December 4, 2022

Officials of Mankayan, Benguet are conducting a massive information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign on the benefits of vaccination among its residents and correcting the misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccination.
“We are focusing on the IEC because the people here are afraid of being vaccinated due to misinformation on social media,” Mayor Frenzel Ayong said.
He said they need to help provide correct information to hesitant residents as contribution to the Covid-19 vaccination program of the government.
He said the IEC teams coordinated with the barangays for targeted audience.
Ayong said the IEC team members individually engage with at least 20 persons per week to explain about the vaccination program of the government.
Mankayan landed on the radar of the Department of Health in November and December last year due to the spike in Covid-19 cases among workers at the mining camp.
In Kapangan, Mayor Manny Fermin said the local government allotted P600,000 for the purchase of vaccines.
He, however, clarified the money is a standby fund and can be merged with the funds of other LGUs if they decide to pool their funds to purchase vaccines.
LGUs in Benguet are waiting for the vaccines from the national government after the rollout in pilot areas.
“We will wait for the vaccines (to be provided by the national government). We cannot afford to purchase our own,” Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas said.
Diclas, a medical doctor by profession, said they will help in disseminating information about the benefits of vaccination. – PNA