Lanao Sur academe maintains support for COVID-19 vax program


By Claire Gigje

Mindanao State University (MSU) – Main Campus Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Director Lawyer Mabandes Diron Jr. commits the continuous support of the university for the implementation of the vaccination program in the province of Lanao del Sur. (Michael John Paclar/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–As the provincial government of Lanao del Sur and its partners strive to level up their efforts for the implementation of the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 vaccination program, the education sector conveyed its continuous support to the conduct of relevant initiatives to attain the desirable success.

Mindanao State University (MSU) – Main Campus Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Director Lawyer Mabandes Diron Jr. stated that their university has been backing this initiative as they noted that among the primary victims of the onslaught of the pandemic are the academic institutions.

He stressed that as they go forth with the face-to-face classes and the transition to the new normal, it is very important that programs such as the vaccination be highlighted with the involvement of all sectors of the society.

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“We manifest the sincere cooperation of the Mindanao State University in the propagation of advocacy of understanding the necessity of having vaccines… The effort requires cooperation and coordination because, in the end, this means communal responsibility. No sector of the society can be spared in the implementation and effort of the government in winning against this [pandemic],” said Diron.

The PMS director recalled that as part of their assistance, the university had been the site of the weeklong special vaccination days of the province which kicked off on May 16 and lasted until May 20 this year.

“MSU is one in the drive of fully vaccinating not only 80% but 100% [of the population],” added Diron.

Meanwhile, schools divisions in the province likewise exerted their respective efforts to live out their share of responsibilities in the undertaken vaccination program.

Noridin Ismael of the Schools Division of Lanao del Sur-I shared that they have been hosting vaccination of residents belonging to the general and pediatric populations in their schools which have catered to 1,375 vaccinees already.

“This is a good sign na naka-penetrate na tayo. Inshallah, mavavaccinate ang lahat basta sama-sama lang [ang efforts],” he said.

[This is a good sign that we were able to penetrate. Inshallah, everyone will be vaccinated as long as [our efforts] will be collective.]

As of the moment, 13 schools under his division have already opened for in-person classes.

Further, Noraida Casan of the Marawi City Schools Division also cited their steps to contribute to the implementation of the vaccination program which includes enhanced information and education communication campaign in partnership with private partners, development of a communication strategy plan, strengthening linkages with other stakeholders, and leading the vaccination in their schools.

“Every now and then, we make sure that the Marawi City Schools Division will be ready for the upcoming 2022-2023 [classes]. Our schools are preparing for that,” she said.

As per their recent tally, 1,131 or 74% out of the 1,207 personnel of the division are already fully vaccinated. (CRG/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

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