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LGU willing to work overtime

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Local government units (LGU)are ready to work overtime to assist the national government in the ongoing vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic, according to Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Our LGU are more than ready. Like what you said the main problem now is supply. However, once the vaccine supplies start to arrive, we will make sure that these will be rolled out even if it means that our LGUs and attached agencies will have to work 24 hours a day,” Año said on Wednesday.

He added that the LGU share the goal of the national government to vaccinate some 70 million Filipinos before the end of the year.

Año said the DILG will also help in the information campaign on vaccination to ensure that Filipinos are well aware of the advantages and benefits of being inoculated.

“The best vaccine now is the one being offered to you. There is a possibility that you will get infected with Covid-19 while biding your time as you wait. So, what’s important is that our countrymen take the one that is readily available,” he added.

Meanwhile, Año said that 77.19 percent or P17.6 billion of the P22.9-billion financial aid from the national government have so far been distributed to those affected by the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces.

Año said they are now working hard to ensure that the remainder of the funds will be delivered to other beneficiaries ahead of the distribution deadline on 15 May.

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