Mayors should show ‘delicadeza’ – Olivarez

Published March 28, 2021, 12:07 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Mayors are qualified to get inoculated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but should show “delicadeza”, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said during a recent meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC).

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“Iyon pong delicadeza na kulang pa po iyong atin pong mga vaccine iyong uunahin po natin ang sarili bago ang mga constituents (We should show delicadeza because there is a limited supply of vaccines and we will put ourselves ahead of our constituents),” Olivarez, who is also the chairman of the MMC, said in an interview over DZMM.

“Pero legally sinasabi po nila bilang chairman ng atin pong health board, qualified tayo, pasok pa tayo, papasok lang ‘yung delicadeza sa aming chief executive officer (But legally they [Department of Health] said that being the chair of the local health board, we are permitted to get inoculated, it’s just that we should show delicadeza being chief executive officers),” he added.

Five mayors were each issued a show-cause order for getting vaccinated ahead of the frontliners and others who are on the priority list. 

According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), mayors Alfred Romuladez of Tacloban City, Mayor Dibu Tuan of T’boli, South Cotabato; Mayor Sulpicio Villalobos of Sto. Niño, South Cotabato; Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal; and Mayor Abraham Ibba of Bataraza, Palawan have yet to send an explanation.

Romualdez, for his part, said that he did not “jump” the vaccination line and stressed that it was a move to boost the public’s confidence in vaccines. 

Amid the issues, mayors, governors, and barangay captains have moved up in the government’s vaccination priority list from the B3 category to A4 among uniformed personnel upon the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).