In the quest to fast track vaccine rollout in Northern Mindanao, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 strengthened the local government unit (LGU) preparedness component in the Department’s Vaccine Monitoring System (VMS).
DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe urged the DILG field officers to reflect real time reports required by the Central and Regional Offices since these data will be the basis in forming key COVID-19 related decisions.
“If we cannot come up with reports about real-time situations then decisions cannot be made based on correct information,” Agabe said during the virtual orientation with DILG Field Offices.
Agabe also shared the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS) and its offer to train the LGUs in using said system.
“Hopefully we will be able to provide the necessary assistance to our LGUs, one of which is to advise them to identify personnel for this particular purpose. Kay unsaon sa atong (How can the) national government, particularly the Department of Health (DOH), allot the required number of vaccines if they don’t have the figures and the masterlist of persons that will be inoculated?,” Agabe said.
Also discussed during the orientation were the rescheduling of set programs and activities from the first semester to the second semester in response to SILG Eduardo Año’s memorandum to prioritize COVID-19 response.
The conduct of the activity is in compliance to the Presidential Directive No. 2020-225 and Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 Vaccines Resolution No. 1 Series of 2021, under which DILG directs the crafting of a protocol for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.