Velasco lauds Duterte on certifying House Bill 8648 as urgent

BOAC, Marinduque — Speaker and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Jay Velasco welcome and laud the move of President Rodrigo Duterte, allowing local government units (LGUs) to make advance payment for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines under a memorandum the Chief Executive has signed.

Velasco said that this is an important step in the country’s fight to defeat the spread of COVID-19 as this allows the speedy procurement of the most effective vaccines by LGUs cognizant that any delay would have serious consequences on how we move forward from the pandemic.

House Bill No. 8648, which Speaker Velasco introduced in the House of Representatives, seeks to expedite the purchase and administration of vaccines to ensure that all Filipinos, particularly the elderly and those in the marginalized sectors, will be inoculated and protected from the deadly disease.

According to Velasco, the President’s certification of the bill as urgent will also help the LGUs transition to “normalcy” as the country aims to further open the economy to help the business sector reopen and reemploy those who have been displaced by the pandemic.

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