SAN FERNANDO CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Panlunsod of this city has recommended to the Local Finance Committee an amount of Php63 million to purchase coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine for the residents.
The allocation of funds was proposed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod as stated under City Resolution No. 21-014, dated .
In an official Facebook post of the Sanggunian, it informed that on Tuesday during the regular session presided over by City Vice Mayor Alfredo Pablo Ortega, majority of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod who were present during the session approved the said resolution.
"The Sangguniang Panlungsod remains vigilant and proactive in responding to the COVID-19 health crisis by passing various ordinances and resolutions that aim to protect and secure the residents of San Fernando City from the dangers brought by the COVID-19 pandemic," the post read.
With this, City Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto expressed his gratitude to the members of the city's legislative body for their support to his COVID-19 vaccine initiative.
Earlier, Gualberto announced that some Php21 million from the city's savings on the previous years will be used to procure vaccines which will be provided for the residents for free. He said this will be supported by a supplemental budget.
"For us to achieve our goals, it is really essential for both the Legislative and Executive branch of the City to work together towards one common goal - that is to make the people of San Fernando's lives better, safer, and more comfortable," Gualberto said.
In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency, Gualberto said the city's plans of procuring COVID-19 vaccine complements the national government's COVID-19 vaccination drive.
"We need to closely coordinate with the national government as to our plans of purchasing our own COVID-19 for the people of San Fernando," the mayor said. (JCR/JPD, PIA La Union)