There was no over estimation of the COVID-19 vaccines that the Bacolod City government procured at the height of the COVID-19 crisis according to the spokesperson of former mayor Evelio Leonardia.
Dr. Chris Sorongon speaking on behalf of the former city mayor said the forecast was based on the target population of the city, assuming that there will be no enough vaccines or delays in the deliveries from the national government.
He explained that the vaccines procured from AstraZeneca was made through a tripartite agreement that was facilitated by the national government.
He added that the procurement was part of the emergency powers granted to chief executives and the necessity and urgency to make Bacolodnons safe from COVID.
was done at a time when there was no assurance of supply coming from the national government thus,
He said that “any forward thinking manager and seasoned crisis managers would do the same,” stressing that had the Leonardia not resorted to it, Bacolod could not have achieved its very high vaccination rate today.
In a statement last Monday, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said he will try to the best of his ability not to pay for the 434,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines ordered by the previous city administration amounting to P98 million.
Benitez said Leonardia miscalculated the volume of vaccines purchased from AstraZeneca that amounted to 650,000 doses.