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Encourage vaccination with ‘ayuda’



The Department of Transportation (DoTr) is being urged to adopt the “bakuna-for-ayuda” campaign to encourage public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers to have themselves fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

House transportation committee chairperson Edgar Sarmiento made the suggestion, saying that PUV drivers are among the most exposed to the deadly Covid-19 and its variants.

“We will be hitting two birds with one stone if we do this. We will be able to provide financial help to our drivers and ensure that they get vaccinated,” Sarmiento said on Saturday.

The House leader said that PUV drivers are considered frontline workers and must be prioritized for vaccination.

He believed that the proposed campaign would entice PUV drivers into getting inoculated, particularly those who are having second thoughts about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

The solon said the program’s cash aid can be partly sourced from the P3 billion Bayanihan 2 funds provided under the 2021 national budget.

He explained that the service contracting fund that was allotted under the national budget remains available and must be utilized as early as possible, as the sector is among the hardest hit by the pandemic.