VIGAN CITY — Mayors are asserting they have very important roles in the community especially during calamities and are exposed to people while performing their duties, which is why they too should be prioritized in the vaccination drives.
“Tumatayong ama o ina ng lokal na komunidad,” League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) National President Luis “Chavit” Singson said, explaining the essential role of mayors amid public uproar over reports that several mayors around the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The elder Singson, who currently serves as Narvacan, Ilocos Sur mayor, said that “mayors cannot be blamed for taking the lead to prove that vaccines are safe under (their) jurisdiction.”
Seeing the mayors themselves getting vaccinated would lessen the fear of their constituents, Singson claims.
Result from a recent Pulse Asia survey shows that 6 in 10 Filipinos do not want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Uncertainty over the safety of the vaccines is the biggest reason why most respondents refuse to be vaccinated according to the survey.
The LMP National President stressed, “as Chief Executives, it is our duty to oversee our people’s general welfare, be at the forefront during disasters or calamities, and safeguard them.”
Singson explained that mayors “meet a lot of individuals, visit barangays, consult various sectors, implement programs, and enforce the law.”
In all aspects, mayors are frontliners too, Singson insisted. “With such enormous responsibility, we must first and foremost ensure that we are strong and healthy thus we can protect our people and fight for them.”●