Former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. is pushing for the immediate signing and enforcement of the multi-party agreements (MPAs) entered into by the local government units (LGUs) and private entities with the national government to boost the importation of COVID-19 vaccines.
Marcos said that the MPAs should be acted upon with urgency and immediately enforced in light of the alarming warning of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the highly contagious Covid-19 Delta variant now sweeps through the country as the dominant virus strain.
“We need to have more people vaccinated, more so now because the Delta variant is now the driving force behind the recent ballooning of Covid cases across the country. And we could only do that if the MPAs are enforced because it would widen the gateway of incoming vaccine supplies,” he stressed.
Marcos was referring to the tripartite accord among the national and local governments and the private sector in the procurement of vaccine supplies which appeared to have been set aside.
Under Republic Act 11525, or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, LGUs and private entities may procure their own vaccine supplies through multi-party agreements (MPA) with the national government.
The former senator earlier lamented that such agreement appears to have been virtually mothballed despite persistent appeals by the local officials and leaders of the private sector to have the MPAs signed by their counterpart in the national government.
He added that a resolution has been filed in the Senate urging the Committee of the Whole to look into the MPAs which have reportedly been submitted to the national government but remained unsigned by its representatives.”
“We have already seen that the LGUs are ready and capable of handling the vaccine rollout. Pero nagiging on and off ang roll out sa kakapusan ng vaccines. Dito sa Metro Manila, lalo na sa mga probinsya,” Marcos said.