THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is earmarking P20 million from its 2020 internal income for the purchase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines when available to protect its employees from the deadly virus.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the agency will appropriate funds to ensure the procurement of anti-COVID-19 vaccines through the help of Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC), an attached agency under the Department of Trade and Industry.
According to Lim, the MMDA is in coordination with PITC President and CEO Dave Almarinez. Once finalized, the agency will execute a Memorandum of Agreement with PITC for the inclusion of MMDA on the procurement of the vaccines worth ₱20 million.
PITC has been mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from overseas.
“The vaccine will add up to our sustained efforts against COVID-19. Our personnel who are mostly frontliners can be fully secured of their health,” he said.
Lim also said that each employee can also nominate one member of his/her family to receive vaccination as well.
“Our employees' families are as important as they are to us. We want them to be protected, too,” Lim added.
Currently, the MMDA has more than 8,000 employees, with almost eighty percent working in the field in various locations in Metro Manila.