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Bacolod joins 'Dose of Hope' drive

Philippine Information Agency
18 Jan 2021, 16:38 GMT+10

BACOLOD CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- Bacolod City joined in the ceremonial signing of the second wave of private sector-led "Dose of Hope," a drive where the national government accepts donations of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through private sector efforts.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. "Joey" Concepcion, Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, and AstraZeneca Philippines country president Lotis Ramin signed the tripartite agreement in a ceremony which President Rodrigo Duterte was keynote speaker.

"To everyone involved in the 'A Dose of Hope' project, I congratulate you in this achievement. To all who helped and continue to grow this tripartite partnership, thank you very much! We now have a weapon to defeat this virus - the vaccine. Let us win the war and save lives and livelihood," President Duterte said.

Galvez is confident that the partnership will grow and will be able to sustain the initiative considering the commitment, determination, and generosity seen among the stakeholders.

Concepcion thanked the donors from the public and private sectors - including the local government units - for their support to secure the COVID-19 vaccines adding that there are still LGUs that are in the process of securing the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Three city mayors were invited to speak in behalf of the cities during the ceremony including Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte, and Makati City mayor Abigail Binay while Quirino Province governor Dakila Carlo Cua also spoke as the national chairperson of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP).

"In behalf of the city mayors, I am thankful that the cities are one of your focus areas. There are 146 cities in the country and we represent more than 40 million Filipinos. It is in cities where you can say that the COVID-19 problem is more serious," Leonardia, who is also the national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), told the organizers.

According to Ramin, AstraZeneca has partnered with the University of Oxford in developing a vaccine against COVID-19 to ensure a broad and equitable access at no profit for the duration of the pandemic.

"Today, we are delighted to conclude 17 million doses which can reach millions of Filipinos through the close collaboration of AstraZeneca, the Philippine government, LGUs, and the private sector donors," Ramin added.

Meanwhile, Senator Bong Go said this (vaccine) will be the key for us to return to normal.

"This ceremonial signing that is happening today is important because this signifies our official rise against COVID-19. I also thank the LGUs that showed initiative in working with the national government and the private sector in ensuring the welfare of their constituents," the senator added.*(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)

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