SIQUIJOR, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar and other government officials lauded Siquijor's strict implementation of health protocols that helped maintain zero COVID-19 local transmission in the province.
Andanar, along with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General Usec. Ramon Cualoping III and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) Asec. Gerald Anthony Gonzales, spearheaded the "Explain, Explain, Explain: Pagduaw sa Siquijor" which is the second provincial rollout information campaign in the Visayas.
The PIA-initiated advocacy campaign, Pagduaw, aims to inform, educate, and communicate the Philippine National Vaccination Roadmap amid the proliferation of fake news of the vaccine cost, efficacy, and safety.
Andanar also announced that the government is set to roll out the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program by the third or fourth week of February, in major cities with high attack rates such as Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Davao City, targeting to vaccinate at least two million people by April.
He added that healthcare workers, senior citizens, and the indigents will be prioritized in the vaccination program.
"With our current negotiations, we have ensured that we will receive at least 137-million doses and this may expand to 172-million doses by next year," he added.
Andanar said the government is already in the Phase 3 of the National Action Plan in the continued fight against COVID-19.
This plan entails three strategies: Response, Vaccination, and Recovery.
The focus of Response is P.D.I.T.R.M. which means Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate, and Mainstream the new normal.
The Vaccination stage has four phases: Assess, Plan, Prepare, and Execute.
For Recovery, the plan's main objective is to lessen the COVID-19 transmissions while slowly opening the economy and recovering from economic losses.
Siquijor Gov. Zalde Villa earlier expressed his request to fast track the establishment of a molecular laboratory to the Department of Health for easier accessibility of COVID-19 testing to Siquijodnons.
Andanar announced that a molecular laboratory will be established through the efforts of Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go as chairman of the Committee on Health.
Gonzales, who was also a speaker during the Pagduaw event, assured Siquijodnons of OPAV Sec. Michael Dino's full commitment to help improve the lives of those affected by this health crisis. (idc/PIA7)