Metro mayors' call to ease rules on fully vaccinated persons supports 'Bakuna Bubble' notion–Concepcion

Published September 9, 2021, 6:48 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion sees the latest move of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) as being in harmony with his “Bakuna Bubble” set-up, which has the potential of speeding up the National Capital Region’s (NCR) recovery from the pandemic-triggered economic slump.

A COVID-19 vaccine is seen here being administered by a healthcare worker. (Ali Vicoy/ File photo/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The MMC, which is composed of the mayors of 17 local government units in NCR, has called on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals.

The council made its call to the IATF through Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution No. 21-19 Series of 2021 dated Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

“The call of the MMC is line with the Bakuna Bubble model Go Negosyo has been pushing for – providing mobility to fully vaccinated individuals to help revive the economy,” Concepcion said in a statement that same day.

As such, Concepcion expressed his gratitude to the MMC, which is co-chaired by MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos.

‘Whether we like it or not, we should learn how to co-exist with COVID-19 as the virus could persist for a long time. Bakuna Bubble is a win-win solution where we can co-exist with the virus while helping the economy recover from the effects of the pandemic,” he added.

“Bakuna” is the Filipino word for vaccine.

In the resolution, the MMC underscored the importance of bolstering the economic activity in the NCR by allowing fully vaccinated individuals to engage in business and other activities that are prohibited under quarantine guidelines issued by the IATF.

“The easing of aforesaid guidelines in favor of fully vaccinated individuals would not only boost employment, industry, services, and other economic endeavors, but would likewise encourage the rest of the population to have themselves vaccinated,” the MMC Resolution stated.

Through this, the MMC said persons who are skeptical about getting vaccinated would be encouraged to be inoculated, thus helping the government achieve its target of vaccinating as much as 90 percent of the population.

“The MMC urges the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for fully vaccinated individuals in the NCR, subject to the conduct of an inter-agency and inter-disciplinary study, to determine the appropriate policy therefore based on scientific and empirical evidence,” the MMC added.

The resolution was signed by Abalos and Mayors Carmelita Abalos (Mandaluyong City), Imelda Aguilar (Las Pinas City), Joy Belmonte (Quezon City), Abigail Binay (Makati City), Lino Cayetano (Taguig), Francisco Domagoso (City of Manila), Jaime Fresnedi (Muntinlupa City), Rex Gatchalian (Valenzuela City), Oscar Malapitan (Caloocan City), Edwin Olivarez (Paranaque City), Antolin Oreta III (Malabon City), Imelda Calixto-Rubiano (Pasay City), Vico Sotto (Pasig City), Marcelino Teodoro (Marikina City), Toby Tiangco (Navotas City), Francis Zamora (San Juan) and Miguel Ponce III (Pateros).