May 29, 2021 @ 12:42 AM 2 years ago

CALOOCAN Mayor Oca Malapitan and son, District 1 Rep. Dale Along Malapitan, hailed President Rodrigo Duterte for his approval for the additional legislative district in the city.

“On behalf of the people of Caloocan, I am very grateful to President (Rodrigo) Duterte for his approval on Republic Act 11545, which my son, Congressman (Dale) Along Malapitan, has authored which will pave the way for additional legislative district in the city,” Mayor Malapitan said.

He also extended his gratitude to the members of the Senate particularly Senators Francis Tolentino and Imee Marcos for the swift passage of the counterpart bill prior to the President’s signature.

“This new law initiated by Congressman Along is really a big thing for the city as a whole because it will have extra voice in Congress and more benefits will surely be given our constituents in terms of additional funding and project allocations,” the elder Malapitan said.

Echoing his father’s statement, the younger Malapitan said the President’s approval of his bill was timely as their constituents were badly in need of more support amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reapportioning for Caloocan’s First Legislative District was introduced by Congressman Along in order to provide adequate representation to focus and heed the needs and pleas of the residents.

Under the newly-approved R.A. 11545, Barangay 1-4, 77-85, 132-177 will remain part of the first district while Barangay 178-188 will be a part of the new third district.

A new district will pave way to new leaders that will help shape laws and policies for the city folks, the local officials said.

“This would also mean that we can focus on projects and programs tailored to the needs of the residents; for faster development and improved public service,” the Caloocan congressman said.

No AstraZeneca vaccines will go to waste in Navotas

Amid reports that over 1.5 million of AstraZeneca vaccines might expire next month, Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco said that the allocation provided by the national government for the city was already fully utilized.

“Here in Navotas, there is no reason to fear that vaccines will go to waste. We value each drop because we know how important these vaccines are to the health and safety of our citizens.”

“This is also the reason we are aggressive in our efforts to vaccinate our people at the soonest,” he added.

Records from the City Health Office (CHO) showed that Navotas received 1,586 vials of AstraZeneca from the national government’s March and May vaccine distribution.

Each vial, depending on the manufacturer, can draw up nine to 10 full doses, it said.

As of May 25, 14,285 local residents and workers have received their first jabs of AstraZeneca vaccines. Of these, 596 are frontliners, 3,237 senior citizens and 10,452 persons with comorbidities.

Meanwhile, 154 frontliners have completed two doses of the same vaccine, the CHO said.

“We have used up all AstraZeneca vaccines allotted for first doses. The remaining stock is reserved for second doses and will be utilized in the coming weeks,” said the mayor as he disclosed that the city has opened at least seven vaccination sites.

Residents and workers in the city, who are part of the A2 and A3 Priority Group categories, can avail of the vaccines through city-given schedule, walk-in or self-set appointment.

Earlier this month, concerns have been raised regarding the utilization of the 2-million AstraZeneca doses delivered in the country through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), 1.5 million of which will expire this June and the remaining 530,400 will expire in July.

Regardless of vaccine brands, the city government has already vaccinated some 30, 101 residents who were given first dose. Of the figures, 20, 223 were from A3 Priority Group or those with comorbidities.

Those given with first and second doses were 8, 612 residents, 807 of them were medical frontliners.