the different cities.
“Let the cities be part of the coalition to provide vaccines for our respective constituents,” said Treñas.
On the part of the city government, Treñas said he had a meeting with the city’s COVID-19 task force on the developments on the various vaccines.
He also met with various business groups regarding the need for companies to start thinking about acquiring vaccines for their employees next year.
“Let us all be wary of the virus as we prepare for the new year but always hopeful that the next year will bring positive results for everyone,” the city mayor added.
Earlier, Treñas also disclosed that he requested IATF-EID chief implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. to allow the city to access vaccines from any of the FDA-accredited pharmaceuticals in the country.
“We hope to be able to access vaccines for the frontliners and employees of Iloilo City… Let us work together to ensure that the city returns to normal at the earliest possible time,” Treñas said.
Meanwhile, the National Task Force against COVID-19 warned the public regarding alleged individual reservations being made for COVID-19 vaccines in the country.
The task force emphasized that the government is the only duly authorized to procure COVID-19 vaccines and administer them.
“Any other offers of guaranteed access to any of the vaccines is not only illegal, but also life-threatening,” the task force added./WDJ