VM Rama welcomes DILG probe on vaccine bubble policy

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Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama welcomed the planned investigation into the vaccine bubble policy of the city government so the side of the business sector could be heard.

On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office in Central Visayas to probe the city’s “no vaccine, no dine-in” rule as this was not approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), said Año.

Under Rama’s Executive Order No. 133, which he issued on September 2 when he was acting mayor, partially and fully vaccinated individuals will enjoy privileges such as indoor dining and access to personal care services in salons and spas at 10 percent and 30 percent capacity, respectively. (

The vice mayor said the suggestion to ease restrictions for vaccinated individuals came from the business sector.

“Let’s wait for the DILG probe so that the business sector can also air their side because the suggestion came from them,” according to him.

“It was something to help the local government unit so that our economy will be up and at the same time we can address our health. At the end of the day, it will make vaccination also attractive,” he explained.

The Department of Health earlier opposed easing restrictions for the fully vaccinated because this would lead to discrimination and would be disadvantageous to those who have yet to receive the Covid-19 shot.

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