The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will identify the priority recipients of the COVID-19 vaccines.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Baustita revealed this Tuesday as he asked the local government units (LGUs), the public sector, and the public to harmoniously work with the government to ensure the success of the country’s vaccination program, which is expected to roll out next month.
“Our agency looks forward to the success of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program, that is why we are encouraging our local government and private partners and the public to cooperate for the successful implementation of the vaccination program,” he said in Filipino during a virtual presser.
Bautista noted that the DSWD is part of the Task Force on Vaccination Program which is aimed at ensuring the protection of all Filipinos, particularly the vulnerable sectors against COVID-19.
“The DSWD is part of the task force and the official support that it will extend is the identification of those who will be prioritized, like the poor families and individuals and the essential frontline workers,” he said.
In October last year, President Duterte announced that the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients will be the first to receive the coronavirus vaccines, along with the country’s security forces.
Currently, there are more than 4.3 million 4Ps beneficiaries.
Bautista said the DSWD will continue to implement its regular programs such as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Social Pension (SocPen) Program, Supplementary Feeding Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS); protective services for individuals and families in distress; and disaster response and rehabilitation programs.