Governor Jonvic Remulla Has Had It With "We Will Get Back to You" Replies

The response is "worse" than noted, he said.

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PHOTO BY Facebook/Jonvic Remulla ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) It looks like vaccine inequality isn't only a global problem, but a national issue, too. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla expressed concerns over disparity in vaccine supply Metro Manila versus neighboring provinces. And in a tweet on August 26, Thursday, it looks like he has enough.

"I am already BEYOND frustrated. Naka-ilang meeting na pero everytime we ask for vaccine support the answer is 'we will get back to you.' Puro ganyan. It is worse than 'noted,'" he said. Remulla expressed the same exasperation during an earlier interview on Super Radyo dzBB: "Ang sinasabi nila [national government] 'we will get back to you, may supply na darating.' Very frustrating ang situation."

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While thankful for the one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines delivered to the province and that 500,000 people are already vaccinated, the Cavite governor argued that they need at least six million doses to achieve herd immunity. They are also capable of administering up to 60,000 doses a day, but the lack of vaccine supply is hampering their vaccination drive.

Cavite has a budget of P2.5 billion for their vaccination program, but the arrival of Novavax—the COVID-19 vaccine brand that they've procuredis postponed yet again to the fourth quarter of 2021, he explained.

He also told his constituents: "Only the national government has sole authority and control over vaccine order and distribution. The LGU's hands are tied as they are prohibited and blocked from making their own choice of procurement. We can only buy via the tripartite agreement but our order remains unsigned. This tripartite agreement on vaccine procurement by the LGU is the national policy whether we like it or not."

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Remulla is appealing to the national government to allow them to coordinate directly for their own vaccine supply. "Wala po akong nakikitang rason para harangan ang aming layunin na siguraduhing ligtas ang kalusugan at buhay ng aming mga kalalawigan. Maawa na po kung sino man ang may kapangyarihan na ipatupad ito sa lalong madaling panahon," he added.

In an earlier post, Remulla also asked the Department of Health to give appropriate attention to Region 4-A, which Cavite is part of.

"Sabihin na natin na ang epicenter ng pandemya ay talaga namang ang Metro Manila o NCR. Ngunit dahil kalapit ng NCR ang Cavite at Laguna, hindi maiiwasang kumalat din sa ating lalawigan ang malalang epekto ng COVID-19. Karamihan sa ating mga residente ay naghahanapbuhay o malimit na napapadpad sa NCR. Kaya’t hiling po sana natin sa Department of Health and on behalf of the Region 4-A LGUs, ay kung maaari bigyan naman po ng pansin ang kakulangan ng supply ng bakuna sa ating rehiyon," he explained.

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