CH to realign funds for purchase of Covid vaccine ‘if need arises’

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IF NECESSITY calls, the Mandaue City Government will purchase the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine this year.

In an interview with Mayor Jonas Cortes, he said the procurement of the vaccine was not included in the City’s 2021 budget appropriations.

However, the City can always realign funds if the City has no other choice choice, Cortes said.

“We can tap other funds. In fact, we won’t have any second thoughts in procuring the vaccine. However, if the National Government can provide it, then that will be better,” the mayor said in Cebuano.

During Sen. Bong Go’s visit in December, Go said Mandaue City would be prioritized in the acquisition of vaccines.

Cortes said he took it to mean that the City would just have to wait for the vaccines to be distributed, but it still has to coordinate with the National Government.

If this doesn’t push through, Cortes said he will discuss the matter with the budget officer so they can come up with an amount that will need to be realigned.

“We can tap the DRRM (Disaster Risk Reduction Management) fund. We can even sacrifice the confidential funds because our asset is the health of the Mandauehanons,” Cortes said.

In a separate interview, Mayor Glenn Bercede said the procurement of the vaccine was not included during the budget hearing since it wasn’t available yet.

“Naa tay budget, gani kuwang tingali basin mag-supplemental ta (We have a budget, but if that’s not enough then we’ll just pass a supplemental budget),” Bercede said. (KFD)