Ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kagabi, Mayo 17, sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang pangangasiwa sa paghahatid at distribusyon ng COVID-19 vaccines sa bansa.
Sa kanyang public address, inutusan ni Pangulong Duterte si National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer at vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. na italaga ang DILG bilang parte ng grupong naatasan upang i-monitor ang handling ng mga bakuna.
Ito ay matapos ipahayag ng Pangulo ang pagkadismaya sa umano’y kabiguan ng ilang LGU na siguruhin ang tamang administrasyon ng mga COVID-19 vaccines.
“Ang problema ko is ‘yung handling, sir,” saad niya kay Galvez. “There’s always the time of the essence so there has to be a time frame for that for everything from handling to the transfer. I would insist that the DILG would be part of the supervisory team.”
Ayon kay Duterte, ang partisipasyon ng DILG sa implementasyon ng vaccination drive ay mahalaga upang tiyakin na walang masasayang na bakuna.
“Gusto kong malaman rin ni Secretary Año if everything is done according to what has been planned,” saad niya. “So pag-aralan anong plano dito and they can point out if there is a lack of whatever in the handling and the observance of all rules that would ensure the integrity of the vaccines.”
Ipinahiwatig din ni Duterte ang kumpiyansa sa bagong tungkulin ng DSWD. Maaari rin umanong hingin ni Secretary Año ang tulong ng mga pulis sa distribusyon ng mga bakuna.
“I would like to impose this duty also to the DILG. Secretary Año can use the police or whatever as long as there’s always a third person or a second guy to see to it that itong chain of events must be followed and there must be no – there has to be no faltering because I said it will affect the integrity of the [vaccines],” saad niya.
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