Manila Bulletin : Bongbong Marcos hopes for a 'better Christmas' this year

30 September 2021

By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he is hoping for a better Christmas season for Filipinos this year.

“Hopefully magiging maganda ang Pasko natin, mas madami nang mga kababayan natin ang magiging bakunado at protektado laban sa malalang kaso ng Covid by December. At pwede na nating unti-unting buksan muli ang ating ekonomiya (I hope that we will have a Merry Christmas when many of our countrymen have been vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 by December. And we will be able to slowly start our economy),” Marcos, who is mulling to run for a national post in the 2022 elections, said in a statement.

The former lawmaker called for a more systematic and efficient vaccination rollout, with provincial local governments equipped with the necessary logistics and cold chain requirements for the vaccines.

He also said that the Department of Health should coordinate with LGUs to ensure that they have a sufficient number of vaccinators for the rollout.

“When the vaccination of people under the priority list started, we saw that LGUs are very capable of rolling out the vaccination program. ‘Yong ibang LGUs with less capacity to vaccinate, tulungan (we help) to increase their capacity,” Marcos noted.

The government is targeting to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating 90 percent of the country’s population.

Malacañang is hopeful that the country would be closer to achieving that with the vaccination of the general public set to begin in October.

As of September 27, about 20.58 million people or 26.68 percent of the country’s eligible population have been fully vaccinated while 23.78 million have received their first dose.