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Lanao del Sur creates COVID-19 vaccination task force

MARAWI CITY (PIA) – Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr signed an executive order (EO) creating a task force that would oversee the provincial vaccination program against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

EO No. 002 series of 2021 aims to establish a team to ensure an efficient and effective inoculation drive against the dreaded disease. Adiong, himself, is the chairperson while Vice Governor Mohamad Khalid R. Adiong is the vice-chairperson. 

The task force is also composed of Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office; Board Member Zorab Mangotara, chairperson of the SP Committee on Health and Sanitation; Mayor Majul Gandamra of Marawi City; Butig Mayor Dimnatang Pansar, president of the Lanao del Sur League of Municipal Mayors; Habib Macaayong, MSU system president; BGen Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander; PCol Rex Derilo, Provincial Police Director; and department heads of the provincial government

The task force has several functions including the assessment of vaccines to be procured, evaluation of who should be prioritized, procurement and handling, roll-out implementation and monitoring, and dissemination of information.

The EO also formed four clusters (Vaccine Procurement; Planning, Campaign, Management, and Technical Team;  Cold Chain and Logistics Management; and Communications, Advocacy, and Partnership) and laid down the members of each cluster to ensure the successful and efficient deployment of the vaccines to the target population. 

Meanwhile, to prepare communities for the roll-out, the Communications cluster conducted an orientation on the COVID-19 vaccination program on Thursday, February 11. It was participated by Municipal Information Officers, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) Presidents, and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation Presidents.

Minalang said information about the development of the vaccine, its benefits, precautions, priority targets, and processes of vaccination were discussed during the orientation.  Misconceptions and non-scientific beliefs on vaccination were also addressed. (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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