IBP vows to get more lawyers vaccinated

Published July 13, 2021, 8:24 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has vowed to support fully the government’s drive to achieve herd immunity as it mobilized more lawyers to get themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The IBP joins the government in marking July as Health Awareness Month in its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and arrest the ill effects of the pandemic,” IBP President Burt M. Estrada said in a statement.

“IBP supports the government in the conduct of massive vaccination across the country towards achieving herd immunity by encouraging its ranks to be vaccinated and to comply with existing protocols in their personal and professional lives,” Estrada said.

Lawyers have been classified in the priority lists for vaccination, particularly under A14.13 list which includes “frontline workers in law/justice, security, and special protection sector.”

When Estrada took his oath as new president, he declared that the IBP must remain “relevant to the lives of our individual member lawyers.”

“I believe the IBP can only truly be the sentinel of rule of law and democracy if its members are able to rise to the challenge of protecting and promoting these noble ideals,” he said.

“And this is possible if we also make sure that their well-being is protected and promoted by the organization,” he pointed out.