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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

AgSur stakeholders to join PCOO-PIA in intensifying public awareness on vaccination program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) – The different stakeholders in Agusan del Sur will participate in the information roadshow dubbed #Inform, Inform, Inform and #Explain, Explain, Explain: Pagdu-aw sa Prosperidad on February 10, 2021 at the Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center. This event is spearheaded by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

According to Undersecretary Ramon Cualoping III, Director-General of PIA, the PCOO and PIA intent to provide a platform for national and local government agencies to discuss their policies in helping the communities in mitigating the impact of the pandemic.

Cualoping assured the Caraganons that President Rodrigo Duterte's administration will provide not only safe but effective vaccines for the people to be safe and could live a normal way of life. The government has allocated P80-P90 billion for the procurement of vaccines to be administered to the Filipino people.

He also emphasized that with the government's vaccination program, at least 70 percent of the population in the country will be vaccinated. The LGUs have also vowed to allocate funds for the procurement of the vaccines along with the national government.

The provincial government of Agusan del Sur through Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., has immediately prepared all the necessary logistical support for the scheduled Pagdu-aw in the province. This is also in close coordination with the local government unit of Prosperidad led by Mayor Frederick Mark Mellana, as the host LGU, who also took charge in the preparation and invitation of the different sectors involved such as the barangay officials, youths, academe, and civil society organizations, among others.

With the hope of ending the spread of the deadly virus, Governor Cane urged everyone to actively participate in the campaign and always follow strict health protocols such as wearing of face mask and face shield, and regularly washing of hands. Apart from these, he also encouraged everyone to avail of the free vaccine from the government, which will soon become available in the country.

After the main event of Pagdu-aw, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar and PIA Director-General Ramon Cualoping III will also meet with the AgSur media at the same venue, as partners in communicating and intensifying public awareness on the government’s vaccination program to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and ensure herd immunity. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

PCOO, PIA to hold info caravan on government’s vaccination program in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 (PIA) -– To further increase public awareness on the government’s vaccination program and its roll-out efforts, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), together with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga is set to hold the “Pagdu-aw” or visit with the different stakeholders, following strict health protocols at the Pavillion Function Hall of Watergate Hotel, this city.

Dubbed as #Inform, Inform, Inform and #Explain, Explain, Explain: Pagdu-aw sa Butuan, the PCOO and PIA intent to provide a platform for local government and national agencies to discuss their policies in helping the communities in mitigating the impact of the pandemic.

“This forms part on the continuation of our efforts to provide stronger support to local government units, and update the public on the locality’s current situation by explaining the minimum health protocols, safety nets, and updates on the vaccines, to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to the grassroots,” bared Undersecretary Ramon Cualoping III, Director-General of PIA.

Cualoping further revealed that the COVID-19 vaccine for Caraga region is expected to be deployed within the first quarter of this year since it is fortunate that the situation in the region is manageable. "For the entire country, the government targets to vaccinate 80-90 million Filipinos. Although the challenge is on how to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccine, as some are still reluctant to get vaccinated. But as I've said, we are assuring everyone that the government is procuring safe and effective vaccines," he emphasized.
 
The official added that the government ensured that the vaccines, which will soon become available in the country have passed the necessary processes and evaluation to test their safety and effectiveness. "These vaccines will help us fight COVID-19. No one is safe until everyone is safe. Therefore, it is important to have ourselves vaccinated," he cited.

Meanwhile, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar will also join the team from Butuan onto Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; Lanuza, Surigao del Sur; and Sison in Surigao del Norte. The secretary urged Caraganon stakeholders to actively take their part in this effort and help encourage their constituents to have themselves inoculated. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)