SAN PABLO, Zamboanga del Sur, April 19 --The Barangay Information Officers Network (BION) has been created to help disseminate accurate information to the people amidst the public health crisis.
Thus disclosed Vice Mayor Roberto Aguilar in front of 28 barangay councilors designated as Barangay Information Officers (BIOs) in their respective barangays during the launching and orientation of the Barangay Information Officers 'Network (BION) held at Farmers' Training Center in barangay Poblacion recently.
Aguilar said their town desperately needs a communication network like BION which is an initiative of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to help the government inform the people of true and accurate information especially in very remote barangays. .
Dr. Hermeraldo Catubig, Jr. the municipal health officer also provided full information to the BIOs about the government's COVID-19 vaccination program as the rapid deployment of COVID-19 vaccine is currently underway in all areas of the country to curb the spread of the virus and achieve what the government wants called 'herd immunity'.
Catubig urged BIOs to help the government inform their fellow barangay officials of the importance of vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine as they are part of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs).
"Whatever vaccine is available, it is already the best vaccine. We will not choose because it has gone through many rigorous clinical trials before being deployed in our country, "Catubig urged.
Juliet Paler, the head nurse also urged the BIOs to help the RHU in the vaccination demand generation as the result of the barangay survey indicated that only 10% of the Punong Barangays, Barangay Health Workers, and Barangay Tanods are willing to be vaccinated.
Paler said we should thank the national government for allocating COVID-19 vaccines to our frontliners and it is here already in our town, ready for use.
Paler announced that 585 frontliners are slated to be vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine from April 12 onwards.
Paler also urged BIOs to strictly implement in their respective barangays the DOH Health protocol such as the BIDA Solusyon and ResBakuna campaign to fight COVID-19. (NBE/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)