MABALACAT CITY— Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo has instructed City COVID-19 Response czar Dr. Jose Antonio Rivera to coordinate with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Angeles City for the immunization of Mabalaqueño inmates against COVID-19. “Karapatan ng bawat Mabalaqueño ang mabakunahan ano man ang kanilang estado sa komunidad. Minabuti po natin na makipag-ugnayan sa BJMP upang simulan na rin ang pagbabakuna sa ating mga kababayang Mabalaqueño na nasa piitan ngayon,” said Mayor Garbo. “Ito po ay bahagi ng ating hangarin na maproteksyunan ang bawat Mabalaqueño laban sa COVID-19,” the city mayor added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rivera and the rest of the COVID-19 Response Integrated System (CRIS) medical team were quick to respond as they steered an on-site visit at BJMP-Angeles on September 27, 2021. On their Facebook Page, BJMP-Angeles City noted, “During this time of crisis where people can’t afford getting sick due to scarcity of medical facilities and healthcare workers, prevention is way better than cure.” “As part of our prevention for this pandemic, Angeles District Jail Male and Female Dorm in coordination with Mabalacat Health Office, the vaccination of our PDL (persons deprived of liberty) who reside at Mabalacat was granted,” BJMP-Angeles City stated.

To date, there are more than 500 Mabalaqueño inmates that are detained in the said facility. BJMP-Angeles City disclosed that Mabalacat City is the first LGU in the province of Pampanga to heed the call on their request to vaccinate imprisoned residents in the said district jail.

Just recently, the local government here under the leadership of Mayor Crisostomo Garbo has been cited by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (CSC) for its frontline services that “immensely contributed to the fight against COVID-19”.

As of September 21, 2021, the Mabalacat City Government has inoculated more than 210,000 Mabalaqueños against the dreaded virus.

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