Leonardia leads launch of fifth Covid-19 vaccination bus

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Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia recently led the ceremonial launch of the city’s fifth VAX-i bus, an initiative aimed at boosting the city government’s vaccination drive.

“The fight against Covid-19 is a race against time. This (VAX-i) is another way to accelerate our vaccination program. We have to search for [vaccinees]. If our citizens cannot go to our vaccination center, our vaccination center – through the VAX-i buses– will go to them,” said Leonardia.

The fifth VAX-i bus is the third bus provided for the city government’s use by Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI). The other bus was provided by Merzci Pasalubong while the first-ever VAX-i bus is a repurposed city tourist bus. (

VAX-i buses drive around Bacolod, with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers on board, who administer Covid-19 vaccines to workers in the marginalized sectors.

Also present during ceremonial launching were City Administrator Em Ang; Councilor Cindy Rojas, chair of the Action Team on Non-OFW Returning Residents; Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy medical of Emergency Operations Center; Julius Entila, vice president for administration of VTI; Dr. Lynon Escoton, company physician of VTI, and former councilor Roberto Rojas.

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