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Manila gives reason to have faith in gov’t again

AT the rate it is continuously vaccinating its health personnel, senior citizens and residents with comorbidities aged 18 to 59, in recent days, the city government Manila is once again besting other cities and municipalities without really meaning to.

Undeniably, Manila is once again leading the pack since its vaccine rollout began in the first week of March, using vaccines that were donated by the national government only, at this point in time.

By far, the total number of persons vaccinated has reached 52,084, following the rules governing the said donated vaccines which categorized certain persons as priority. Frontline workers, senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities under the A1, A2 and A3 categories have been inoculated since the vaccinaton program of the city of Manila took off.

As early as January, Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan have put their heads together to establish a vaccination system that would be smooth-flowing, orderly, fast and very efficient.

A series of simulation exercises were also held establishing the step-by-step processes one would have to go through when availing of the free vaccine. It worked. I myself had a first-hand experience as to how the entire process goes. If you want to be finished early, you have to go to your preferred vaccination site early too. Prepare your QR code taken from your pre-registered record online and a copy of a waiver.

I was at the Rafael Palma Elementary School around 7 a.m. by which time, those who lined up outside the gate were already being allowed to enter so they can wait inside while comfortably seated under a covered court which is well-ventilated.

The chairs were socially-distanced and at exactly 8 a.m., the vaccination processes began. At desk 1, your blood pressure and temperature will be taken. Once you’re good, you proceed to step two where you will show your QR code and your prescription or medical certificate, if you fall under the category of 18-59 years old with comorbity.

From there, you proceed to the vaccination site proper inside a designated room. Once jabbed, you will be directed to the observation area where you will wait for 15 minutes to see if there is any adverse reaction. From there, you will be sent to another waiting area for another 15 minutes and then you’re done.

All those behind the operation, from the screening to the QR code and vaccination proper were all friendly and nice. If you are a nervous wreck when it comes to getting jabbed, they are a source of relaxation.

In fact, personnel assisting inside the vaccination area even volunteer to record or take photos of you getting vaccinated and all you have to do is hand over to them your cellphone.

Kudos to Mayor Kois and Vice Mayor Honey for working overtime every time and making sure that the vaccination continued even on holidays. In fact, the inoculation continued during the Holy Week. I had my jab on Black Saturday.

This super dedication to duty led Manila to have a record of 52,084 individuals already being vaccinated as of the other night only, while other cities and municipalities lag behind, with some, sadly, even yet to start their own vaccination program.

When I posted on FB a picture of mine after getting the jab, I was surprised to receive countless messages saying they have yet to hear about their own cities’ plans. Some were even asking how they can transfer residence to Manila. Hahahh!!!

I have got to hand it to them. Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, MHD chief Dr. Poks Pangan, the personnel who assisted the vaccinees led by Boo Gernale led by those from the MHD and the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) headed by Arnel Angeles came up with a system that was implemented in a surprisingly very swift and orderly fashion. I would admit, I never thought that the kind of system I witnessed can be done in a local government setting which is usually chaotic.

Their brilliance would effectively restore one’s hope and faith in the government and that the system actually works if only government officials will put their heart to it. Congratulations, Manila!!


Jokjok (from Christopher Bernal of Taguig City)—TEACHER: Class, what is ‘followed’ and use it as example./PEDRO: Mam, followed is an act of loading your cellphone if your balance is 0. Example: Miss, FOLLOWED nga po ng P10.


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Itchie G. Cabayan
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