IN a bid to vaccinate workers in the city to revive the local economy, the city government of Marikina has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with homegrown private company Angel’s Burger.
Under the MOA, the Angel’s Burger Foundation will procure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines and the local government will store these in the city’s cold storage facility. The city will also take care of administering vaccines to workers through its vaccination teams.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro signed the agreement with Angel’s Burger president Carlo Angelo Mojica during a MOA signing ceremony at the Marikina Sports Park.
“Hindi ito katulad ng sa ibang LGU na contractual ang relationship. Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng isang partnership or engagement kung saan tutulong ang private sectors sa pagbibigay ng bakuna,” Teodoro said.
“At isa pang malaking matutulong ng private sector kagaya ng sa Angel’s Burger na sila ang mag-a-identify ng mga manggagawa nila na nais magpabakuna, at ang mga ayaw magpabakuna ay sila na rin ang gumagawa ng pagkumbinse at ibayong pagpapaliwanag sa kahalagahan ng bakuna,” he added
For his part, Mojica pledged P1 million worth of vaccines to the local government of Marikina.
“Sa ngayon ang aming naipangako kay mayor ay at least P1 million worth of COVID-19 vaccines ng Angel’s Burger sa Marikina government. Para po iyan sa mga residente ng Marikina,” he told reporters.
“Kawawa naman po iyong mga manggagawa kung every time na may mag-positive lahat sila ay madadamay. Two weeks of salary po ang nawawala sa kanila,” Mojica added.
Teodoro emphasized the importance of immediately vaccinating economic frontliners so that the economy could quickly recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
“Mahalaga na agarang mabakunahan ang mga manggagawa o ang mga kabilang sa A4 category. They should be immunized for their welfare and for the sake of our economy,” he said.
Aside from workers, he said that people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic should also be inoculated immediately in order for them to quickly land a job to help support their families.
“Those people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, they must also be immediately vaccinated. Ito ay para makahanap agad sila ng trabaho at para magtuloy-tuloy ang recovery ng ating ekonomiya,” the mayor reiterated.
“Kung totoo na padating na ang malaking supply ng bakuna, magbakuna na tayo hindi lamang A1 hanggang A3 kundi A4 at A5 kung maaari iyong iba pang medically eligible sa general population natin,” he added.
Also present during the event were representatives of Lamp Quarters, Pan de Amerikana, Hapag Kainan and St. Scholastica who signified their support to the city government of Marikina.