MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno lauded residents of Tondo and Pandacan for having displayed self-discipline during the Sto. Nino feast over the weekend.
Also yesterday, Moreno, accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, city engineer Armand Andres and Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla , inspected the refrigeration system installed at the designated COVID-19 vaccines storage facility in preparation for the arrival of the vaccines.
Moreno said the ‘stand alone storage facility’ has a refrigeration system good for all types of vaccines and the various temperatures required and boosts of an uninterrupted power supply. The city spent around P9 million including the purchase of transport coolers where the vaccines may be stored during deployment.
The mayor said the city hopes to vaccinate at least 60 percent of the city’s population of about 2.4 million.
In his speech at yesterday’s flag-raising ceremony, Moreno commended the restraint voluntarily practiced by the residents in following orders banning outdoor activities and liquor as well.
The mayor thus enjoined everyone to make voluntary discipline a way of life during and even after the pandemic is over.
Moreno also cautioned the residents against being too excited about the arrival of anti-COVID vaccines by being reckless, stressing the continuing need to be careful as the coronavirus continues to claim lives.
He also explained that once one is vaccinated, it does not mean that he is totally immune to the virus.
The main benefit, he said, is that one will have added protection and defense against the virus.
Just the same, Moreno said we still have to continue practicing the minimum health protocols until and unless the pandemic is gone or as advised by health experts.
Moreno expressed gladness over reports relayed to him that the Sto. Nino feast observance in Tondo and Pandacan were generally peaceful and orderly and that no major untoward incidents were reported