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DOH Calabarzon recognizes LGUs, partners to Bayanihan, Bakunahan success

This is a press release from the Department of Health Region IV-A

QUEZON CITY — The Department of Health Center for Health Development- CaLaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) recognizes all local leaders, health care workers, and other critical partners for the implementation of ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’ against COVID-19. 

To share the success of the National Vaccination Days 1 and 2, which has ranked CaLaBaRZon with the highest local number of jabs in the country for inoculating a total of 1,135,638 jabs (as of 12 NN, December 23, 2021) the DOH CHD CaLaBaRZon Wednesday, March 9, presented its first “Golden Jab Award” with the theme: Parangal sa mga Tagpagtaguyod ng Bayanihan Bakunahan sa Panahon ng Pandemya.

“Aking ipinapaabot ang mainit na pagbati at pasasalamat sa lahat ng awardees ng GOLDEN JAB AWARDS sa kanilang matagumpay na pagtaguyod sa kampanya ng ating pamahalaan na Bayanihan Bakunahan na layong mapataas ang bilang ng mga taong dapat na mabakunahan kontra COVID-19,” Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said during his keynote speech in the ‘Golden Jab Awards’ held at Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City on March 9, 2022.

Cavite Province was awarded as the Province with Highest Vaccination Coverage C.Y. 2021 with  52% (2,221,182/4,305,597); while the Cities with Highest Vaccination Coverage C.Y. 2021 were awarded to Tagaytay City, Cavite 94% (78,630/83,320) Tanauan City, Batangas 79% (157,164/199,978) Lipa City, Batangas 70% (266,884/383,404) Santo Tomas City, Batangas 64% (132,705/207,450) and Cabuyao City, Laguna 63% (219,303/345,623). Also awarded with Municipalities with Highest Vaccination Coverage C.Y. 2021were: Mendez, Cavite 86% (31,6931/36,906) Carmona, Cavite 74% (84,253/114,194) Los Baños, Laguna 67%(84,786/185,385) Noveleta, Cavite 65%(34,771/53,663) and Rosario, Cavite 58% (75,427/129,583). 

Cities that reached 70% Target Population C.Y. 2021 were awarded also to Tagaytay City, Cavite 94% (78,630/83,320) Tanauan City, Batangas 79% (157,164/199,978). While Municipalities who reached 70% Target Population C.Y. 2021 were awarded to Mendez, Cavite 86% (31,691/36,906) Carmona, Cavite 74% (84,253/114,194). 

The Province with Highest Coverage during NVD 1was awarded to Quezon Province 144% (168,928/117,450) while the Province with Highest Coverage during NVD 2 was awarded to Laguna Province 159% (293,572/185,166), while the Province with Highest Jabs during NVD 1 was also awarded to Laguna Province (272,405).

Cities with Highest Jabs during NVD 1, were awarded to Calamba City, Laguna (45,402) Santa Rosa City, Laguna (40,142), Antipolo City, Rizal (38,544), Bacoor City, Cavite (36,484), Dasmariñas City, Cavite (34,097) while Municipalities with Highest Jabs during NVD 1 were awarded to Rodriguez, Rizal (30,383) Tanza, Cavite (25,227) Taytay, Rizal (20,152), Naic, Cavite (18,755), and Silang, Cavite (18,414)

The Province with Highest Jabs during NVD 2 was awarded to Cavite Province (307,525) and the Cities with Highest Jabs during NVD 2 were awarded to Dasmariñas City, Cavite (54,360), Santa Rosa City, Laguna (48,155), Antipolo City, Rizal (46,818), Cabuyao City, Laguna (43,272), Bacoor City, Cavite (39,799); Municipalities with Highest Jabs during NVD 2 were awarded to Tanza, Cavite (35,943) Taytay, Rizal (30,288), Rodriguez, Rizal (23,948), Binangonan, Rizal (22,517), Candelaria, and Quezon (18,855). 

The Regional office also has given a Posthumous Award to Dr. Dianne Estioco-Gubaton, who recently passed away due to an illness. She was the National Immunization Program Coordinator who spearheaded the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the COVID-19 Vaccination. His husband, Mr. Jim Gubaton, accepted the award. 

