SENATE CONVENES COW: Senators led by Senate President Vicente Sotto III convene the Committee of the Whole Monday, January 11, 2021, to look into the government's COVID-19 vaccination program with the end view of determining the measures necessary to fully prepare for its nationwide implementation. Also in photo are Senators Panfilo Lacson (right) and Francis "Tol" Tolentino. (Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB) MANILA, Philippines — Some senators on Monday insisted that local government units (LGUs) and private companies should be allowed to directly deal with COVID-19 vaccine suppliers on their own and without the national government's intervention. During the Senate inquiry into the country's COVID-19 vaccination plan, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said it appears that the national government is "monopolizing" the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines. "Bakit ang national government gusto i-monopolize ang pag-purchase? Bakit 'di na lang payagan 'yung LGUs at private sector to do their own purchases?" Recto asked. (Why does the national government want to monopolize the purchase of vaccines? Why won't you allow LGUs and the private sector to do their own purchases?) "What we are saying, para mapabilis 'yung bakuna, 'yung pribado naman willing maglabas ng pera, bakit 'di sila payagan na rin to import by… Read full this story
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