W. Visayas governors free to choose COVID vaccine brand


Governors in the Western Visayas region can choose which brand of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines they want to purchase for their constituents.

“They have all agreed to buy Covid-19 vaccines,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas, also the chairman of the League of Cities of the Philippines’ committee for vaccine procurement.

Almost all of the local government units in the region have allocated funds vaccines in their respective areas. (

Treñas said they are free to choose any vaccine brand and that the national government will not interfere.

During yesterday’s virtual meeting with governors and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the mayor said the latter assured governors to provide them the vaccine of their choice.

Present during the meeting held were Iloilo. Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin, Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Contreras, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, former Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, former Guimaras Rep. JC Rahman Nava, and former Bacolod City Rep. John Orola.