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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau


STATEMENT OF SPEAKER LORD ALLAN VELASCO ON PRRD’S CERTIFICATION OF HOUSE BILL 8648 AS URGENT
18 February 2021 02:15:21 PM


We welcome and laud the move of President Rodrigo Duterte allowing our local government units (LGUs) to make advance payment for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines under a memorandum the Chief Executive has signed.

This is an important step in our fight to defeat the spread of COVID-19 as this allows the speedy procurement of the most effective vaccines by LGUs cognizant that any delay would have serious consequences on how we move forward from this pandemic.

House Bill 8648, which I introduced in the House of Representatives, seeks to expedite the purchase and administration of vaccines to ensure that all Filipinos, particularly the elderly and those in the marginalized sectors, will be inoculated and protected from the deadly disease.

The President’s certification of the bill as urgent will also help our LGUs transition to some kind of normalcy as we aim to further open the economy to help the business sector reopen and reemploy those who have been displaced by the pandemic.#