CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan–The more than 1,600 Bulacan policemen together with their respective families will complete their booster shots to help increase the province immunity against COVID-19 as cases has increased to 605 from only 35 in May.
Colonel Charlie Cabradilla, Bulacan provincial director who has just recovered from COVID-19 said on Monday that he has already announced to all his 1,657 men the need to have their booster shots, either first or second and also to encourage all their respective family members to do so.
The move is in response to Gov. Daniel Fernando’s call to all members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Philippine Eagles, a fraternity and socio civic group organization led by Cabradilla in Bulacan who were inducted on Saturday in San Rafael. Fernando was the guest of honor and speaker.
Fernando expressed concern that the 35 active COVID-19 before the May 9 election, became 122 after election and now reached 605.
The governor said booster shots are vital defense to help maintain immunity from COVID-19.
Cabradilla who already has his first booster shot tested positive for COVID-19 early last week.
The governor divulged Cabradilla’s condition during his State of the Province Address on the inaugural session of Vice Gov. Alex Castro for the 11th Bulacan Sangguniang Panlalawigan held last July 14 at the Capitol session hall.
Fernando said the province nearly 3.3 million population with 2.7 million as herd immunity has only 600,000 residents who have undergone booster vaccination. The strength of Bulacan police and their kin can be considered as a chunk to increase the number of residents who have undergone booster shots.
Dr. Hjordis Marushka Celis, Bulacan COVID-19 Task Force vice chair said that these 600,000 covers both first and second booster shots.
Celis said out of the 600,000, only the medical front liners and similar groups already had second booster shots.
She said there is a need for the residents to undergo first booster so that they can have the second booster.
Celis said out of the nearly 3.3 million Bulakeños, 3.014 million were already vaccinated wth first and second doses which were already 80%. She explained that with only 600,000 who had booster shots, it is still more than four times less for the 3.014 million to have their first or and second booster shots.
Fernando, an Eagle member himself said he believes in the community service through strong brotherhood and fraternal ties of the ‘Eagles’ which can become good partners of the government in encouraging people to undergo booster shots.
Second booster shot is taken four months after the first booster.
About 200 new Eagle members from Bulacan and Quezon City were inducted during the event.
“I ask each and everyone of you my fellow Eagles, to help our province strengthen our defense against COVID-19 by helping us encourage our people to take both the first and second booster,” the governor said.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Philippine Eagles Club is established in 1979 with the primary goal and vision of service to country, people and community through strong brotherhood and fraternal ties by conducting different community service programs.
The governor said the newly chartered four Bulacan Eagle clubs who are primarily composed of police officials and personnel, doctors, nurses, journalists, lawyers, government, businessmen, private office workers and other professionals have big potentials to influence and encourage fellow Bulakeños to have their third and fourth jabs.
Cabradilla was inducted as president of his Tanglaw Lahi Sandigan Eagles Club, City of Malolos Police Chief Col. Ferdinand Germino as president of Tanglaw Sandigan Eagles Club, Col. Agosto Asuncion, director of First Provincial Mobile Force Command as president of Sinagbigkis-Lahi Sandigan Eagles Club and Atty. Cristina Alcantara, head of Internal Affairs Service of Bulacan Provincial Police Office as president of Bulacan Marilag Tanglaw Sandigan Lady Eagles Club led about 200 Bulacan professionals and businessmen in the chartering and induction.
2005 Eagle National President Eduardo Madrid and National Capital Region (NCR) 16 Governor Rogelio Don Rontas and Sandigan Eagles Club president Allan Mastrile and San Rafael Mayor Mark Cholo Violago were among the officers who inducted and chartered the said Eagles groups.