3 cities in Negros Occidental allocate P121 million for COVID-19 vaccines

Published January 11, 2021, 2:20 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – The cities of Sagay, Cadiz and Himamaylan in Negros Occidental have set aside funds totaling P121 million for the purchase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, said they will set aside P40 million, while Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante said the city government has an initial budget of up to P80 million for the vaccines.

Himamaylan City Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson Jr. said they have allotted an initial P1 million.

Earlier, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson urged cities and towns in the province to set aside funds for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines, even as the provincial government had also allotted P30 million.

Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares said the city was ready to allocate funds for the purchase of vaccines for teachers and senior citizens.

Meanwhile, Mayors Pedro Zayco of Kabankalan City, Nicholas Yulo of Bago City, and Rex Jalando-on of La Carlota City said they already have the budget to purchase the vaccines, and were set to have a meeting with country’s vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez on January 12.