DILG to sanction LGUs that fail in jab goals


THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it may soon start going after local government units (LGU) which fail to meet their daily vaccination targets. 

Interior spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said they will be reviewing the performance of LGUs which were given additional supplies of Covid-19 jabs since last month.   

He said the LGUs were each given a daily vaccination target, which they have to meet, or risk facing sanctions from DILG. 

“Probably in the next few weeks, the DILG could determine the LGUs, which will need to be issued a show-cause order and be sanctioned for negligence or misconduct,” Malaya said. 

He said the concerned LGUs will not be given additional Covid-19 jabs until they could exhaust all of their existing vaccine supplies. 

 The Department of Health (DOH) will use the performance assessment of the concerned LGUs to determine how to further ramp up the government’s vaccination drive, according to Malaya.

In a related development, Malaya said the investigation of DILG and DOH on at least 100,000 Covid-19 vaccines, which were destroyed by a fire in Pagadian City in Zamboanga Del Sur last Sunday, is still ongoing. 

 He said the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has yet to complete its probe on the cause of the fire.

 Likewise, he said they were also still checking if there were any lapses on the part of the LGU which accounted for the failure to immediately administer the said vaccine doses in line with existing protocols.  

“We are still waiting for the result of this investigation and as soon as we have this complete picture, DILG will immediately act on the matter,” Malaya said. 

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