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The government is sticking to its 7 million targets for the second phase of ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan.’

Despite the decision to stop the event in areas expected to be struck by Tropical Storm Rai, the national government is keeping to its objective of administering seven million doses of vaccine during the second phase of its simultaneous immunization push against Covid-19, Malacanang stated on Tuesday.

This statement was made by Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, after the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) announced that phase 2 of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” vaccination days in storm-affected areas would be moved from December 15 to 17 to December 20 to 22.

“The goal remains the same—yung seven million na aim natin para sa ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan,'” Nograles remarked during a press conference at the Palace.

He voiced confidence in the ability of local government units (LGUs), even those hit by the storm, to accomplish their goals.

“If we all reach our targets, we will all meet the seven million-mark set for ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ phase 2,” he continued.

By the end of the year, the Philippines hopes to have fully vaccinated 54 million Filipinos.

Nearly 38 million Filipinos have been fully immunizing against Covid-19 to date.

The NVOC indicated in an alert that phase 2 of “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” will be moved to December 20 to 22 in Muslim Mindanao’s Regions 5 (Bicol), 4-B (Mimaropa), 6 (Western Visayas), 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas), 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), 10 (Northern Mindanao), 11 (Davao), 12 (Socc

“Prioritize the safety of constituents, healthcare staff and volunteers, and vaccines above everything else,” according to the NVOC.

On the 15th and 17th of December, other sections of the country will conduct a simultaneous vaccination drive.

In a recent talk to the People, President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to work with national and local authorities if an evacuation or other necessary actions are required due to the tropical storm’s threat.

He urged government agencies and local government units to ensure that Filipinos, particularly those living in or near the expected course of the tropical storm, continue to watch the situation and take all necessary precautions and preparations.

In the meantime, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has urged all government agencies, as well as their officials and staff, to participate in the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” immunization drive.

“Volunteers shall be considered on official business and in the performance of their functions, and shall be entitled to official travel allowances and other related expenses subject to the availability of funds and applicable accounting, auditing, and budgeting rules and regulations,” according to the CSC’s advisory.

“Rai” was last monitored 1,380 kilometers east of Mindanao, outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s weather advisory (PAR).

“Rai” is likely to enter PAR Tuesday night and will be renamed “Odette” once inside. It is expected to reach typhoon status by Wednesday.

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