LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Yap imparted that he will be using his personal resource to procure some 600 doses of Astra Zenica vaccines that will be used to vaccinate frontliners of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) and members of the media as part of the initial wave of the implementation of the government’s mass vaccination in the province.
Yap stated that he already got the assurance from Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. that Benguet will be among the priority areas where the mass vaccination will be rolled out on or before the middle part of the year to ensure that the people in the province will not be left out simply because of the inadequate resources of the different local governments.
However, he pointed out that he also made representations with the National Vaccine Committee to include the procurement of 600 doses of the vaccine that will be charged to his personal account so that the BeGH frontliners and the members of the media who are always risking their lives will be immunized at the earliest possible time.
Vaccines for frontliners will be worked out by his office for them to be provided with immunization because of the risk involvement in their work.
He made sure that the people of Benguet will closely work with the National Vaccine Committee to fulfill its earlier commitment to him that the province will be placed as one of the priority areas for vaccination simultaneous with the projected roll out of the mass vaccination program in the different parts of the country.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) provided the required funds for the constriction of 3 isolation units in the different parts of the province where the one within the BeGH compound was the first to be completed while the other facility in Itogon will be undergoing construction the soonest.
The 13 million isolation unit within the BeGH compound is a one-storey structure made from container vans with independent comfort rooms for each of the rooms that had been provided for COVID patients pursuant to the advise of health authorities tasked to oversee their health condition.