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Bing Leonardia thanks Duterte for allowing early COVID payments

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Mayor Bing Leonardia thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for signing an executive order that would allow all local government units to make downpayments to secure vaccine supplies.

The Bacolod City mayor said the order is game-changing for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines from foreign pharmaceutical companies, as the national government awaits the delivery of the supplies.

“This has a direct impact to cities, especially those which had earlier signed the Multilateral Agreement with the DOH, NTF Against Covid19 and AstraZeneca. And this will, more importantly, benefit all LGUs similarly situated. This is definitely a giant leap towards accelerating the implementation of our local vaccination programs,” the politiko said.

Bacolod City will be one of the five LGUs who will get the biggest number of doses once these are delivered.