Meanwhile, the LGUs awarded with Best Practices on Demand Generation and Communications strategy during the NVD 1 & 2 were the following Cities: Dasmariñas City, Cavite, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, San Pablo City, Laguna, Cabuyao City, Laguna, Tanauan City, Batangas, Antipolo City, Rizal, Tayabas City, and Quezon

Batangas City, Batangas. For the Municipalities: Carmona, Cavite, Mabitac, Laguna, Calaca, Batangas, Atimonan, Quezon, San Antonio, Quezon, Lucban, Quezon, Alitagtag, Batangas and Bauan, Batangas. For the Special Award:  (Most Innovative) Imus City, Cavite and from the Island Municipalities were Polillo and Panukulan, Quezon. 

Special Citation Award - Healthy Pilipinas Awards were given toBinan City, and Cabuyao City, Laguna; Agap Ulat Award NVD was given to Batangas Province, Agap Ulat Award AEFI were given to Indang, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna,  Rosario, Cavite, and San Pablo, Laguna, while Bilis Responde Award AEFI were given to Lipa City, Batangas and Reverse Logistics Collection Champion for Cavite Provincial Health Office Facility. 

Also, a plaque of appreciation was also given to 18 Government Agencies, NGOs/ Organization & other partners for their solidarity and cooperation during the National Vaccination Days or Bayanihan Bakunahan 1 and 2 and will facilitate the awarding of plaque to their respective offices/ agencies, among which are: the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Education (DepEd), DepEd-Tarlac Province, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine National Police (PNP), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Peace Action and Rescue with Dedication to Serve the Society F II – Cavite, IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY PARISH-BUCANDALA, Mabitac Children’s Association, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management –Mabitac, UNICEF - Relief International, The Alliance of Public Health Advocates (ALPHA), and Antipolo Buenviaje LIONS CLUB.

Some 2,683 volunteers also received a certificate of recognition for their selfless service as vaccinators and logistics support during the ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan.’ 

“Hindi naging biro ang pinagdaanang pagsubok ng bawat isa mula sa paghahanda hanggang sa mismong implementasyon ng kampanya. Gumugol tayo ng panahon, pawis, at pagod upang matiyak na maiaabot sa ating mga kababayan ang kinakailangang bakuna na siyang makapagbibigay-proteksyon laban sa COVID-19 at nang masimulan na matuldukan ang pandemyang ito na nakaapekto ng malaki sa ating buhay,” he added.

“Nagbunga ang ating pagpupunyagi, pagsisikap, at pagod sa mga nakaraang Bayanihan Bakunahan, National Vaccination Days 1 hanggang 3, hindi bababa sa tatlong milyong indibidwal ang mga nabakunahan sa buong Calabarzon. Isa tayo sa mga rehiyon sa buong bansa na may pinaka-mataas na bilang ng mga nabigyan ng bakuna kontra COVID-19 he concluded. Hindi ito nagawa ng mag-isa ng DOH-Center for Health Development-Calabarzon at ng mga miyembro ng vaccination team kundi narating natin ito bunga ng pagtutulungan at kooperasyon ng iba't ibang local government units, mga ahensya ng pamahalaan, pribadong sektor” he concluded. 

The ‘Golden Jab Awards’ includes both monetary and non-monetary awards to recognize the “Bayanihan Bakunahan” Campaign’s success results from a collective and immediate action among partners committed to implementing strategies that substantially sustain rapid, effective, high-quality COVID-19 vaccine roll-out to increase population immunity.

The DOH CALABARZON conceptualized the Golden Jab Awards to recognize, celebrate, and extend its deepest gratitude to all awardees for a JAB well done.  (DOH-CALABARZON)

DOH Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia (center) and Assistant Regional Director Leda M. Hernandez )3rd from left) together with the awardees from the Province of Cavite as they bag the Major Award the ‘Province with Highest Vaccination Coverage’ of 52% (2,221,182/4,305,597) during the ‘Golden Jab Awards’ held at Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City on March 9, 2022.

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Fredmoore Cavan

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