November 26, 2021

Recipients of the ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ program are excused from work.

According to a new proclamation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, public and private sector employees who will be vaccinated during the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” National Covid-19 Vaccination Days will be excused from work.

Proclamation No. 1253 established “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” National Covid-19 Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1.

“Government and private sector employees and workers who will be vaccinated during the period shall not be considered absent from work, provided that they present proof of vaccination to their respective employers, subject to rules issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC),” the proclamation stated.

Malacanang had previously stated that November 29 and December 1 are “special working days,” with only November 30 being a regular holiday in honor of national hero Andres Bonifacio’s birth anniversary.

The proclamation directs the Departments of Health (DOH) and Interior and Local Government (DILG) to lead the Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Covid-19 Vaccination Days, as well as the implementation of programs, activities, and campaigns, in collaboration with the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.

Relevant agencies, government-owned or controlled corporations, state universities, and colleges, and local government units (LGUs) are directed, and medical, nursing, and allied health associations, faith-based, civil society, and non-government organizations, as well as the private sector, are encouraged to actively participate and provide the necessary support and assistance to the DOH, DILG, and NTF for the Proclamation’s effective implementation.

To achieve the objectives of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Days, LGUs must mobilize all resources, stakeholders, health human resources, and constituents within their areas of jurisdiction.

During the three-day vaccination campaign, all health workers, including doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, and medical technologists, are urged to give their full support and cooperation in providing Covid-19 vaccination.

The Philippines intends to vaccinate at least 70% of the country’s population.

On Wednesday, the NTF announced that a total of 34,199,500 people have been fully vaccinated, with 43,290,294 receiving the first dose. A total of 70,500 vaccines were also given to qualified recipients as booster shots.

“Given the goal of vaccinating at least 70% of the total population, including those aged 12 to 17, and the fact that approximately 53 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have yet to be administered, there is a need to cultivate the Bayanihan spirit of the Filipino people by forging unity and cooperation among relevant stakeholders to expedite and intensify the government’s vaccination program against Covid-19,” according to the proclamation.

With the launch of the Bayanihan, Bakunahan program, 15 million Filipinos from 16 different regions outside of Metro Manila will be vaccinated.

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