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Make 'out-of-box' programs to up vax rate, LGUs told

MANIILA, (PIA) -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos has urged local chief executives (LCEs) in the country to develop "out-of-box" programs that would encourage the public to avail of the free COVID-19 vaccine being offered to them.

I urge our LCEs, the entire country, to come up with out-of-box programs that would help increase our vaccination rate and encourage qualified individuals to get their booster shots,” he said.

The DILG cheif said the fight against the resurfacing COVID-19 infections will remain a priority of the DILG as the number of cases begins to rise again.

He likewise reminded local government units to strictly enforce the minimum health standards such as wearing face masks in public places, frequent washing of hands, and observing physical distance to ensure the protection of their constituents.

We should not let our guards down because we have an unusual rival here which is the coronavirus disease. Let us remember that our every action has a consequence that not only affects us and our families but the whole country as well,” he said.

As the Department of Education (DepEd) gears up for the opening of face-to-face classes this August, Abalos likewise said the welfare and safety of the Filipino children should be the top priority, 

We must ensure that schools in our areas comply with the government's health safety standards and COVID-19 prevention mechanisms.”

Education Secretary and Vice President Sara Z. Duterte earlier announced through DepEd Order 34, s. 2022 that all public and private schools nationwide must transition to five days of face-to-face classes starting November 2.

I know the road to recovery remains an arduous task. But I am confident that with the cooperation and partnership of our LGUs and national government, we would be able to hurdle this season of hardship and emerge victorious as one Filipino nation,” Abalos said. (PIA-NCR)

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