Belmonte, Moreno bare vaccine rollout plans

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc


The mayors of the two largest cities in the Philippines will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine deployment plans of their cities, in the latest edition of the University of the Philippines’ “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series, to be livestreamed on March 26, 2021 at 12 nn.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will answer the webinar title question: “Is My LGU Prepared for COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out? Part 1”. Their responses will follow the talk of Dr. Mahar Lagmay, the executive director of the UP Resilience Institute, on “the importance of digital data systems to move faster than the virus”.

For opening remarks, Myrna Cabotaje, Health Undersecretary and Special Adviser to the National Task Force on COVID-19, will discuss the current national preparedness for the vaccine deployment. Anthony Faraon, Zuellig Family Foundation Deputy Executive Director for Local Health Systems, will be a reactor. Experts’ remarks and synthesis will be provided by UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla and a public health expert and webinar facilitator, Susan Pineda Mercado.

The webinar is the 46th in the series of weekly webinars, “Stop COVID Deaths”, produced by UP in partnership with the UP Manila National Institutes of Health-National Telehealth Center and in cooperation with the UP Philippine General Hospital.

According to the organizers, many sectors need to coordinate in a whole-of-society approach to the vaccination roll-out involving millions of Filipinos and to keep wastage at a minimum. At the local government unit (LGU)level, this requires micro-planning, coordination for logistics, cold chain management, use of information technology, training of vaccinators, and leadership, they point out.

The talks of the two LGU leaders and experts can provide a benchmark of preparedness to the rest of the LGUs of the country, they added.

Those who wish to participate in the webinar may register at . If registration is already at full capacity, a YouTube Live broadcast will also be available on TVUP at and