June 18, 2021

Project Balik Buhay’ is being pushed by the NegOr group to speed up the vax process

‘The Dumaguete and Negros Oriental Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Association is advocating for the creation of “Project Balik Buhay” (PBB) to expedite the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine procedure.

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), the National Task Force Covid-19 in the Visayas, and the Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7) formed the PBB to “support the government’s national immunization campaign.”

Guest lecturer Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the DOH-7, said the PBB is a big help in ensuring the smooth flow of vaccination activities as well as other concerns related to the process in a Zoom lecture Friday afternoon organized by the association of ICT firms and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies.

“You don’t have that in Negros Oriental, unlike here in Cebu,” she added in a mix of English and Cebuano, “but you should create one because it will assist when you submit your priority master-list, it would help in your prioritization.”

While the emphasis of the online activity was on Loreche’s lecture on vaccines, their effects, and the government’s vaccination rollout strategy, the ICT Association of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental also had the opportunity to follow up on its request to be given priority in the vaccination rollout.

Suzanne Lu-Bascara, the association’s president and assistant vice president, reaffirmed Gov. Roel Degamo’s pledge from last month that they will be prioritized in the vaccine rollout.

Loreche informed them they could submit a letter requesting inclusion of their businesses in Project Balik Buhay, indicating their desire to create the PBB.

In Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, there are an estimated 12,000 ICT-BPO workers.

Many Dumagueteos are interested in the PBB, according to Joslyn Andreai Hartzell, director of Qualfon, Inc.’s Community Relations and moderator of the online event.

“Aside from the vaccines and medical personnel to be provided by the DOH, all operating expenses incurred in these PBB Private Sector Vaccination Centers will be shouldered and donated by the private sector, at no cost to the government nor to the Cebuanos availing of their services,” the PBB said on its website.

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