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Secretary Andanar: No other way out of the pandemic but to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19


SAN ISIDRO, Surigao del Norte – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar once again urged the public to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, citing that only then can the country assure recovery while protecting the people.

During this Tuesday’s episode of the Network Briefing News, Secretary Andanar called for support on the government’s Resbakuna campaign. He noted that vaccines in certain areas, if left unused, will be reallocated to other local government units.

“Kaya kapag mayroon nang bakuna [sa inyong lugar] ay siguraduhin na magpabakuna na [So once vaccines are available in your area, make sure that you get vaccinated right away],” he said

“Dapat ho ay wag na tayong mamimli ng bakuna pa. Kung ano ng available at pwede, Sinovac ba yan, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, o Sputnik. Kung anong meron sa harapan niyo na handang ibigay sa inyo ng inyong munisipyo, inyong Department of Health dyan sa inyong bayan ay tanggapin niyo na para safe po tayong laha [Do not be be selective about the vaccine. Whatever is available can be used, whether its Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Sputnik. Use whatever your municipality, the Department of Health in your city can give you, so that all of us can be safe],” he added.

The PCOO chief stressed that it is only through getting the majority of Filipinos vaccinated that the country can takeoff from the downturn of economic activities.

“Wala ho talagang ibang solusyon dito sa COVID-19, sa mga lockdown para matigil kundi ang pagpapabakuna. Yan lamang ang nag-iisang paraan o solusyon na tayo’y makamove forward at matigil na itong pagsadsad ng ating ekonomiya [There’s no other solution to COVID-19 and the imposed lockdowns but through vaccination. That is the only solution for us to move forward and stop the downturn in our economy],” he said.

“Wala namang masamang hangarin ang ating pamahalaan para sa ating mga kababayan [The government does not have any detrimental intentions against the people],” he added.

Support small business, generate employment

Meanwhile, Secretary Andanar also sought the support of concerned government offices, including the local government units to look after small business owners in their jurisdiction and respond to their needs in terms of allowing them to operate during this time of the pandemic.

“Dapat hindi natin ginigipit ang ating mga kababayan, ang ating mga maliliit na negosyante [We shouldn’t make it hard for our fellowmen, for the small businesses],” he said, stressing that the LGU should help them ease the processes in securing their respective permits to operate.

He further told local officials to refrain from politicizing any assistance that they may extend to the sector and instead put into practice the spirit of Bayanihan.

“Pakiusap po ng national government sa local na pamahalaan huwag po nating pulitikahin ang pagbibigay ng ambag, tulong sa ating bayan [The national government is asking our local government units not to politicize the aid or help that is given to constituents] ,” he added.

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