MABALACAT CITY — Heeding the call of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Angeles City to vaccinate detainees, 300 Mabalaqueño persons deprived of liberty (PDL) were inoculated against COVID-19 on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Earlier this week, the Mabalacat City COVID-19 Response Integrated System (CRIS) conducted an on-site visit at the said facility upon the instruction of Mayor Crisostomo Garbo.
Citing high-risk and vulnerability of infection inside the facility, the city mayor instructed City COVID-19 Response czar Dr. Jose Antonio Rivera to immediately extend the city’s immunization program to the detained PDLs, especially to those who reside in Mabalacat City.
“Ang ating mga kababayan na nasa piitan ay hindi dapat ituring na second class citizen pagdating sa usapin ng kalusugan lalo na ngayong tayo ay nasa panahon ng pandemya,” said Mayor Garbo.
“Ang inisyatiba nating ito ay pagpapakita ng ating pagkalinga sa ating mga mamamayan at pagrespeto sa kanilang buhay anuman ang kanilang naging pagkakamali sa ating lipunan,” the mayor added.
Just recently, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año assured the public that PDLs are included in the national vaccination program.
Based on DILG’s data, a total of 35% of 122,489 PDLs across 467 BJMP detention facilities nationwide were inoculated against the dreaded disease.
For his part, Mayor Garbo vowed to exhaust available ways to jab Mabalacat City’s eligible population to achieve herd immunity before the year ends.