Articles worth reading

Navotas administers vaccines on 747 PDLs

account_balanceNavotas access_time4 days ago

Persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at Navotas City Jail received their first dose of Sputnik vaccine Monday. The City Government of Navotas inoculated 747 PDLs against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). “PDLs are at high risk of contracting...

Groups raise concern on toxic hzards from plastic waste management schemes 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

Environmental health groups EcoWaste Coalition, Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) and Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) have echoed the urgency of limiting the manufacture of plastic to essential uses and eliminating toxic c...

Navotas prohibits minors from leaving home

account_balanceNavotas access_time4 days ago

Due to rising cases of coronavirus disease, the City Government of Navotas Sunday announced that it would enforce anew the 24-hour curfew for minors. Mayor Toby Tiangco cited a July 17 COVIDKAYA report stating that Navotas posted a 105.06 percent&nb...

Metro News

Duterte wants every Filipino vaccinated

account_balanceMetro News account_circleAmihan Reyes chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The government allocated funds to purchase a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, but will need more to ensure that every Filipino is vaccinated, President Rodrigo Duterte said in a report by Philippine News Agency.

In a taped speech, Duterte said he needed more funds because there are now over 113 million Filipinos.

“This I can assure you again na nakahanap na ako ng pera (I have funds). I have the money already for the vaccine but hahanap pa ako ng maraming pera (but I’m looking for more funds) because you know there are now 113 million Filipinos. And to me, ideally, all should have the vaccine without exception,” he said.


Duterte reiterated that the government would prioritize giving vaccines to the poor listed as cash beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

“Again, ang mauna ang mga mahirap na walang pera, hindi makabayad. Ang listahan ‘yung doon sa Pantawid (The first to receive the vaccine will be the poor who can’t pay for the vaccine. We’ll get the list from the Pantawid),” he said.

Next, he said, are the police and military as they were among the front-liners in the fight against Covid-19.

“I want my soldiers pati ‘yung security forces ng bayan mauna rin kasabay ng first batch kasi kailangan ko ng mga sundalo at pulis na ready, healthy at walang Covid (I want my soldiers, including security forces of the people to be among the first batch of recipients because the soldiers and police need to be ready, healthy, and Covid-free). And they are really vital to the security of the state for which reason they should be the first also,” he said.

He said civilians can go last, but noted that he was also willing to be among the first to be inoculated with the vaccine from either China or Russia, who have both committed to provide the country with vaccines once developed.

“Pero kung mag-offer… Ako nagahintay ako tawagin ako ng China or Russia (But if somebody offers…I’m just waiting for China and Russia). I’ll be glad to open up my sleeves and, ‘sige,’ kasi may kumpyansa nga ako (‘okay’, because I have confidence),” he said.

Duterte allayed fears over the safety of the Chinese vaccine, saying he trusted their experts.

“So those of you who are asking me kung safe ba itong China (if this vaccine from China is safe)? Well, I can say that China is a modern country and it has all the wherewithal to make its country --- whose integrity is fully protected by its achievement,” he said.

He also bared that he had a talk with outgoing Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev about the Russian vaccine SputnikV.

“I just had a talk with the Ambassador of Russia, the outgoing, and we had a serious one-on-one talk and they said that Russia is coming in,” he said.

He said Russia committed to constructing a pharmaceutical plant in the country to produce the vaccines.

If the schedule goes as planned, Duterte said the Philippines could have a vaccine as early as April 2021.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government can allocate PHP20 billion to buy the vaccine with the help of the Philippine International Trading Corp., the Land Bank of the Philippines, and the Development Bank of the Philippines.

date_rangeDate Published
9 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Photo Courtesy of Miss World Philippines Facebook Page

Miss World Philippines coronation night postponed

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

The coronation event of Miss World Philippines, scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 25, has been postponed to August 8, according to a report by GMA News. On social media, the organization released a statement saying it is rescheduling the much ...

Photo courtesy of Usec. Villar Facebook

DOJ, NBI open center to combat online trafficking 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

An office dedicated to following leads of Internet-based trafficking in persons (TIP) and online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) is now operational, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a report by Philippine News Agency. The Cyber-TI...

Photo Courtesy of Unleash International

DOH spearheads ‘Konektado Tayo’ 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

Social media will be the primary tool in a three-agency collaboration that will help formulate parenting strategies for teenagers and arrest the alarming rate of teenage pregnancies, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. The Departme...

Muntinlupa rolls out vaccination using Johnson & Johnson's vaccines

account_balanceMuntinlupa chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The local government of Muntinlupa has started inoculating senior citizens or those belonging to the A2 priority group using Johnson & Johnson’s single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccines from the national government. The Muntinlupa City COVID-...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature