November 25, 2021

Duterte tells LGUs to guide and feed Covid-19 vaccinees.

On Tuesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte urged local government units (LGUs) to help people get vaccinated against Covid-19 and even feed them if necessary.

“I also appeal to all governors and mayors, dalhin ninyo ang mga constituents ninyo sa mga (bring your constituents to) vaccination sites, sa mga (bring your constituents to) hospitals, malls, at maging sa mga Jollibee at McDonald’s branches para mabakunahan na sila (bring them to hospitals, malls, and even Jollibee and McDonald’

Jollibee Foods Corporation and McDonald’s Philippines had previously offered their restaurants as Covid-19 vaccination sites to assist the government in increasing vaccination rates.

Local officials, according to Duterte, should also ensure that those who get vaccinated in fast-food chains are given free meals. He also offered to reimburse the money for the food that had been spent.

“Yun namang pupunta sa Jollibee para magpabakuna saka sa McDonald’s matapos gutumin, walang pera tapos maamoy niya yung karne diyan, walang pera tapos maamoy niya yung karne diyan, walang pera tapos maamoy niya yung karne diy I propose, and I am authorizing all governors and mayors, that kayo ng pera gumastos na lang. If you go to Jollibee or McDonald’s to get vaccinated, you might get hungry and smell the food. I’m giving all governors and mayors permission to spend money. Allow them to eat and I’ll reimburse them. Simply give me the bill, and if I have the funds, I will try to pay it,” he added.

Local officials, he said, should have no trouble persuading their constituents to get their Covid-19 shots because they’re used to luring crowds during election season.

“Sanay ang mga governors at mayors maghakot ng tao, so dapat kayang-kaya din nila ito,” he said.

He also thanked the private sector for participating in the government’s three-day “Bayanihan Bakunahan” (simultaneous vaccination drive) from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

The “Bayanihan Bakunahan” vaccination campaign aims to reach 15 million Filipinos in 16 regions outside of Metro Manila.

More than 33.5 million Filipinos have received their Covid-19 vaccinations.

‘A threat to public health’

Meanwhile, Duterte backed restaurants, resorts, and other businesses that demand proof of Covid-19 vaccination from customers.

“I support all na delikado sa (that are at risk of) contamination in public, including these restaurants.” You have my full backing. He said, “Huwag mo sila pakainin (Refuse customers).” “Kailangan talaga lahat mabakunahan,” says the narrator. Everyone should get vaccinated. Ang mga ayaw (Everyone should get vaccinated.) Those who refuse) should not be permitted to enter public restaurants or resorts because they pose a health and safety risk to the general public.”

He also expressed support for employers who require their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they must report in person.

“Kung ikaw gusto ng trabaho at ayaw mong magpabakuna, hindi obligado ang employer na tanggapin ka,” he said.

Duterte clarified that he is not discriminating against anyone because of their religious beliefs, but that he must avoid causing undue hardship to the employer and other employees by infecting them with the respiratory disease.

“Kung ako yung employer at hawain mo yung mga empleyado ko hanggang tuloy ang negosyo ko mahina, idadamay mo ako.” So, namimili, ang rason diyan is hindi ako nagdi-discriminate. If you infect my employees until my company goes bankrupt because they’re all sick, you’ll have an impact on me. As a result, there is no reason to discriminate. It’s to keep my business safe),” he explained.

He reminded those who had not been vaccinated that Covid-19 infection is fatal.

“Ang kamatayan niyan is a dead end.” (The dead end is death.) Dapat maintindihan ito ng mga kababayan natin, kailangan lahat ay magpabakuna (Dapat maintindihan ito ng mga kababayan natin, kailangan lahat ay magpabakuna). Our citizens should be aware that we all need to be vaccinated),” he continued.

The Department of Health reported 195 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 47,482.

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