MMC to craft 'uniform' ordinance vs vaccine slot sellers

Published May 26, 2021, 9:40 AM

by Noreen Jazul

Metro Manila mayors will craft a uniform ordinance against the alleged selling of vaccine slots in their cities.


Metro Manila Council (MMC) Chairman and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the mayors will meet Wednesday (May 26) to discuss the matter.

“Paguusapan namin ‘yan para maging uniform po ‘yung magiging ordinansa sa bawat siyudad dito sa Metro Manila (We will talk about it so we can come up with a uniform ordinance for all cities in Metro Manila),” Olivarez told Unang Hirit in an interview.

Olivarez in a text message on May 24, said the MMC will tackle the alleged selling of COVID-19 vaccines or offering of slots perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals or groups.

He said the some LGUs in Metro Manila already came out with a statement warning their residents not to get involved in such illegal activity.

The mayor also said the MMC is also conducting investigation on the illegal scheme.

Malacañang on Tuesday urged local government units (LGUs) to pass an ordinance penalizing individuals selling vaccine slots.

The City of Manila has already passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of COVID-19 vaccines in the city.

Read more: Manila bans sale of COVID-19 vaccines; violators to face fine, imprisonment

In Parañaque, Olivarez said there’s no reported incident of individuals selling vaccine slots based on police investigation.

“Pina-imbestigahan ko na po sa ating kapulisan. Wala po sa Parañaque, pati po yung ating city health office as of today (I asked the police to investigate already. As of today, we don’t have reports that such is happening in Parañaque. We also investigated the city health office, there’s none),” he said.

Olivarez, meanwhile, warned those involved in the “vaccine for a fee” scheme of punishment.

“They will (be) dealt with the full force of (the) law,” the mayor said.