Defensor says Iloilo getting ‘fair share of vaccines’, jabs from nat’l gov’t sufficient

PHOTO CAPTION: Short of saying that they don’t need donations from the Iloilo City government, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. (main image) said the province has been getting its “fair share of vaccines” from the National Government and its supply on hand is not wanting. Iloilo City councilor Romel Duron (inset), meanwhile, admitted that the questioned vaccine donation by the city to several provincial towns didn’t go thru the normal process./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of the Philippine News Agency and Duron’s FB page)

ILOILO–The province has a sufficient supply of vaccines and is getting its fair share of jabs from the national government.

This was the pronouncement of Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. when asked about the vaxx supply status of the province recently.

How much, if at all, of his statement is in the context of the city government’s controversial donation of COVID-19 jabs to municipality-members of the Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC) is unclear, but he gave assurances that towns in his jurisdiction are well taken care of.

“Ang aton ginabaton (nga COVID-19 vaccines) supisyente man sa level sang national government. Ang mga LGUs naton, waay naton ginapabay-an kay padayon man ang aton pangayo, padayon man ang aton follow-up didto. That’s why ang naga-abot sa aton probinsya…fair share [The COVID-19 vaccines we receive from the national government are sufficient. We don’t neglect the needs of our LGUs and we continue to request for vaccines and to follow-up on them. What we receive here in the province is (our)…fair share],” he said, stressing the national government has never been remiss in providing the province with the number of vaccines that they need.

“When we were deciding, naga-calculate kita kun ano pa nga mga brands ang maabot sa aton kag ano nga level ang ihatag sa aton sang national government. Amo na nga wala naton ginduso tanan. And as early as that, nagsiling ang national government that they would provide [When we were deciding, we calculated (sic) the brand of vaccines that were set to arrive here and the level (of vaccine support) the national government was extending to us. That was why we didn’t push for everything in one go. And as early as that, the national government said it would provide the needed vaccines],” Defensor explained.


Meanwhile, Sangguniang Panlungsod member and Majority Floor Leader Romel Duron admitted that the vaccine donation to several Iloilo towns and the province of Guimaras didn’t go through the normal process.

“Ang donation, in normal times, may resolution authorizing the mayor kun mag-donate siya sa banwa-banwa. But because of the emergency, maybe nag-istoryahanay na lang sila sang mga mayors. I’m not really familiar kun paano ang pag-allocate sang mga banwa nga ginadonaran [The donation, in normal times, would need a resolution (from the Sangguniang Panlungsod) authorizing the mayor to make the donation to other towns. But because of the emergency, maybe the mayors just talked among themselves. I’m not really familiar how the vaccines were allocated to the towns that received the donation],” Duron added.

To recall, Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas had announced they were donating some 9,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from the city government’s own supply—not from the national government’s grant—to the neighboring towns of Pavia, Oton, Leganes, Sta. Barbara, Cabatuan, San Miguel, Zarraga, and Dumangas, and the island-province of Guimaras.

When later “questioned” by a radio anchor, Treñas said that he was willing to go to jail if it were proven that his vaccine donation was illegal. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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