Solon seeks inquiry on vaccine deals of LGUs, private firms that remain 'unacted upon'

Published August 25, 2021, 4:25 PM

by Noreen Jazul

A resolution seeking an inquiry into the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines by local government units (LGUs) and the private sector through multi-party agreements (MPA) has been filed in the House of Representatives.


“There have been reports that the MPAs submitted by LGUs and private sector have been left unsigned and are languishing in NTF (National Task Force Against COVID-19), directly affecting the speed vaccination roll-out in the country,” read House Resolution No. 2154, filed by AAMBIS-OWA Partlist Representative Sharon Garin last August 23.

In the resolution, Garin called on the House Committee on Economic Affairs to conduct the inquiry on the MPAs which were “left unacted upon.”

“There is a need for more transparency and more government information as to the allocation and coverage of the COVID-9 vaccination roll-out particularly, in the provinces and rural areas,” Garin said.

The solon added that efforts to ramp up vaccination in the country should be “acted upon promptly” by concerned agencies.

On Aug. 17, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri also filed Senate Resolution No. 858 calling on the Senate Committee of the Whole to look into MPAs that have been left “unsigned.”