Gobernador Daniel Fernando. Larawan mula sa Galing Bulacan.

CITY OF MALOLOS–Gov. Daniel Fernando renewed his stricter call to all residents to highly observe minimum health protocols to maintain the notable low 172 active COVID-19 cases in the province as a number of places in the country now brace for Delta variant recorded in Metro Manila, Cavite and Ilocos province. 

Fernando ordered all mayors to enforce a more active works and monitoring of compliance to social distancing, face mask and face shield wearing, constant washing of hands and using of alcohol despite the lighter restriction General Community Quarantine status of the province while the country braces for Delta variant. 

Fernando said the provincial government is really spending huge on COVID-19 deaths which now totalled to 908 as the burial assistance cost of the provincial government rose to more than P27-Million from P30,000 given to each family of COVID-19 deaths.

On Friday, Pulilan town, the only local government unit in Bulacan which procured vaccines worth P20-Million for its 80,000 target herd immunity population have started inoculating residents of its first arrival of 3,000 doses. 

Mayor Maria Rosario “Maritz” Ochoa attending to residents in vaccination lines. Photos by Carmela Reyes-Estrope

Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo personally led the vaccination of the first dose of Astrazeneca vaccines to 3,000 senior citizens, co-morbidities,  including essential workers at SM Pulilan Mega Vaccination site. 

Montejo signed the tripartite agreement for the procurement January this year. However, only 3,000 of the 80,000 purchased doses has arrived so far.

Pulilan Mega Vaccination Center in SM Pulilan accommodates 3,000 residents for the 3,000 first arrival of procured vaccines through tripartite agreement.

Ochoa told NEWS CORE that they expect the next batches of arrival by August and for the remaining more than 50,000 before the end of the year. 

The town has earlier already vaccinated 21,400 residents through what the Department of Health provides to the region and provincial government. 

It still has more than 55,600 needed to be vaccinated to meet the 80,000 herd immunity requirement. Pulilan has around 109,000 population. 

With the total 24,400 vaccinated as of this time, Pulilan has already achieved about 31% from its target 80,000 herd immunity population.

Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo, second from right is flanked by media members and their close kin after being vaccinated of first dose of Astrazeneca on Friday at Mega Vaccination site SM Pulilan. Contributed photo

Bulacan journos and their immediate families have also benefitted from the said 3,000 doses.